Safety Openness Cypress Falls Academics Counseling Department Recognitions Freshman Guidance Lesson 2006-2007 Cy-Falls HS Counselors & Assistant Principals COUNSELORS ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS A-B Brandi Blomquist A B W June Copeland C-D Patti J. Moore C-F Sharon Farrah E-Han Diana Villarreal G-J Raul Lopez Hao-K Judy Hooper K-L Brent McDonald L-M Norma Fernandez N-R John Zimmermann N-Re Christy Taylor S- V Wanda Figueroa Rf-S Nicole Rao-Flores XYZ Wanda Figueroa T-Z Maria Lewis Coordinating Counselor - Lori Ivey Counselors’ Corner Equal Access Sign-up at Counselors’ Corner Check often for new information Be specific on counselor request form Obtain information about programs & opportunities Visit with a counselor various aspects of high school Counselor learn about your responsibilities Counselor’s Role Help students succeed! Assist with academics and career exploration future planning personal and social situations Referrals From teachers, parents, friends due to concerns Self-referral Sign-in and out of counselors’ office Come without a pass……Leave without a pass Counselors’ Role (cont.) Safety No harassment policy Tell an adult (teacher, counselor, assistant principal) if you’re being harassed Crisis a life-threatening situation Tell an adult immediately Confidentiality Danger to self or others Graduation Requirements COURSES MINIMUM RECOMMENDED ENGLISH 4 4 ADV. ACAD. STRAT. 1/2 OR 1 1/2 OR SKILL FOR ACAD. STRAT 1 MATHEMATICS 3 3 SCIENCE 2 3 U.S. HISTORY 1 1 WORL HISTORY 1 1 WORL GEOGRAPHY 1 GOVERNMENT 1/2 1/2 ECONOMICS 1/2 1/2 HEALTH OR HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY 1/2 1/2 Graduation Requirements COURSES MINIMUM RECOMMENDED PHYSICAL EDUCATION 1 1/2 1 1/2 FOREIGH LANGUAGE 2 SPEECH 1/2 1/2 FINE ARTS 1 TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS 1 1 ACADEMIC ELECTIVE 1 ELECTIVES 3 TO 5 3 TOTAL CREDIT REQUIRED 22 24 DISTINGUISED ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM ONE ADDITIONAL CREDIT IN A LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENG. & & 4 ADVANCED MEASUREMENTS Graduation Requirements Required and Elective Credits 24 credits - Recommended Graduation Program House Bill 1144 TAKS Tests 9th Grade TAKS February 21, 2007 - Reading TAKS April 18, 2007 - Math TAKS 10th Grade TAKS 11th Grade TAKS - Exit Level; required for graduation College Entrance Exams PSAT - Taken in 10th & 11th grade; 11th grade determines National Merit Scholars ACT, SAT I & II - Measures how well students have developed academic skills that are necessary for college work Choice of tests will depend on which colleges you apply to THEA - Texas Higher Education Assessment Must take prior to any collegiate-level courses The Texas Grant State program that provides free money to pay college tuition and fees at all Texas public colleges Requires Recommended or Distinguished High School program Apply to Free Application Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Must demonstrate financial aid need CFISD Schedule Change Policy Changes can be made during first three weeks of a semester for the following reasons: The student does not meet prerequisite(s) for the course. The student does not meet the grade placement requirement for the course. The student already has credit for the course. The student is placed in an inappropriate level. The student has not met the requirements for K- level, AP, Dual Credit, or Horizons placement. Schedule Changes Second Semester Schedule changes occur due to balancing Be flexible and expect a change Invalid reasons for schedule changes Always check out of previous teacher’s class before checking into new class when changes are made Changes can only be made during first 3 weeks of semester Texas State Law mandates 90% attendance K-Level Changes 3 weeks and 6 weeks Require teacher/parent approval/notification D’s and F’s in K level - automatic removal Again, always check out of previous teacher’s class before checking into new class when changes are made Grading System A (90-100) Excellent Progress B (80-89) Good Progress C (75-79) Normal Progress D (70-74) Poor Progress F (Below 70) Failing Earning Credits: Semester grades are computed by allocating a weight of 2/7 for each six weeks’ grade and 1/7 for the semester exam. Grade Points and GPA K Level Regular Level Honor Graduates - A=7 A=6 Three Levels B=6 B=5 Summa Cum Laude - 6.5 GPA or higher C=5 C=4 Magna Cum Laude - D=4 D=3 6.25 GPA or higher F=0 F=0 Cum Laude - 6.0 GPA or higher GPA is cumulative by semester Freshman year is important Unofficial Class Rank and GPA can be ready by following school year What Happens if I Fail a Semester? Year Long Courses: Failing 1st semester, passing second semester Eng I 65 75 = 1 credit Alg I 68 71 = 1 credit Passing first semester, failing 2nd semester, IPC 75 65 = 0.5 credit Options for Gaining Credit Summer School Costs $150 per semester; $300 per one credit Course information and dates become available in April Listen to announcements Visit Counselor Corner to check for registration information Houston Community College Costs $140.00 per semester, $240 per one credit Zero hour courses Before School – 6:20 am Options for Gaining Credit (cont.) District Credit By Exam Windfern High School Make-up credit - can test only two times per subject ($30.00 each test) Original credit - can test one time per subject Correspondence Texas Tech or UT Austin Student pay for tuition and books $125 or more per semester Can only earn 2 credits by correspondence course Afternoon/Evening School Costs the same as summer school Classification Of Students By Grade Levels 9th Grade - Promotion from Middle School 10th Grade - One year of attendance and five (5) credits including English 1 and Algebra 1 11th Grade - Two years of attendance and ten (10) credits including English 2, IPC or Biology, Geometry and World History 12th Grade - Three years of attendance and sixteen (16) credits including all of the above named courses and English 3 90% Attendance is required by law Registration for Next Year’s Courses February counselors present new/revised course descriptions students select all courses for next year parent input is required/recommended teachers are hired based on students’ registration schedules are finalized by last day of school Transcripts Permanent academic record Seen by colleges, employers, the military What’s on the transcript? Semester grades GPA Class Rank Attendance Graduation Plan Test scores - TAKS, SAT, ACT, PSAT Why is Education Important? EDUCATION 2003 INCOME 9th to 12th grade (no diploma) $18,920 High School Graduate $27,915 Associate Degree $35,958 Bachelor’s Degree $51,206 Master’s Degree $62,514 Doctorate Degree $88.471 Professional Degree $115,212 Average Annual Income by Education Attainment US Census Bureau, 2006 To Sum It Up: Ninth grade is the year to : Improve grades and study habits Read, Read, Read Attend tutorials during Advisory and after school Get involved in clubs and organizations Volunteer in the community Begin building a portfolio (History of school and community activities) Recognize and realize YOU CAN MASTER THE GAME!
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