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Openness            Cypress Falls
Academics       Counseling Department

               Freshman Guidance Lesson
Cy-Falls HS 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 &
 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


ENGLISH                     4           4
ADV. ACAD. STRAT.       1/2 OR 1       1/2
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
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

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
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
     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
     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
           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
 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
   Listen to announcements
   Visit Counselor Corner to check for registration
 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
 February
    counselors present new/revised course
    students select all courses for next year
    parent input is required/recommended
    teachers are hired based on students’
    schedules are finalized by last day of
 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
   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

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