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COURSE SELECTION NIGHT DUXBURY HIGH SCHOOL 2012-2013 COURSE SELECTION 2012-2013 Welcome Overview of Course Selection Process Placement Review/Course Waivers Graduation Requirements Curriculum Offerings by Department (Panel) Questions and Answers COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS MRS. LISA DEMBOWSKI GRADES 9-12 MR. BRUCE HAMILTON GRADES 9-12 AS ASSIGNED MRS. KELLY JURGENS GRADES 9+11 MRS. MAUREEN KELLEHER GRADES 10+12 MRS. CAROLYN MALONE GRADES 9+11 MR. ERIK MEERBACH GRADES 10+12 MS. SHIRA LIMMER CURRENT 8th GRADE - Next year assigned by last name (Dembowski, Hamilton, Kelleher, or Meerbach)) SEQUENCE OF EVENTS FEBRUARY 10th Advanced Placement applications due MARCH 9-16 • Course Selection available on student portal with teacher recommendations for next year MARCH 16th Course Selection choices due through portal Placement Review Decision Forms Due Course Waiver Forms Due ACADEMIC AND CREDIT DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS – Class of 2010 and beyond 130 CREDITS DISTRIBUTED AMONG THE FOLLOWING COURSE REQUIREMENTS: ENGLISH (FOUR YEARS) 20 CREDITS SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY (THREE YEARS, ONE OF WHICH MUST BE BIOLOGY) 10 CREDITS MATHEMATICS (THREE YEARS)15 CREDITS ACADEMIC AND CREDIT DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS ‘CONT. US HISTORY (TWO YEARS) 10 CREDITS WORLD HISTORY(ONE YEAR) 5 CREDITS WORLD LANGUAGE (TWO YEARS IN SINGLE LANGUAGE) 10 CREDITS PHYSICAL EDUCATION (FOUR SEMESTERS) 10CREDITS FINE, PERFORMING, PRACTICAL ARTS (4 SEMESTERS) 10 CREDITS ADDITIONAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS MASSACHUSETTS COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT SYSTEM TESTS SCORES OF 240 OR BETTER ON BOTH THE MATHEMATICS AND ENGLISH/ LANGUAGE ARTS TESTS (or completion of an EPP with a 220 or above score) and Score of 220 OR BETTER IN SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY/ENGINEERING. DEMONSTRATED SKILLS IN SEVEN AREAS OF TECHNOLOGY 9th Grade Courses English 9 European/World History Biology Math (Algebra or Geometry) World Language Intro to PE Fine, Performing or Practical Art Course 5 credits of electives (1 full year or 2 half year courses) 10th Grade Courses English 10 Physical Science/Chemistry Math US History I World Language PE Fine, Performing, or Practical Art 5 credits of electives (1 full year or 2 half year courses) 11th Grade Courses English 11 Science Math US History II PE Fine, Performing, or Practical Art 10 additional credits 12th Grade Courses English 12 PE Fine, Performing, or Practical Art 25 credits of additional courses What Colleges look for.. 4 Units English AP courses in areas of interest 4 Units Math Strength of schedule 3 -4 Units Science (2-3 lab) Schedule diversity 3 -4 Foreign Language (single language Balance of academics preferred) with participation in school 3 History activities/programs Electives of diverse courses or areas of interest. Online Course Selection Completed through the Student Portal in X2 Teacher recommendations, approval or alternate course for each. Elective choices Approval Process LEVEL DESCRIPTIONS AP Advanced Placement Pre-AP AP weight in GPA but no AP credit Level 1 Honors Level 2 College Preparation Unleveled For all students Student Portal Requests View and enter your requests for the next year during the period of March 9, 2012 through March 16, 2012. During this date range, you can enter and make changes at any time. Student requests will then be reviewed by the counselor. When you finish, click Post to notify your counselor that you are done. To enter your requests: Log on to the Student view. Click the My Info tab. Click the Requests side-tab. The Requests page appears: At the top of the page, in the Instructions box, read and follow the instructions for entering your requests. In the Primary requests box, select your requests for the different subject areas. For example, to select your request for a math course, click Select next to Math. The courses you can request appear: The Status column displays information about the course, if this is the course your current teacher recommended for you. You do not have to select the level of courses recommended for you. However, if you select a level other than the level recommended for you, your counselor is notified and you must complete a Placement Review Form by March 16, 2012 or you will be placed back into the recommended level. Select the checkbox in the Select column of the course(s) you want to request, and click OK. The requests now appear on your Requests page. Note: To remove a request from your Requests page, click the Select checkbox again to deselect it. In the Notes for counselor box, type any notes to your counselor regarding your requests. Your counselor can view these notes when reviewing your requests: Your requests are automatically saved after you enter them on the Requests page. Your counselor can view them anytime. •After you complete your requests, click Post. YOU MUST POST BY MARCH 16, 2012. This lets your counselor know that you are finished entering requests. If you have not selected enough courses to satisfy requirements for your academic track, the system lets you know which area you need to make more requests in: Once your counselor approves your requests, you can no longer make changes to your course selections. PLACEMENT REVIEW PROCESS If a level disparity between teacher recommendation and family choice occurs: Speak with the teacher If you wish to proceed with the level change, request a placement review form Submit completed placement review form to the guidance office no later than March 16th Placement will be reviewed at end of term 1 If decision is to move, it will only be if space and schedule allows and term 1 grade will remain on transcript CURRICULUM OFFERINGS English Family and Consumer Mathematics Science Music and Social Studies Performing Arts Special Education Science and Visual Art Technology World Languages General Electives AP Presentation Overview of AP Application and Process Important things to Note AP offerings by Department Questions and Answers A note about AP’s Advanced Placement courses are college-level courses and students should seriously consider their schedules in totality (including commitments outside of school) to determine whether or not they will have the appropriate time to dedicate to this rigorous course of study. In determining if you should apply for an AP course, remember that the time expected for out of class work is 1:1 to class time (i.e for every hour of in class time you will be spending an hour at home on preparation for that class). You should love the subject and have strong writing and critical reading skills. AP courses also have summer work that must be completed prior to the start of the course in September. Failure to complete summer work or not anticipating the demands of a course are not reasons to drop the class and this will not be permitted. AP Application Process Students should pick up application information in the Guidance Office. Specific application are available on DHS Guidance website. Each department has specific requirements. All applications are due to Guidance by February 10th (Friday). Departments will review applications and decisions will be made by February 29, 2012. A note about summer work…. Things to Note… The School Committee requires that any student enrolled in an AP course must take the AP examination. Students who do not take the exam will have the “AP” designation removed from their transcript. Payment for courses with an exam that year is due in the summer. Students who are accepted into and request an AP course on their course selection sheets are expected to remain in the course for the entire year (see course change policy). The Placement Review process does not apply to AP courses. If enrollment for an AP class is insufficient, the class may be combined with the next highest level class in that discipline. If an AP course does not run for whatever reason, students will have to choose an alternative course and will only be permitted to choose another AP course if they have applied and been accepted so consider this when making your decisions. AP by Department English Math Science Social Studies World Language Art Questions?
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