TMHS 2012-2013 • Course Selections • 4 x 4 Graduation Plans • AP & DC Courses • PSAT • End of Course Testing • Post Secondary Planning • SAT & ACT • Scholarships • Reminders Graduation Plans and Course Information are available online through the TISD website on Parent & Student Sections under 2012-2013 High School Course Description Guide Sample Course Selection Sheets are available online through the TMHS Counseling Teacher Web http://teacherweb.com/TX/TomballMemorialHighSchool/Counseling/ • Counselors are available daily during all lunches to visit with students, give them helpful information, answer questions, etc. • Sheri Forsyth • A-G • Emily Nichols • H-O • Lashelle Nix • P-Z • January 24-25, 2013 (Thursday/Friday) • Students will meet with TMHS Counselors to select their courses for the 2013-2014 school year • Please review this information with your student • Course selection change deadline is MARCH 1, 2013 • See TMHS Counseling Teacher Web for 2013- 2014 Sample Course Selection sheets • Available on-line through TISD website at www.tomballisd.net • Link available through Student and Parent sections from TISD homepage • Helpful to learn about courses offered, prerequisites, and more information about graduation requirements/plans • 4 English • 4 Math • 4 Science • 4 Social Studies • 1.5 PE or PE waiver • .5 Health • .5 Communication Apps (speech) • 1 Fine Art • 1 Technology 26 Required Credits for Graduation Recommended Distinguished • 2 Foreign Language • 3 Foreign Language • 3.5 Electives • *Science (IPC elective credit only) 26 Total Credits • 2.5 electives 26 Total Credits 4 Advanced Measures • Both are for college bound students • College credit can be earned with either plan • Distinguished Advanced Measures earned by: • College credit with a grade of “B” • AP Exams with a score of “3” or higher • PSAT score (National Merit Scholar = 1 measure) • Original Research Project • Regular • Advanced Placement (AP) • Dual Credit (DC) – 3 College hours per semester: • Fall: 1301 ENGL / 1301 HIST • Spring: 1302 ENGL / 1302 HIST Option 1 Option 2 1. Algebra 1. Algebra 2. Geometry (Regular or 2. Geometry (Regular or PAP) PAP) 3. Math Models (allowed 3. Algebra II (Regular or if taken prior to PAP) Algebra 2) 4. 4th Math 4. Algebra II (Regular or 1. Pre-Cal (Regular or PAP) PAP) 2. College Algebra Dual Credit 3. College Prep Math • Algebra • Geometry (Regular or PAP) • Algebra II (Regular or PAP) • Pre-Cal (Regular or PAP) • Additional Math Options: • Calculus I (AP or DC) • Calculus II (AP or DC) • Statistics (AP or DC) • Biology (Regular or PAP) • Chemistry (Regular or PAP) • Physics (Regular or PAP) • Lab Science (See Course Selection Sheet @ Counseling Teacher Web) *If IPC was taken in 8th grade, it WILL count as an ELECTIVE under Distinguished Graduation Requirements. • Recommended Plan •Two years of the same language • If not previously started, this is the year! • Distinguished Plan •Three years of the same language • College-bound to a competitive school • Additional years of a language is a plus! • Career Prep (Work program) • Earns 3 elective credits • Required to work 15 hours per week • Allows juniors to leave campus 6th and/or 7th period to work • Waives last ½ PE requirement if needed • Instructional Practices in Education & Training • Field-based internship that provides students with background knowledge of child and adolescent development as well as principles of effective teaching and training practices. • Students will be transported by bus to other campuses to work with mentor teachers and students • Clinical Rotation • Application Required • Course also requires fee (not to exceed $100). See Course Selection Guide for details. • Waives last ½ PE requirement if needed • Practicum Certificate Programs • Application Required • Waives last ½ PE requirement if needed • Costs range from $200 to $400 for certifications • CNA – Certified Nursing Assistance • EMT – Emergency Medical Technician • Pharmacy Tech • Registered Dental Assistant (new!) • Office Aide • Duty Assignments made by Assistant Principal • No State Credit awarded, local credit only • Does not figure into GPA calculation • Student must be in good standing with attendance and discipline • Junior – 12 credits • Senior – 18 credits • Graduation – 26 credits (meeting state requirements) • Repeat course during school year • Summer School • Grad Lab • Night School • Correspondence • Credit By Exam *Student should see counselor for more information and if credit recovery is needed • Parent review of courses selected is encouraged • Changes must be in writing and turned in to appropriate counselors office • Students wanting Dual Credit courses should attend DC meeting and get started on the Lone Star College exceptional admit process. • Final schedule change requests due in writing on March 1, 2013 • Core classes are not allowed to be taken for original credit during the summer. • Core course options only for students who have failed a core course and need to recover credit. • Health, Speech, PE, and BIM are offered for original credit during the summer. • Government and Economics are also offered for original credit, but must be taken the summer prior to the senior year. No advanced options, only level credit offered. • Summer information will be announced late April. • Both can give you college credit • Colleges can award a student credit based on AP exams given in May. The student must be enrolled in the college before requesting credit from the college. • Lone Star College awards credit on a transcript at the end of the semester the student is enrolled in the college course. • Both give 15 quality points per semester toward high school GPA Course Selection Guide provides course descriptions and requirements www.tomballisd.net • AP Courses are open enrollment • Expectation is that all students take the AP Exam during the first two weeks of May. See www.collegeboard.com for specific test dates. • College credit is based on AP exam scores. Scores range from 1-5. Most colleges require a 3 or higher. Check with college for required score. • College credit is granted by most colleges/universities. Check with your university for details. • Student dually enrolled in TMHS and Lone Star College • Courses taken on TMHS campus • Tuition is reduced for dual credit students • Grade and credit posted on both high school and college transcripts • Credits generally accepted by Texas state colleges and universities. Check with college/university for credit transfer details. • DC Courses Require • Lone Star College application and orientation • Qualifying placement scores • High School approval • College registration • Payment of college fees • Mandatory student meeting (student must attend one) • January 30th, 3-3:30 pm in LGI • January 31st, 7:15 -7:45 in LGI • College Registration Deadline will be on April 5, 2013 • Professes interest in subject selected • Research what colleges are accepting and requiring, as well as degree requirements • Research the expectations of each course • Don’t overextend yourself! • Carefully considers time commitments and balances academic load with extracurricular activities, family life or outside commitments • Is the student self motivated? • Does the student persevere when faced with challenging material? • Does the student plan and work ahead on long term projects? • Talk to current subject teacher in courses considering AP/DC Mrs. Forsyth will be giving a Dual Credit presentation following this meeting at 7:30 in the TMHS Auditorium • Students received individual score reports in December/January • Scores reported on scale of 20 to 80 • In 2012 average score for 10th graders was: • 43 in Critical Reading • 43 in Mathematics • 41 in Writing • Selection Index (sum of 3 scores) included on score report used to determine eligibility in National Merit Scholarship Corporation programs (NMSC). Range is from 60 to 240. Average Selection Index for 11th grade is about 142. Only students in 11th grade are eligible for NMSC Scholarship programs • Score reports include percentiles to allow comparison of your scores with others in same grade level who have taken PSAT • See Score Report Plus for more information about your score report on www.collegeboard.org • Practice is key! Make sure your student uses this years PSAT booklet to practice • Next October’s PSAT is very important! • April 3, 2013 – English 2 Writing • April 4, 2013 – English 2 Reading • May 7, 2013 – Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 • May 8, 2013 – Biology, Chemistry, and Physics • May 9, 2013 – World History • College/University • Community College • Military • Trade/Technical School • Employment • Certificate programs • Explore your interests in choosing courses in your schedule • Determine what type of degree/certification is needed for you post secondary plans • Make a list of schools and the entrance requirements • Take Challenging Courses • Make good grades • Volunteer and keep records of hours • Read, read, read! Enhance your vocabulary! • Expand extracurricular activities/summer enrichment activities • Discuss where you want to attend college with your parents, teachers, and counselor • Parents/students together consider all costs and how to pay for college • Look into scholarship options • You don’t have to wait until you’re a senior to begin looking for scholarships! Take advantage of free on-line help! • www.collegeboard.org • My College Quick Start with PSAT access code • Question of the Day • www.act.org • www.collegeforalltexans.com • Determine Interests and Aptitude through Kuder • See your counselor for access codes for testing on KUDER • ASVAB Test (March 26 @ TMHS) • Quick Start (collegeboard.com, access code with PSAT score results) • Internet Research • NACAC National College Fair (Tuesday, April 11, 2013 @ Reliant Center) • Visit colleges in person – check for school sponsored events or schedule a visit day (11th/12th grade students have 2 excused college visit days) • Satellite Offices in Houston for UT, A&M, and Texas Tech • College Night @ Lone Star College each fall • Gather info from colleges who visit TMHS during lunches • College, careers, and major search section • Videos from experts and students • Paying for college section • Step by step plans to assist in college planning • Making school count section Visit www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org • www.collegeboard.org • www.collegeforalltexans.com • www.petersons.com • www.princetonreview.com • www.findchristiancollege.org • www.technicalschools.org • www.tstc.edu (Texas State Technical College) • Junior Rank is given in Fall and again in Spring (4 semesters/5 semesters) • PSAT in October (determines National Merit Finalists/Scholars from junior class) • Counselors meet with juniors to discuss courses/college planning in the spring of the junior year • EOC testing in the spring semester • Recommend SAT and/or ACT test(s) during the winter/spring of the junior year. Look ahead to make sure there is enough time to retake an exam if needed • Order from Mrs. Erwin in the Registrar’s office • $2 for official transcript • $1 for unofficial transcript • Please allow 2 to 3 days for processing • Recommended to take in the winter or beginning of the spring semester of the junior year • Writing component should be taken • www.collegeboard.org for SAT • www.actstudent.org for ACT • Please review/practice for tests! • Mock tests and SAT test prep courses will be offered through TISD • January 19, 2013 (This Saturday!) • Given at TMHS • $20 cost • Last chance to register during lunch tomorrow (Friday, January 18th) More Mock SAT/ACT dates to come. Announcements will be made for future dates as scheduled • Yes! • Many are essay based, check eligibility requirements • www.fastweb.com • www.collegeboard.org • www.collegeforalltexans.com • www.scholarships.com • Scholarships will frequently be posted to TMHS Teacher Web • Summer assignments are student’s responsibility and listed on the TISD/TMHS website • All course request changes are due in writing to appropriate counselor by Friday, March 1, 2013 • If student taking DC courses next year, Mandatory meeting 1/30 or 1/31. Qualify early if taking DC courses. College registration deadline is April 5, 2013. Don’t procrastinate! This presentation and handouts will be available on the TMHS Counseling teacher web *Student performance in Black Box underway, please exit quietly. If attending the DC information presentation, you may enter the Auditorium through side door just outside of band hall. Thank you!
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