Congratulations You are preparing to enter High School. Some of you have earned credits (Carnegie Units) and beginning next year, all academic courses will provide you the opportunity to earn more credits in order to fulfill graduation requirements for the State of Mississippi and DeSoto County Schools System. This booklet is designed to give you information and to help you make the best possible choices for you as a 9th grade student. Please read carefully all of the information provided before you make your choices. Timeline: Tuesday, February 24 Assembly with current 8th grade at OB Middle School Distribute materials, give information, and answer questions Thursday, February 26 6:30-7:30 PM OBHS Cafeteria Friday, February 27 Parent night – Questions about course selections
All course selection sheets are due to your English teacher
CHOOSE WISELY!! ALL SELECTIONS ARE FINAL!!
CLASSIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR OLIVE BRANCH HIGH SCHOOL
FRESHMAN - GRADE 9 Has earned fewer than 6 Carnegie Units OR has not successfully completed English I regardless of credits earned SOPHOMORE - GRADE 10 Has earned at least 6 Carnegie Units and has successfully completed English I JUNIOR - GRADE 11 Has earned at least 12 Carnegie Units and has successfully completed English II SENIOR - GRADE 12 Has earned at least 18 Carnegie Units and has successfully completed English III.
*Please Note the Changes in the State Requirements for Subject Area Testing* Revision to State Board Policy: IHF-1, Graduation Requirements Academic end-of-course tests have been phased in starting with the 2001-2002 school year to replace the Functional Literacy Exam (FLE) as a requirement for graduation.
Students who begin 9th grade in 2002-2003 (anticipated graduation in 2006 or later) must pass the Subject Area Tests in U.S. History from 1877, English II (with a writing component), Biology I, and Algebra I. This group of students must pass all four Subject Area Tests even if they take the course(s) prior to their 9th grade year.
MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION STATEWIDE TESTING CALENDAR Available online www.mde.k12.ms.us/ACAD/osa/cal.html Subject Area Testing Program
ACT Test Dates and Registration Information: www.act.org/regist/currentdates.html
SAT Dates and Registration Information: www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/calenfees.htms
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS STANDARD 20 SENIORS OF SCHOOL YEAR 2011-2012 (Entering ninth graders in 2008-2009)
CURRICULUM AREA ENGLISH MATHEMATICS SCIENCE SOCIAL STUDIES 4 CARNEGIE UNITS 41 42 43 Algebra I Biology I 1 World History 1 U.S. History ½ Geography ½ U.S. Government ½ Economics ½ Mississippi Studies 4 Comprehensive Health or Family and Individual Health and PE 1 Computer Discovery or ½ Keyboarding and ½ Computer Applications Any approved 500.000 course or completion of the 2course sequence for Computer Graphics Technology I and II REQUIRED SUBJECTS
HEALTH/PE BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY THE ARTS
1 15 1 56 24
ELECTIVES TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED
College Preparatory Curriculum Admission to Public Universities in Mississippi
You can be admitted to a Mississippi university by meeting any of the following criteria: Complete the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) with a minimum 3.2 high school grade point average (GPA) on the CPC; or Complete the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) with a minimum 2.50 high school GPA on the CPC or a class rank in the top 50%, and a score of 16 or higher on the ACT* (Composite); or Complete the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) with a minimum 2.00 high school GPA on the CPC and a score of 18 or higher on the ACT* (Composite); or Satisfy the NCAA standards for student athletes who are “full-qualifiers” under Division I guidelines; or Students who do not meet the above criteria are nonetheless eligible for admission. Such students must participate, however, in an on-campus placement process at the university of their choice. The process will determine whether the student may be enrolled in regular freshman-level courses or be required to enroll in the summer semester with mandatory participation in the Summer Developmental Program. Successful completion of the summer semester entitles the student to continued enrollment in the fall semester at the university of his or her choice.
For more information on academic programs, admissions standards, and financial aid, please call 1-601-4326501 for academic programs and admissions standards information or 1-800-327-2980 or 1-601-432-6663 for financial aid information. *In lieu of ACT scores, students may submit equivalent SAT scores.
For students planning to pursue a post secondary education, it is strongly recommended that requirements for the school of choice be considered when selecting courses. Generally, acceptance to a junior college requires a high school diploma and an ACT score, or a General Education Diploma (GED) and an ACT score. Listed below is an outline of the entrance requirements for the four-year public universities in the State of Mississippi. Admission requirements to out-of-state colleges and universities vary from state to state. The student will need to check with the college of their choice for specific requirements.
College Preparatory Curriculum Admission to Public Universities in Mississippi
SENIORS OF SCHOOL YEAR 2011-2012 (Entering ninth graders in 2008-2009) The College Prep Curriculum for students graduating from high school and entering a public institution of higher learning beginning in the summer of 2012 is as follows: English: 4 Carnegie Units - Compensatory Reading and Compensatory Writing may not be included. Mathematics: 4 Carnegie Units - Includes Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and any one Carnegie Unit of comparable rigor and content. (e.g., Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Discrete Mathematics, Probability and Statistics, or AP Statistics) Science: 4 Carnegie Units - Includes Biology I, Chemistry I, and any two Carnegie Units of comparable rigor and content. (e.g., Physics, Physical Science, Biology II, Chemistry II, AP Chemistry, Physics II, AP Physics B, AP Physics C – Electricity and Magnetism, and AP Physics C – Mechanics, Botany, Microbiology, or Human Anatomy and Physiology.) Social Studies: 4 Carnegie Units - Includes World History, U.S. History, Introduction to World Geography, U.S. Government, Economics, and Mississippi Studies. (Credit earned for a State/Local Government course in any other state may stand in lieu of Mississippi Studies.) Arts: 1 Carnegie Unit - Includes any one Carnegie Unit of visual and performing arts course(s) meeting the requirements for high school graduation. Advanced Electives: 2 Carnegie Units - Includes any two Carnegie Units of Foreign Language (I and II), Advanced World Geography and a Foreign Language (I) or any combination of English, mathematics, or lab-based science courses of comparable rigor and content to those required above. Computer Applications: ½ Carnegie Unit - Course should emphasize the computer as a productivity tool. Instruction should include the use of application packages, such as word processing and spreadsheets. The course should also include basic computer terminology and hardware operation.
YOU need to research admission requirements for Universities outside of Mississippi. Each State/School may have different requirements and it is your responsibility to plan and select courses accordingly.
Report card grade requirements included in the information below should be semester grades. English: English I – earned a semester grade of 89 or below in 8 th grade English Accelerated English – must have a grade of 90 or above If you choose accelerated English you must remain in the course for the first nine weeks. If there are seats available in regular English changes may be requested. We may not be able to honor requests depending on class sizes. Accelerated Gifted English – must have been accepted in the Gifted program Math: Remember to attend a 4 year university in Mississippi you must have 4 Maths; Algebra I and 3 maths higher than Algebra I. All students currently enrolled in Pre-Algebra will choose Trans-Algebra and Algebra I their 9th grade year. This will account for 2 blocks of time. All students currently enrolled Trans-Algebra will enroll in Algebra I. All students currently enrolled in Algebra I will enroll in Geometry. Social Studies: All 9th grade students will enroll in Ms. Studies and Int. to World Geography. Science: Remember you must have 4 sciences to attend a 4 year university; 1 must be Biology and 1 must be Chemistry and two of comparable content and rigor. All 9th grade students will enroll in Physical Science unless you scored an average of 74 or below and those students will enroll in Science Skills. ALL 9th grade students will enroll in Technology Discovery for 1 block. All 9th grade students will take comp/Health and PE for 1 block.
This leaves 2 blocks for electives. Approval Electives:
Football Basketball Coach Samsel Boys- Coach Orr Girls – Coach Rombaugh Dance Team Cheerleading Baseball Softball Band Voice AP Art Studio (2) Coach Morris Coach Garrigan Coach Casio Coach Ross Mr. McNeil Mrs. Norris Mr. Chapman
Theatre I and II Mrs. McRae
Electives not needing approval: Public Speaking * Global Studies* PE* PE Weight* Drug Education* Choir* Communication IN Business* Information Processing* Word Processing* Desktop Publishing* Programming I* and II* Pre- Requisite Algebra I
Please understand that every effort will be made to accommodate student selections and alternate course requests. However, selections made at this time will be final, so select carefully. As students become upper classmen more electives are made available. Please remember students choose courses not teacher. We will not honor schedule change requests. We will not have time to answer questions regarding course selections over the phone. Questions will be answered on Thursday, Feb. 26, from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM. In filling out your course selection sheet you need to account for 8 blocks of time. One full year class equals one block of time. A semester class (indicated by an asterisk) is ½ a block of time. Write either a 1 beside your selection or ½ and add the total to ensure you have accounted for 8 blocks of time. Students will be scheduled in 4 blocks first semester and 4 blocks second semester. Each block of time will be 94 minutes. Attendance in classes will ensure the success of a student. Missing one class on block will equal two classes on the current schedules. Prepare for pre-registration: ALL students will be required to provide new proofs of residency. Everyone will be required to present each of the following: 1. Mortgage document, rental agreement or lease agreement 2. Current Utility Bill – no disconnect notices 3. Valid MS Car Tag registration receipt You will not receive a schedule card without presenting these proofs. Watch your mailbox for summer newsletter to finalize dates and times for pre-registration. Open House dates will be announced in the newsletter. We sill not distribute schedule cards at that time. Only those students meeting pre-registration will have schedule cards to visit classrooms and teachers. Plan in advance to prevent problems in the future.
YOU WILL KEEP THIS PACKET FOR YOUR RECORDS. YOU WILL SUBMIT YOUR COURSE SELECTION SHEET TO YOUR ENGLISH TEACHER. YOU COURSE SELECTIONS ARE YOUR CHOICES, BUT AS YOUR ACADEMIC COUNSELORS, WE WILL REVIEW YOUR GRADES AND DETERMINE THE BEST PLACEMENT IN CORE ACADEMIC SUBJECTS TO ENSURE YOU ARE SUCCESSFUL. COUNSELORS:
Mrs. Dye – all students with last names ending in Q-Z Ms. McGrew – all students with last names ending in H-P Mrs. Tucker – all students with last names ending in A-G