Milton High School MHS Newsletter January 2010 Principal’s Message Greetings 20th and 21st. I suggest that Safety and Student Drop you ask your student about Off I hope this edition of the their final exam schedule and The thirty minutes prior to MHS Newsletter finds you their plan to prepare for the the start of the day at Milton well. It seems that from mid- tests. Please take the time to High School sees heavy traf- November through the New talk about the importance of fic at MHS. For the safety of Year, schedules both at home finishing off the semester all, I ask that students and at MHS get busier and busier well. Also, please never hesi- drivers take great care before each year. I’ve heard from tate to contact your student’s school. Students should not more than one parent that teacher or counselor if you be dropped off in the west they looked forward to school have questions. parking lot or back by the Ag/ starting up again in January Tech Ed. Building. Students Important may be dropped off at door so life could get back to nor- mal. I do hope that the fami- School Store In December, the Hawks’ #1 (main entrance), however Dates: lies at MHS could find time Nest opened at MHS. An due to the heavy bus traffic, to enjoy the time their stu- extension of the high school the preferred drop off point January 19-21 dents had off of school. business education class, is door #10 (Auditorium 1st Semester Exams However, January and Febru- Business Management II, the Entrance) before school. ary are scheduled with a school store provides students This location offers the most January 21 number of events at MHS. the opportunity to learn in a options for the driver to exit Early Release This Newsletter helps to out- real life format. Many par- the lot (Municipal Dr. or 11 a.m. line some of the activities that ents and community members High Street) and is the easiest will take place as we start have visited the store since its to approach, because there is January 22 2010. opening. I encourage you to no bus traffic. No School K-12 check it out. Currently, Mil- Workshop Day Preparation for Finals ton apparel is being sold, but Thank you. As we settle back into the second semester will see the January 23 routine after the holiday sea- eventual addition of school Milton Show son, it is good to help your supplies needed by specific Jeremy Bilhorn Choir Invitational student settle into a routine MHS classes. Principal with his or her schoolwork. Milton High School February 6 Final Exams are January 19th, Winter Dance 8:30 p.m. February 8 & 10 Library News HS Course Selection Nights 4-8 p.m. Instead of sending out hundreds of overdue/fine notices on paper, we are now sending notices directly to each student through FirstClass, our school email. February 26 No School K-12 This gives more responsibility to the students and also saves paper. Students SWEIO can use FirstClass from home by going to the school district site <http://www. milton.k12.wi.us/district/>, then Library (on the top bar), then District Email March 1 No School K-12 Access, then Log into Web-based FirstClass. Their English teachers also re- mind them to check their email periodically. Page 2 MHS Newsletter Parent—Teacher—Student Organization Attend PTSO meetings! Meet fellow parents who care about your children. Monthly meetings are on Fridays at 9 am in Room 121. Upcoming meeting dates: • February 5 • March 12 • April 9 Stay informed, Be • May 14 (8 am) involved! No fundraising involved. National Honor Society Membership in NHS is an honor awarded to juniors and seniors who demonstrate outstanding scholarship, char- acter, leadership, and service. The selection process for each year begins in February after grade records from the first semester are complete, and new members are notified in March. Any student who wants to work toward earning NHS membership should be aware of the criteria for selection at MHS. Scholarship: Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50. Character: Demonstrate these qualities: honesty, responsibility, courtesy, and respect for laws and school rules. Positive Leadership: Lead through actively inspiring others or through setting an example of excellence. Service: Be engaged in extracurricular activities at MHS and community activities. While each faculty member and administrator has input in NHS selection, the Faculty Council directs the process itself. Sarah Harvatine NHS Selection Advisor 868-9311 ext. 1109 Counseling Office Scholarships Seniors, be sure to stop in the counseling office or check the MHS website to obtain information on the scholar- ships that are available. Mrs. McCarthy frequently updates the list. Listen for announcements regarding new additions to the list. College and Technical College Representatives Juniors and seniors should check the counseling office bulletin board and listen to the announcements for the dates and times the college representatives come to visit our school. A representative from Blackhawk Techni- cal College will be presenting information on February 16th. Ms. Lima is the college contact person in the counseling office. She will answer questions regarding the college visits. Issue 3 Page 3 Counseling Office continued... 2010-2011 Course Selection – Grades 9, 10, 11 Course selection for the 2010-2011 school year is scheduled for the evenings of February 8th and 10th. You and your student will receive notice of your appointment after January 27th. Please clip and have your student return the confirmation slip to the counseling office to confirm your appointment or call to reschedule if the time is inconvenient for your family. The counselors will be going into the classrooms to discuss the course selection process and distribute materials the week of February 1st. Students will receive their new Program of Studies Guide and the forms to be completed before attending their scheduled appointment. Please take time to discuss your student’s selections and feel free to contact the counseling office or teachers with any questions you may have regarding this process. Seniors Seniors who are college bound should be completing their applications. Please have your senior bring in the completed application, transcript release form, a check to cover the application fee (if not paid online), and let- ter(s) of recommendation if applicable. Seniors should also make sure their ACT scores have been sent to the college or if the college accepts copies of the ACT report, request a copy be sent from the counseling office. College Goal Sunday is a nationwide event that assists thousands of high school seniors and their families com- plete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the essential first step to receiving financial aid and going to college. College Goal Sunday will be held at Hedberg Library in Janesville on Saturday, February 20th at 2:00pm. If you are unable to attend, you may visit the FAFSA website at www.fafsa.ed.gov for answers to your questions and information regarding the FAFSA application. Juniors Juniors should be in the process of getting a clearer vision of their post high school plans whether they are going straight to work, joining the military, or going on to further their education through technical college or other college/university. This is the year they should be taking the ACT or SAT if they are planning on attending a four-year college/university. The ACT scores are required for admission to UW-System schools. Most juniors take the test in April or June, but students may take it earlier if they wish. ACT and SAT materials are available in the counseling office. The next test date for the ACT is April 10 with a registration deadline of March 5. Sophomores This year the high school counselors will implement Individual Planning Conferences for sophomores. Each member of the class of 2012 will be asked to schedule a meeting with their parents/guardians and counselor dur- ing the school day. The Individual Planning Conference (IPC) assists students in planning, monitoring and managing their academic, career, and personal/social development by connecting the student, parent and school. Topics covered will be: Transcript Review Graduation Requirements Course Selections WKCE test results WISCareers Career and Education Website The focus of the IPC is to strengthen communication between students, parents and school counselors; explore academic and career options; and gain insight into students; personal/social growth. It will be very important for planning the last two years of high school. Meetings, lasting 35-40 minutes, will be scheduled from mid- March to May. The counseling department will send a letter in second semester to arrange a date and time for each student. We look forward to meeting with the Class of 2012 and their parents in Individual Planning Con- ferences. Freshmen Our 9th graders now are close to completing one full semester and moving into the second. Hopefully their grades will reflect their true ability. It is important for them to remember that a good start is important. Coun- selors are finishing up their individual meetings with the freshmen. This meeting gives the students a chance to ask questions and get to know their counselor. Page 4 MHS Newsletter World Language Department Which World Language Should my MHS Student Take? This decision should be based on two factors: which language the student enjoys the most, and what the student’s future goals are. Following are some points to consider when deciding whether to take a lan- guage, and which language to choose: MYTH: Learning another language is unnecessary/irrelevant. This is America! (or, “My student isn’t ever going to travel abroad,” or, “Everyone my student knows speaks English,” or, “Everyone in the world will be speaking English in the future anyhow,” or “We should be focusing on the basics: science, reading, and math.”) FACT: Considering the world we live in, it is quite possible that there is little more relevant than learning another language. Learning other languages helps one’s understanding of one’s own language: students who take another lan- guage are more likely to succeed in their native language classes and score higher on the SATs/ACTs. Most jobs today, in all sectors, require at least some language ability. Translation/interpreting is the fastest-growing job sector in the country, growing faster than any other job over the next decade. In terms of raw facts, being multilingual will be the default state of the near future. If current global projec- tions hold true, multilingual speakers are expected to outnumber single-language speakers very soon. Most of the rest of the world is multilingual. For decades, the United States has been behind our interna- tional peers in terms of language instruction. In most first-world (and even most third-world) nations, stu- dents learn two or more languages, either in the home or in formal schooling beginning at a very young age. MYTH: My student doesn’t need another language for his/her chosen career. FACT: There is no such thing as a career that does not benefit from learning another language. The number of careers in which a language is required is going up, not down. Here is a sample of career fields that re- quire (or strongly recommend) language skills. This list is far from exhaustive, and some of the career fields on this list may surprise you. Agriculture, Automotive, Business/Marketing, Entertainment, Foodservice/Hospitality, Law, Medicine/ Health care, Manufacturing, Engineering, Military, IT/Computers, Law Enforcement, Biotech, Architec- ture, Construction, Performing Arts, Accounting, Customer Service, Journalism, Insurance, Politics, Aero- space, Public Relations, and more! MYTH: My student can learn another language in college. There is no need to take a language in high school. FACT: Most colleges have language requirements for entrance. Those that don’t, often have exit language requirements in order to graduate. Many colleges will accept high school language coursework as part of their graduation language requirement. Furthermore, although a college may not have specific entrance re- quirements in language, language skills on a high school transcript are often helpful in moving a student’s application to the top of the pile at competitive schools. Most top-tier schools expect 4 years of high school world language study from their applicants, even though a language requirement may not be explicitly re- quired for entrance. Issue 3 Page 5 World Language Department continued... MYTH: French is more difficult to learn than Spanish. FACT: Both languages are challenging in different ways. There is no language (of the roughly 6000 that ex- ist in the world currently) that is “easier” than another. Spanish is often easier to pronounce at the beginning than French, which leads to the impression that it is “easier.” However Spanish becomes more difficult later on. French has fewer verb tenses/moods than Spanish, and French has fewer words for “you” than Spanish does. The bottom line is, both languages present challenges of equal degree, and just because a language seems easy early on does not mean that it’s definitively easier overall. Besides, learning a language gets eas- ier anyhow the more languages one learns! MYTH: Spanish is more useful/relevant than French. FACT: Both languages are equally useful. The language chosen depends entirely on a person’s career choice and lifestyle. Internet job searches by language typically yield about three times more job openings requiring French than Spanish. Be aware also that most jobs in the U.S. that require Spanish skills will most likely be given to those living in the U.S. who are native Spanish-speakers over those for whom Spanish is a second language. In terms of travel, Spanish is spoken in 22 countries abroad, whereas French is spoken in 43. Most countries recognize French as the language of diplomacy as well—more international negotiations are con- ducted in French than in most other languages. The U.S. government studies its language needs annually, to determine which languages to offer at the Defense Language Institute (where military cryptologists are sent to learn languages quickly in the interest of national security). French is listed as a “critical” or “important” language for our country’s needs almost every year. That said, the number of Spanish-speakers in the U.S. is increasing, so a conversational knowledge of Spanish can be helpful; however Canada is America’s #1 trade partner, and Canadian law requires that all product information and packaging be printed in both French and English. Since the passage of NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement), all products exported to Canada and Mexico must include French and Spanish both on their packaging and literature. Drivers making deliver- ies to those countries must be conversant in Spanish or French by law. In most other countries, people have a working knowledge of at least two other languages besides their own. There is no reason why “Spanish or French?” should be strictly an either-or question. MYTH: Milton students can only take one language in high school. FACT: If a student wishes, he/she can take both Spanish and French in high school. The reasons for doing so have been alluded to above, but here are some other things to consider: once a second language has been learned (even to a basic level), subsequent languages become easier and easier to learn. A student with multi- ple languages on a high school transcript may even have better chances of getting accepted to the college of his/her choice. Beyond that, in the job market, multiple languages on a resumé will give applicants an edge over applicants with no language skills or even with skills in one language. Sources: http://www.ericdigests.org/pre-924/study.htm http://www.wordcourt.com/archives.php?show=2005-09-07 Ssgt. A. Bagby, Linguist, USAF, NSA; personal conversation, July 2006 http://dataweb.usitc.gov/scripts/cy_m3_run.asp http://www.tc.gc.ca/pol/nafta-alena/en/plenaries/plenary-2001.htm http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~rll/undergraduate/language_requirement.html http://www.wisc.edu/pubs/ug/admiss.html http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos175.htm Page 6 MHS Newsletter 1st Semester Exams Day One: January 19 Day Two: January 20 Warning Bell: 7:33 Warning Bell: 7:33 1st Hour Exam 7:40 – 9:15 2nd Hour Exam 7:40 – 9:15 Passing Time 9:15 – 9:25 Passing Time 9:15 – 9:25 3rd Hour Exam 9:25 – 11:00 4th Hour Exam 9:25 – 11:00 Lunch 1 11:00 – 11:30 Lunch 1 11:00 – 11:30 4A Class 11:04 – 11:45 4A Class 11:04 – 11:45 4B Class 11:34 – 12:15 4B Class 11:34 – 12:15 Lunch 2 11:45 – 12:15 Lunch 2 11:45 – 12:15 5A Class 11:49 – 12:30 5A Class 11:49 – 12:30 5B Class 12:19 – 1:00 5B Class 12:19 – 1:00 Lunch 3 12:30 – 1:00 Lunch 3 12:30 – 1:00 7th Hour Exam 1:04 – 2:41 6th Hour Exam 1:04 – 2:41 Day Three: January 21 Warning Bell: 7:33 1st Hour 7:40 – 7:53 2nd Hour 7:57 – 8:10 3rd Hour 8:14 – 8:27 4th Hour 8:31 – 8:44 6th Hour 8:48 – 9:01 7th Hour 9:05 – 9:18 5th Hour Exam 9:22 – 11:00 11:00 Dismissal During exam week, students are required to re- main in the classroom for the entire duration of a final exam. Students will not be allowed to leave when finished with an exam. Students should plan accordingly and bring materials to work on when finished with an exam.