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					 Pre-Registration
 2011-2012

       Class of 2015

Presented January 3, 2011
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Materials:

 Pre-Registration Booklet
 Course Description Booklet
 4-Year Plan/Pre-Registration Form
 Pencil & Highlighter




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     Pre-Registration Booklet
INCLUDES BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING:

 Testing Requirements: STAAR
 Early Admissions; Dual Credit
 THEA Requirements
 Admission to Pre-AP
 Graduation Requirements/Plans
 GPA & Class Rank Calculation



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         State of Texas Assessments of
         Academic Readiness (STAAR)
       More rigorous than TAKS; greater emphasis
        on alignment to college and career readiness
       High school
        Twelve end-of-course assessments rather
        than a grade-specific test (currently grade
        11) covering four subject areas




                    TEA Student Assessment Division
                     "Overview of State Assessment
4                         Program" May 2010
                    STAAR End-of-Course High
                    School Assessments

                      English I, English II, English III

                      Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II

                      Biology, Chemistry, Physics

                      World Geography, World History,
                       U.S. History
                                                         Starts in 2011-2012 School
  TEA Student Assessment Division "Overview of State
5 Assessment Program" May 2010
                                                       Year With Entering 9th Graders
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        STAAR End-of-Course High
             School Assessments
       To graduate, student must achieve
        cumulative score at least equal to the
        product of number of assessments taken
        in that content area and scale score that
        indicates satisfactory performance
       For each of four core content areas,
        cumulative score ≥ n x passing scale
        score, where n = number of
        assessments taken


                TEA Student Assessment Division
                 "Overview of State Assessment
6                     Program" May 2010
STAAR End-of-Course High School
Assessments
     For students on minimum graduation plan
      Cumulative score is based on number
       of courses taken for which an end-of-
       course assessment exists
      Cumulative score requirement may vary
       by subject area



             TEA Student Assessment Division
              "Overview of State Assessment
7                  Program" May 2010
STAAR End-of-Course High School
Assessments
     In addition to meeting cumulative score
     requirement in each of four core content
     areas, students on recommended high
     school program have to perform
     satisfactorily on –
      Algebra II assessment
      English III assessment



               TEA Student Assessment Division
                "Overview of State Assessment
8                    Program" May 2010
STAAR End-of-Course High School
Assessments
     In addition to meeting cumulative score
     requirement in each of four core content
     areas, students on distinguished
     achievement program have to perform
     satisfactorily on college-readiness
     component of –
      Algebra II assessment
      English III assessment


               TEA Student Assessment Division
                "Overview of State Assessment
9                    Program" May 2010
         STAAR End-of-Course High
         School Assessments
        Student is not required to retake course
         as a condition of retaking assessment
        School district shall provide accelerated
         instruction to each student who fails to
         perform satisfactorily on assessment




                 TEA Student Assessment Division
                  "Overview of State Assessment
10                     Program" May 2010
STAAR End-of-Course High School
Assessments
        Student’s score on assessment
         must be worth 15% of student’s final
         grade for that course
        School district is not required to use
         student’s score on subsequent
         administrations to determine
         student’s final grade for that course


                 TEA Student Assessment Division
                  "Overview of State Assessment
11                     Program" May 2010
Class of 2015
Graduation Requirements
   3 plans
   Minimum Plan reserved for those in danger of
    not graduating.
   Differences primarily in Math, Science, Foreign
    Language and Required Measures (college level
    coursework).
   May do more than a plan requires, but not less.



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       CHANGE OF PLANS
 May change the plan at anytime.
 Must complete a form to change the plan.
 Minimum Plan still reserved for those
  struggling to fulfill graduation
  requirements.




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         MATHEMATICS
 Sequence
   Algebra 1, Geometry, Math Models and Algebra II
    (Recommended Plan)
   Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra II & Pre-cal

    (Recommended or Distinguished Plan)
   Calculus is available and recommended for
    students who complete Algebra 1 in 8th grade.




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SCIENCE
  Sequence
    Biology, Chemistry, Physics, 4th Science
    Pre-AP classes are available for Biology,
     Chemistry and Physics. These courses will
     prepare students for AP Biology, AP Chemistry,
     and AP Physics – any of which will satisfy the 4th
     science requirement.




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MATHEMATICS
   Math Models
     Math  Models MUST be taken prior to Algebra II to
      count as a math credit on the Recommended
      Program.
     Math Models qualifies only as an ELECTIVE on the
      Distinguished Plan (NOT a math credit).




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SOCIAL STUDIES
   Sequence
     World  Geography, World History, U.S.
      History, and Government/Economics
     Pre-AP and AP courses in Social Studies are
      not currently available.




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FOREIGN LANGUAGE
 Spanish is the only foreign language
  currently available at GHS.
 Spanish 1 is currently taken during a
  student’s sophomore year.
 Reminder that 3 years of foreign language
  are required for the Distinguished Plan.


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FINE ARTS
   Choices at GHS include:
     Theatre
     Art
     Band
          Fall semester may sub for .5 PE or Pers. Fit, and
           spring may sub for .5 Fine Art. To fulfill all of the
           PE/Pers. Fit & Fine Art credits through Band, a
           student would need to take band for at least 2.5
           years. For students who are in Band and athletics,
           the first full year of Band will count as a Fine Art
           credit; each additional year will count as a state
           elective.
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TECHNOLOGY APPLICATION
   Courses available for GHS Technology
    Credit:
           •   BUSIM (Business Information Management)
           •   Webmastering
           •   Drafting 3 (Drafting 1 & 2 are pre-requisites)
           •   Desktop Publishing (within the Journalism Dept.)




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P.E. AND PERSONAL
FITNESS
  1.0 P.E. Required
  .5 Personal Fitness Required
  Athletics will substitute directly (.5 credit for .5
   credit) for either PE or Personal Fitness
  Fall semester of Band will substitute for either
   Personal Fitness or PE




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ATHLETICS
 The first 1.5 credits will substitute for PE
  and Personal Fitness
 The remaining credits earned from
  Athletics will be considered state elective
  credits.
 Athletics may now earn a maximum of 4.0
  total credits (PE/Pers. Fitness and Elective
  credits combined.)
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HEALTH AND SPEECH
 Each is one semester only.
 Both are required for all graduation plans.




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MEASURES FOR THE
DISTINGUISHED PLAN
   In addition to the differences in math and
    foreign language requirements, 4
    “Measures” are required for the
    Distinguished Plan.
     One  Measure is equal to any one of the
      following:
        A “B” or better in a 3 hr college level course
        A “3” or better on an Advanced Placement Test

        Commended Scholar or National Merit Recognition

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MEASURES FOR THE
DISTINGUISHED PLAN
 Earning a “C” in a college level course
  does NOT qualify.
 Simply taking an AP course does NOT
  qualify.
 Students on the Recommended Plan may
  take Dual Credit courses and AP exams,
  but they are not required to do so.

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DUAL CREDIT COURSES
 High school and college credit
  simultaneously.
 Available to juniors and seniors
 Courses currently offered:
     U.S. History
     Government and Economics
     English 3 and 4


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DUAL CREDIT COURSES
 Must take the THEA or be exempt based
  on TAKS scores.
 Students are responsible for registration,
  tuition, fees & books – paid each semester
  (Aug. & Jan.)
 Courses will not only be included in the
  high school GPA, but they WILL also
  generate a college transcript.
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DUAL CREDIT COURSES
 Courses are weighted for the purpose of
  GPA and class rank; however, this weight
  will NOT be reflected on the transcript or
  report card.
 Weight is NOT given to failing grades.
  These grades will be calculated as a “0” in
  the GPA. (True for all weighted classes;
  please see Pre-Registration Handbook.)
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DUAL CREDIT COURSES
 GHS has no control over MC professors or
  policies.
 New 6 “W” limit...and little/NO refunds!




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EARLY ADMISSIONS - MC
 May begin only after sophomore year
 Taking courses independently (during the
  summer or even during the school year.)
 Early admissions form & THEA
 Numeric grade from professor
 Online classes fill quickly!! Especially the
  foreign language classes!
 Caution – again, does go into GPA!
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EARLY GRADUATION
 Student and parent must sign a request to
  graduate early.
 Students should understand impact on
  STAAR, PSAT.
 Outside coursework will be necessary.
     8(credits)x3(years)=24.  26 Credits are
     required for graduation. (Remember that
     athletics only counts for up to 2 credits for
     graduation...this could affect outside
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     coursework.)
EARLY GRADUATION
  This   outside coursework can be expensive
    Approx. $125+books per .5 credit –
     Correspondence
    Approx. $250 for 3 hr college course (usually .5
     credit; Spanish credit is an exception: 1.0 credit for
     one semester of college credit.)
    Summer School – MISD – approx. $130 per .5
     credit (Max 1 credit per summer)



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EARLY GRADUATION
     Outside Coursework can include CBE for
      acceleration; however, these exams require a
      90 or better test score for a course you have
      not taken...extremely difficult to obtain.
   Early High School Scholarships
     Up  to $2000 for early graduation &/or
     $1000 for 30 college hours at graduation (15
      college hours if graduating 1 yr early)
          ***These are contingent upon government funding.
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            PRE-REGISTRATION
   Choose and mark a graduation plan (Recommended or
    Distinguished)
   Freshmen will take:
      English 1 (mark Pre-AP if desired)
      Algebra 1 (or Geometry if Alg 1 taken in 8th grade; if
       taking Geometry, should likely take Pre-AP.)
      World Geography
      Biology (mark Pre-AP if desired)
      P.E. (or Band or athletics)
      a Fine Art class (Theatre, Band or Art; if taking Band
       instead of P.E., Ensemble is an option for an additional
       elective.)
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          PRE-REGISTRATION
   In addition to those 6 classes, freshmen may
    choose two electives.
   Spanish 1 is not available to freshmen
   Speech, health & BUSIM are given to
    upperclassmen first; be sure to list alternates
   It is important that students also list alternate
    electives since upperclassmen will have first
    priority.

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PRE-REGISTRATION
 Please discuss and consider PAP classes.
  Pre-registration forms should have PAP
  circled if that was the selection made.
 We will review the 4-year plan every year.
  Changes are not only possible but
  expected regarding future (i.e. sophomore,
  junior and senior year) course selections.

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          PRE-REGISTRATION
   Please use the Course Description Booklet to
    help your student select the necessary elective
    as well as any alternate electives.
    A  few suggestions include Principles of Agriculture,
      Interpersonal Studies, Drafting 1, Accounting and
      Photojournalism and Creative Writing.
     Students strong in English may be interested in
      Annual or Newspaper.
   Be aware that Band students who are not in
    athletics will have 3 electives; remember that
    Ensemble is may be requested in addition to
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Four Year Plan/Pre-Registration
Form
   Parents and students should each sign at the
    bottom of the 4-yr plans.
   Once all upcoming freshmen students have
    been registered, a copy will be sent home for
    your records.
   Please contact the counseling office if the
    returned copy includes changes or notes that
    you do not understand.


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CONTACT INFORMATION
 Debra Keel, Counselor
 685-7810
 dkeel@greenwood.esc18.net




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