Palo Alto High School Open House Tuesday, February 5, 2008 Welcome Class of 2012! Jacqueline McEvoy, Principal Kim Diorio, Assistant Principal, Guidance & Curriculum Chuck Merritt, Assistant Principal, Technology & Staff Development Jerry Berkson, Assistant Principal (Facilities & Athletics)/ Dean of Students Allye Mullins, Director of Student Activities Earl Hansen, Athletics Director Susan Shultz, Guidance Counselor & T.A. Co- Coordinator About Paly…. Approximately 1700 Students 113 teachers Student-teacher ratio is 28.5 to 1 National reputation for academic excellence Over 90% of graduating seniors go to 2- 4year colleges Student Activities Allye Mullins Student Leadership group at Paly is known as the ASB- Associated Student Body Over 50 different clubs Many events: Dances Spirit Week Rallies Fundraisers Club Day Field Day International Day Turkey Trot Check out http://asb.paly.net for more information Athletics Earl Hansen Fall Sports Spring Sports Cross-Country Football Badminton Volleyball - Women's Baseball Tennis - Women's Golf – Men’s Water Polo Softball Golf – Women’s Winter Sports Swimming and Diving Basketball Track & Field Soccer Tennis - Men's Wrestling Lacrosse – Women’s Athletics Earl Hansen Requirements An annual physical examination, including physician verification of the student’s ability to participate Accident insurance with proper coverage. Minimum of 2.00 GPA from previous grading period, which includes all courses Must pass 20 units from the preceding semester. Must be enrolled as a full-time student during the sport’s season. The Physical Form read, understood and signed Teacher Advisors & Counselors Susan Shultz Teacher Advisor Role: The TA Program is the cornerstone of Paly’s guidance services. 43 Paly teachers are Teacher Advisors (TA’s) who serve 1685 students as academic advisors The 9th grade TA’s and 10th-12th grade TA’s are the primary contact persons for anyone with concerns about a particular student Guidance materials and instruction are delivered through the TA’s in the Wednesday advisory periods Teacher Advisors & Counselors Susan Shultz Example topics covered in Advisory: Making the transition easier What to expect at each grade level How to take good notes Mental Health Awareness PAUSD and UC/CSU graduation requirements Volunteer Opportunities Registration for classes Summer School Time Management www.paly.net/guidance has the complete advisory curriculum calendar Teacher Advisors & Counselors Susan Shultz Role of Counselors: In addition to TA’s, Paly has three guidance counselors, Susan Shultz, Selene Singares, and Kerry Smith who serve all students with concerns both academic and social/emotional. Developing a four-year plan for success Counselors and TA’s work together to help each student develop a four-year plan for success at Paly Counselors and TA’s collaborate with the College and Career Advisors on both individual students and advisory curriculum College and Career Center Sandra Cernobori, College Advisor Alice Erber, College Advisor Wendy Sinton, Career Advisor Advisors meet individually with all students during Junior and Senior year for help with both college and career decision-making and college application process. Viking College and Career Planning Guide is a valuable resource that gives an overview of the role of the College and Career Center - www.paly.net/guidance College and Career Center College and career center assists students and parents with information about post-high school programs including: Financial aid Test Preparation College Application Process Summer programs Gap Year programs Scholarships Foreign study Internships and career interest surveys Parent Information Nights College Fair Community College Forum College Rep Visits For more information, go to www.paly.net/college Registration Process The Paly Guidance Staff will be visiting all three middle schools in February JLS Middle School: February 5th & 6th Jordan Middle School: February 4th & 5th Terman Middle School: February 6th Students will receive the Course Selection Sheet and the Paly Program of Studies (Course Catalog) Registering for courses Paly Counselors conduct course selection presentations with middle school students at the middle schools between February 4th -6th. Carefully review the Paly Program of Studies (course catalog) with your child (Program of Studies is available at www.paly.net) Students discuss their choices with current 8th grade teachers and follow teacher recommendations Registering for Courses Once Course Selection Sheets are complete, students turn into the front office of JLS, Jordan, or Terman DUE: Jordan - Monday, February 11th JLS/Terman - Tuesday, February 12th Course Selection Sheets will be reviewed by the Paly Counselors and students will register for their classes: JLS: Thursday, February 14th Jordan: Monday & Tuesday, February 25th & 26th Terman: Wednesday, February 13th Paly Scheduling Paly has a 7-period day. 7 classes at 10 credits each = 70 credits/ year 210 credits (minimum) required for graduation (graduation requirements listed on back of course selection form) Four year colleges prefer over 210 credits Once students are at Paly, they will develop a four-year plan in Advisory to assist with future registration. Freshman Year Schedule (Typical Schedule) English 10 Exploratory or Critical Thinking Math 10 Varies (8th grade teacher recommendation) Science 10 Integrated Science or Biology 1A Social Science 10 World History World Language 10 Varies Physical Education 10 PE Elective 10 Elective (art, music, career voc ed, etc) Total Units* 70 * Earned at end of 9th grade by passing class with above a D- ** Passing with a C- or above is necessary for four-year college eligibility 2007-2008 Paly Instructional Supervisors by Department English – Trinity Klein Math – Radu Toma Science – Katherine Lawrence History/Social Studies – Eric Bloom World Languages – Norman Masuda Physical Education – Linda Morris Career Vocational Education – Jerry Berkson Visual & Performing Arts – Ron Williamson Kris Brockmann – Special Education English Trinity Klein Ninth Grade Courses: Critical Thinking Exploratory Thinking Mathematics Radu Toma Ninth Grade Courses: Algebra 1.1 Algebra 1 Algebra 1A Algebra 1A/ Geometry A Geometry/ Alg 2A Mathematics PAUSD strongly believes that to be successful in college, students should take 4 years of math in high school The lanes shown on the next slides are typical routes taken by students. Transferring between lanes is possible from year to year based on student performance, teacher recommendation, and potential summer mathematics coursework. PAUSD Secondary Math Flow Chart Math 6 Pre-Alg Pre-Alg A Intro to Algebra Algebra 1 Algebra 1.1 Algebra 1 Algebra 1 A Alg1 A/ GeoA Geom/ Alg 2A Algebra 1 (Gunn & Paly) or Geometry Geometry Alg2/ TrigH Trig/ Anlt A Alg 1.2 (Paly) Geometry Algebra 2 Alg2/ TrigH PreCalc A Analysis H Algebra 2 Pre-Calculus PreCalcA AB Calc AP BC Calc AP **The lanes shown are typical routes taken by students Science Katherine Lawrence Ninth Grade Courses: Integrated Science – college prep UC approved “g” Biology 1A – college prep UC approved “d” History- Social Science Eric Bloom Ninth Grade Course: World History PAUSD four year graduation requirement in History/Social Science includes: 10 - US Govt/Cont. World 11 - US History 12 - Economics 12 - Social Studies elective World Languages Norm Masuda Ninth Grade Courses: American Sign Language 1 Chinese Mandarin 1 French 1, 2 Japanese 1, 2 Spanish 1, 2 Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1 Physical Education Linda Morris All Ninth graders are required to take P.E. “0” period P.E. being offered (6:50 – 7:40 a.m. M-F) due to increased enrollment/facility need If students opt for “0” period PE, they must take a prep during the day Physical Education Linda Morris PE Uniforms and locks are purchased from the PE staff during the first week of school Grading is based on participation and effort. Students must participate in at least 70% days in order to earn credit. Prep period for sports – Student athletes may be released by his/her PE teacher after the roster for sport is verified. Career Vocational Education Chuck Merritt Courses Offered for Freshman: Business Law Keyboarding Drafting Foods Interior Design Sports Medicine Intro to JAVA Visual and Performing Arts Ron Williamson Courses Offered: Art Spectrum Photography Concert Band Jazz (after school) Orchestra Concert Choir 1-2 Music Appreciation Theatre Stage Tech (after school) Video Production TEAM Jeff Billing TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) The interdisciplinary TEAM is an alternative approach to the 9th grade core subjects English, Math, World History, & Biology Enrollment in TEAM is limited Students must indicate their interest on the Course Selection Sheet and a Lottery will take place in May Other Programs Kim Diorio AVID The AVID class is designed to help bright students with average academic records and high-test scores to challenge themselves and prepare to go to 4-year colleges Focus on Success FOS is designed to aid students to develop study and organizational skills Reading Acceleration Class Reading Class is designed to improve students’ reading proficiency and comprehension so students are “college ready” and reading at grade level. Support Services – Paly Library Great place to support student learning 2 librarians available 7:30 – 4:00 pm daily 28 computers textbooks available in silent study room www.paly.net/library with access to our great databases and electronic reference books (elibrary) is available 24/7! Support Services Academic Resource Center (ARC) The cool place for obtaining help, getting a tutor, doing homework, using a computer or making up a quiz or exam Open until 4:30p.m. every afternoon Math Resource Center (MRC) The Paly Math department has made a commitment to be available to all students every period of the day including brunch, lunch, and after school in the MRC Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS) ACS counseling team provides individual, group and family counseling Mark Your Calendars! Parent Information Workshops February 7th from 12:00 – 1:00 pm or 6:30 – 7:30 pm in the ERC (library) Paly Campus Tours (Saturday,TBA) Freshman Orientation – August 19th and 20th, 2008 (tentative) First Day of School – August 26, 2008 Please join us in the library for the next portion of our program We look forward to meeting the Class of 2012! Thank you for coming!
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