2011-2012 Scheduling News

7 Mar

March begins our scheduling of courses for the 2011-2012 school year.  In the coming weeks, several important dates and events will occur.  It is extremely important that your child adhere to the deadlines in order to ensure he or she create the schedule of his/her choice.  Please note the important dates below.

 

Course Selection:       March 6 – 17, 2011               

Ms. Meadows and Ms. Abdul Ghafoor will be going into all English classrooms to discuss transcripts, credits and course offerings for 2011-2012.  All students will receive a Course Handbook and a Course Registration Sheet.  These documents are to be used to select desired courses for the 2011-2012 school year.  The counselors will also make important announcements about new mathematics courses, AP and Honors classes, and Biology for 9th graders.  Course Registration Sheets are due with a parent signature on Tuesday, March 22, 2011. 

 

AP/Honors English Entrance Essay: Wednesday, March 9, 2011

All students wishing to take Honors English 9 or 10 or AP English 11 or 12 must take a mandatory entrance essay.  The essay is designed to give students a sample of the types of writing required in the course.  An informational meeting will be held Monday, March 7, 2011 at 2:30 in the MS/HS Library for students interested in taking Honors or AP English. 

 

Freshman Night:        Wednesday, March 9, 2011

We invite all parents of 8th grade students to attend this informative meeting to learn about high school expectations and to get a head start on graduation requirements.  This is an important meeting to help students make the transition to high school.  The meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the MS/HS Library.  Students are encouraged to attend with their parents. 

 

College Night:                        Wednesday, March 16, 2011

We invite all parents of grade 11 students to attend this informational meeting about the college application process.  The focus of the meeting is to inform you of the process for searching and applying to college.  College applications begin now, and the better prepared you and your child are, the better of this exciting and challenging process will be.  The meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the MS/HS Library.  Students are encouraged to attend with their parents.    

Sophomore/Junior Night:    Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Parents of grade 9 and grade 10 students are welcome to attend this informational meeting about credits, transcripts and high school in general.  This meeting is to answer questions pertaining to credits and the steps that students should be taking in preparation for their senior year and colleges.  The meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the MS/HS Library.  Students are encouraged to attend with their parents.     

Application Deadlines!                            Tuesday, March 22, 2011

All applications and course requests are due on this date.

  • Course Registration Sheets
  • Honors English Applications
  • AP Course Applications
  • Yearbook Applications

Student Schedules and Drop/Add:              May 31 – June 15, 2011

Students will receive their schedules at the end of May.  They have a 2 week period of time to drop and add classes.  As of June 15, 2011, schedules are considered complete.  Tudents may not change courses after this date.

Important Notes about AP Classes:

  • All AP courses require a lengthy and challenging summer assignment.
  • You must qualify for the prerequisite grade for both semesters.  If you fail to meet the grade second semester, you will be dropped from the course and scheduled in an alternate class.
  • You may only take the AP courses which you originally requested on your application. 

Important Notes about Math Courses:

Next year we will be changing the math program.  We are eliminating the E classes.  All students must take Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II.  Students may either take these classes every other day or every day.  Those students who find math challenging will have the opportunity to have the class every day so that they have more time to understand the concepts and receive more instruction.  All students in both classes will be held to the same standard and will take the same summative assessments.  There will also be a daily pre-calculus class.  Parents and students can decide which math they feel is the most beneficial for their son or daughter.  Because we want students to be successful in the math classes they take, the teachers will make a recommendation based on the student’s achievement in previous or current math courses; however, the final decision is that of parent and student.  There is a grade requirement of a C+ in either Algebra II or Algebra II daily in order to take pre-calculus.

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