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^ GUIDANCE NEWS

SEMIFINALISTS IN THE 2011

NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Samuel Blankenship

COMMENDED STUDENTS

Jayanth Alangar Varsha Balasubramaniam Brian Capuder

Natalie David Elizabeth O’Neill Divyaa Raj

Hilary Rizk Jordan Vaska Mahima Venkatesh

^ COLLEGE ENTRANCE TESTS




College Bound Juniors should register for college entrance tests this spring. Registration materials are available in the Guidance Office. Test dates are listed below. The SHS Guidance Staff recommends that all students take the optional Writing Portion of ACT. It is recommended or required by many colleges.

^ AMERICAN COLLEGE TEST (ACT)

DEADLINE FOR

TEST DATE REGISTRATION

February 6, 2011 January 5, 2011

April 10, 2011 March 5, 2011

June 12, 2011 May 7, 2011 (at SHS)

Online Registration www.actstudent.org


^ SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TEST (SAT) REASONING

(AND SUBJECT TESTS)*


DEADLINE FOR

TEST DATE REGISTRATION

March 13, 2011 February 4, 2011

May 1, 2011 March 25, 2011

June 5, 2011 April 29, 2011


Online Registration www.collegeboard.com


(SAT & ACT has “stand-by” testing available for a considerable penalty fee.)

Highly selective schools require one to three subject tests. They may be taken at the completion of a course regardless of student grade level. Pick up an SAT/ACT-Achievement booklet in the Guidance Office. Check with you counselor if needed.


^ COLLEGE FAIR

The annual “College Fair” sponsored by Tri-C

will be held on May 17th at

Cuyahoga Community College-Western Campus

from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

2011-2012 COURSE SELECTIONS



Yes, believe it or not, it’s almost time to begin making careful selections for next year’s courses. On February 17th, in Alpha Homeroom, freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be receiving information about next year’s course offerings. Students need to consult with teachers and parents before making course requests. Parents seeking additional advice relative to these important decisions are urged to contact their student’s guidance counselor. Beginning March 1st, students will be registering their course selections on-line through their English classes. Counselors will be talking with students at that time. It is IMPERATIVE that students and parents discuss course selections and make informed course choices, because these selections determine the construction of next year’s Master Schedule. Thank you for your help in getting course selection sheets completed on time.


^ IMPORTANT COURSE SCHEDULING UPDATE


Students will make course selections after obtaining information from counselors, having discussions with teachers and consulting with parents. Each student will meet with counselors while selecting courses using our on-line computer program. The first phase will immediately allow students to select classes online and enable the guidance counselors to provide more individualized counseling to students. A system of checks and balances, including parent verification of their student’s course work, will remain in place. This information will be password protected. Future phases will provide parents with access to their student’s attendance, grades and class assignments.


In the long-term, this module will enable parents to have an online view of course selections, attendance, grades and class assignments. This information will be password protected. The phased in implementation approach will provide parents, students and staff the time to identify needs and to properly design and train students, parents, teachers and counselors on how to use the system to its fullest potential.


After students enter their course information in February, parent verification of their course selections will take place. Once the selections are parent verified, the high school counselors and administrators will begin to develop student schedules.


Our plan is to have a tentative schedule (a list of confirmed classes) for next year available to students when they leave in June. Over the summer, we will develop the student’s final schedule based upon the need to balance class sizes, student results on the Ohio Graduation Test and the available teaching staff. They will receive this schedule when they return to school in August.


Students, parents, teachers, counselors and administrators need to work in partnership to ensure student progress. We appreciate your support of this ongoing effort and appreciate your feedback as it progresses. Please contact your student’s guidance counselor at 572-7103 if you have any questions.


^ POST-SECONDARY OPTIONS



The post-secondary options program is available to all high school students. Through this program students may take coursework at college while still in high school. Students can receive high school as well as college credit for these courses. There are advantages as well as disadvantages to this program. Counselors will hold their mandatory meetings on March 3rd, Parent Conference Day, to explain this program and answer questions. Students may NOT participate in this program without first attending these meetings with their parents. Declarations of intent to participate in post secondary options are due to guidance by March 30th. If your child wishes to participate in post-secondary option during the 11-12 school year, please plan on attending one of these meetings on Conference Day. Meetings will be in the Auditorium at the following times: 12:30 and 5:00 p.m.




^ SEMESTER FAILURES



New graduation requirements for students mean more courses are required in each subject area. If your son or daughter fails for the SEMESTER in any of the following required courses, parents should plan on sending their student to summer school (courses offered on an as needed basis) or night school to make-up the required coursework. Courses required for graduation include:

^ English

Math

Social Studies-Modern World History/Non-Western Studies, American History, Government, Economics

Science-Physical Science, Biology

Health

Physical Education

If students fail coursework, they may become ineligible to graduate in four years without making up needed credits during summer school (mid-June through July) or night school.

^ ADVANCED PLACEMENT TESTING



The Strongsville High Guidance Department will again serve as an Advanced Placement Test Center. Students who receive high scores on these extremely difficult tests may be granted course credits upon enrollment in college. The tests will be given from May 2nd-13th. This year the cost of each test will be $87.00, a fee that students must pay in advance. Test registration materials will be distributed in AP classes in early March. The deadline for registering and paying for tests is March 11th and can be done through the Guidance Office. (Fee reductions are available in cases of extreme financial handicap or for students who are on Free or Reduced Lunch.) AP tests are available for Biology, Computer Science, Economics, English, French, German, American Government, U.S. History, Math, Physics, and Spanish. Further questions should be directed to Mr. John Young, counselor at 572-7114.


Grade Placement…

The minimum student course load is 5 credits per year. A student must carry a minimum of 5 classes per semester. Therefore, a student will be promoted to the…

10th Grade if he/she has completed a minimum of 4.0 credits

11th Grade if he/she has completed a minimum of 9.0 credits

12th Grade if he/she has completed a minimum of 14.0 credits

The above guidelines should be viewed as minimums. Usually a student will have earned more credits than are needed for grade promotion. Some grade placements may be adjusted by administration and guidance to insure students the opportunity to take Ohio Graduation Tests.


^ DELAYED START SCHEDULE FOR OGT TESTING

March 14, 15, 16, 17, & 18, 2011


Testing 7:20 –9:15 a.m.

1st Period 9:30-9:53 5th Period 11:47-12:35

2nd Period 9:58-10:21 6th Period 12:40-1:28

3rd Period 10:26-10:49 7th Period 1:33-1:56

4th Period 10:54-11:42 8th Period 2:01-2:25




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