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1 Welcome to Middleborough High School s Program of Studies Night and Scheduling Information Night Please take a 4 year graduation plan handout and please take a seat in the front of the auditorium We will be starting our presentation shortly

2 Agenda For This Evening Graduation Requirements Course Requirements by Grade Level Academic Pathways AP Course Offerings Program of Studies: Location and New Course Offerings Online Scheduling Procedure

3 Middleborough High School s Promotion Requirements by Year of Graduation All students are required to take 40 credits each year. Students must remain scheduled in all courses throughout the academic school year. Seniors must earn a minimum of 30 credits as part of their graduation requirement. Promotion from grade-to-grade in high school is based on credit accumulation in conjunction with the fulfillment of core requirements and academic standards / expectations. Class of 2015 Credit requirements designated to earn status as a: Sophomore Junior Senior Graduate Class of 2016, 2017 & 2018 Credit requirements designated to earn status as a: Sophomore Junior Senior Graduate

4 Graduation Requirements Continued MCAS Score of 240+ English Language Arts Mathematics If a student scores between a on the ELA or Math MCAS, he/she will be on an Educational Proficiency Plan (EPP) and will not need to take the MCAS in that subject again Math EPP requires a 4 th year of Mathematics Science (220+)

5 Middleborough High School Graduation Requirements MIDDLEBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS (All course levels) All MCAS requirements must also be met in addition to credits 131*/136** (YOG 2015/2016,2017 & 2018) CORE CONTENT AREAS (graduation requirements): English (4) full semester courses/90 day equivalent (English I, II, III, IV) Mathematics (3) full semester courses/90 day equivalent) Science (3) lab sciences) Social Studies (3) (US History I/II required) Foreign Language (2) two years of same language in sequence (i.e.: Spanish I and Spanish II) 20 credits 15 credits (+5 if EPP) 15 credits 15 credits ELECTIVE REQUIREMENTS Unified Arts (visual art, music, theater, applied art) Computer Technology Physical Education/Health 5 credits 5 credits 10 credits (1 PE course/year) ADDITIONAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS ALL SENIORS MUST ACQUIRE AT LEAST 30 CREDITS DURING THEIR SENIOR YEAR IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A DIPLOMA

6 9 th Grade Required Courses English I H, CP Algebra I H, CP or Geometry H, CP World History II H, CP Biology H, CP Foreign Language Spanish 1 CP French 1 CP Russian 1 CP Physical Education Technology Integration and Research in the 21 st Century

7 10 th Grade Required Courses English II H, CP, CTP Geometry H, CP, CTP or Algebra II H, CP, CTP Students who failed the 8 th grade MCAS will be enrolled in MCAS Prep I United States History I H, CP, CTP Chemistry H, CP, CTP Foreign Language Spanish 2 CP, CTP French 2 CP Russian 2 CP Physical Education

8 11 th Grade Required Courses English III AP, H, CP, CTP Mathematics Algebra II H, CP, CTP, Pre-Calculus H, CP, Statistics AP, CP Students who failed the 10 th grade Math MCAS will be enrolled in MCAS Prep II United States History II AP, H, CP, CTP Science Physics H, CP, Conceptual Physics Cp Environmental Science AP or CP, Biology AP, or Chemistry AP Physical Education

9 12 th Grade Required Courses English IV AP, H, CP, CTP PE 4 th year of Mathematics if you are on a Mathematics EPP Students usually take Statistics & Probability, but can take another semester long Mathematics course such as Pre-Calculus or Calculus AP

10 Academic Pathways College Tech Prep (CTP) Class of 2015, 2016, 2017 ONLY Combined with CP courses, students may be able to attend a 4-year college. This pathway is designed to prepare students for a 2 year college, or a vocation. College Preparation (CP) Meets and exceeds all academic requirements and educational frameworks. Environment is more independent-focused. Prepares students to attend a 4-year college. Honors (H) Rigorous college preparatory level. Students work independently and on multiple assignments. Prepares students for a 4-year college. Advanced Placement (AP) AP courses allow for students to take AP exams. Passing scores on exams may be used for college course credit. Very Rigorous pace. Prepares students to attend a 4-year college.

11 AP Course Offerings Chemistry -Calculus AB/BC Biology -Spanish Environmental -Studio Art Science --Physics -Music Theory Statistics -US History English III -English IV

12 The Program of Studies All of our Courses are located in the Program of Studies Go to the Middleborough webpage: Click on ASPEN under Quicklinks Login to ASPEN Click on Program of Studies Link on ASPEN homepage /Centricity/Domain/305/HS%20Information/Progr am%20of%20studies% %20final.pdf

13 New Courses in the Program of Studies English Department -Journalism II Math Department -MCAS Review III Science Department - AP Physics -Conceptual Physics CP -Alternative Energy and Conservation Foreign Language Mandarin Chinese I & II (online via PLATO)

14 New Courses in Program of Studies Continued Visual Arts -Careers in the Entertainment Industry & Fine Arts Computer Technology -Video Game Development Physical Education -Health

15 New Courses in Program of Studies Continued Guidance Department Counselor Seminar Each year juniors are scheduled in groups for developmental seminars with their guidance counselor. In addition to fostering effective relationships between students and counselors, these seminars provide interactive dialog and information on the college application process, postsecondary planning, financial aid and college readiness.

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17 Introduction of Aspen s X2 Online Course Selection Process MIDDLEBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL FEBRUARY 11, 2014

18 Process for Selection Middleborough Public Schools Middleborough, MA Guidance Department Middleborough High School 71 East Grove Street Ashley S. Baron Fontaine, Counselor Nancy LeBlanc, Counselor Amy B. Beirne, Counselor January 24, 2014 Dear Students and Parents: Middleborough High School will soon begin the Aspen/X2 online course selection process for the academic school year. On Friday, February 7, 2014 during advisory homeroom, students will be given a computer-generated access code unique to themselves, as well as access to our Program of Studies, and instructions for course selection in the Aspen System. The online course selection instructions and Program of Studies will also be made available on the MHS website. We are hosting a Program of Studies/Aspen Scheduling Information Night on Tuesday, February 11 th at 6:30pm in the MHS Auditorium. Mr. Branagan and the Guidance Department will provide a step by step overview of the online selection process as well as review pertinent academic information, including any changes to the Program of Studies for the next school year. If you do not have internet access at home or you have questions regarding this process, please join us at 5:30pm on February 11 th, in the MHS Library with your Aspen code. On February 12, 13, and 14 the guidance department will be set up in the cafeteria during lunch to assist students with the course selection process. Students must select courses totaling a minimum of 40 credits to complete their schedule. For most students, that will mean five major courses including: English, Mathematics, Science, History, Foreign Language, P.E. and 15 credits of elective courses (some may also be graduation requirements) such as: Fine Arts and Technology. It is recommended that students select enough elective credits to surpass the 40 credit minimum to help students to get their desired electives. MHS Graduation Requirements can be found on the beginning pages of the Program of Studies. All Students currently in grades 8-11 will choose their courses and course levels. We encouraging that the course selection facilitation be placed in the hands of students and parents. We want all students to challenge themselves, but we also want to make sure that their placement in courses is appropriate, realistic and is consistent with their past levels of achievement and effort. Our scheduling methodology at MHS is student-driven. This means current Middleborough High School students will choose the courses and course levels that they will take. Students currently in the 8 th grade attending Nichols Middle School will have recommendations made for him/her in Aspen by their current teachers. We strongly encourage parent/guardian involvement to help students make appropriate course and level selections. We want all students to challenge themselves, but we also want to make sure that their placement in courses is appropriate, realistic and is consistent with their past levels of achievement and effort. Students course selections will be reviewed by content-specific teachers and your guidance counselor to ensure appropriateness. Recommendations of courses and levels may be made by the high school staff based on student s demonstrated progress and performance. In the event that staff opposes a student-selected course or level, a meeting may be scheduled to discuss the best option for the student as a team. All students must complete the online Course Selection process via the Aspen/X2 program during the week of February 10 February 21, Your Guidance Counselor will then

19 ENTERING COURSE REQUESTS ONLINE IN ASPEN X2 Middleborough High School Course Selection Information for the school year. Middleborough High School has adopted a new system for you to request all core subject area courses in addition to electives to complete your schedule. You will be entering your course requests online in the Aspen/X2 system. This online process will replace the paper course selection sheets that were used in the past. See attached instructions to guide you through the process. The most important thing to know is the deadline: Every student is required to enter course requests in Aspen/X2 by the end of day, Friday, February 21, Meeting this deadline is critical for giving yourself the best chance of getting the courses you want. Here is an outline of the steps you must take: 1. Carefully review the Program of Studies for all course and elective descriptions. The POS can be found on the high school s website. This is where you will find the correct sequence of courses, course descriptions, and MHS graduation requirements. 2. Log into your Aspen/X2 student account (user ID/password provided below; also available in NMS and MHS Guidance Offices) and begin selecting core courses, the level of interest, and electives of choice. 3. Confer with your parent(s)/guardian(s) to decide your course selections and levels. 4. Week of February 10 February 21, 2014, log onto your Aspen/X2 student account and enter your course selections. 5. If no password is indicated below, this means that you have reset your password. You will need to retrieve it by going to forgot password on the Aspen/X2 log-in page. If your account has been disabled please Robin Pilla to be reactivated: 6. If you would like more information on this process please attend our Program of Studies night on February 11, 2014 at 6:30pm. Beginning at 5:30 you will have access to computers in the MHS library if you do not have access to the internet at home. Last Name, First Name Website: Student Login ID Password Log On Info Sheet Monday 2/7/14 Advisory The Course Selection Informational sheet was distributed in Advisory on February 7, 2014 for MHS students. The portal to make course selections will be open from February for all students. Course selections must be made in this time frame.

20 Log On Access Go to Middleborough Public Schools District Home Page k12.ma.us/site Click on the ASPEN link under the Quick Links heading

21 Log On Access

22 Student Access Page COURSE SELECTION

23 My Info - Requests

24 Primary Course Requests for 8 th graders Choose your courses by clicking the Select tab to the left of each subject area.

25 Primary Course Options per Content Area Once in a subject area, simply click the Select box next to the course for which you want to make a request Make sure you press POST button when done making selections so that Guidance can begin verification process

26 Numerous Course Offerings If there are more courses available than will fit on the screen, you can click the arrow to scroll to the next page of courses Under the Status column, students may see Course in progress, or Completed Courses

27 Timeline 2/7 : students obtain course selection instructions and Aspen login information 2/12, 2/13, 2/14: Students obtain log on user name/password 2/10 2/21: Aspen course selection portal open for students/families Mid-March: Course request verification sheets will mailed home May/June: Schedules drafted/reviewed by Guidance; reviewed with students June: course listings distributed to students

28 Questions? Thank you!

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