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Freshman Parent Program 2014 Radnor High School Guidance Counselors: Heather Di. Lalla, JJ Lemon, Sarah Mechura, Jeannie Semar, Donna Ward Agenda • Counselor role and transitioning to the high school • Academic review and support services • Standardize tests and testing calendar • Naviance overview and registration • Course selection process
Guidance Counselors � Jeannie Semar (A – Da) ◦ Jeannie. [email protected] org ◦ 610. 293. 0855 x 3527 � Donna Ward (De - Hi) ◦ Donna. [email protected] org ◦ 610. 293. 0855 x 3526 � Amy Wess (Ho - Ma) - Sarah Mechura is her LTS until mid-February ◦ Amy. [email protected] org ◦ Sarah. [email protected] org ◦ 610. 293. 0855 x 3537 � JJ Lemon (Mc – Sc) ◦ JJ. [email protected] org ◦ 610. 293. 0855 x 3524 � Heather Di. Lalla (Se – Z) ◦ Heather. Di. [email protected] org ◦ 610. 293. 0855 x 3523
The Role of the Counselor �Freshman Year: ◦ Transition and Orientation to Radnor High School ◦ Guidance Lessons �Decision Making �Academic Planning �Introduction to Naviance �Sophomore Year ◦ Personality Assessment �Career Interests and Information ◦ Guidance Lessons �Academic Planning �Naviance
The Role of the Counselor �Junior. Year: ◦ Post-Secondary Planning ◦ Winter Evening Program �Senior. Year ◦ Post-Secondary Planning ◦ Fall Evening Program
The Role of the Counselor �Personal Counseling �Academic �Course �HS Monitoring and Counseling Hope referrals �Parent Resource
Guidance Department Staff � Ms. Stephanie Querze 610. 293. 0855 Ext. 3522 Counselor Assistant � Mrs. Leonor Gelpi-Perez 610. 293. 0855 Ext. 3529 Counselor Assistant � Ms. Christine Hofman 610. 293. 0855 Ext. 3823 School Social Worker � Dr. Dorothy Lowery 610. 293. 0855 Ext. 3530 School Psychologist � Dr. Richa Kleiman 610. 293. 0855 Ext. 6122 School Psychologist � Mrs. Amy Wildey 610. 293. 0855 Ext. 3309 School Psychologist
Academic Review • Home Access Center • Contact Nadine Mc. Devitt in the Main Office for log in information • Teacher Web Pages • Accessible through the High School website
Quarterly Report Cards
Grading Scale Found on Page 11 of Program of Studies
Academic Supports � Academic Success Center Room 115 � Math Center Room 203 ◦ Open all 8 periods for students to drop in � Writing Center Library ◦ Open all 8 periods ◦ By appointment only – sign up sheet on Writing Center door � Teacher Office Hours available � After School Peer Tutoring ◦ Daily 2: 30 to 3: 30 Library Writing Center
HS Hope � Student Assistance Program � Students who are struggling personally, academically, or both � Members include Counselors, Administrators, School Psychologists, School Nurse, and outside resources � More information and referral forms available on the HS website
What are the college entrance exams? � PSAT � ACT � SAT � AP- Subject Test not part of the admissions requirements
Standardized Testing Links � www. collegeboard. org �www. actstudent. org �www. fairtest. org
Differences Between SAT/ACT VS SAT Five sections: Reading, English, Math, Science, Writing CONTENT Three sections: Critical Reading Math Writing Four separate sections each completed before moving on to next content area with the essay section given last FORMAT Ten sections that jump from content area to content area with the essay section given first Each subject scored 1 -36; composite score also 1 -36, essay score not included SCORING Each section scored 200 -800, all included in overall score, maximum total score is 2400 TEST STRATEGY Incorrect responses result in the loss of a fraction of a point No penalty for incorrect answers
When should your student be taking these exams? � Freshman year ◦ OCTOBER - PSAT ◦ JUNE- SAT Subject � Sophomore year ◦ OCTOBER - PSAT ◦ JUNE- SAT Subject � Junior year ◦ OCTOBER- PSAT ◦ DECEMBER - JUNE – ACT, SAT, and/or SAT Subject � Senior year ◦ SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER – ACT, SAT, and/or SAT Subject
Frequently Asked Questions �Can students with a learning disability qualify for testing accommodations? ◦ PSAT, AP ◦ ACT �Is preparation necessary? ◦ Refer to PSAT report- My Quickstart ◦ Free online practice ◦ Prep services & resource materials available for purchase
What is it? • Naviance is a secure web-based planning and advising system that helps students navigate through high school and understand their post high school options • Each student will create an account during 9 th grade Health classes in May
How NAVIANCE can help you Underclassman features • Resume builder • Career Interest Profiler • Explore careers and clusters • Personality type assessment (10 th grade) “Do What You Are” • Summer enrichment opportunities • Receive grade specific guidance emails • Brag sheet for counselor letter of recommendation (11 th grade)
NAVIANCE for college bound students �College search and match programs �Display scattergrams and application statistics from Radnor �Organize application deadlines �Register for college visits �Request transcripts �Electronic submission of transcript, if accepted by a college/university �Teacher recommendations �Research scholarship opportunities
Naviance College Visit Sign Up
Naviance College Organizer
2014 -2015 Program of Studies will be available on rtsd. org
Course Selection Timeline Student Assembly • Students will be advised on how to access and request his/ her electives for next year during community period assembly. • Please be sure to review the Program of Studies with your child and keep in mind that no schedule changes are allowed after June 27, 2014.
Course Selection Timeline Teacher Recommendations • Teachers will input course recommendations for major subjects from February 4 th through February 14 th. • The teachers and students will meet during this time to discuss options.
Course Selection Timeline Elective Choices • Students should review the Program of Studies, talk with teachers, parents, counselors, and classmates to help select 3 electives and 3 back-up choices. • Students will be responsible for uploading these choices into HAC February 18 th through February 21 st • Be mindful of prerequisites and graduation requirements.
Course Selection Timeline Counselor Meetings • Every student will meet with their counselor during the school day from February 24 th through March 7 th to review all courses selected. Counselors will be out of their offices those two weeks. We will review with students the following criteria: • • Total number of credits Leveling of classes Elective choices Overall balance of selections
Course Selection Timeline Course Changes • All course changes are processed by Guidance. • Students can make changes to their schedule anytime on or before June 27 th. After this date, no requests will be honored. • Core courses changes require an override form. • English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and World Language • Elective changes do not require an override form.
Course Selection Timeline What your child should be doing now • Reviewing the Program of Studies and thinking about what courses they want for next year. • Consult individually with teachers regarding course recommendations for next year. • Seek out your Guidance Counselor with any questions. • Prepare for mid-term exams January 21 st through January 24 th.