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1 Welcome to Seven Lakes High School Home of the Spartans Class of 2022

2 HOW CAN YOU GET READY? Plan appropriately Know yourself Which courses are for you? Choose wisely

3 MATERIALS NEEDED Course Catalog 9 th Grade Course Request Sheet Course Worksheet form Electronic signature (parent/student) for endorsement Note: It is recommended that you make your course selections in pencil.

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5 1. Go to Class on time 2. Do all of your homework 3. Go to tutorials 4. Listen in class 5. Take good notes 6. Ask for help 7. Always retest ADOPT THE SEVEN HABITS OF SUPER SUCCESSFUL SPARTANS

6 Grades always count. EARNING CREDITS When you pass a class, you earn a credit. You earn credits each semester. Your GPA & class rank are calculated for college application purpose from all semester averages It is posted your junior year 2.5 years so.. What you do in 9 th grade DIRECTLY affects your opportunities for higher education following high school.

7 SAMPLE SCHEDULE 1 st period Algebra 1 2 nd period World Geography Pre AP 3 rd period Elective Lunch Lunch 4 th period Biology 5 th period Spanish 1 6 th period English 1 Pre Ap 7 th period Athletics All classes are about 50 min with a 7 min passing period

8 TAKING ALL PRE-AP CLASSES AND STRUGGLING WITH TIME MANAGEMENT VS. TAKING PRE-AP CLASSES YOU ARE STRONGEST IN AND ENJOY THE MOST: GPA is just as important to colleges as is whether a student takes Pre-AP/AP courses. Sample 9 th grade schedule: Class Grade GP Pre-AP English: 88 B 4.0 AP Human Geo 83 B 4.0 Pre-AP Biology 85 B 4.0 Pre-AP Geometry 89 B 4.0 AP Comp Sci (elective) 87 B 4.0 Spanish 2 (elective) 93 A 4.0 Soccer (PE) 100 A th grade GPA 4.0 Sample 9 th grade schedule: Class Grade GP English: 95 A 4.0 AP Human Geo 90 A 5.0 Pre-AP Biology 93 A 5.0 Pre-AP Geometry 90 A 5.0 AP Comp Sci (elective) 90 A 5.0 Spanish 2 (elective) 93 A 4.0 Soccer (PE) 100 A th grade GPA 4.57

9 CALCULATING A GPA Subject Sem. Grade Grade Points English Algebra W. Geo. Pre AP Biology PE Theatre Total Grade Points /3.5 = 3.0

10 CALCULATING A GPA WITH A STUDY A HALL Subject Sem. Grade Grade Points English Geometry Pre-AP AP Human Geography Biology Pre-AP Soccer Spanish II Study Hall N/A ---- Total Grade Points /3.0 = 4.5

11 FISH CAMP/SPARTAN SPECTACULAR Freshman Orientation (Fish Camp) will be in early August. Tour the campus Have fun Make friends Spartan Spectacular pick up unofficial schedule attend pep rally

12 Research shows students who are involved in school are more successful! Seven Lakes has over 100 clubs and organizations to choose from. JOIN ONE

13 KNOW YOUR COUNSELOR Mr. Dedrick Linwood Counselor A-L Mrs. Mary Castellucci Counselor M-Z

14 COURSE SELECTION INFORMATION The Foundation High School Program + Endorsement (FHSPE) Katy ISD Freshman Class of Information for Students and Parents

15 THE FOUNDATION HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM: BASIC INFORMATION All students must choose an endorsement in one of 5 areas at the time they enter 9 th grade. Katy ISD students must select the endorsement along with their course selections. Student s endorsement must have electronic parent signature. The endorsement should be selected based on the student s individual interests and goals Course Catalog, page 11

16 THE FOUNDATION HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM: BASIC INFORMATION Students will have the opportunity to change the endorsement if they so choose. Courses may or may not change. The endorsement, and any changes, must be indicated in writing and signed by the parent through the electronic signature process Course Catalog, page 11

17 GRADUATION CREDIT REQUIREMENTS 22 Foundation Credits + 4 Endorsement Credits = 26 Total Credits Course Catalog, page 10

18 English 4 credits English I, II, III, and an additional/advanced English Math 3 credits Algebra I, Geometry, and an additional/advanced math Science 3 credits Biology, and one course from IPC, or Chemistry, or Physics, and one additional/advanced science Social Studies 3 credits US History,.5 credit government,.5 credit economics, and either World History or World Geography LOTE 2 credits Credits must be in the same language Fine Arts 1 credit THE FHSP + ENDORSEMENT COURSE/CREDIT REQUIREMENTS Physical Education 1 credit Health.5 credit (KISD requirement) Electives 4.5 credits, including A communication skills component + Endorsement (4 additional credits) Students are expected to earn an endorsement in one of 5 areas. Each endorsement requires: a 4 th math credit a 4 th science credit 2 additional electives Course Catalog, page 9

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21 COURSE NOTES PE substitutions All students must earn one PE credit. The following are approved PE substitutions: Athletics Fall semesters of Marching Band I and Marching Band II Fall semesters of Color Guard I and Color Guard II Dance I Dance Team Training I Dance Team I, Cheer 1 st year (if PE credit has not already been earned), or NJROTC 1 st year.

22 Health Health is a Katy ISD-required course for all students. COURSE NOTES Communication Skills Students on the FHSPE must have a communication skills component. The communication skills component can be satisfied through any of the following courses: Professional Communications, Communication Applications, Debate, Oral Interpretation, Professional Standards in Agribusiness, Teen Leadership, Theatre, or Dual Credit Speech Look for to identify courses marked that satisfy the communication skills component

23 THE 26-CREDIT FHSP + ENDORSEMENT

24 DISTINGUISHED LEVEL OF ACHIEVEMENT (DLA) A Distinguished Level of Achievement (DLA) may be earned through successful completion of: All requirements for the Foundation High School Program, plus The requirements of at least one endorsement, including Algebra II among the four required math credits, and A fourth science credit A student must graduate with a Distinguished Level of Achievement (DLA) to be considered for the Top 10% and eligibility for automatic admission to a Texas public college or university Course Catalog, page 10, under Recognitions

25 THE ENDORSEMENTS STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) Business & Industry Public Services Arts & Humanities Multidisciplinary Studies

26 STEM SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING MATH

27 BUSINESS & INDUSTRY

28 PUBLIC SERVICES

29 ARTS & HUMANITIES

30 MULTIDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

31 CHOOSING COURSES FOR NEXT YEAR 1. Choose or review your endorsement, 2. Choose courses from the required subject areas. English, Math, Science, Social Studies 3. Choose courses from other areas to completely fill all seven class periods. 4. If one course marked (sem) is selected, a second (sem) course is also required.

32 CHOOSING COURSES FOR NEXT YEAR Warning! You cannot repeat a course for which you have already earned credit. No credit is awarded for a duplicated course. Review your credits and course selections with your counselor.

33 CHOOSING COURSES FOR NEXT YEAR Students must be mindful of their graduation plan and endorsement requirements. Choose core (required) courses and enough courses from other areas to complete seven full class periods. If one course marked (sem) is selected, a second (sem) course is also required. Review the course catalog when making selections. List alternate choices in the spaces provided. Turn in course selection sheets according to campus instructions. The student will meet to review credits and finalize course requests with the school counselor.

34 CHOOSING COURSES FOR NEXT YEAR Review the course catalog when making course selections. Pay special attention to Selecting Courses for the Next School Year on page 35, including the Schedule Changes information List alternate choices in the spaces provided. Discuss your endorsement choice and course selections with your parents and your school counselor! Turn in the course selection sheet as instructed by your campus.

35 CHOOSING COURSES: P.E. & FINE ARTS For student athletes, only one athletics program should be chosen on the course selection sheet. Band requires special consideration: If the student is in band but not in athletics, select the band option that gives fall PE credit and spring Fine Arts credit; If the student is in both athletics and band, the band option for the full year Fine Arts credit. If the student is going to take a first year dance course for PE credit, choose the appropriate dance course number listed under the Athletics heading.

36 COURSE VERIFICATIONS FOR NEXT YEAR Students will receive a course verification sheet later in the spring semester. The course verification sheet lists course selections for as well as the endorsement. Review all course requests and the endorsement for accuracy. Make any changes on the verification sheet. List alternate choices in the order of preference. Turn in the course verification sheet as instructed.

37 COURSE VERIFICATIONS AND SCHEDULE CHANGES Course verification is the time to change requests if they are needed. Schedule changes requested after this time will be honored for a limited number of reasons Course Catalog, page 35, under Schedule Changes

38 FINAL NOTES

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