Welcome to 8th Grade Orientation

Welcome to 8th Grade Orientation

Welcome to 8th Grade Orientation Class of 2021! Engaging Students, Fostering Achievement, Inspiring Excellence Highland Administration Home of the Tartans Ms. Elizabeth Petitte Principal Mr. Ron Strauss VP - Grade 9 Mr. Tom Storer VP - Grade 10 Mrs. Jennifer Arcolesse VP - Grade 11 Ms. Christina Collazo VP - Grade 12 Highland Counseling Office (p) 856-227-4100 x4036 (f) 856-227-8422 Art Alessandroni

Counseling Director [email protected] Extension Lisa Casares Maryann Miller Counseling Secretary Counseling Secretary [email protected] [email protected] X 4036 X 4037 Alicia Kohn (A Coh) [email protected] X 4042 DJ Gore (Coi Gla) [email protected]

X 4041 Tiffany Strauss (Glb Lan) & MD [email protected] X 4040 Chris Bennett (Lao Oc) & BD [email protected] X 4038 Ashley Balzer (Od She) [email protected] X 4039 Sarah Smith (Shf Z) [email protected] X 4030

Lauren McElroy Career Exploration Counselor [email protected] X4114 Jan Vizoco Student Assistance Coordinator [email protected] X 4011 Child Study Team (CST) 856-227-4100 x 4047 Dave Cappuccio Erika Silich Jessica Caffrey Director of Supervisor of... Supervisor/ . Special Services Special Education Behavior Analyst

extension Lori Massi CST secretary [email protected] X 4047 Joe DeVecchis (A J) & LD [email protected] X4048 Erin Ross-Bailey (K N) & OOD [email protected] X 4063 Lindsay McDonald (O Q) BD program [email protected] X 4404

Jackie Kulinski (R Z) & MD program [email protected] X 4049 Student schedules will be determined by the case manager - in consultation with the school counselor - in accordance with the Individual Educational Plan (IEP) Course Selection Form due back w/demographic on February 7th (tonight) Read and complete by 2/7/17. If your child will NOT attend Highland HS, we still need you to return the form, indicating where the student WILL attend. Elective choices can change up to JUNE 15, 2017. Students are encouraged to select eight courses. The Program of Studies is available on our district and school websites at www.bhprsd.org/highland under Parents & Students tab. Students who are NOT Proficient on the Math or Language Arts section(s) of the 2017 state testing program (PARCC) will have Math Enhancement and/or English Enhancement added to their schedule. These courses will replace their previously selected elective(s) and/or World Language. State testing results typically become available in August. Students will be notified by mail if changes should occur. Important Scheduling Information Honors selections will be noted on the course selection form. What is used to determine your childs courses?

Grade 6, 7, 8 State test scores Grades *7 & 8 report cards (*arrived to HHS during summer months) Current course placement and grades IQ Scores Course recommendations may change due to: Grade 8 State test scores Final report card grades A typical day *Highland Regional runs on a 4-day rotation (A-D days) *Each day, six (6) of the students eight (8) classes will meet *All students will have an OPEN lunch & learn for 45 minutes, separating the three courses in the AM and PM sessions Enter school = 7:15 am class 1 begins = 7:25 AM w/ announcements Students have 4 minutes in between periods Each instructional Bell = 55 minutes School ends = 2:01 pm Bell Schedule A Day B Day C Day D Day Period Time In Time Out

Minutes Teacher Times 7:10 AM 2:40 PM 7:30 Student Times 7:25 AM 2:01 PM 6:36 Announcements 1st Bell 7:25 AM 7:30 AM 7:30 AM 8:25 AM 5 minutes 55 1

4 3 2 2nd Bell 8:29 AM 9:24 AM 55 2 1 4 3 3rd Bell 9:28 AM 10:23 AM 55 4th Bell

10:23 AM 11:08 AM 45 3 Tartan Time 2 Tartan Time 1 Tartan Time 4 Tartan Time 5th Bell 11:08 AM 12:03 PM 55 5 8 7

6 6th Bell 12:07 PM 1:02 PM 55 6 5 8 7 7th Bell 1:06 PM 2:01 PM 55 7 6 5

8 After School 2:01 PM 2:40 PM After School Not 4 or 8 Not 3 or 7 Not 2 or 6 Not 1 or 5 Graduation Requirements Meet all NJ requirements for PARCC and other state assessments Students MUST earn 130+ (beg. Class of 2017) credits of both required and elective courses Successfully complete the following: ~ 4 years of English ~ 4 years of Health & Physical Education ~ 3 years of Mathematics including Algebra I and Geometry or the content equivalent and a third year of math that builds on the concepts and skills of Algebra and Geometry ~ 3 years of Science including at least five credits in laboratory biology/life science or the content equivalent and one additional laboratory/inquiry-based science course which shall include chemistry, environmental science, or physics ~ 2 years of US History and 1 year of World History integration of civics, economics, geography and global content in all course offerings. ~ 1 Year of 21st Century Life and Careers, or Career Technical Education ~ 1 Year of Visual/Performing Arts ~ 1 Year of World Language ~ 1/2 year of Financial Literacy ~ 1/2 year of Career Education Meet all provisions of District Attendance Policy #5200 *All years listed above are the minimum number of years required for graduation* Most freshman have.

English (FY) World History & Cultures (FY) Mathematics (FY) Science (FY) Health/Physical Education (FY) Freshman Seminar (FY) World Language (FY) Elective(s) (one FY or two SEM) Testing bold = 9th grade assessments PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College & Careers) : *Students in the co 2021 and beyond MUST pass Alg I and ELA 10 for graduation NJBCT (New Jersey Biology Competency Test): *Students take this assessment the year they take their first Life Science course and may need to meet competency levels to qualify for graduation. PSAT(Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test): *It is important for students to take this test seriously as it may be used for placement purposes. SAT: Scholastic Aptitude test (free spring test for 1st time juniors) AP (Advanced Placement): potentially FREE for courses offered *Currently, CollegeBoard charges $93.00. District picks up $43 and the student is charged $50.00. If the student earns a 3, 4, or 5 (on a 1-5 scale), the district will refund the $50 in September. Credit Requirements per grade level Students in grades 9, 10, & 11 must carry 35 - 40 credits (7-8 courses) per year Movement to Grade 10 = 30 Credits Movement to Grade 11 = 65 Credits Movement to Grade 12 = 90 Credits

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 130+ Credits = Graduation (co 2017 and beyond) Grading System Numerical Average Letter Grade College Prep & Accelerated Courses Honors Courses AP Courses 93-100 A 4.00 5.00 5.00 90-92 A-

3.67 4.67 4.67 87-89 B+ 3.33 4.33 4.33 83-86 B 3.00 4.00 4.00 80-82 B- 2.67 3.67

3.67 77-79 C+ 2.33 3.33 3.33 73-76 C 2.00 3.00 3.00 70-72 C- 1.67 2.67 2.67

67-69 D+ 1.33 2.33 2.33 65-66 D 1.00 2.00 2.00 Below 65 F 0.00 0.00 0.00 Class Rank/GPA - (Val & Sal) Grade 9 Honors selections are determined by District supervisors as per district guidelines

The maximum number of Honors classes a student can be recommended for in grades 9 and 10 is four (4) (English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies). In most cases, future valedictorians and salutatorians have had the maximum number of AP/Honors courses in all grades. A fifth AP/Honors course should be considered both junior and senior years if becoming a valedictorian and/or salutatorian is a goal. Ranking (in accordance with Board Policy #R2624) PARCC REMINDERS for the class of 2021 Starting with the Class of 2021, students will need to meet the high school graduation assessment requirements by passing PARCC ELA Grade 10 and PARCC Algebra I. If students are unable to pass one or both of those assessments, they will be able to access the portfolio appeals process to meet the assessment requirements, but only if they take all PARCC assessments associated with the highschool level courses for which they were eligible* (see chart below). Class of 2021 and beyond ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (ELA) MATHEMATICS PARCC ELA Grade 10 (must take and pass) PARCC ALGEBRA I (must take and pass) ------------------------------------------------------------------ -------------------------------------------------------------------

If passing score is not met on PARCC ELA Grade 10, then the student must have taken PARCC ELA Grade 9 and PARCC ELA Grade 10 and PARCC ELA Grade 11 before they can --------------------------------------------------Meet the criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal If passing score is not met on PARCC Algebra I, then the student must have taken PARCC ALGEBRA I and PARCC GEOMETRY and PARCC ALGEBRA II before they can ---------------------------------------------------Meet the criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal Clubs & Activities CLUBS/ADVISORS BUDDY CLUB ACTIVITIES/ADVISORS ACTIVITIES/ADVISORS

ACADEMIC BOWL NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY (NHS) MRS. LINANE & MR. DIMAULO MR. MOUSTAKIS CHESS CLUB ART/ILLUSTRATIONS MS. SMITH ONE ACTS MR. LAWLOR MS. N. SMEDILE 9TH = MR. DENNISON 10TH = 11TH = 12TH = ENVIRONMENTAL CLUB BAND DIRECTOR RENAISSANCE /BELIEVE IN U FRENCH CLUB CHOIR/VOCAL RESOLUTION

STAGE CREW MRS. DURANTE MR. TUMINIA MRS. LORING MRS. MCGRATH MS. KOLODY HISTORY CLUB GAY/STRAIGHT ALLIANCE (GSA) MR. WONDERLIN MS. K. FOWLER MRS. STRAUSS ITALIAN CLUB GREEN TEAM STUDENT MENTORING MS. LASPADA MRS. DYL MR. CARVALHO

STUDENT COUNCIL MRS. MARKS INTERACT TRANSITION PROJECT MRS. VIZOCO MRS. LINANE MR. AJDERIAN, MR. J. SMITH SPANISH CLUB MORNING NEWS TO YOU WORLD OF DIFFERENCE MRS. ZOLADZ MR. DENNISON MS. RIOS SADD CLUB TECH CLUB / STEAM MR. CARVALHO MUSICAL PRODUCTION

MRS. KRISCH / MS. KOLODY / MS. WIERSKI YEARBOOK MS. BAEZ, MS. CLIFFORD, MRS. LORING HHS Athletics Athletic Director: Mr. Frank Torcasio 856-227-4100 x4080 FALL SPORTS WINTER SPORTS SPRING SPORTS FOOTBALL WRESTLING SOFTBALL MR. LEARY MR. DAVIDSON MS. MINIX FIELD HOCKEY SWIMMING (COED) BASEBALL

MS. MINIX MR. GRATTON MR. GORE BOYS SOCCER BOYS BASKETBALL MR. OBERG MR. LEWIS GOLF (COED) GIRLS SOCCER GIRLS BASKETBALL BOYS TRACK & FIELD MS. RHEA MR. SENFT MR. WAGNER CHEERLEADING CHEERLEADING

GIRLS TRACK & FIELD MRS. BLASH MRS. BLASH MRS. MARKS GIRLS TENNIS WINTER TRACK BOYS TENNIS MR. WONDERLIN MR. AJDERIAN MR. BENNETT MR. WONDERLIN BOYS/GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY BOYS LACROSSE MR. WAGNER/MR. CASEY MR. BLACK LIFE SKILLS SOCCER MRS. MODERSKI & MS. BRADLEY

LIFE SKILLS FLOOR HOCKEY GIRLS LACROSSE MRS. MODERSKI & MS. BRADLEY MS. RHEA ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY All incoming freshmen are academically eligible for the 1st semester, which includes BOTH the fall & winter sports seasons. All students w/30+ credits must be passing at least 15 credits to be eligible for the spring sports season. Students with less than 30 credits (seniors) must be passing all subjects to be eligible for the spring. All students must pass at least 30 credits by September to be eligible for the next fall & winter seasons. All students must turn in a parent permission card as well as have a physical examination by either the school doctor or their family doctor. Athletic Transition from 8th to 9th Grade Athletic Director: Mr. Frank Torcasio 856-227-4100 x4080 FAMILY ID: All forms are to be completed on Family ID except for the Physical form and Health History form. The website is www.familyID.com Once you have a familyID login, your information will be there from one season to the next. All you have to do is sign in and

update any information that may have changed. *When done filling in all information, please make sure to hit the green submit button* Athletic Transition from 8th to 9th Grade Athletic Director: Mr. Frank Torcasio 856-227-4100 x4080 PHYSICAL FORMS: Can be found on our website as well as on the FamilyID website. They are good for 365 days If the physical form expiration date is after the first official practice, they are still eligible. A new physical must be completed ASAP and handed in to the nurse. All physical packets need to be COMPLETED and turned into the NURSE by the following dates to ensure the ability to participate on the first day of practice. Any missing signatures or papers will be considered incomplete and could delay your ability to participate. NO EXCEPTIONS! ALL physicals must be cleared by the District Doctor. Parent-Student Athletic Handbook can be found in Family ID Athletic Transition from 8th to 9th Grade Athletic Director: Mr. Frank Torcasio 856-227-4100 x4080 ImPact Testing: Gives a baseline for Athletic Trainers and/or Doctors when a student-athlete sustains a concussion. This is done every two years. Info @ impacttest.com Take test @ impacttestonline.com/schools Highland Customer ID Code: ADDB273F4E

Triton Customer ID Code: 44907883D4 Timber Creek Customer Code: 542D7DC4DA Colleges , Careers , About Me Naviance is a comprehensive, easy-to use-website that you and your parents can use to help in making decisions about courses, colleges, and careers. Naviance is accessible from any computer, inside and outside of school, with an internet connection Just go to the Highlands Home Page, click on the Counseling Tab, and then Naviance. All students are provided with a password in 9th grade. Both parents and students may access many of the features without a password by visiting as a guest. Remind (formerly Remind 101) class of 2021 You may join any or all class groups: Remind will allow you to receive Counseling reminders throughout the year. Messages will come from Mr. Alessandroni, Director of School Counseling What is Remind and why is it safe? Remind is a one-way text messaging and email system so all personal information remains completely confidential. We will never see your phone number and you will not see ours. Visit www.remind.com to learn more. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To receive messages via text: Text @78b32e to 81010 (or 609.755.0613) to subscribe. You may opt-out anytime by replying unsubscribe. High School Is a Time of Change Schoolwork will be more challenging! Tests will be more rigorous and demanding

Students will be assigned more homework Students will have to complete more long-term projects Grades are very important! Students need to pay attention to their studies Students need to be in school and class daily Getting organized makes a big difference! Students need to know when work is due Students need to hand in work on time Students need to set short-term reachable goals Students need to keep an assignment notebook Website Information Online Resources Be sure to ask about Parent Access The sooner we have your demographic forms returned AND ACCURATE, the sooner we can assist with your account come September! Highland WEBSITE Check it out! ALL Progress Reports & Report Cards are ONLINE ONLY! Counselor Meetings Counselors will be meeting in the following rooms to collect your scheduling paperwork and give a brief

overview of Highland Counseling: School Counselor Alpha Breakdown Mrs. Kohn A - Coh A100 Mr. Gore Coi - Gla A105 Mrs. Strauss Glb - Lan A121 Mr. Bennett Lao - Oc A127 Ms. Balzer Od - She A128 Ms. Smith Shf Z F103 Room Mr. Alessandroni will be available for questions in the Counseling Office (across the hall) throughout the remainder of the evening. Thank you for your attention!

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