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Halifax West High School Class of 2019 Parents Halifax West High School Class of 2019 Parents

Counsellors Leah Ann Cameron: A-F Tanya Ellsworth: G-M Lori Welsh: N-Z Secretary……………Cathy Fitzgerald Counsellors Leah Ann Cameron: A-F Tanya Ellsworth: G-M Lori Welsh: N-Z Secretary……………Cathy Fitzgerald

HWHS Guidance Website HWHS Guidance Website

Career Cruising www. careercruising. com User name……halifax Password……. . west Career Cruising www. careercruising. com User name……halifax Password……. . west

WHAT IS A CREDIT? Most courses taken at Halifax West count as one credit WHAT IS A CREDIT? Most courses taken at Halifax West count as one credit except: Math 10 Science 10 A/B Math 11 (tentative Sept 2016)

THE SEMESTERED SYSTEM TWO SEMESTERS PER YEAR (Sept-Jan, Feb - June). Exams at end THE SEMESTERED SYSTEM TWO SEMESTERS PER YEAR (Sept-Jan, Feb - June). Exams at end of each semester. FOUR COURSES PER SEMESTER (except Music Band/English, Resource/English and Math 10 which run full year) FIVE 1 HOUR PERIODS PER DAY Students take 8 courses in grade 10, 7 courses in grade 11 and 6 in grade 12

HWHS Timetable (Rotating Fridays) 9: 1010: 10 A 10: 1711: 17 B 11: 2412: HWHS Timetable (Rotating Fridays) 9: 1010: 10 A 10: 1711: 17 B 11: 2412: 24 A B C D 12: 241: 08 lunch 1: 132: 13 C 2: 203: 20 D B C D A 9: 1010: 25 A D C B 10: 3211: 47 Lunch 11: 4712: 38 D A B C 12: 431: 58 C B A D 2: 05 -3: 20

Attendance taken each period and monitored by vice -principals phone calls are made for Attendance taken each period and monitored by vice -principals phone calls are made for every absence and recorded on Power School (U, E, ACT, SC) Absences can be called in the day of or students return with a parent/guardian note which should be signed by the teacher and turned in to Guidance

Attendance Cont’d Students can be withdrawn from a course/semester because of excessive absences Attendance Attendance Cont’d Students can be withdrawn from a course/semester because of excessive absences Attendance and achievement go hand in hand

Power School: Parent Portal Timetable/schedule Attendance Teacher email / contact Academic Progress Same as Power School: Parent Portal Timetable/schedule Attendance Teacher email / contact Academic Progress Same as Jr. High Account

Exemptions opt out of final exam; based on attendance Exam can be written and Exemptions opt out of final exam; based on attendance Exam can be written and not counted Up to date in class some exceptions (math & English), Pre IB Max 6 absences per class (includes excused absences)

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS TOTAL OF 18 CREDITS 3 ENGLISH 10, 11, and 12 2 MATH GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS TOTAL OF 18 CREDITS 3 ENGLISH 10, 11, and 12 2 MATH 2 SCIENCES(Sci 10, Bio 11, Phy 11 or Chem 11 + one other) 2 OTHER (Math, Science, Tech) 1 CANADIAN STUDIES (Mkq 11, Acs 11, Chs 11) 1 GLOBAL STUDIES (GGS 12, HGS 12) 1 FINE ARTS (Art, Music or Drama) 1 PAL or Yoga or Phe No more than 7 grade 10 credits towards 18 mandatory Minimum 5 grade 12 credits

Math Essentials 10 Basic math skills with a very practical approach For students struggling Math Essentials 10 Basic math skills with a very practical approach For students struggling significantly with Math 9 One-semester course with no formal exam

Math at Work 10 More challenging math concepts, but practical For students meeting outcomes Math at Work 10 More challenging math concepts, but practical For students meeting outcomes of Math 9 but who have difficulty with abstract concepts such as algebra Students will need to keep up with classwork, however there is minimal homework assigned One-semester course with a Provincial Exam worth 20% of the final grade

Math 10 Abstract math concepts; algebraic For students with a solid understanding of concepts Math 10 Abstract math concepts; algebraic For students with a solid understanding of concepts in Math 9, good number sense and algebra skills NOT a one-semester course that is stretched over the entire year … concepts are studied in depth with a significant amount of classwork and homework Full-year course with a Provincial Exam worth 20% of the final grade

Math 10 Pre-IB Abstract math concepts; highly theoretical For students who excel in Math Math 10 Pre-IB Abstract math concepts; highly theoretical For students who excel in Math 9 with a very strong understanding of abstract concepts Very rigorous course covering all topics in Math 10 in addition to the more advanced topics necessary for IB math; Students will have approximately 60 -90 minutes of math homework every night. Full-year course with a Provincial Exam worth 20% of the final grade

 Can you go to university without academic math? Can you go to university without academic math?

Electives May or may not fulfill requirements Open level or university prep Alternates Electives May or may not fulfill requirements Open level or university prep Alternates

TECHNOLOGY COURSES Exploring Technology 10 Business Technology 11 Communication Technology 11 Electrotechnologies 11 Applied TECHNOLOGY COURSES Exploring Technology 10 Business Technology 11 Communication Technology 11 Electrotechnologies 11 Applied Network Technology 11 Construction 10 Design 11

Fine Arts Visual Art 10 Drama 10 Music 10 Band Music 10 Explore Halifax Fine Arts Visual Art 10 Drama 10 Music 10 Band Music 10 Explore Halifax West Fine Arts and Technology

Social Studies Must take at least one of the following (usually in grade 10 Social Studies Must take at least one of the following (usually in grade 10 or 11): Mi’kmaq Studies 11 African Canadian Studies 11 Canadian History 11

Science Human Biology 11 Oceans 11 Science 10 A/B Science Human Biology 11 Oceans 11 Science 10 A/B

Additional Electives Core French 10 francais 10 I Spanish 10 Career Development 10 Foods Additional Electives Core French 10 francais 10 I Spanish 10 Career Development 10 Foods for Healthy Living/Food and Society 10

Course Selection Process Students are given registration sheet. Descriptions online: Grade 9 Supplement Students Course Selection Process Students are given registration sheet. Descriptions online: Grade 9 Supplement Students should consult with their teachers/parents/Junior High Counsellor Jr. High Counsellor Presentations Hand sheets in to Junior High Counsellors by date set

Selection Process Cont’d Course Selection entered by students in Power School Orientation at Halifax Selection Process Cont’d Course Selection entered by students in Power School Orientation at Halifax West

Grade 10 Course Selection - English 5 MANDATORY English 10 Math (Math 10, Math Grade 10 Course Selection - English 5 MANDATORY English 10 Math (Math 10, Math at Work 10, Math 10 Essentials, Math 10 IPP) 3. Science (Sci 10 or Sci A/B) 4. Fine Arts 10 - Art/Band/Drama /Exploring Music 5. Physically Active Lifestyles (PAL 11) or Yoga 11 6. Option - Social Studies (History 10, Mi’kmaq 11*, African Canadian Studies 11*, Canadian History 11*) *Meets Canadian History requirement 7. Elective 8. Elective (math elective for Math 10 students) 1. 2. Plus 1 or 2 ALTERNATE COURSES (choose these carefully!)

FRENCH IMMERSION PROGRAM MUST COMPLETE 9 FRENCH IMMERSION CREDITS FOR FI CERTIFICATE DELF – FRENCH IMMERSION PROGRAM MUST COMPLETE 9 FRENCH IMMERSION CREDITS FOR FI CERTIFICATE DELF – French Language Proficiency Tests (must be registered in Fra 12) MINIMUM OF 2 FI CREDITS PER YEAR INCLUDING FRENCH (FRA). At least 4 FI credits in grade 10 year. THE FRENCH IMMERSION CERTIFICATE IS NOT A BILINGUAL CERTIFICATE

French Immersion Courses fra 10 I sci 10 I mdv 11 adr 10 I French Immersion Courses fra 10 I sci 10 I mdv 11 adr 10 I fra 11 I bio 11 I his 11 I fra 12 I bio 12 I hep 12 I(HGS) *Students leaving French Immersion in Junior High cannot take French 10, only Fra 10 I.

Grade 10 FI sample Required 1. English 10 2. sciences 10 I 3. fra Grade 10 FI sample Required 1. English 10 2. sciences 10 I 3. fra 10 I 4. mdv 11 I 5. ADR 10 I or Bio 11 I 6. Math (1 or 2 semesters) 7. Elective (or 2 nd half of Math 10) 8. Elective Suggested Other of bio 11 I or adr 10 Elective Two alternate courses

Course Changes Course changes WILL NOT BE MADE AFTER YOUR REGISTRATION SHEET IS SUBMITTED. Course Changes Course changes WILL NOT BE MADE AFTER YOUR REGISTRATION SHEET IS SUBMITTED. If you fail a course first semester, you cannot repeat it in the second semester. Students are choosing courses for the year and they do not have a choice of the semester in which the course falls.

Course Selection Course Descriptions Course Selection Course Descriptions

Role of Guidance Counsellors Social /Emotional Counselling Mental Health Mediation Academic Advising Career/Vocational Counselling Role of Guidance Counsellors Social /Emotional Counselling Mental Health Mediation Academic Advising Career/Vocational Counselling Post Secondary

Self Advocacy Accessing Lunch Guidance: Time Drop-In Schedule an appointment through Ms. Fitzgerald Email Self Advocacy Accessing Lunch Guidance: Time Drop-In Schedule an appointment through Ms. Fitzgerald Email Counsellor for appointment

Root Beer Mile Root Beer Mile

HWHS Activities Community Involvement Table Tennis Weight Room Chess Anime Debating Snowboarding Student Government HWHS Activities Community Involvement Table Tennis Weight Room Chess Anime Debating Snowboarding Student Government Tech Crew Robotics Coffee Houses Study Hall Improv Team Intramurals Musical Gender & Sexuality Alliance Rotary Math Club Model Parliament Multicultural Club Curling Athletic Teams A & B Ultimate frisbee Best Buddies Student Government

Transition Events HWHS Parent Night: Monday, December 7 th; 6: 30 Grade 9 Orientation Transition Events HWHS Parent Night: Monday, December 7 th; 6: 30 Grade 9 Orientation at HWHS: Jan 12 (PW & CP) & 14 th (FJ & BS)

Options & Opportunities (O 2) Offers students more hands-on learning experiences with a career Options & Opportunities (O 2) Offers students more hands-on learning experiences with a career focus. Designed to prepare students for successful transitions from high school to work, a career path, or a post-secondary program. Provides multiple opportunities where students learn in community and workplace settings, link their in-school learning to the workplace, and enhance their employability skills.

… the PROCESS 1. Applications – student and parent 2. Interviews 3. 20 Students … the PROCESS 1. Applications – student and parent 2. Interviews 3. 20 Students will be accepted with potential for reserved seat at NSCC

The Pre-IB and IB Diploma Programs at Halifax West • The Grade 10 Pre-IB The Pre-IB and IB Diploma Programs at Halifax West • The Grade 10 Pre-IB and Grade 11 &12 IB Diploma are different programs • Grade 9 students are only choosing whether or not to enter the grade 10 year Pre-IB program; an enriched/advanced year • If there is a chance you might take the IB Diploma program in Grades 11 you need to take the Grade 10 Pre-IB program

What is the International Baccalaureate Programme? A challenging two year program for students in What is the International Baccalaureate Programme? A challenging two year program for students in grades 11 and 12 Recognized at universities in Canada and around the world Focus on research, writing, critical thinking Different requirements than PSP