Grade 9 Transition

                                                                                      

Class of 2022!!

Information is beginning to come out about the registration process for the 2018-19 school year.  Coming up first, information about all 3 academies at Albemarle County's high schools.   
Dates to be aware of:
October 30 - 8th grade students will hear from academy directors here at SMS!
Academy Open Houses:
 MESA Open House
@ AHS

 November 8   5:00-7:00 pm
 December 7   5:00-7:00 pm
 HMSA Open House
@ Monticello HS

 November 16  5:00-6:30
 ESA Open House
@ WAHS

 November 14    5:30-7:00
 December 6      5:30-7:00

Applications for all 3 academies will be available @ 4:00 on November 27, 2017.  Applications can be found on the website for any of the academies.  Applications are due on January 26, 2018.


Information will be updated and posted here regarding the registration process for 2018-19.  Please check back regularly as new information will be added as it becomes available.

Important Dates:

Program of Studies Available

2018-19 program of studies, Click here.

Teacher recommendations for 9th grade classes begin

December 6th 2017 - January 7th, 2018

Parent Night 

Monday, December 11th, 2017

 6:30 - 8:00 @ SMS

Ms. Lindsay& Mrs. Wright in 8th grade classrooms

December 11th & 12th, 2017

Curriculum Fair @ AHS

January 4th, 2018 @ AHS 6:00 - 7:00 PM

PowerSchool Window opens for parent and student registration


January 8th - January 19th, 2018

Individual meetings with students and parents begin

January 25th, 2018

All Academy applications due        

January 26th, 2018

 SMS trip to AHS March 27th, 2018
 Course changes due by         April 20, 2018

The Recommendation Process:
Throughout the month of December, the 8th grade teachers will make recommendations for the 2018/19 school year. Recommendations will be made in all major subjects, including Math, Science, History, English, and World Languages. SMS staff members will discuss these recommendations with students prior to students selecting courses. The School Counselors, Ms. Heather Lindsay and Mrs. Lisa Wright, will offer a parent workshop on December 11th to help parents of rising 9th grade students understand the registration process both at Sutherland and at Albemarle. They will also meet with all 8th grade students prior to Winter Break to explain selection of classes.

From January 8-19, 2018, Parent Portal will open for students and parents to see their class recommendations and select classes. All students will select courses, as well as alternative electives, at this time. The Parent Portal window will close after this time.

Starting in late January, Ms. Lindsay and Mrs. Wright will meet with all 8th grade students and families to review the courses selected for AHS, create a four-year plan for graduation, and answer questions about high school.

Courses will be finalized in April. Students will not be able to make changes to their course requests for 9th grade after April 20, 2018. As of the end of the year, any questions regarding 9th grade courses should be directed to the AHS Counseling Office. 

Selecting Classes:
Much like 7th to 8th grade registration, parents and students will use ParentPortal to select classes for the 2018/19 school year. The difference now is the number of classes students can select. Ideally, students will take 8 classes their freshman year; however, some classes are double-blocked taking a spot for an elective.

A typical schedule at AHS looks like this:

Red Day

Blue Day

English 9

World History I

Geometry

Earth Science

PE / Health

Freshman Seminar (required for all 9th graders)

World Language

Elective 


There are a few courses at AHS that take up two blocks as they meet daily. For freshmen, the most notable courses are Standard English 9 and Algebra I. Students that opt to take a World Language over one semester will also have that course meet daily. Double-Blocked classes do take the place of an elective. The School Counselors will help parents and students understand this in our individual meetings.

Because students may have at most two electives, we ask that students select a few alternates on ParentPortal during the registration window. Many freshmen do not receive their first choice electives, so it is important to review the Program of Studies to select a few back-up choices.

Teacher Overrides:

Teachers work diligently to make sure students are placed in the correct class. However, parents may override a teacher recommendation and place a child in a higher level course or lower level course than the teacher recommended. To do this, parents and students must have a conversation with your School Counselor and sign a Teacher Override form. It is important to note that if a parent opts to override a teacher recommendation, students will be placed in the requested class. If the class becomes too difficult or too easy for the child, the probability of moving back to the recommended level could also mean a drop in other classes due to schedule re-alignment.

Parent/Student/Guidance Meetings:

Throughout the months of January, February, and March, parents and students will meet with your 8th grade counselor to discuss course recommendations, course selections, alternative electives, and make any course selection changes after the ParentPortal window closes. We will also review a four-year plan that will follow your child to the high school as a tentative road map to graduation at the end of 12th grade year. Parents are not required to attend these meetings, but are encouraged to come. During these meetings, all elementary records are returned to parents.

It is important to note we will register all rising 9th grade students as if they were a typical AHS 9th grade student. Meaning, if a student is applying to any of the specialty programs (listed below) we will not know about their acceptance until March. Thus, we register all students as if they did NOT make it into the program. If a student is selected for MESA or any other program, the high school will change the student's schedule appropriately upon acceptance.

9th Grade Electives: Subject to change (the electives listed below have been updated for the 2018-19 school year)

ART I

GERMAN I

ENTREPENEURSHIP I

AVID 9 (APPLICATION)

GERMAN II

CTE ENGINEERING I: TOOLS AND ENGINEERING

BASIC TECHNICAL DRAWING

GERMAN II (Semester)

SHOW CHOIR (AUDITION REQ)

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

GERMAN III (Semester)

SPANISH I

CERAMICS I

DIGITAL IMAGING I

SPANISH II

COMPUTER SCIENCE I

GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS

SPANISH II (Semester)

CONCERT BAND

GUITAR I

SPANISH III (Semester)

CONCERT CHOIR

HLT/MED SCIENCES

CTE DESIGN I: INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

CORE +

ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION (must have Geometry)

SPEECH AND COMMUNICATION

CREATIVE WRITING I

INTRO TO DIGITAL MUSIC

SPORTS MEDICINE I

CULINARY ARTS I

JAPANESE I

ST HEALTH I (2ND SEM)

DEBATE I

JAZZ BAND

ST HEALTH I (Virtual)

DESIGN WEB I

JOURNALISM

ST PE I (Virtual)

DRAMA I

JOURNALISM I

ST PHYS ED I (1st SEM)

PRINCIPLES OF TECHNOLOGY

LATIN I

STRING ENSEMBLE

ECON/PERSONAL FINANCE

LEADERSHIP I

TREBLE JAZZ 1 (AUDITION REQ.)

ECON/PERSONAL FINANCE VIRTUAL

MARCHING BAND

TV PRODUCTION I

FA WOM ENS (AUDITION REQ.)

MARKETING I

PHOTOGRAPHY I

PIANO I

MUSIC THEORY

 FILMMAKING I                                                                       

FRENCH I

NC STUDY HALL

VOCAL JAZZ I (AUDITION REQ.)

FRENCH II

ORCHESTRA

WIND ENSEMBLE

FRENCH II (Semester)

PERCUSS ENSEMBLE

YEARBOOK I

FRENCH III (Semester)


 




Application-Based Schools, Academies and classes:


Murray High School is a Charter School for the state of Virginia, the first Glasser Quality Public High School, and a school of choice, serving 9th through 12th grade Albemarle County students. Any interested students may apply and will be considered for enrollment.

The Albemarle County Public Schools Math, Engineering & Science Academy (MESA) aims to educate a cross-section of students with a variety of interests and strengths, to infuse traditional school curricula with real world problem-solving, collaboration and inquiry-based learning, and to prepare the engineers, researchers, inventors and entrepreneurs of the 21st century.

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Environmental Studies Academy (WAHS):  https://www2.k12albemarle.org/school/WAHS/esa/Pages/default.aspx

The Environmental Studies Academy is a four-year program designed to offer a cross curricular integrated environmental education for all learners. Curricular focus will include the following career concentrations.
  • Agricultural: Career pathway in agricultural sciences, horticulture, green materials, and sustainability. May include industry certifications. 
  • Conservation: Career or educational pathway in resource management including fisheries, wildlife, forestry, land use, natural resources, ecology, and alternative energy.
  • Research: Educational pathway preparing students to pursue careers in environmental science, research, health, policy, law, physical, and earth sciences.

The Health and Medical Sciences Academy (MHS): https://www2.k12albemarle.org/school/MOHS/hmsa/Pages/default.aspx

The Health and Medical Sciences Academy provides opportunities for students interested in Health Care Careers.  Course curriculum is designed to prepare students for post-secondary education and the workforce.  Students will engage in various learning experiences during their tenure in their academic course work.


AVID: Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a course taught at AHS dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other post-secondary opportunities.  In the AVID class, students receive daily instruction and support to prepare them for college from a trained AVID elective teacher. AVID impacts students school wide as academic strategies like writing to learn, inquiry, collaboration, organizational skills, and critical reading are taught in all classes by teachers who have been trained to use AVID strategies in their specific content areas.  The deadline for applications is January 26, 2018. We will provide a link as soon as the new application is available.


STEAM (Arts and Letters) Pathway: Albemarle High School has designed an academic pathway for our students: the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math Pathway.  These "Pathways" will permit students to choose among fifteen areas of concentration, and in addition to course study, students will participate in internships, community service, and a capstone project related to their chosen discipline. Students wanting to complete a Pathway must complete a Declaration of Intent form and may enter the Pathway in either 9th or 10th grade.

https://www2.k12albemarle.org/school/AHS/Pages/STEAM-Pathways.aspx


Denial of Credit Letters:

At the end of the current school year, any student who took a high school credit class will receive a Denial of Credit letter. These letters will list all high school credits received in middle school (Mechatronics, Spanish I, German I, French I, Algebra I, and/or Geometry) and the grades received for each class. Before entering high school, rising 9th graders can opt to deny the credit if the family was not satisfied with the grade. If a credit is denied, the grade will not show up on a high school transcript. Generally students who choose to deny a credit either repeat the course the following year or opt to take a different course in its place. 
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Heather Lindsay,
Dec 11, 2017, 11:30 AM
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