PARENT INVOLVEMENT AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL ...
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Parent Involvement

Description of Levels

4-year Credit Planning Sheet

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
Students currently enrolled as Seniors
need to accumulate 20 credits to graduate. Freshmen must acquire four (4) credits to become Sophomores. Sophomores must acquire five (5) additional credits to become Juniors. Juniors must acquire six (6) additional credits to become seniors. To become a senior, students must have accumulated fifteen (15) total credits. Credits are accumu­lated at the rate of one-half credit per semester.
Core Competencies: Although in the past stu­dents received credit by receiv­ing 135 hours of in­struction & a passing grade, stu­dents are now assessed in various ways to determine if they have actually learned the skills & informa­tion taught in the classroom. The State Board of Education requires credits be given based on demon­strated mas­­tery of core competen­cies. A list of compe­ten­cies for each class should come home with your student dur­ing the 1st week of school.
When students are making co
urse selections, parents have the right to waive the placement recommendation made by tea­chers & register your students in a different level class.

CORE COMPETENCIES

        Core Competencies: Although in the past stu­dents received credit by receiv­ing 135 hours of in­struction & a passing grade, stu­dents are now assessed in various ways to determine if they have actually learned the skills & informa­tion taught in the classroom. The State Board of Education requires credits be given based on demon­strated mas­­tery of core competen­cies. A list of compe­ten­cies for each class should come home with your student dur­ing the 1st week of school.
When students are making course selections, parents have the right to waive the placement recommendation made by tea­chers & register your students in a different level class.

Parent Involvement

Learn about graduation requirements -- Make sure your child is taking required courses and is on track to graduate from high school. Additional information regarding courses and requirements can be found on the high schools’ websites. Develop a four-year plan to include rigorous classes. Talk to your counselor about courses in which to enroll.
New Hampshire Scholars -- Manchester is now a State Scholar district. Today’s colleges and employers are looking for high level skills. Students taking rigorous courses in high school & maintaining a high GPA will receive a special recognition certificate from the President of the United States. All students are encouraged to talk to their counselor at the beginning of 9th grade to register. Become a NH Scholar today. http://www.NHscholars.org.

College Planning -- Help your child explore higher education options by planning college visits. Visit the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Fund website http://www.nhheaf.org to learn about financial aid and other ways to support your child’s interest in attending college.

Career Planning -- Help your child learn about various career options and the educational requirements for pursuing them.
Monitor their health -- Be sure to monitor your teenager’s physical, mental, and emotional health. Changes in behavior may signal serious problems. They still need you.
Communication -- Your teenager may not tell you everything you need to know to support them at school and in life. Develop your own channels of communication. Talk to other parents. Contact the school. Visit the website. Be nosy.

Attend Open House -- Each of the high schools holds an open house in October. Parents have the opportunity to meet each of their child’s teachers and speak privately for 5 minutes. Generally there are sessions in the afternoon and in the evening.

Learn about graduation requirements -- Make sure your child is taking required courses and is on track to graduate. Information regarding courses and requirements can be found on the high schools’ websites accessible at www.mansd.org

Career Planning -- Help your child learn about various career options and the educational requirements for pursuing them.

College Planning -- Help your child explore higher education options by planning college visits. Visit the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Fund website www.nhheaf.org to learn about financial aid and other ways to support your child’s interest in attending college.

Monitor their health -- Be sure to monitor your teenager’s physical, mental, and emotional health. Changes in behavior may signal serious problems. They still need you.

Communication -- Your teenager may not tell you everything you need to know to support him at school and in life. Develop your own channels of communication. Talk to other parents. Contact the school. Visit the website. Be nosy.

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An academic level should be thought of as an indicator of the academic challenge expected to be met in a course, and never as a moniker for a student’s ability to learn. All students are entitled to enroll in the courses and levels in which they have interest, and while there are general prerequisites to sequence courses, all courses are open to all students. A student’s teachers, counselor and parents all play an important role in developing a student’s four year plan and a team approach to choosing academic courses is highly recommended in order to guarantee a challenging, purposeful and successful high school learning experience.


LEVEL 4: Students in level 4 courses routinely practice higher-order thinking skills, independent and self-directed research, and enjoy problem-solving in multidisciplinary contexts with peer groups. Students are deeply invested in their learning and typically have a vision for achievement. Learning is accelerated due to the interest students bring to it.
LEVEL 3: Students in level 3 courses enjoy challenging academic coursework and work well in team situations as well as independent projects. Students are typically strong readers, writers and thinkers and work to develop each of those areas through their course work. Students find that a quick pace, depth of learning and pursuit of critical thinking skills characterize courses at this level.
LEVEL 2: Students who choose courses at this level are seeking multiple opportunities to explore their own education interests while practicing and improving sound habits for learning. Students are routinely strengthening their communication and thinking skills while developing successful practices in classroom and independent learning environments.
LEVEL 1: Students enrolling in level 1 courses are met with a robust learning experience supported by multiple opportunities to discover new literacy and numeracy skills. All students seek personal and academic growth through their coursework and strive to unlock new capacity for learning more about their interests, strengths and challenges.

LEVEL 3 —
ACCELERATED

These courses are designed for college bound students who have demonstrated previous academic success. Pace, depth of knowledge, and pursuit of critical skills charac¬terize courses at this level.

LEVEL 2 —
INTERMEDIATE

These courses are also designed for the college bound students but will allow a great deal of flexibility in career planning. They will provide continued exposure and reinforcement of those skills and knowledge necessary for understanding and success now and in the future.

LEVEL 1 —
FUNDAMENTAL

These courses, which meet gradu¬ation requirements, are designed to help students acquire fundamental skills necessary for success after high school.

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