Friday, May 22, 2015

Scheduling Process

Scheduling Process

Back on January 29th, I communicated with you in my Principal Notes about changes to the scheduling process at BHS. The changes were necessary to ensure integrity of student transcripts to colleges and employers, and to maximize our staffing resources.  Additionally, the enrollment growth of our school and the overwhelming number of schedule changes being requested during the first four weeks of school debilitated the teaching and learning process during that time. These issues are the major drivers in the decision to adjust the scheduling timeline and limit our course change process to three areas for adjusting a completed schedule.

The main change to the timeline for this year has been to get completed schedules in students’ hands before the end of school in June.  To that end, counselors have been working diligently to examine every schedule to review graduation requirements, course pathways, prerequisite requirements, and duplications on schedules.  We have undertaken this tedious process to provide every student with an appropriate schedule and one that has as many courses the student requested as possible.

The schedule received by students in June will be a final schedule.  I have included our process and procedure for making adjustments.  The three areas in which adjustments can be made are level changes, withdrawals, or adding a class as defined below.  

Scheduling Process and Procedure:
The course selection process begins in February each year with information sharing sessions for students and parents. Guided by teacher recommendations, students and parents make course requests of interest in both the core and elective areas.  Once this process is complete, course sections are developed based on student requests.  We designate our teacher resources to match courses selected by students. Counselors review every schedule prior to distribution for accuracy.  Schedules are distributed before the close of school.  

Schedules are final unless the following is the case:
  • Graduation requirements are missing
  • Prerequisite requirements have not been met for scheduled courses.
  • Duplication of courses

Adding a Course:
  • A student may add a course if they have an open block created by late arrival/early release, managed time, or course level change; and there is an open seat in the course desired. (A withdrawal from a course does not create an open opportunity in that student’s schedule).

Withdrawing for a Course:
  • Students may withdraw from a course before the class begins and will receive a “W” (withdrawal) on their transcript. Once the class has begun, the student will receive the appropriate designation of “WP”(withdrawn pass) or “WF” (withdrawn fail) on their permanent transcript.  Withdrawals are permitted in year-long classes until the end of quarter three and until the quarter break in semester classes.  
  • All withdrawal forms will require parent/guardian and department Dean signatures since the result will be recorded on the student’s transcript

Fall “Level Change Period” (formally known as drop/add period):
  • This period is the first four weeks at the start of school and is designated for course level changes only.  Given that there are no leveled semester courses, no Level Change Period is available in semester two.  
  • Level changes are defined only as changes between AB, PSP, Honors, AP/IB
There will be designated dates and times before school begins in August for the adjustments as outlined above.

Sincerely,
Bill

Monday, May 18, 2015

BHS: News

Reminder to 8th Grade Parents

This reminder goes out to all parents of our 8th grade parents about our May 21st,  8th Grade Parent Night; "The Nuts and Bolts of High School."  It will be held in the Theater beginning at 6:00pm.  The presentation and general questions session usually runs about 75 minutes.  See you there!
 

NEW BHS WEBSITE REMINDER

As you may have heard, BHS now as a new website. There are two ways to get there.
1. Type in our direct link: www.bedfordhighschool.org
2. Launch the high school website from the District website www.sau25.net (this can be found under the schools tab).
You know that you are on the right site if you see a black background. Our old site will officially disappear over the summer when the rest of the district transitions their websites to the new service.
We thank you for your understanding.

Reminder to 9th and 10th Grade Parents.
 
9th and 10th grade students have a digital portfolio requirement to meet each year that goes toward their required 1/2 credit for graduation. Students must upload a minimum of four artifacts to their portfolio each year. These artifacts are not additional work. Instead, students are uploading projects that they have already completed in their classes to showcase the technology standards that they have meet. Information and instructions on how students are to manage their portfolio can be found under the Academics Tab on the new high school website.
 

Lyme's Disease

The warm weather let's us spend more time outside.  As a result, it is important to remember to be cautious about ticks and the possibility of Lyme's Disease.  This link from the Center for Disease Control has some helpful information for parents.

Monday, May 11, 2015

BHS: News

SCIENCE NECAP

Next week the junior class will take on the final piece of state required testing. Science NECAPs will take place on Tuesday the 12th & Wednesday the 13th. All juniors will need to be in the gym between 7:50 and 7:55 in the morning. They cannot bring backpacks, cell phones or a beverage. The can bring calculators and a novel. Please share this reminder with your students.

SUMMER SCHOOL REGISTRATION

Registration is now live for Summer School 2015. Students who elected to take Personal Finance during the summer need to complete the summer school registration process (this is in addition to registering for the course in Power School). Please visit the summer school tab on the BHS homepage for more information about summer school. 
 
CHROMEBOOK 1 TO 1
 
Dear Parents of 8th and 9th grade students,
 
You are invited to a meeting on the BHS 1-to-1 Chromebook program, which is starting this fall. The meeting will be held in the BHS Commons/Cafeteria at 7:00pm on May 12, 2015.  We will introduce our 1-to-1 Chromebook program website that night.  The website has information on the program including the options available for parents, frequently asked questions, our recommendation for a device, and a survey to determine how parents want to participate in the program.  The website will be sent out to parents beginning May 12th.  We look forward to seeing you there!