Elective Classes in High School

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There are many options for electives.  Electives are offered in every subject area of the core classes.  There are a certain number of elective classes that are required. Students are required to take 1 credit of art or music, and 2 credits of physical education over 4 years. However,  students need 22 credits to graduate. To receive enough credits students must take additional electives.  Electives allow you to explore different subjects and topics.  This can help you realize what you enjoy and what you would like to study in college or what field you would like to work in.

 

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Core Classes in High School

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Always select your core classes first.  These classes are required for graduation.  They include math, science, English, social studies,  and foreign language.  Many schools offer multiple levels of these classes including Regents level, honors, and AP.  There might also be options for core classes.  College look highly upon students that took additional core classes.  This includes an extra year or two of your foreign language or an extra science or math class.

 

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Requirements for High School Graduation

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These requirements are for the NYS Regents Diploma.

All students are required to have 4 English credits,  4 Social Studies credits,  3 Math credits, 3 Science, 1/2 Health credit,  1 Art or Music credit,  and 2 Physical Education credits.   The Regents Diploma  requires 1 Secondary Language credit and the Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation requires 3 Secondary Language credits. Students also need  a total of 22 credits to graduate. These additional credits are earned through electives.  All students are also required to pass the following Regents Exams with at least a 65: Comprehensive English, Global History, US History, and Checkpoint B Language other than English. The Regents Diploma  requires 1 Math and 1 Science and the Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation requires all 3 Maths, 1 physical science  and 1 life science.

Please check with you local school district to check for additional requirements.

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Being Reviewing for Finals

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Final exams will be here before you know it. You should start reviewing early so you do not need to cram right before the test.  There are many ways to begin studying.  You can look over your notes and create a list of questions about topics of concepts that you might have forgotten.  You can look at your old tests and answer the questions again.

Whenever you are creating a plan or working towards a goal it is important to monitor your progress.  This is why your goals should always be measurable.  You should make sure that you are accomplishing your short term goals that lead to the long term goals.  Check weekly and monthly to make sure that you are still on track to reaching your goals.

 

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Reenergize

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It’s the beginning of spring.  Take some time to enjoy the weather and the change of seasons.  Bring your homework or a book outside.  Open your windows and blinds and enjoy the sunlight.  Go for a walk after school to clear your mind and relax before beginning your homework.

Try something new.  You can learn a new sport or try a new art form.  Involve your friends in your new endeavor.  You can also learn a new skill. There are many instructional videos online that can help you learn something new.

 

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Creating a New Plan

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After completing a midyear evaluation and a midyear reflection you should create a plan.  Ask a teacher or guidance counselor if they have suggestions to help you improve.  Talk to some friends and see what they are doing.  Remember to keep your plan manageable and doable.  Set up a study and homework schedule.  Pick the days, times, and location of where you are planning to study.  Set up a study space.  It should be well lit, comfortable, and quite.  Your homework space should have a table or desk, pens, pencils, erasers, highlighters, sticky notes, and extra paper.  Reward yourself for sticking to your plan.  The reward should be appropriate for the goal.  You can reward yourself with a new game or outfit that you’ve been wanting or by going out with your friends one night, or by going to your favorite restaurant.

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Reflecting on What I Did

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You should reflect on what you did in class and at home.  This will help you realize what worked and what you can improve on.  It will also help you create a plan so you can finish the year off strong.

Did I take effective notes?

Did I write down everything the teacher wrote on the board?  Did I take notes on what the teacher was saying?  Are my notes written neatly? Are my notes organized?

Did I participate in class?

Did I raise my hand to answer questions?  Did I ask the teacher questions if I was confused?

Did I do my classwork?

Did I try the independent work and questions on my own?

Did I study at home?

Did I do my homework?

Did I do my projects?

Why am I getting questions wrong?

Do I not understand the material?  Are they careless errors?

What worked?  What should I change?

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