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WELCOME CLASS OF 2017!!. 2013-2014 Freshmen Course Selection. Mr. Todd Martens – Principal Mr. Craig Pate– Assistant Principal A-L Mrs. Kathy McGuire– Assistant Principal M-Z Mrs. Rachel Lathrop – Assistant Principal (seniors) Mr. Jeff Dobberton – Assistant Principal, Athletic Director.

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Welcome class of 2017




Course Selection

Bhs administration

Mr. Todd Martens – Principal

Mr. Craig Pate– Assistant Principal A-L

Mrs. Kathy McGuire– Assistant Principal M-Z

Mrs. Rachel Lathrop – Assistant Principal (seniors)

Mr. Jeff Dobberton – Assistant Principal, Athletic Director

BHS Administration

Student services department

School Counselors

A-G Mr. Zimmerlee

H-P Mrs. Baker

Q-Z & ELL Mrs. Telander

Student Services Department

Today s agenda
Today’s Agenda

  • Course Selection Timeline

  • Graduation Requirements

  • 4 year Plans

  • Course Selection Sheet & Activities Survey


  • Course Selection Procedures

  • Course Selection Worksheet & Activities Survey

  • Four Year Plan

  • Elective Course Cheat Sheet

  • Course Descriptions (Core & Elective Courses)

  • PE Waiver & information – available upon request

Course selection timeline
Course Selection Timeline

Parent Night at Belvidere High School in the PAC

Tomorrow: December 12, 2012 6pm

Monday, December 17, 2012 – Return completed Course Selection Worksheet to your middle school science teacher

Tuesday, December 18, 2012– High school counselors visit BSMS

Graduation requirements
Graduation Requirements

  • Students must earn 24 credits to receive a BHS diploma.

  • All classes receive ½ credit per semester.

  • Minimum:

    6 credits per year x 4 years = 24 credits

Graduation requirements1
Graduation Requirements

  • 4.0 Credits English

    • 9, 10, 11, 12 or Electives

  • 2.0 credits Social Studies

    • 1.0 credit US History (Junior year)

    • 0.5 credit Government (Senior year)

    • 0.5 credit Elective

  • 2.0 credits Science

    • 1.0 credit Biology or Biology Ac

  • 3.0 credits Mathematics

    • 1.0 credit Algebra or Geometry Ac

    • 1.0 credit Geometry or Algebra 2 Ac

    • 1.0 credit Algebra 2 or Pre-Calculus

Graduation requirements2
Graduation Requirements

  • 3.0 credits PE

    • 0.5 credit Health

  • 0.5 credit Consumer Education

  • 1.0 credit Art, Music, World Language, Technical Education

  • 8 credits Electives

  • 24.0 Total Credits

Minimum college admissions requirements
Minimum College Admissions Requirements

  • English – 4.0 credits

  • Math – 3.0 credits (Alg 1, Geo, Alg 2)

  • Science – 3.0 credits

  • Social Studies – 3.0 credits

  • Art/Music/Foreign Language – 2.0 credits

  • Some schools will REQUIRE World Language

    Check with the college

    Admissions Office about

    specific requirements

Four year plan1
Four Year Plan

  • Review credits to make sure that all required courses have been taken

  • Assists with career planning

    Career in Teaching – plan for four years of college

  • Plan for advanced elective courses

    Career in Business - (to take Marketing you need to first take Intro to Business 1 & 2)

Required freshmen classes
Required Freshmen Classes


English 9, English 9 Accelerated


Algebra, Geometry Accelerated, Algebra 2 Accelerated


Biology or Biology Accelerated

Social Studies

World Studies

PE & Health

Course placement
Course Placement

Discuss core classes with parents, teachers, and counselors.

Consider: current placement, grades, motivation, and standardized testing scores.

**If you struggle in math or English –

Please mark the appropriate box(es)

Schedule options
Schedule Options

  • 6 Classes & Study Hall = 6.0 credits per year

  • 7 Classes = 7.0 credits per year


  • English

  • English Accelerated


  • Algebra

  • Geometry Accelerated

  • Algebra 2 Accelerated

    *Algebra in 8th grade does NOT count

    Towards high school credit, however

    You will move forward in the math sequence

    *Students may ONLY sign up for Geometry Acc or Algebra 2 Acc IF you have passed the prerequisite


  • Biology

  • Biology Accelerated

Physical education
Physical Education

All freshmen will have one semester of PE and one semester of Health automatically scheduled.

PE waivers are available for the fall semester for Freshmen who are in marching band only

**Waivers are due May 1st**

Driver s education as a 10 th grader
Driver’s Education as a 10th grader

  • Must pass PE in 9th grade to take Driver’s Ed

  • Must pass a total of 8 courses during the previous two semesters to take Driver’s Ed

  • Two parts to getting your license

    Classroom: Taken at BHS or Privately

    Behind the Wheel: Taken at BHS or Privately

Elective courses
Elective Courses

  • Factors to consider

    • Graduation requirements

    • College Admissions requirements

    • Pre-Requisites (Intro to Journalism req. for Newspaper)

    • Career Interests

    • Time management and motivation

Choose alternative electives
Choose Alternative Electives

  • The form gives you room to choose “extra” electives

  • These will serve as alternates in case your first choices are full or do not fit into your schedule

  • List all your choices in order of preference

World language
World Language

  • Spanish 1

    • Preferred to have C or better in 8th grade English

  • Spanish 2

    • Must have passed 8th grade Spanish

  • German 1

    - Preferred to have a C or better in 8th grade English

  • Bilingual Education (ELL) – Bilingual teacher will make recommendations for next year

    Many students should be taking more than two years of world language

    ex: at UIUC 3 – 4 years of high school language meets college graduation requirements

Sample course selection sheet
Sample CourseSelection Sheet

Ceanci regional programs
CEANCI Regional Programs

Project Lead the Way

Pre-Engineering (Hononegah)

  • If students are interested in this program, pick up an application

  • Students must arrange transportation

  • Applications due by March 9th

Rock valley college running start
Rock Valley College Running Start

  • Junior & Senior year program

  • Students attend RVC for two years

  • Earn a BHS diploma and an Associates Degree from Rock Valley College

  • Application criteria includes: 3.0 GPA at the end of Freshman year!

  • Students must take consumer education as a sophomore

  • **Students must complete Algebra 2 by the end of sophomore year

Academic interventions

Current Interventions Include:

Algebra Enrichment Course

English Enrichment Course

Learning Labs

After school tutorials

Weekly IPRs

Academic interventions will be based upon student data and weekly reports and are subject to change.

Academic Interventions

B h s student services office

B.H.S. Student Services Office

Phone Numbers:


(815)544-8669 FAX