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  • FIREBAUGH

    HIGH SCHOOL

    Registration Handbook 2009 -2010

  • 1

    Introduction Dear Parent/Guardian:

    As counselors of Firebaugh High School, Mr. Anguiano and Ms. Ramirez would like to welcome parents

    in working towards their childs educational goals. We would like to offer our assistance to any parent who may

    have questions regarding class registration, graduation requirements, college entrance requirements, and resources

    available or with other parents concerns. Mr. Anguiano works with all students whose last name begins with A-L

    and Ms. Ramirez with M-Z. In this packet you will find information about Firebaugh High Schools graduation

    requirements, courses and resources offered. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment,

    please call Firebaugh High School at 659-1415 ext. 1910.

    Sincerely,

    Counseling Department

    Please note this student handbook is a working document and is intended to be used as a guide towards completion of high school requirements. Specific questions that relate to fulfillment of graduation requirements should be directed to the counselors.

  • 2

    Table of Contents

    Firebaugh High School Graduation Requirements....................................................................................... 3

    California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) ........................................................................................... 3

    Senior Portfolio/Portfolio Day Requirements .............................................................................................. 3

    Tutoring Services ....................................................................................................................................... 4

    21st Century After School Program ............................................................................................................. 4

    Alternative Ways to Recover Credit............................................................................................................ 4

    Mexico Credit ............................................................................................................................................ 4

    College Readiness/Support Programs ......................................................................................................... 4

    California State University/University of California Subject Requirements ................................................. 5

    College Entrance Exams............................................................................................................................. 6

    College and Career Planning Website ......................................................................................................... 6

    Course Descriptions ................................................................................................................................... 7

    Agriculture .................................................................................................................................... 4

    Art ................................................................................................................................................. 7

    Child Development ........................................................................................................................ 7

    Computers ..................................................................................................................................... 8

    English .......................................................................................................................................... 9

    Foreign Language ........................................................................................................................ 11

    Mathematics ................................................................................................................................ 12

    Music..14

    Other ........................................................................................................................................... 15

    Physical Education....................................................................................................................... 17

    Science ........................................................................................................................................ 18

    Social Studies .............................................................................................................................. 20

    Trade & Industrial Arts ................................................................................................................ 22

  • 3

    FIREBAUGH HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

    No student may receive a diploma from Firebaugh High School who has not completed the course of study prescribed by the governing board. Students will not be allowed to graduate or participate in graduation ceremonies until all of the following requirements are met. 1. Complete a total of 260 credits. The brake down of these credits is as follows:

    a. 40 credits of English b. 30 credits of Math (Must pass 10 credits of Algebra I) c. 10 Earth Science d. 10 credits of Life Science e. 10 credits of Physical Science f. 20 credits of P.E. g. 30 credits of Social Studies h. 10 credits of Computers i. 10 credits of Fine Arts or Foreign Language j. 10 credits of Vocational Education k. 80 credits of Electives

    2. Eight semesters of seven classes each. 3. Complete and pass senior portfolio and interview. 4. Have satisfactory citizenship. 5. Payment of all money owed to the school. 6. Return of the payment for all materials/uniforms/books checked out to student. 7. Credits earned at postsecondary institutions (i.e. community college) may be utilized for high school credit. You may receive credit at two institutions for the same course. Pre-approval by counselor is required. 8. Seniors are also required to pass the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE).

    CALIFORNIA HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAM (CAHSEE)

    This graduation requirement was authorized by state law (Senate Bill 2, statues of 1999). Seniors need to pass both sections of English and Math of the (CAHSEE) with a score of 350 or better in each section. The purpose of the High School Exit Exam is to:

    help improve students achievement in high school ensure graduates meet identified state content standards in reading, writing, and mathematics

    SENIOR PORFOLIO/PORFOLIO DAY REQUIREMENTS

    All students are required to keep and maintain a portfolio. Portfolios are a graduation requirement and all seniors are expected to participate in the schools annual Portfolio Day project, which is held in May. Students portfolios are reviewed at that time by representatives from the community. The Firebaugh High School Portfolio Project is designed to accomplish two goals; to provide students with a means and opportunity to periodically review their own work and learning; and to prepare the students for a final senior portfolio interview in which they will show off their best work and communication skills in a mock interview. Satisfactory completion of the portfolio and a passing score on the senior portfolio interview are requirements for graduation from Firebaugh High School.

  • 4

    TUTORING SERVICES

    If a student needs academic assistance in a class, there are many tutoring services available.

    Tutoring is available before and after school Tutoring is available with teachers and Cal-SOAP Tutors The Library is open to study on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday before school and after school.

    21st CENTURY AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

    Many fun activities take place after school. All activities are free of cost to students. Buses are available at 6:00pm everyday in front of the school. Every student in attendance will receive an after school snack. Please contact your teachers or the Counseling office for tutoring and after school program schedules.

    ALTERNATE WAYS TO RECOVER CREDIT See your Counselor for more information.

    West Hills College ( 3 credits = 10 credits at Firebaugh High School) Odyssey Ware Online Program PASS Program (Migrant Students only) Cafeteria Aide

    MEXICO CREDIT

    We ask that parents do not take their son/daughter to Mexico during the school year. If students leave to Mexico during the school year there is a possibility that the student will fall behind in credits and will be in danger of not graduating. Finals are given during the last week before Winter Vacation and students may not take their finals early. If students take their finals late, they must meet the provisions of the Education Code 48205. The State of California clearly defines excused student absences as:

    Illness or Injury Medical or Dental

    Court Subpoena Death in the immediate family

    The documentation of the excused student absences includes doctors notes, death certificates, and court subpoenas. Failure to remain in school the whole year may result in earning partial credit or no credit.

    COLLEGE READINESS/SUPPORT PROGRAMS

    See your Counselor for more information.

    It is strongly recommended that any student who is interested in pursuing a college education or vocational training participate in college readiness and support programs, which are outreach programs designed to provide services that will assist students on how to prepare and enroll into any college. These programs offer the followi