Welcome toStratford High School
Becoming a 9thgrader
Administrative & Counseling Teams
Administrative Team:Building Principal: Chad CrowsonAssociate Principal: Pam MetcalfeFreshman Principal:Valerie JohnsonSophomore Principal: Dr. Laura VillaflorJunior Principal: Carl BlazedSenior Principal: Jeff McCordCounseling Team:Registrar/Lead Counselor – Gene RutlandA-D Carrie Campbell BishopE-K Jim HerringtonL-Q Crystal ArringtonR-Z Susie VelisPost Secondary Counselor – D’Ann FranklinStudent Services Counselor –Lynn HollisterCIS Counselor – KristinSulemon
Regular Bell Schedule
First Steps to Success
Suggested to have an organization system.Example: 2 Binders. One for A dayclasses and one for B day classes.Use a planner.Do the homework.Re-take test when available.Check your mysbisd.org email address for information all the time.Log into Skyward and check your grades often.
Skyward Family Access and Skyward EmailsSchoolwebsitehttp://ssh.springbranchisd.com/District websitehttp://www.springbranchisd.com/Counselor websitehttp://shs-spartans.comPrincipal telephone calloutsRemind 101School Messenger
Encourage your student to getexcited about high school.
TONSof choicesNew people to meetTeachers andStaffwhocareSpartan timeeach weekInterestingclasses, clubs and organizations
Did you know?
Studentsthat are involvedinextra-curricular activities are 83%morelikelytograduatein4 years…Newsweek Magazine
Foundation Plan – 22 credits
4 credits inEnglish3 credits in Science3 credits inSocialStudies3 credits in Math1 credit PhysicalEducation1 creditFineArts2 credits Foreign Lang.5 elective credits
This is not recommended as a college ready plan and requires parent and student written acceptance to complete this plan.
Spartan Success Formula
26 CreditsFoundation Plan plus the following:4th math course4th science course4thsocial studies courseEndorsement area courseworkFoundation Plan + Endorsement(s) = 26Credits and CollegeReady
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) – takes 4 or 5 credits (years).Business and IndustryPublicServicesArts and Humanities – 4 credits (years)Example: 4 years of foreign language/4 years of band.Multidisciplinary StudiesExample: Easiest to achieve is 4 Core Classes for 4 years.
State Testing Requirements: STAR EOC
*English I and English II**Algebra IUS HistoryBiology* If a student does not successfully pass the eighth grade Star English test, they will be placed in a reading course and study hall.**If a student does not successfully pass the eighth grade star math test, they will be placed in I.P.C. and a study hall.
Course Catalog(Formerly known as Program of Studies)
Please refer to the Spring Branch ISD Course Catalogue for 2018-19 for available courses and information. It is a great reference resource.https://cms.springbranchisd.com/Portals/177/counselor%20corner%20info/POS_HS_2018-2019vE.pdf?ver=2018-01-22-101757-653
Students have or will meet with their counselors and place tentative course selections into Skyward.Students will be able to log into their family access account andupdatetheir course selections for next year. The window will beclosed on March 1st. Parent accounts are view only.Three course verification letters willbe mailedhome after Spring Break.
(This is an example only and not a required set schedule for any student. This example is provided as an illustration of what a schedule could be for freshman year. )1.English I(GL or PAP)2.Algebra I(GL or PAP) or Geometry (GL or PAP) or Some students who takeAlgI andGeomin Jr High they cantakeAlgebra II PAP.3.Biology I(GL orPAP) or(IPC) Integrated Physics and Chemistry(Ask your Jr High Math and Science teacherswhichscienceclass wouldbebestfor Freshman Year.)4.World Geography(GL or PAP) orHuman Geography AP5.FineArt Elective(Ifalready took in Jr High can take another fine art or find an elective toadd.)6.PE Physical Ed/Sport Elective(Requiredto graduate and Dance I can be used as a PE Credit)7.Study Hall or other Elective or 2nd part of a Sport(Meaning sports are double blocked or take up two periods on an 8 period schedule.)8.Foreign Language(if have already met graduation requirement of 2 years, then can be 3rd year offoreignlanguage or other elective)
Course Selection in Skyward
Select your four core coursesEnglishMathematicsScienceSocial studiesThese courses span two semesters, so they will appear twice in the “courses requested” column
Social Studies Options
World GeographyWorld Geography PRE AP*A.P. Human Geography*This course may replace World Geography Pre-AP and students may receive college credit based on their A.P. score.It is recommended for students with strong reading and writing skills.
(Currently in 8thGradeMath)Algebra IAlgebra I PRE AP(Currently in Algebra1)GeometryGeometry PRE AP(Currently inGeometry)Algebra IIAlgebra II PRE AP
Physical Education Options
One year (1.0 credit) in P.E. for high school graduationAthletics count as PE creditsColor guard and marching band will count as a P.E. credit the first semester and will count as 1.0 fine arts credit the second semesterOff Campus P.E. applications must be submitted prior to March 15, 2018. Contact your middle school counselor for information.You may also get PE credit for Marching Band, andSpartanairesif you stay in the program for two years.
Foreign Language Options
Foreign Language OptionsAMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE ICOMPUTER SCIENCE IFRENCHIGERMANISPANISH ISPANISH IISPANISHIII PREAPSPANISH III Grade LevelSPANISH IV AP
Fine Arts Contacts
Band – Head DirectorRichard Grahamrichard.firstname.lastname@example.orgChoir – Head DirectorPeter Steinmetzpeter.email@example.comOrchestra – Head DirectorMichael Faheymichael.fahey@@springbranchisd.comTheatre Arts – Head DirectorCeCePrudhommecourtney.firstname.lastname@example.org
Students interested in theatre should sign up for TheatreArts Iif no previous middle school theatre arts courses have been taken.If they have already taken two years ofmiddle school theatre arts courses they need to speak with the Theater Arts teacher, Mrs.PrudehommeAll Theatre Arts classes are year long courses and participation outside of schoolmay bepart of the class requirement.
Journalism – Newspaper - Yearbook
If studentsare interested inphotography they can sign up forPhotojournalism. There is a one semester option and a full year (or 2 semester option)If students want tostudy all aspects of Journalismthey need to takea full year course.Students taking Journalism I need to understand thiscourse involves computer work, graphic design, and writing skills.To enroll in newspaper or yearbook courses, student must have completed Journalism I or Photojournalism.Newspaper teacher/sponsor – JaniceCummonsjanice.email@example.comYearbook teacher/sponsor – Lillian HarrisLillian.firstname.lastname@example.org
Highly competitiveChallenges athletes on a daily basis to be their best.SHS offers both tryout (cut) and non-tryout (non-cut) sports.A cut sport is one in which a tryout takes place and is based on ability/potential relative to the otherathleteswho try out.Sports that do not have cuts still have criteria and standards that must be met and maintained to remain on the team.Baseball students will not have Baseball 9 in their schedule for 9thgrade.Please contact Coach Humphrey’s for more information.Meet the Coaches Night will be held onApril 2, 2018with a dinner at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria and information sessions in the main gym at 7:30 p.m.Connect with the coach of your sport to find out if there is any summer tryouts or training.If you have anyquestions,please feel free tocontact our CampusAthletic DirectorElliot Allenvia email@example.com
Tryout (Cut) Sports areunderlinedATHLETIC TRAINER Requires 2 Periods / One State and One Local CreditBASKETBALL 9 BOYSRequires 2 Periods / One State and One Local CreditBASKETBALL 9 GIRLSRequires 2 Periods / One State and One Local CreditCROSS COUNTRY 9Requires 2 Periods / One State and One Local CreditDIVING 9Requires 2 Periods / One State and One Local CreditFOOTBALL 9Requires 2 Periods / One State and One Local CreditGOLF 9Requires 2 Periods / One State and One Local CreditSOCCER 9 BoysRequires 2 Periods / One State and One Local CreditSOCCER 9 GirlsRequires 2 Periods / One State and One Local CreditSOFTBALL 9Requires 2 Periods / One State and One Local CreditSWIMMING 9Requires 2 Periods / One State and One Local CreditTENNIS 9 Requires 1 Period / One State CreditTRACK 9 BOYSRequires2 Periods / One State and One Local CreditTRACK 9 GIRLSRequires 2 Periods / One State and One Local CreditVOLLEYBALL 9Requires2 Periods / One State and One Local Credit
Spartanaires is the drillteam that performs at different athletic and invitational events and Spring Show.For tryout information, please contact Mrs. Vinyard.Dance/Spartanaire Director–Julie VinyardJulie.Vinyard@springbranchisd.com
Guthrie Center(2 periods)
TheGuthrieCenter is a high school elective campus in SBISD that offers 9th to 12th grade students an opportunity for career preparation and job training with state-of-the-art technology taught by industry professionals.Students sign up for the college-level elective of their choice.Students ride a district bus that shuttles them betweenStratfordHighSchool and theGuthrie center.This is a wonderful opportunity to learn and discover what youmay considerfor acareerwithout the expense of a college tuition. For more information on theGuthrieCenter from its teachers, to its classes, to its achievements, please visit:http://guthriecenter.springbranchisd.comIf you would like to see what students have to say about their experiencesthere, please check out the following video:Http://vimeo.Com/114985368
504 Folders are brought to SHS by the middle school staff.Contact Lynn Hollister, Student Support Services CounselorPatricia.Hollister@springbranchisd.comEncourage your student to know his/her accommodations.
Freshman To Do List
Focus on grades and attendance.Check the SHS Library site for any required summer reading.Get involved:School activitiesCommunity activitiesCommunity serviceKeep track of extra and co-curricular involvement.Research and visit colleges and universities.Make sure all contact information in Skyward is current (address, email, telephone, etc.).
ELECTIVE SHOWCASE TABLES
Please be sure to visit with teachers/sponsors in the snack bar area this evening who are sharing information regarding their different course areas.