Milan Messenger - News from Milan High School Guidance - December 2020
Wednesday, December 02, 2020
Mutz's Must Reads
COVID-19 Safety Measures - Ripley County has moved to the red coded guidelines regarding COVID precautions. Because of the rise in positive cases in our county, Milan switched to eLearning for the week following Thanksgiving. In-person education will resume on Monday, December 7 at 8:00 a.m.
Juniors and Sophomores - PSAT/NMSQT (October 29) - All Sophomores and Juniors were required to take the exam this year. These scores are used to determine dual credit and dual enrollment eligibility along with being used on scholarship applications. This is a very valuable exam for students as it helps them prepare for the SAT. Scores are typically released in December. Watch Google Classroom for details.
Seniors (December 7) - This is a reminder that after December 7 there will be an additional fee added to all cap/gown orders placed. Your orders can be placed online or by mail to Graduate Services. The school does not handle the orders. If you need a new order form, you can pick one up from Bonnie during school hours. Place your order soon and save some money!
ACT (December 12) - The ACT is offered on Saturdays at a variety of local locations. Students must register online by November 12. Register early to save your spot as seats may be limited. Students that are strong in Science and/or STEM may prefer this exam over the SAT because it assesses a variety of content areas. https://www.act.org/content/ac...
S1 Final Exams (December 16 - 18) - Final exams are scheduled for December 16, 17, 18. Final exams are worth 15% of your final grade calculation. It is important to take the exam seriously and be in attendance. Any absences must be pre-approved by Mr. Langferman or students may not be permitted to make-up the exam.
S1 Grade Calculations - Milan High School has a unified grade calculation for semester grades for all classes. Quarter grades are worth 42.5% of semester averages. Final exams are worth 15%. The semester average is what is used to calculate GPAs and is the only grade that shows on transcripts.
Veteran's Day Program - Thank you to Mr. Williams and our student council for putting together an excellent virtual Veterans Day program. All students were able to watch the program from their 1st period classes while social distancing. It was a great alternative to our traditional program.
Senior Scholarships - Scholarship opportunities are on the rise here in Ripley County! Seniors should check Google Classroom often for new updates. Feel free to reach out to Mrs. Mutz in guidance if you have any questions or need an official transcript to include in your scholarship application. Remember to follow all directions and take your time on these applications. Careless mistakes or not taking the time to proofread your application may disqualify you from being considered. Scholarships that were recently posted include Helena, Great Plains Communications, America Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, Knights of Pythias and more! Visit Google Classroom for deadlines and details!
Milan Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Applications (January 31) - Applications are now open for Milan students to complete. This is a large pool of various scholarships that students can apply to by completing one application. This includes the $40,000 Mortara Scholarship along with many others that were put in place to honor loved ones. These are available to ONLY MILAN STUDENTS. It is important students take their time to fully complete this application to be considered. Transcript information must be updated after grades are stored in January. Applications can be found here: http://www.milan.dollarsforscholars.org/index.php?section=chapterWebsite&action=student_parent&fwID=1435
CARES Central (free tutoring) - For anyone interested, Milan will offer after-school tutoring from 3-4 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. We have help for all classes- see/email Ms. Schwing-Stamper with questions (email@example.com)
Scheduling (January) - The scheduling process is projected to begin in January with class presentations during GP. Remember if a student’s semester average is not passing (60% or higher) in core class, they will be required to retake the course next year or during summer school. It is very important that students work hard to pass their classes to prevent the need to retake a course. Mrs. Mutz will meet with each student individually to review their academic progress and future plans. Schedules will be released in April for approval and potential change requests.
ASVAB Score Interpretation (March 1) - The military will be joining us on March 1 to provide an ASVAB score interpretation. Students will receive a paper copy of their scores that day. They will also learn how to access a national database to help them research careers that match their skills based on their exam results.
SAT School Day (April 27) - The SAT will be offered at school on April 27 at 8:00a.m. Any student wanting to take the SAT at school may sign up in guidance. This is a great exam opportunity for all juniors. The cost is $55 for regular pay and $15 for free/reduced lunch status. The deadline to sign up is February 20, 2021. Orders will only be submitted for those that submitted payment.
Advanced Placement Exams (May) -AP exams are administered in May. Please see the testing section for exact dates. There are many great resources available for students in the My AP section of their College Board accounts to help them prepare. All students taking an AP class are expected to take the exam. The cost is free with exception of AP US which is included in book bills. Scores of 3,4,5 are awarded college credit and widely transferable. This is different than the standard dual credit awarded for Ivy Tech dual credit courses. Please check your student’s schedule to determine if they are taking an AP course. Advanced placement classes have an “AP” listed in the course title.
Athletics - We are thankful to be able to participate in athletics this year! However, changes are often made on a daily basis. Follow Milan Athletics on Twitter for the most up to date information.
ISTEP+ ELA and MATH Exam (Juniors and Seniors) - The state has determined that passing the ISTEP (English and Math) is still the primary graduation requirement for students in the Class of 2022 and 2021 (grade 11 and 12). All juniors will be required to take the exam in February with the intent to pass both sections for graduation purposes. Seniors that have not previously passed the ISTEP and do not have a designated graduation pathway will also be required to take the exam for graduation purposes. The good news is that the students have the advantage of higher levels of coursework experience. Usually, this exam is administered as sophomores, and they have not yet reached those higher levels of Math and English concepts. I am confident that the students will do even better than if they were able to finish the exam last year!
Freshman - ILEARN - Biology - All students in Biology will be required to take the ILEARN Biology exam on April 27. This exam is offered online but students must be in attendance to take the exam. It is not a graduation requirement to pass this exam.
SAT School Day - The exam will be offered on April 27 for students that signed up. Payment is needed prior to ordering the exam. The deadline to submit payment is February 20.
AP Exam Dates - Below are the exam dates for advanced placement exams. All students taking an AP course are required to take the exam.
- AP Calculus (8:00) - Tuesday, May 4
- AP Literature (8:00) - Wednesday, May 5
- AP Physics (12:00) - Wednesday, May 5
- APUSH (8:00) - Thursday, May 6
- AP Computer Science (12:00) - Thursday, May 6
- AP Chemistry (8:00) - Friday, May 7
- AP English Language (8:00) - Wednesday, May 12
- AP Biology (8:00) - Friday, May 14
ASVAB Score Interpretation - The military will be joining us on March 1 to provide an ASVAB score interpretation.
PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 8/9 - Parents and students should continue to check Google Classroom for notifications on when you can access your scores in College Board. Be sure you write your password down. We do not have access to student accounts or passwords. Once in your account, you can then access Kahn Academy for individualized test practice to improve any areas of weakness.
Scheduling Information and Diploma Types
Academic Honors - Students working towards an Academic Honors Diploma must earn a semester average of 70% or higher to remain eligible for the honors diploma. Honors students must also take 3 years of a foreign language or 2 years of German and 2 years of Spanish. They will also be required to take 2 dual credit or AP classes, 4 years of math including PreCalculus, 1 full year of a fine art elective, and earn a total of 47 credits or more.
Technical Honors - Students working towards a Technical Honors Diploma must earn a semester average of 70% or higher to remain eligible for the honors diploma. These students must earn career and technical certifications which are typically received by attending the career center. Technical Honors students must also take 2 dual credit or AP classes and earn a total of 47 credits or more. There is no foreign language requirement or additional math requirement.
Core 40 - Students working towards a Core 40 Diploma do not have a set GPA requirement. Classes that are passed are not required to take again. Students must earn a total of 40 credits (8 English credits, 6 Social Studies credits, 6 Math credits, 6 Science credits, 2 PE credits, 1 Health credit).
This link will provide you with a more detailed explanation of diplomas. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Mutz regarding diploma requirement questions.
Graduation Pathway -Students in the Class of 2023 and 2024 must meet the Graduation Pathways requirements to graduate. Students in the Class of 2021 and 2022 may opt in if they meet all requirements. To fulfill the requirements, students must complete 3 important tasks (boxes).
- Box 1 - Meet the State of Indiana diploma requirements listed above.
- Box 2 - Log a MEANINGFUL experience in Naviance that shows a student has mastered soft skills that are not easily graded. This can be through athletics, JAG, clubs, part-time employment, etc. Students must show mastery in skills such as time management, leadership, teamwork, perseverance, etc.
- Box 3 - Complete a sequence of courses that show a student is college/career ready. Examples include but are not limited to: receiving an honors diploma, completing a program at the SCC, complete 3 sequential courses in Ag, Education, Engineering or Computer Science, take 3 dual credit courses for college credit, meet benchmark scores on the SAT, ACT or ASVAB.
Southeastern Career Center - Students going into grade 11 or 12 are permitted to attend the career center next year. Students must be current on credits in order to attend as their time will be limited at MHS. Each student must complete an application for the career center. Mrs. Mutz will email them that application upon request after grades and credits have been reviewed.
Dual Enrollment - Seniors are permitted to attend Ivy Tech’s Dual Enrollment program and take classes on Ivy Tech’s campus. Students must have a GPA of 3.0, have personal transportation available, and have a good attendance record at Milan High School. Interested students must submit a signed contract that they will receive during their individual meeting with Mrs. Mutz. This contract provides detailed information on expectations, additional fees required, transportation, and more!
Class of 2021 and 2022 - Students in grades 11 and 12 are still required to pass the ISTEP (English and Math) as a graduation requirement. Students that have not passed both sections must retake the exam until they pass. Students that meet Graduation Pathways requirements may opt into that option as well. Mrs. Mutz can confirm if all criteria is met via the pathway option.
Class of 2023 and 2024 - Students in grade 10 and 9 are no longer required to pass an exam for graduation purposes. They will be required to show that they are college and/or career ready via a sequence of courses selected. Milan offers a variety of options that will be reviewed during scheduling. Please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Mutz for more clarification or with questions.
Dual Credit - Milan offers many classes for dual credit, meaning students will receive both high school and college credit. The majority of these classes are through our partnership with Ivy Tech. Students must qualify for these courses by having a minimum GPA of 2.8 and/or have a qualifying test score. Students register with Ivy Tech in the fall and grades received will go on their Ivy Tech transcript as well as their high school transcript. Courses that have dual credit opportunities have "DC" in their course title.
Advanced Placement "AP" - AP or Advanced Placement refers to the level of rigor a course is expected to include. This is a national program that requires teachers to follow a rigorous syllabus that meets these national expectations. Students taking an "AP" course are required to take the corresponding exam in May. Students that receive a 3,4, or 5 on the exam will receive college credit for the course that is widely accepted by many colleges. Advanced Placement courses are marked by "AP" in the course title.
Social Emotional Learning - Family Fun Activities
We all knew that we were living in a digital world, but 2020 took digital to an all new level! Many of us adjusted to a fully digital lifestyle by adapting our careers, education, and basic daily routines of shopping and visiting family members to an all online format. While it is important to keep our digital skills fresh, it is also nice to "unplug" and spend time with family without any electronic devices.
This website has a list of "50 Family Activities That Do Not Involve Screens." I hope your family can find time to unwind during the holidays and take a break from that digital lifestyle we have been living.
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