Academic Support

11/7/2019

2nd Semester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last day to ADD a course (2nd Semester):  Coming Soon

Last day to DROP a course without a ‘W’:

Last day to DROP a course without a ‘F’:

Counselors are in classrooms NOW working with students on course requests for 2020-21.

Students and their families should be talking about choices for next year and can even log in and start editing those requests ahead of time.  Counselors will be meeting with each student one on one in order to best support planning for next year.

Student requests are LOCKED after a student has a one on one planning session with a student.  Unfortunately, those requests will not be able to be changed until after schedules are created.  We are using student requests to drive our master and determine which classes will be able to be offered.  Stability in our course requests will be the only way we are able to do our best to build a master schedule based on student interests.

 

AP Courses . Advance Placement (AP) courses are available to all students.  We challenge each student to take at least one AP course while in high school.  Benefits of taking an AP course include better preparation for college, potential college credit, and more.  Click the link for access to AP courses available to students.  (Please note that our offerings of AP courses can change due to staff credentials and budget impacts. We will do our best to continue to offer rigorou

District Course Catalog This catalog is all-inclusive and courses listed may not be accessible to students at Roosevelt.  The specific courses available to students at TRHS are listed on the course request form below.  Use the catalog for course descriptions to gain further knowledge about the content of a course.

DMPS Graduation Requirements.  Students are required to complete 23 credits to earn their high school diploma.  Those courses should be completed in particular areas, which can be found at the link.  For students who are struggling or have extenuating circumstances that could effect on-time graduation, DMPS may have potential alternatives.  It is strongly encouraged that students and families schedule time to sit down with their counselor to discuss options and find the best fit based on the individual student’s needs.

Central Academy Academy provides extended learning for students who need additional challenges in the core academics that may be unavailable in the comprehensive high schools.  This includes English, Math, Science, and Social Studies as well as World Languages and some art courses.  Students interests in Central Academy courses, who have not been, should talk with their counselor to discuss options and sign up!  If a student is currently at Academy, they can connect with the Academy counselor Kris Hilton.  kristin.hilton@dmschools.org

Central Campus. Campus provides Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses to students within and outside of Des Moines Public Schools.  They have more than 30 programs within nine career academies and most students find something of interest at Campus.  Students interested in applying for a Campus program need to be sure that they have added it to their MYAP plan with their counselor and applied for the program HERE.

GPA. (Grade Point Average)  Roosevelt students have a weighted and unweighted GPA, depending on if they have taken AP courses.  A student’s GPA is the average of all grades that a student has earned high school credit for.  A student’s GPA is not as fluid the longer they are in school.  It is important for students to use their 9th and 10th grade year to establish a GPA that they are proud of and will help them access their post-secondary plans.

A 4.0
B 3.0
C 2.0
D 1.0
F 0.0

MYAP (Multi-Year Academic Plan) is the program in Infinite Campus that we use to enter student’s course requests.  Click on the link to learn more about how it works.

National Honor Society.  The Roosevelt Chapter of NHS is currently sponsored by Casey Dunley.  Please connect with her for additional information.

Rider Time.  Rider Time is a 35 minute class period built into the  middle of the day to provide supports for students.  Students can request to attend a Rider Time seminar with a specific teacher for additional help in a course or teachers can assign a student to their Rider Time to work with them in a small group setting to support progress in a topic or standard area.  We also have excursions or classes that students can take that are fun, relaxing, or engaging in areas that they do not have academic needs.  Attendance is taken and students are expected to attend.

Roosevelt Course Request Form. This is the form that counselors are providing to our students to help them make choices for courses.  Please ask your student about it.  We typically are in the classrooms from October through December gathering requests.

Scheduling.  DMPS and Roosevelt start early to choose courses for next school year.  This process starts in October and continues through the Spring as we develop our Master Schedule and staff our buildings to support students.  Please take note of a few important pieces of information regarding scheduling.

  • Students are making course requests.  This is not a guarantee of their schedule.  We do use requests from students to drive our master, but if there are not enough requests for a course, unfortunately, we cannot offer it.  Staff certification may also impact our ability to offer a course.  We do our best to ensure staff are qualified to teach as much as possible, but at times, this can impact our offerings.
  • Parent Approval.  MYAP in Infinite Campus does allow for parent/guardian approval of students’ four-year plan.  We would love to have all parents/guardians of Roosevelt students at least look at a student’s requests.  If you approve, we’d love if you’d click the box in the top left-hand corner.
  • Timeline.  It’s tight and we know it is.  We do our best to provide as much information and individualized support as possible to all students as they make requests for the upcoming school year.  Because we are using these requests to guide not only our master but also our staffing, students will not be able to make changes to courses until after schedules are released.  We know that this will likely cause a lot of anxiety or stress for some.  We understand and respect where you are coming from, but also need stability to meet our target dates to create our master and complete student schedules.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Standards Referenced Grading (SRG).  Roosevelt uses Standards Referenced Grading to assess student progress and mastery of topics and standards.  Please see this brochure provided by the district for some general Q&A.  If you have more specific questions regarding SRG and a particular class, please reach out to that staff member directly.  Teacher’s names are listed on student schedules.  You can find a directory of staff here.

Study Skills.  Studying does not often come naturally to students.  They need support to learn how to study, develop organizational skills, and develop their executive functioning.  Here are a few links to online resources that can be helpful for families and students.

Tutoring.  Roosevelt does not offer tutoring at this time.  Students are able to access supports from teachers during Rider Time (see Rider Time for more info).  There are several resources in the community that provide tutoring at low or no cost.  Known resources include accessing college students for support, Evelyn K Davis Center, as well as several agencies within the community that are specifically designed as tutoring centers.  Lupe Thomason, Community School Coordinator, may also have additional resources or students interested for silver cord hours.  Our NHS sponsor, Casey Dunley, may have students interested as well.

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