Course Request Letters for 2015-16
Student Course Requests for 2015 –16 are being distributed in English classes for current students. Incoming ninth graders will receive letters in the mail and return them to their middle school Guidance Department or DHHS. All students have the opportunity to make any changes to their course selections that they made back in March. Directions on making changes are listed on the letter that students are receiving today. Courses are not listed by period. This letter should be signed by both students and parents and returned to the Guidance Office by 6/23/15, even if there are no changes to requested courses.
We are creating our master schedule of classes based on the student course requests we have received. With the exception of leveling down, waitlist movement, course conflicts, or change of Math/English placement once 2nd semester grades are complete, there will be few, if any, changes in course requests during Registration in August as our teacher staffing for next year has been determined. Students who have any questions are welcome to stop by/email/call the Guidance Office and speak with their Academic Advisor.
CAASPP Testing Information
CST Science Test (10th graders only)
This test will take place in 10th grade history classes May 12th, 13th, 14th,15th. Make-up days will be on May 19th and 20th. Students that missed the March Cahsee will have to take their CST Science test on the make-up days in the GYM at 8 am.Students without a Social Science class will test at 8 am in the gym May 19th and 20th.
Students have been practicing the ELA and Math portions of the test on Chromebooks to continue to prepare them to be successful. They have had the opportunity to utilize the various tools within the test.
The ELA portion of the test will take place in junior English classes May 18th –June 1st. The math portion of the test will take place in junior history classes May 28th – June 10th . Make-up days are included in the previous dates. For a complete schedule please click here.
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is the new system of academic tests that is replacing the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program tests that students have been taking since the 1990s. Based on the state standards (Common Core), SBAC English/Language Arts and math tests will be administered at DHHS to juniors during the last two weeks of May and first two weeks of June. The tests will be done in students’ English and History classes during regularly scheduled days. There will be no special bell schedules during testing.
When California began the STAR Program in the 90’s, we saw an initial drop in test scores, as staff and students experienced the format of a new test. Not surprisingly, we are expecting that a similar ‘learning curve’ might be seen for this new testing. To help give families an idea of what these new tests are like, SBAC practice tests are now available to parents and students.
SBAC practice tests are available to the public at: http://caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.html. Practice tests and answer keys are available for grade 11 in both English/Language Arts and math. The tests are accessed by clicking on the Student Interface Practice and Training Tests tab. The answer keys are found by clicking on the Test Administrator Resources tab. SBAC tests will be taken on computers, and these online practice tests provide examples of the new tests. CUSD encourages you to explore the practice tests with your child.
You will find that there are four major types of questions that your child may see on the SBAC test: multiple choice, multiple response, short answer, and performance assessments. Your child is receiving instruction and practice on these types of questions during their English and math classes. In addition, DHHS will be administering two teacher-guided paper and pencil practice tests during March and April in order to better prepare students for SBAC testing. The practice tests given in their English and math classes will allow students to ask clarifying questions of teachers and become more comfortable with the requirements of the SBAC test. We look forward to working with you as we implement the new SBAC testing.
Fall Advisement 2015-16
If you are an incoming 9th grader please click here to get more information about your registration process.
Fall Advisement begins today, March 13th and will end on March 22nd. All students received a packet in their 4th period class today with course information that will allow them to review and add courses to their Fall schedule. Students must use the Student Portal for Advisement, core courses have been pre-loaded based on district placement guidelines and students will have the opportunity to select electives/PE courses. Teachers had the opportunity over the last week to make recommendations for students, so there may be more than one course in a content area when a student is looking at the classes listed in the portal. Students cannot delete courses, but can discuss with their academic advisor which course is right for them. The advisor can make the change during the 1:1 meeting they will have with each student over the next 6 weeks. During Advisement academic advisors and support staff will be available in the library during tutorial to assist students with any questions or to sign up students on the Student Portal. 9, 10, and 11 grade students can view the Course Offering document, Instruction document and Entering Course Request Instructions document. To sign up for an after school ROP class please see Julie Marquez in room 501. If you have any questions please see your academic advisor.
ADDITIONAL ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION WHEN MAKING COURSE REQUESTS
- Electives were not chosen for you. Use the course offerings sheet to choose your electives. List an alternative elective in the Course Request screen on the STUDENT PORTAL to increase the chance of getting your desired elective!
- Students entering the 10th grade must take 6 classes.
- Students entering the 11th or 12th grades and are on track for graduation must take a minimum of 5 classes. However, please encourage your student to enroll in a minimum of 6 classes to ensure graduation.
- Students entering the 11th grade with 120 or more credits are on track for graduation.
- Students entering the 12th grade with 170 or more credits are on track for graduation.
- Seek the advice of your teachers regarding your class selection.
- Discuss with your parents.
- The Academic Advisors will choose classes for students who have not completed the process.
- Zero period is not guaranteed.
- Students (juniors and Seniors) with a zero period are not guaranteed a 0-4 schedule. Example: 0,1,2,4,6
- Students taking an ROP or Saddleback class as their 5th class are not guaranteed a 1-4 schedule. Based on school-wide scheduling needs a student may have the following schedule: periods 1,3,5,2 with an ROP or Saddleback course
- All Students will have at least one class after lunch unless course offerings are not available.
- CHOOSE COURSES WISELY- MOST ARE A YEAR LONG AND CANNOT BE DROPPED
8th Grade Parent Night & Open House
Are you interested in learning about Dana Hills High School? Join staff, students, and PTSA for 8th grade Parent Night & Open House on Monday, March 23, 2015.
- 6:00 pm – 8th grade parent/student information
- 7:00 pm – Open House for current and new families
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Minimum A-G UC/CSU Requirements
UC and CSU
|A- History/Social Science||2|
|C- Math (Must be Algebra I, II and Geometry)||3|
|D- Lab Science (1 physical and 1 life science)||2|
|E- Foreign Language||2|
|F- Visual or Performing Art||1|
G- Elective From Approved A-F Course
A "C" or better must be earned in all A-G courses
|SAT I or ACT|
2 SAT II Subject Tests (UC Only)
Note: SAT II subject tests will no longer be required as of the class of 2012
|3.0 for UC|
|2.0 for CSU|