In the Spring of 2017, we initiated a process to strengthen the opportunity for a parent/guardian to work more closely with their student regarding course selection for the following year. We were quite pleased with the result that year and in 2018. We believe, with some additional tweaks, our process and the outcome will be even better. Thank you for your partnership and know we look forward to students and their families becoming even more informed and intentional about course selections.
During the Open Registration this past August, families were provided a “Save the Date” card to be placed on their refrigerator. The BHS Curriculum Fair / Guided Enrollment nights were among the dates listed. The “why”... our staff will be on hand to provide some insight as well as to address questions individuals have regarding the Belton School District curriculum. Please plan to reserve two (2) hours and attend one of these two evening sessions.
The format for both evenings will be identical. The activities are scheduled from 5 - 8 p.m.
- 5 - 6 p.m. - Curriculum Fair… Staff situated by department in the Commons - “Special Topics” Sessions in the Library
- 6 - 7 p.m. - Special Presentation in Gymnasium… (all should plan to attend)
- 7 - 8 p.m. - Repeat of 5 - 6 p.m. session
Our point of emphasis here…if we are to best serve the students of Belton High School, we must be intentional about our efforts to investigate student interest (both at school and beyond their BHS experience) and align it with a program of study. Our collective efforts to become informed followed by an effort to guide our students to choose wisely will create the greatest opportunity for them to prepare for their future.
Our curriculum experts… our teachers are the very individuals we rely upon to engage our students with the content in question. During the opportunity to interact, we encourage all to advocate for a deeper understanding of what the experience in the respective courses can be. Should there be questions about a specific course, please inquire of the staff who currently teaches it and learn directly from them.
A key resource which will is available on our BHS webpage is the most recent edition of the Career & Educational Planning Guide for grades 9 - 12. This booklet will provide a comprehensive listing of the courses we seek to offer for the upcoming school year. Student demand will largely determine the schedule and some key staffing decisions.
During the Counselor visits to the classrooms, students will learn about the process, receive encouragement to challenge themselves and be advised to speak directly with their teachers regarding their recommendations. Students will also receive a copy of their respective transcript along with a handout which will serve as our student enrollment form. The combination of student interest, transcript information, teacher recommendation, and information contained in the CEPG should all contribute to how a student and his/her parent/guardian completes the form.
Again, our “why?”... to make certain our efforts over the next few weeks result in the best academic experience for our BHS students in the year 2018-19. Thank you for your continued partnership!