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How time flies when you are having fun! First semester classes have ended and the school year is half over. Third quarter classes started on Wednesday, Jan. 24 and we at the high school are looking forward to having a very productive second half to our school season.

We at the high school have finished our winter NWEA testing with our 7th and 8th grade students. Acquiring student data is one of our goals for our school district. The data that we receive at the high school for our 7th and 8th grade students helps our staff and administration make changes to instruction, curriculum and goal setting. We use this data to assess student growth and student growth goals. We test students in the fall, winter and spring in math and reading.

With the end of the first semester comes planning for the 2013-14 school year. During the week of Feb. 13-19, Tammy Roth and I will be meeting with individual classes to go over pre-registration for courses for the 2013-14 school year. All students that graduate from MAHS must take 24 credits from the beginning of their 9th grade year to the end of their 12th grade year to graduate. Of these 24 credits, 17 are core classes and seven are elective classes.

The core classes that all 9-12 students must take are:

-English (4 credits). The core English classes are English 9, Eng. 10, Eng. 11, and Eng. 12. Students in 11th grade may take Pre-Collegiate English in the place of English 11. Students in 12th grade may take English 12 or College Writing.

-Math (3 credits). The core math classes are Algebra 1.5, Geometry, Advanced Geometry, Algebra II, Advanced Algebra II, Pre-Calculus and Foundations of Math. All eighth grade students are required to take algebra. As a ninth grade student, your son or daughter will take either geometry or advanced geometry. The typical 10th grade student will take Algebra II or Advanced Algebra II. Most 11th grade students will take Pre-Calculus. Some 11th grade students will take Algebra II or Advanced Algebra II depending on where they are in the math sequence. Most 12th grade students will take Foundations of Math, Probability and Statistics, or the proceeding class in the math sequence.

-Social Studies (4 credits). The core social studies classes are 9th grade Civics, 10th grade History and Geography of the World, 11th grade American History, and 12th grade Social and Economics.

-Science (3 credits). The core science classes are 9th grade Physical Science, 10th Grade Biology. These two classes are required in 9th and 10th grades. Students must take Chemistry or Physics or Food Chemistry during either their 11th or 12th grade year to meet the science requirement. Typically, most 11th grade students will take Chemistry, Food Chemistry, Anatomy/Physiology or Physics. 12th grade students may choose to take Physics, or will take Chemistry, Anatomy/Physiology or Food Chemistry if they did not take either of these classes as an 11th grader.

-Health and Physical Education (1.5 credits). The core health/P.E. classes are 9th grade Physical Education /Health, 10th grade Physical Education/Health.

-Personal Computing (.5 credits). Most students will take Personal Computing as a 9th grader, but some will choose to take this class when it works into their schedule.

-The Arts (1 credit). Students can choose to take 1 credit in Media Arts, Visual Arts, Music (Band or Choir), or Theater Arts.

Total core credits = 17

Congratulations to:

The 2013 National Honor Society induction class. This is a great honor and recognition of all of the hard work that our students have done. Students were inducted into the Morris chapter of National Honor Society on Monday, Jan. 23.

Tom Holland for winning the Sub-section Athletics, Academics and Arts (AAA) award. Tom advances to the Section 6A AAA award banquet which is held on Feb. 7. The winner of the Section AAA award moves onto the state competition.

I am still looking for parent volunteers to be on the high school handbook committee. We have staff, students and a board member on the committee. This is a committee that will meet in April and May to discuss the information in our student handbook. We will be looking at changing some things in our handbook and I would like to get feedback from all stakeholders in this process as we move into the 2013-14 school year.

As always, we want to keep the lines of communication open between stakeholders and the school, please contact me at (320) 585-2200 or email me at cpeterson@morris.k12. anytime or stop in the high school to visit.

Upcoming Events:

Jan. 23-25: No Name Calling Week; Olweus Anti-Bullying Week

Jan. 26: Sub-Section One Act Play at Morris

Jan. 27: Teacher Evaluation/Principal Evaluation meeting at

Lakes Country

Jan. 28-29: MCA-II Math practice test (OLPAs) for gr. 7-8;

Online test

Jan. 30-31: Minn. Student Survey for gr. 5, 8, 9, 11; Online survey

Jan. 31-Feb. 1: Class meetings with Principal

Feb. 4-8: School Counseling Week

Feb. 13: 2 hour late start

Feb.13-19: 2013-14 Pre-registration for gr. 7-11

Feb. 19-22: National FFA week

April 12-20: MCA-II testing for grades 7-11