Counseling

Counselor EspinozaCounselor Farwell

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The mission of Joseph Kerr Middle School's Counseling and Guidance Program is to provide all students with opportunities to acquire skills, attitudes, and competencies related to academic, career, and social/personal development in order to realize their greatest potential.

In order to fulfill this mission, the counselors at Joseph Kerr provide :

Academic Counseling   Course Registration
Classroom Presentations    Achievement Monitoring
Confidential Individual Counseling
   College/Career Guidance
Confidential Family Support    Program Administration

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P R O M O T I O N / R E T E N T I O N  P O L I C Y 

Joseph Kerr students can earn 60 credits per school year (70 with zero period).  
7th grade students are expected to earn a minimum of 50 credits in order to promote to eighth grade.
8th grade students are expected to earn a minimum of 100 credits in order to promote to ninth grade.
Students who continue to be credit deficient by the beginning of Quarter 4 will be reviewed by a committee to determine promotion or retention.  
Promotion/Retention will be based upon credit achievement, academic proficiency in English Language Arts and Math, and the educational and developmental needs of the student.  The decision to promote or retain a student may be appealed by the student's parents/guardians consistent with Board policy described in this administrative regulation and law (AR 5123(d)).

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Suggestions for Parents to Support Academic Success
  1. Be sure your child attends school every day and makes up assignments due to absences.
  2. Check your child's binder for homework assignments daily.
  3. Provide a quiet space and time to complete homework.
  4. Check your child's backpack periodically and assist in the organization of materials and binder.
  5. Be sure your child has the necessary school supplies such as paper, pens and pencils.
  6. Review the promotion/retention information with your child.
  7. Have your child ask teachers for extra help if needed.
  8. Call your child's counselor if you have concerns
  9. Continue to encourage and believe in your child's ability to succeed.

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COUNSELING and GUIDANCE CALENDAR

         
A U G U S T O C T O B E R
 
  • 7th Grade Jump Start

  • 7th to 8th Grade Californiacolleges.com
      Registration
 

   • Report Card/Credit Review
   • 7th to 8th Grade Californiacolleges.com
      Registration
 
N O V E M B E R D E C E M B E R
  
  • 7th to 8th Grade Californiacolleges.com
      Registration
 
  • PSAT

  • Report Card/Credit Review

 H A P P Y   
H O L I D A Y S!

  J A N U A R Y  F E B R U A R Y
 
  • Report Card/Credit Review
  • 7th to 8th Grade Course Selection  
      Assemblies   
  • 8th Grade to High School Course Selection
  • PSAT Results

  • 6th Grade Orientation/Course Selection
 M A R C H  A P R I L
   
• Report Card/Credit Review

• Report Card/Credit Review
 M A Y  
    • Promotion/Retention Notifications
    • 8th Grade Awards Night
    • 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony
 H A V E   A   G R E A T   S U M M E R!

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CSU and UC "A-G" Admission Requirements
A-G courses are required for students seeking admission to University of California or California State University.  These courses must be taken during high school to fulfill the requirement for college entrance.  Counselors use the University of California A-G guide (door-ways), the website is http://www.ucop.edu/agguide/.
A | Social Science/History - 2 Years | World History, US History or US and Government
B | English - 4 Years
C | Mathematics - 3 Years required, 4 Years recommended | Three years of college-preparatory mathematics that include Math I, Math II, Math III.
D | Laboratory Science - 2 Years required, 3 Years recommended | Two years of laboratory science which includes biology, chemistry and or physics.
E | Language Other Than English - 2 Years required, 3 Years recommended | Students must take two years of the same language.
F | Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) - 1 Year required | This includes dance, drama/theater, music or visual art.
G | College-Preparatory Electives - 1 Year required | One year (two semesters), in addition to those required in "a-f" above, chosen from the following areas; visual and performing arts (non-introductory level courses), history, social science, English, advanced mathematics, laboratory science and language other than English (a third year in the language used for the "e" requirement or two years of another language).

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