New Tech News

October 1, 2017

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Important Dates Coming Up


  • October 2nd- Wear Blue for Bullying Prevention
  • October 4th- No Networking- School still starts at 9:05 like other Wednesdays. The only change to the schedule is that 1st period is shorter.
  • October 6th- Professional Development/ No School
  • October 9th- No School
  • October 10th-13th is Homecoming Week
  • October 11th- PSAT Test administered for Sophomores and Juniors (all are automatically registered)
  • October 11th- Homecoming Parade
  • October 13th- Homecoming
  • October 26th- Punkin Chunkin and Haunted House

Josten's Ring and Jewelry Orders

Jostens – the largest and oldest provider of class rings – will be coming to New Tech High to take class jewelry orders in the media center on October 4 from 3:00 to 6:00pm. Receive a FREE Companion ring with any jewelry purchase on IN-SCHOOL ORDER DAYS ONLY. Have fun and save time by designing your jewelry online at www.jostens.com<http://www.jostens.com/> and bring a copy of your order with you along with the $60.00 deposit. Extra ring packets are available in the main school office.
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Veteran's Day

We will be holding a Veteran's Day assembly again this year and would like all learners with family members currently or formerly in the military to complete this form.

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@ Battle T Shirt Design Competition

Learners,


The Learner Leadership Council is excited to announce that November 11th, 2017 will be our official date for the annual "The @ Battle” dodgeball tournament. The @ Battle is an epic dodgeball tournament with all proceeds supporting New Tech High @ Coppell. The tournament will be held at Coppell Middle School North. Proceeds from the tournament will support the Learner Leadership Council and class activities for the Class of 2018 & the Class of 2019.


Each year LLC members design a t-shirt for the tournament, which are given to all of those who participate and are sold at a minimal cost, to help raise funds for all New Tech learners. This year, the committee wanted to open the t-shirt design across all grades, to all learners.


If you are interested in designing The @ Battle 2017

t-shirt here are the requirements:


  • It must contain the year and the tournament name within the design on the front
  • It may have either a small back design, or no back design at all. Sponsors for the tournament are placed on the back of the t-shirt.
  • Print should be one color
  • Everything on the t-shirt, must be school appropriate.



Please have your designs submitted tokmatamoros@newtech.coppellisd.com by October 10th, 2017. Contact Kathy Matamoros if you have any other questions.

Haunted House Donations Needed

The New Tech High @ Coppell Haunted House will be taking place on October 26th from 6:30-9:30 pm! The Learner Leadership Council and Networking Team Captains are working together to organize the event this year and are asking for donations for the various rooms at the Haunted House. If you have any of the items below or have gift cards of any value to Ace Hardware, Lowes and/or Home Depot that you are willing to donate to NTH@C for this event, please email Brendon Wu at bwu@newtech.coppellisd.com!

Needed Items:

· Anything doll related (Antique dolls, Barbie Dolls, Plastic Babies/Dolls)

· Glass jars or mason jars

· Antique Dresser

· Rocking chair

· Old Toys

· Wooden Table

· Fake Halloween Chains

· Speaker

· PVC Pipes

· Straight Jacket Halloween Costumes

· Fog Machine(s)

· Old Clothing (Preferably long-sleeve shirts & long pants, no short-sleeves/shorts)

· Clown Costumes

· Small stool(s) (Wooden or Plastic)

· Hula Hoops

· Plastic Butchers Knifes (Ex. Meat Cleavers)

· Fake Skulls

· Plastic Body Parts (Heads, Limbs, Organs)

· Medical Scrubs

· Fake Scientist Tools (Beakers/Flasks, Microscopes, Etc.)

· Rubber Gloves

· Large Living Room lamp

· Spider Decorations

Spring Dual Credit Dates

Juniors and Seniors,


Below are some important dates for Spring Dual Credit registration. More information will be coming out in the next week or two, but go ahead and put these dates on your calendars:


-Priority Registration(current students) starts 11/14/17

-Regular Registration(new students) starts 11/20/17

-Last day for TSI testing 12/01/17

-Registration ends 1/06/18

-Classes begin 1/16/18


Thanks,

Kennington

Level Down and Course Drop Information

Learners,


Please be aware that, according to the State Board of Education, representatives for both ACT and SAT indicate that taking rigorous high school academic classes are significant indicators of higher ACT and SAT scores for Texas learners. In addition, rigorous curriculum appears to prepare learners for the challenge of college courses once they leave high school. Please make every effort to be successful in your AP courses. That being said, you may find that an AP course that you signed up for is not a great fit for you, and you may need to level down (when a Pre-AP course of the same type is available).


Please read through the criteria for leveling down from an AP course (or dropping a course for eligible Juniors or Seniors) and see the attached document for deadlines and more information:


End of First Nine Weeks of the First Semester

  • Level Down - At the end of the first nine weeks of the first semester only requests to level down will be considered if space is available in the new class. Learners must complete and submit a NTH@C Level Change Form. The grade earned in the current class will be the grade the learner begins with in the new class. Requests for same level moves will not be taken.
  • Dropping a Course - At the end of the first nine weeks of school, juniors and seniors may choose to drop a course and add junior/senior release or facilitator aide if approved, space is available, and the learner meets the criteria for a release period (information on page 13 of the Course Planning Guide). Learners who choose to drop a course at the end of the first nine weeks must submit a Drop Request Form and understand that No grade / Credit / GPA will be awarded for the course.


Remember...If you are considering leveling down or dropping a course, then first make sure you have a conversation with your facilitator, attend tutorials, speak with your parents, and make every effort to succeed in the class. If you still need to level down or drop the course, then complete the application.


Applications to level down from an AP course, or to drop a course, will be accepted ONLY between October 2nd and October 10th OR December 1st and December 12th. No early or late applications will be accepted. No incomplete applications will be accepted.


Sincerely,


Kennington


P.S. AP Psychology, AP Computer Science, AP Calculus AB/BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, and AP Spanish DO NOT have Pre-AP options to level down so do not make those requests. If you are a Junior or Senior in one of those classes you could have the option to drop if you meet the required criteria.

Senior College Information from Mr. Kennington

College application season is underway. Below is some information to help make this process a little less overwhelming. Please read through the information and attached links to help with any questions that you may have. ***Save this e-mail for future reference***


Important Links and Information:

  • Pay attention to deadlines
  • New Tech College Admissions - Important steps and links related to college applications
  • Naviance - Use Naviance for college searches, transcript requests, letter of recommendation requests and more.
  • Post-High School Handbook - Contains information about college, ACT/SAT, scholarships, careers, and much more.
  • If a school accepts Common Application, then use the Common Application and link Common Application with Naviance (see instructions below)
  • Quick Reference Guide for LORs
  • Please update Naviance as you submit applications and receive decisions. This really helps with data moving forward.

FAFSA, Financial Aid & Scholarships:

  • Go HERE for information
  • FAFSA should be available October 1. Complete this as soon as possible for better chances of receiving money for college.

Requesting Transcripts:

  • Log in to Naviance and click on "Colleges"
    • If you have trouble logging in, then send me an e-mail to reset your password
  • Go to "Colleges I am Applying To" and add any colleges that you intend to apply to here
  • Once your colleges are added select "request transcripts" and make request for all schools to which you are applying

Requesting Letters of Recommendation:

  • Make sure that you ask facilitators in person BEFORE following the steps below
  • Log in to Naviance and click on "Colleges"
    • If you have trouble logging in, then send me an e-mail to reset your password
  • Go to "Colleges I am Applying To" and add any colleges that you intend to apply to here
  • At bottom of this page you will see the letter of recommendation section. Click on link and follow instructions

Linking Family Connection and Common Application:

Follow the steps below to match your Common App and Family Connection accounts:

  1. On Common App:
    • Register for an account
    • Click the My Colleges tab and add at least one college
    • Sign the FERPA Release Authorization
    • Click the Common App tab and enter your high school information in the Education section
  2. On Family Connection:
    • Click the Colleges tab
    • Click Colleges I'm Applying To
    • Enter your Common App username into the Common App Account Matching screen

College Super Match:

  • Log in to Naviance and click on "Colleges"
    • If you have trouble logging in, then send me an e-mail to reset your password
  • Click on "Super Match" under the College Research Section
  • Complete as much or little information as you choose to receive college matches
  • This is a great tool to help you find or narrow down your school choices


Please reach out to me if you have any questions as you are moving through this process.


Thank you,


Kennington

Join PTSO!!!

Purchase your PTSO membership by visiting the PTSO webstore. Membership in the PTSO helps us support NTH@C and gets you a copy of the student directory. To purchase, visit PTSO webstore
A Day/ B Day/ and Wednesday Schedule

Please use this calendar to help you determine if days are A days, B days or Workshop and Wonderful Wednesdays.