Welcome CAP Parents! Tuesday & Wednesday, September 8 & 9, 2015 AGENDA Program Orientation E-portfolios Program updates and celebrations Student expectations: CAP honor code and Turnitin.com policy Parent expectations: How you can help Goals for the program Questions and Answers Program Orientation CAP was founded in 1988, making the class of 2018 (your children) part of the 27th program cohort. Alumni total over 1500. Students complete 13 courses and complete grade-level portfolios to graduate with a CAP certificate: Four classes in 9th and 10th grades, three in 11th grade, and two senior year. Students must maintain a 2.75 GPA (This includes ALL classes in which students are enrolled) and complete senior presentation to receive the CAP certificate. Teachers share common planning time to address concerns and coordinate calendar events (major projects, tests, etc.). All CAP students have CAP advisories (homerooms). CAP is not county funded, so we depend on the generosity of our donors to enrich the curriculum. There is one appeal in the spring, but donations are always welcomed and appreciated! Program Updates 80 freshmen, with 17 remaining in the wait pool. 95% of CAP students passed the AP World History and 98% passed AP Language tests. 96% passed the AP NSL test. All scores are well above county averages. Brand-new, $50,000 state-of-the-art TV studio: new computers, software, cameras, set. Swept C-Span documentary contest last year! 3 CAP teachers are National Board Certified 100% are Highly Qualified Teachers (advanced MCPS certificates) Parent listserv, Twitter, Facebook, and new and improved CAP website. Grade-level e-Portfolios All major assignments reflect one of three categories: Critical Thinking, Media and Communications, and Social Awareness. Students must receive an “A” on the assignment to include the work in their portfolio, after writing a one-page reflection about what they learned. Freshmen may submit “B” work if they can demonstrate significant improvement. Freshmen and sophomores are responsible for 6 entries for each year, with a minimum of one entry in each category. Once the reflection is approved by CAP Teacher/Mentor, it is uploaded onto the e-Portfolio, to be continually updated through their CAP experience. Sophomores and Juniors must have an additional entry called an Advanced Exhibition. Seniors will personalize their e-portfolio and create a presentation for all students, showcasing their personal, academic, and social growth. Newly designed portfolio guide to be available on website soon. e-Portfolios, continued… Final presentations are created in senior seminar during the first quarter; presentations are scheduled before the winter break. Student Expectations Honor Code/Code of Academic Integrity CAP Style Manual – available on the CAP website Academic support – giving and receiving Mentoring/Tutoring (BLISS) and community service Checking Edline regularly/managing time and deadlines Active communication with teachers Being present (unless sick!) and present (fully engaged and ready to learn). Getting sufficient rest and scheduling down-time. Parent expectations: How Can I Help? Feed your children breakfast and make sure they sleep. Excuse notes – three days to submit after returning. Athletes leaving early are responsible for early submission of work that day. CAP teachers do not print homework for students – late is late. Students should not email assignments to teachers unless arranged in advance. Exceptions are made only for illness. Check Edline regularly, but don’t micromanage. Encourage student to bring concerns directly to specific teacher, then to coordinator. Monitor sleep, time management and mental health. Goals for the Program: Volunteers needed: web site design/management Increase applications by 10% (212 applications in 2015) Increase minority enrollment (feeder schools outreach) Incorporate more technology into classrooms. Fully digital by 2016 (tablets, smart phones, paperless grading). Establish a 5013C foundation for CAP to better manage our parent giving fund. Host a CAP Service Day to get students involved in philanthropic activities in the community, working across grade levels. Recognize Legacy Parents. Summer Trip to Peru! Summer of 2016 9 days Lima, Cuzco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu Tour includes all meals but lunch, flights, hotels, entrances to attractions, tour guides Only a few spots remain Link will be put on listserv Parents welcome Questions?