Sherman Central School Guidance Department
|Mr. Shawn McKane||Guidance Counselorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mr. Robert Minton||Guidance Counseloremail@example.com|
|Mrs. Pamela Fisher||Guidance Secretaryfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Services provided, but not limited to:
- Group counseling (social skills, life skills, anger management)
- Individual counseling
- Classroom presentations
- Crisis Intervention Counseling
- School-based psychological evaluations
- Consultation with teachers and administrators
- Academic Planning
- College Counseling
Any student who has taken a JCC course while attending SCS, must request a transcript to be sent to your college upon graduation. JCC transcripts are not sent to the high school. Use the form below for transcript requests.
Five Characteristics of a Good Person & School
- Order & Discipline
- High Expectations
- Honesty & Integrity
- Compassion & Understanding
- Seriousness of Purpose
- Kindergarten – Manners
- Grade 2 – Bullying
- Grade 4 – Cooperation
- Grade 6 – Making Choices
- Grade 8 – Tolerance & Peer Relationships
- Grade 1 – Kindness & Sharing
- Grade 3 – Conflict Resolution
- Grade 5 – Responsibility
- Grade 7 – Tolerance & Peer Relationships
- Safe Kids Worldwide
- Feingold Association
- Resource Guide National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
- NetSmartz Online Safety Program
Sherman Central School District
Philosophy Regarding the Regents Program
According to New York State mandate, every rising eighth grader will be enrolled in Regents courses. The mandate of New York State and Sherman Central School is to require students to achieve a Regents Diploma. Some students may pursue the opportunity of achieving an Advanced Regents Diploma. The decision regarding which diploma will be pursued is made jointly by the student, their family and guidance counselor.
Recognizing all students have different needs and abilities, every effort will be made to optimize the high school experience with courses that proceed at a reasonable pace but follow a Regents syllabus. Students who need extra assistance through a milder paced curriculum in mathematics (2 year program) should consider starting their high school careers with Integrated Algebra 9.
Students in Regents courses must pass the required commencement examinations. These include:
|Course Type||Requirement||Regents Course|
|Science||One Course||Earth Science – Grade 9 or Biology – Grade 10|
|Mathematics||One Course||Integrated Algebra – Grade 9 or 10|
|Global History & Geography||One Course||Grade 10|
|U.S. History||One Course||Grade 11|
|English Language Arts||One Course||Grade 11|
Students have only one avenue to gain a Regents Diploma or Advanced Regents Diploma without the Foreign Language requirement, which is to obtain a five-unit (5) sequence in either Agricultural Education, Technological Education, Occupational Education (BOCES), or the Fine Arts (Music or Art).
Sherman Central School encourages all students to evaluate their long-term goals, abilities, interests, and willingness to work and study. Success demands a strong work ethic and purposeful, focused academic preparation.
Graduation Requirements for Regents Diploma
A minimum of 22.5 units of credit is required for graduation from Sherman Central School. A unit of credit is earned by passing a full-year (40-week) course. A half-unit of credit is earned by passing a semester (20-week) course.
**To earn the Advanced Designation, the student must complete one of the following:
- A language other than English (total of three credits). One credit will be earned as a result of participation in the 7th and 8th grade Foreign Language curriculum and successfully passing the proficiency exam;
- Career & Technical Education – Any Occupational program – BOCES (5 credits), plus one credit in a language other than English;
- The Arts/Fine Arts (5 credits), plus one credit in a language other than English; or
- Agriculture or Technology (5 credits), plus one credit in a language other than English.
Regents Exams are given throughout the school year in June, August and January.
The following chart illustrates the diploma type and required exams.
|Regents Diploma||Grade Taken||Advanced Regents Diploma||Grade Taken|
|Integrated Algebra||9 or 10||Integrated Algebra||8, 9 or 10|
|Earth Science or Biology||9 or 10||Earth Science||9|
|U.S. History||11||Global History||10|
|English Language Arts||11||Geometry||9 or 10|
|Foreign Language Prof.#||8||Foreign Language||10|
|–||–||Algebra 2/Trigonometry||10 or 11|
|–||–||English Language Arts||11|
NOTE: Students must pass all Regents Exams with a 65% to obtain a Regents or Advanced Regents Diploma.
Remediation (Title I) and Academic Intervention Services (AIS) are provided for those students who have scored below the New York State reference points (65% on any Regents examination; or Level 1 or 2 on Grades 3-8 English and Mathematics exams).
For more information on Graduation requirements for New York State schools: www.nysed.gov
Class Weighting/Ranking System for High School
Weighting Method: The final grade/average for each course is multiplied by the weighting/difficulty factor (See below). All adjusted grades are summed and divided by the number of credits, not courses, taken. The resulting number will be considered the “weighted” grade point average. Dropped or incomplete courses are not used in this calculation. Where a class has been failed and re-taken, the higher of the two averages will be used for the calculation.
Level Weighting Factor
|Course Type||Weighting Factor|
|AP Courses/College Credit||1.10|
Class rank will be calculated at two specific points in time
- At the end of Junior (11th) year; and
- At the end of the 3 rd quarter marking period during the Senior (12th) year.
Transfer Student Graduation Information
A transfer student must be in attendance for two consecutive years prior to graduation to be eligible for Valedictorian, Salutatorian, or Historian status, or to be ranked within the class. It is the discretion of the principal to convert forwarded grades that are calculated using a different scale.
National Honor Society
The National Honor Society provides membership for eligible 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. Selection is based on four criteria: scholarship, leadership, service and character. A cumulative academic average of 90%, with only one grade of no lower than 75%, is required for a student to be considered for admission to the National Honor Society. Students who show distinguished performance in all four areas may be admitted to the Society.
In accordance with the National Constitution, no single area is sufficient to assure election. Once a student becomes a member, he/she is responsible to remain a member in good standing in all four of the areas listed. Selection to the Honor Society is decided by a faculty committee as determined by Honor Society policy guidelines.
Information for Seniors
Check out current scholarships in the listing below. Be aware of deadlines. Most can be applied for on the internet. Stop in the Guidance Office for weekly updates. Check out this website for more scholarships: www.studentscholarships.org/scholarship.php
Chautauqua Region Community Foundation
Apply online at: www.crcfonline.org
Applications open March 1st! Deadline to submit application is June 1st!!! All supporting documents, including transcript and financial form, are due June 30th!!! Click on “Going to College” on the right hand side of the screen. Read the application instructions, then click on the highlighted link to begin the application. You must register first by creating a username and password. Please take care in writing your “Personal Statements”. Make sure you re-read it and spell check before you submit your application. Be sure to check out the other “Special Scholarships Applications” to see if you fit the criteria. Separate applications for these are on the CRCF website.
Seniors and one parent must obtain a FSA ID# to complete and file the FAFSA form for Federal Student Aid for college. Please go to: www.fafsa.gov and follow the instructions for completing this process. You may begin to complete this form after January 1, 2016. Federal/State tax forms for the 2015 filing year will be needed to complete the application.
The State of New York provides funds to students to attend college at New York State schools only. Once you have completed the FAFSA form and listed a New York State college on your form, you will be directed to a link to complete the TAP Application. You may also go to: www.hesc.org to complete this process.