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MC2 STEM High School Family Weekly Notes: 12/17/2018

December 16, 2018

MC2 STEM High School

Family Weekly Notes: 12/17/2018




“Home is the nicest word there is.”

Laura Ingalls Wilder


MC2 STEM High School Communication

Winter Break


December 24th – January 11th – Winter break for STUDENTS (return to school – Monday, January 14th)

January 7 – January 11th – Winter Professional Development for TEACHERS


Financial Aid Night – December 19th

Do you need assistance with college applications, creating your FSA ID, filing your FAFSA, applying for scholarships, or anything else regarding your future in general? If you answered YES to any of those, you should definitely plan on attending our College/Financial Aid night next Wednesday (12/19). We (counseling staff and College Now reps)  will be at the school to assist with any of these needs from 4:00-7:00pm.


December 19, 2018 MC2STEM @ CSU (2124 Chester Ave. 3rd floor of Rhodes Tower West)




Ohio General Assembly passes bill easing high school grad requirements for 2019, 2020


As many of you have heard, the graduation requirements have been temporarily adjusted for the classes of 2019 and 2020. Below is an excerpt from the Cleveland.Com article that provides context around the decision, and below that is an explanation of what that means for MC2 STEM. Please review this information and feel free to join us on Financial Aid night for a more in-depth discussion about what this means for your student!


From Cleveland.Com - By Laura Hancock, cleveland.com lhancock@cleveland.com


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio General Assembly adopted a bill Thursday that would ease graduation requirements for the high school graduating classes of 2019 and 2020.

House Bill 491 passed the Senate Thursday afternoon, and the House OK’d changes made in the Senate shortly after 7 p.m. The bill was originally drafted to address a lack of speech-language pathologists, audiologists and registered nurses in rural areas of the state. But the high school graduation requirement provisions were added, as the state begins a comprehensive look at overall graduation requirements. Ohio graduation requirements could be eased temporarily, as state school board seeks permanent overhaul The state has been considering “alternative pathways” to graduation to let students avoid test score requirements and instead consider career training goals, strong attendance or classroom grades and a senior capstone project.



Earning an Ohio High School Diploma for the Class of 2019 & 2020

You must complete and earn all of your MC2 STEM High School required credits in specific subjects. Additionally, you also must receive instruction in economics and financial literacy and complete at least two semesters of fine arts. Your district may have more graduation requirements. You must also choose a pathway below to show that you are ready for college or a job:

  • Ohio’s State Tests - Earn 18 out of 35 points on seven end-of-course state tests. You can earn up to five points on each test. You need a minimum of four points in math, four points in English language arts and six points across science and social studies.

  • Industry-recognized credential and score on workforce readiness test - Earn an industry-recognized credential or a group of credentials totaling 12 points and earn the required score on the WorkKeys test. Ohio pays for you to take the test one time. Some districts offer the Senior Only program through which you can earn credentials in one school year.

  • College and career readiness tests - Earn remediation-free scores* in math and English language arts on the ACT or SAT. Your district chooses either the ACT or SAT. You will take a one-time statewide spring test in grade 11 for free.

  • Alternate Route to Graduation - Students must take and pass courses that constitute the curriculum requirements and take all seven end-of-course exams. If the student receives a score of “1” or “2” on any math or English language arts test, the student must retake the test at least once. Seniors must have an attendance rate of 93 percent during the 12th grade year; Seniors must have attempted the test at least once per year and shown growth from one test to the next. Additionally, students must meet at least two of the below requirements:

    • Earn a GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in all courses completed during 12th grade (must complete at least four full-year courses);

    • Complete a capstone portfolio project during 12th grade that the district or school defines;

    • During 12th grade, complete a work or community service experience totaling 120 hours that the district or school defines;

    • Earn three or more College Credit Plus credits at any time during high school;

    • Earn credit for an Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate course and earn an AP exam score of 3 or higher or IB exam score of 4 or higher at any time during high school;

    • Earn a WorkKeys exam score of 3 on each of three test sections;

    • Earn a State Board-approved industry-recognized credential or credentials that equal at least three points


Agenda for this Week

Monday, December 17, 2018

GLSC (9)          Teens First Workshops

GLSC (9)          Drum Circle

GLSC (9)          Grief and Loss Support Group

GE (10)             Regular Daily Classes

CSU (11)          OST Makeups – Select Students Only

CSU (12)          OST Makeups – Select Students Only

7:00-2:00pm     Mack @GE

2:00- 4:00pm    Mack @GLSC

7:00- 4:00pm    Howard @CSU

7:00- 4:00pm    Thomason @Off Campus


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Morning Staff STEM Minutes (8:10- 8:50)

GLSC (9)          Teens First Workshops

GLSC (9)          Anger Management Support Group

GE (10)             Regular Daily Classes

CSU (11)          Regular Daily Classes

CSU (12)          OST Makeups – Select Students Only

7:00-12:00pm    Mack @CSU

12:00- 4:00pm   Mack @GE

7:00- 4:00pm    Howard @CSU

7:00- 4:00pm    Thomason @GE


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Morning Staff STEM Minutes (8:10- 8:50)

GLSC (9)          Teens First Workshops

GLSC (9)          Anger Management Support Group