Mrs. Benton's Junior Focus
Hello, Juniors!

Be sure to bring plenty of work to keep you busy. Focus is only a valuable resource if you treat it as such.


AMHS's Dress Code:
"Shorts, dresses, or skirts must be 2 inches above the knee or longer. (Leggings, tights, jeggings must be covered with a top that is at least 2 inches above the knee.)
" You may read the complete Dress Code in the Student Handbook and view a PowerPoint Presentation regarding the 2012-2013 using the links at left.

Reminders:
Bring in your 30+ hours of community service as you have them ready.
Always bring your RAD book for the first 30 minutes of Focus.
Only 3 students are permitted to go to the Media Center at a time and only for 30 minutes.

You may contact me by clicking here or by emailing me at heather_benton@charleston.k12.sc.us

Mrs. Benton’s Freshman Focus Open House Information Sheet

 

Below, I’ve put together some FAQs based on common Open House discussions from years past:

 Q: What is RAD? What books can my child read for it?

 A: In the Reading Across Disciplines (RAD) program, students must read 6-7 books per year, for a total of 25 over the course of their high school career. This reading is completed in Focus Class during the first 30 minutes. Books may be of the students choosing and come from home or our school Media Center; however, the books need to be approved by either the Focus teacher or Media Specialist as books need to be of a level sufficient to challenge our students, whether by style, content or vocabulary.  

 Q: How many hours of community service does my child need to complete? Do they have to be all at the same place? When are they due?

 A: Each freshman should complete 30 hours of community service in a series of manageable “chunks” of time over the course of the 2011-2012 school year. These hours can be served at a variety of locations and are due no later than the end of May 2012.

 Q: Where can and can’t the community service hours be completed?

 A: Community service hours must benefit the community in some way and must be completed outside of the home/family unit. For example, a student working a trash pick-up through a school club or other service organization would count toward AMHS community service requirements, while a student babysitting his/her niece next door would not.

 Q: What documentation needs to be submitted for community service hours?

 A: Students should complete a Community Service Form (distributed in class or found on the school’s website) including their own written reflection and supervisor’s signature.

 Q: Can my child serve hours for two organizations simultaneously? (Ex: counting an Eagle Scouts service project towards AMHS community service requirements)

 A: No; to earn credit towards an AMHS diploma, community service hours must be completed solely for AMHS. Yet, service hours can be completed through another organization (Ex: a church mission trip) as long as those hours are not earning the student “credit” in another capacity.

 Q: Where do I find service projects for my child?

 A: Typically, a student can find several service opportunities through the school; many will be posted in the hallways and/or read over the announcements. Other areas can be found online through websites such as www.volunteermatch.org or simply searching with the terms “Charleston Volunteer.”




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