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Early Graduation

Students who would like to complete their graduation requirements one year or one semester ahead of time should speak to their counselor about the process for requesting
permission for early graduation.

Grading

The high school uses a numerical system of 1-100 for grading students, which translates as follows:

97-100   =  3.90-4.00   A+

93-96    =   3.75-3.89   A

90-92   =   3.50-3.74   A-

87-89  =    3.25-3.49   B+

83-86   =   3.00-3.24   B

80-82   =  2.75-2.99   B-

77-79   =   2.50-2.74   C+

73-76   =  2.25-2.49   C

70-72   =  2.00-2.24   C-

65-69   =   D

64 and below    =     F

Graduation Requirements

There are currently three diploma options for Mohonasen students. All students are expected to challenge themselves and attain the highest degree possible.

Graduation and testing requirements for the class of 2017 and beyond are listed below. Students with questions should contact their counselor.

4 years English
4 years social studies
3 years math
3 years science
1/2 credit in health
1 credit in foreign language (4 for Advanced Regents for Class of 2019 on)
1 credit in art or music
2 credits in physical education
Minimum 22.5 credits

Regents Diploma

Minimum score of 65 required on all exams.

Common Core Algebra I
1 Science Regents
Global History Regents
U.S. History Regents
English Regents
4+1 Option

Currently, students are required to pass five Regents exams in high school in order to graduate – one each in English, science, math, as well as the U.S. History and the Global Studies and Geography exams.  The 4+1 option permits a student to substitute a second math or science Regents exam in place of one of the two social studies exams.

Advanced Regents Diploma

All of the above exams plus additional tests listed below, with minimum score of 65 required

2 additional Math Regents
1 additional Science Regents
Foreign Language Exam * (Checkpoint B; given after Level 4 for Class of 2019 and beyond.)
*A five unit sequence in art, music or occ. ed. may be substituted for the foreign language sequence and exams.

Students who have a 90 or better average for all of their Regents exams will be awarded a “with honors” distinction with their Regents or Advanced Regents Diplomas.

Students who score an 85 or better on 3 math exams will be awarded a “mastery in math” with their Advanced Regents Diplomas. Students who score an 85 or better on 3 science exams will be awarded a “mastery in science” with their Advanced Regents Diplomas.

Local Diploma

A local diploma is only available to students with disabilities.

Homebound Instruction

Homebound instruction  – or home tutoring – is a service that schools are required to provide to students who are unable to attend school due to medical, emotional or disciplinary problems.

High school students who qualify for homebound instruction may receive two hours of home tutoring per subject up to 10 hours per week for all subjects.

If the inability to attend school is due to a medical condition, parents should call their child’s school counselor as soon as possible and provide a written medical request for homebound instruction from the child’s physician. The counselor will then submit the doctor’s note along with additional paperwork to the superintendent of schools for approval of home tutoring.

Once approval is given, students not housebound by their illness will attend a tutoring, schedule of 10 hours per week. For housebound students, counselors make every effort to arrange for tutors for all of the students’ core subjects.

Homework

Homework helps students practice and reinforce what they learned in class. It also teaches self-discipline and responsibility.

Depending on the course, homework can account for up to 20 percent of a student’s grade. Students who regularly complete their homework will do better in class and on the Regents exams, which are required for graduation. It’s that simple – and that important.

Mohonasen recommends high school students devote, on average, one to two hours for homework each day – with certain advanced-level courses demanding more.

Homework and Absences

It is the responsibility of each student to record and complete homework assignments – even when he or she is absent from school. With a little planning and follow through, students can avoid falling behind. Here are a few pointers for staying on top of homework:

  • Get in the habit of writing down the entire week’s assignments if your teacher posts them in advance. That way, you’ll already know the homework if you’re absent.
  • Check out the district website at www.mohonasen.org. A growing number of teachers put homework assignments, research links, etc. on their webpages.
  • Find a reliable friend in each class that you can call for homework information when you’re sick. (Offer to do the same for him or her, too!)
  • Know each teacher’s rules (including deadlines!) for making up missed classwork.

The first day back to school from an absence – even if it was only one day – plan to stay after school (period 10) to talk to each of your teachers about getting notes and/or missed assignments and to arrange a schedule with the teacher for turning in missed work. (Then resolve to follow through!)
Students who are going to be absent for three or more days should call the attendance office at 356-8315 to ask for their back homework. Work will be available 24 hours after the attendance office is contacted.

Students who will be out for an extended period, may – with a doctor’s note – be eligible for home tutoring.

In some cases a student may be asked to remain after school with the teacher to complete overdue homework. If this request is made, it takes precedence over all other school activities.

Honor Rolls

Four times each year, after report cards are issued, an honor roll is released based upon grades received during the preceding quarter. All grades – excluding PE – are counted in computing honor roll standings. A grade below 65 in any subject excludes a student from honor roll that quarter.

Gold Honor Roll will be awarded to students who achieve a grade point average of 95 or above.
Silver Honor Roll will be awarded to students who achieve a grade point average of 90 to 94.
Bronze Honor Roll will be awarded to students who achieve a grade point average of 85 to 89.
Honor Societies

Business and Marketing Honor Society of New York State

Advisor: Susan Braiman
Eligibility: Juniors and seniors who have taken at least three business courses and have an overall average of 85 percent or higher in those courses. Students’ cumulative average at the time of induction must be 85 percent or above. A student’s disciplinary record is also taken into account.

French National Honor Society

Advisors: Patrick Keagan
Meetings: Announced a week or two in advance
Eligibility: Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students must have a cumulative average of 90 percent or better in French for six semesters as well as an 85 percent average or better in all other subjects. A student’s disciplinary record is also taken into account. Once inducted, FNHS participates in events such as dining at area French restaurants and fund-raising.

Mathematics Honor Society (MHS)2

Advisors: Brett Hilko & Meredith Eberz
Eligibility: Juniors and seniors who maintain enrollment in a mathematics class, and have at least a 90 percent mathematics and an 85 percent scholastic average will be eligible for induction. It is the mission of the (MHS)2 to recognize mathematical achievement and to involve its members in activities designed to enhance their mathematical knowledge and the mathematical knowledge of all Mohonasen High School students.

National Honor Society

Advisor: Colleen Guse, Danielle Hunt
Meetings: Monthly
Eligibility: Juniors/Seniors
Students must be in attendance at Mohonasen for at least one semester. They must have a cumulative high school average of at least 90 percent at the end of their sophomore and junior years to apply. Membership is also based on:

  • Leadership – participation in at least two school activities in two different school years;
  • Scholarship – maintaining an exceptional cumulative
    average;
  • Character – a record free of disciplinary infractions; and
  • Service – participation in a community service (either civil or religious) for which no payment is received. Note: Service must have been completed prior to application to the Honor Society.

Science Honor Society

Advisor: Rebecca Shea
Meetings: Generally monthly; announced in advance
Eligibility: Students must have completed three semesters of high school science. A minimum scholastic average of 85 percent with a minimum science average of 90 percent and a minimum math average of 85 percent must be maintained. No major disciplinary infractions allowed.
Activities: Guest speakers, educational field trips, student tutoring program and fund-raising.

Spanish Honor Society

Advisors: Heather Clikeman
Eligibility: Students in grades 11-12. Must have a 90 percent average in Spanish over six quarters and an overall average of 85 percent or higher in all subjects. SHS activities include going to dinner at area Hispanic restaurants, field trips to cultural events, and fund-raising for induction.

Tri-M Music Honor Society

Advisors: Kim Kondenar
Eligibility: The Tri-M Music Honor Society is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements, reward them for their accomplishments and service activities, and to inspire other students to excel at music and leadership. Through more than 4,500 chartered chapters, Tri-M has helped thousands of young people provide years of service through music in schools throughout the world. Students will be made aware of opportunities to apply through their music teachers.