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Hour 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9+ Time 8:10‐9:10 9:15‐10:15 10:20‐11:20 11:25‐11:55 12:00‐1:00 1:05‐1:35 1:40‐2:40 2:45‐3:45 Dual enrollment blocks (8:10 AM ‐10:00 PM) Notes First hour Second hour Third hour For most students, either lunch or Focus Fourth hour For most students, either lunch or Focus Schedules will vary by student Student may be enrolled at any time of day and/or weekend for college dual enrollment courses
Q: A: I see “Focus” on my schedule. What’s that? Focus is your home away from home. You’ll generally meet every day except Fridays with a group of students who should stay together until you graduate. You’ll be led in this session by a teacher who will serve as your advisor, your mentor, and your advocate. You’ll do a lot of team‐building, some academic programming, and a good deal of planning. Student government representatives are chosen through your Focus classes, and most co‐curricular activities begin there. You will work on community service projects, track your academic progress, and work to build a small, tight‐knit group of students who know each other well and help each other succeed and grow. All students must be in Focus each day. If you will be attending supplemental instruction, a college class, or related curricular or co‐ curricular activity, you must check in with your Focus teacher. Students in 13th seminar but not in Focus must arrange a check‐in time with their teacher. Because your Focus teacher is frequently the teacher who knows you best, your Focus teacher is the first point of contact between the school and your family. If parents, for instance, have concerns about your progress, they should contact your Focus teacher first, and your content teacher
second. (Email is frequently the easiest way to contact our faculty and staff. There is an email contact list available on our school website.) Q: A: What about Fridays? What are Town Meetings? Town meetings are generally held each Friday in lieu of Focus. It’s a chance for a larger group of students to come together for a variety of activities and sessions. Guest speakers, large group discussions, and informational sessions also frequently take place during Town Meetings. What time does OEC open each day? Generally speaking, the office is open around 7:00 AM each morning. The office is usually open until about 3:30. Individual teachers, administrators, and staff may be available at other hours as well. The Orchard Ridge campus generally opens at 7:00 AM as well, although the Health Club and H building facilities usually open earlier. Classes normally run until 10:00 PM. Okay, back to my high school schedule for a minute. Where are each of my classes? Most high school classes will be held in the B and G buildings. A list, including lab locations and offices, follows: Room G‐219 G‐221 B‐203 B‐108 B‐204 G‐215 Related rooms or resources Compass online Chem or bio lab; see teacher for information Physics lab (A building); see teacher for information Coffee shop, green room or theater; see teacher for information Fridays Office Mezzanine, G‐317 Mezzanine, G‐317 Mezzanine, G‐317 Mezzanine, B Mezzanine, B Mezzanine, B
Teacher Bordoley Chan Heffelbower Maddalena Stewart Warner
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What do I do if I’m absent from a high school class? If you are ever absent, please contact our attendance hotline at (248) 686‐ 1632 and leave a message. It’s also very good practice to send an email to your teachers to let them know you’re okay, and to find out what you’ve missed. (You should at the very least email your Focus teacher.) You are
responsible for any assignments missed during an absence. Excessive absences may result in loss of credit and/or administrative action. Q: A: What if I’m absent from a college class? Since college classes do not generally meet each day, missing a college class can have a huge impact on your performance. Many professors, in fact, factor attendance as a substantial component of your grade. If you are ever absent from a college class, you must arrange in advance with your college professor. Failure to attend college classes may result in loss of credit, revocation of college registration privileges, or administrative action. I notice that my college classes begin before our high school classes ever meet. Am I expected to attend? Absolutely! College classes begin this week. You are expected to be in attendance. Oh boy. That’s a little scary! When I walk into the first day of a college class, what should I do? Find out where the class is and get there a little early. Find a seat near the front of the classroom. Turn off all electronics—the surest way to irritate your professors (and high school teachers) is to have your phone go off during class, or to send or receive texts. Have all the usual materials at hand: notebook, pens or pencils, and your books. The first day of class is frequently, but not always, shorter than the assigned time. Most professors will take this opportunity to introduce themselves, explain their course expectations, and hand out the course syllabus. The course syllabus is the single most important thing your professor will give you. It is, in many respects, a contract, explaining the course requirements, how you will be graded, and how to seek additional help. Usually, the syllabus will describe to you, in advance, when assignments are due and how you will be evaluated. The syllabus is like gold; do not lose it under any circumstances. You will be required to enter information about each class, including every assignment, into your online portfolio at the beginning of the semester. (Your Focus teacher will walk you through this process.) You are also expected to upload any work you’ve done for the course. Q: A: How do I get my books? High school books will be distributed by your teachers. To receive your college textbooks, however, you will first need to go to the school bookstore over in the J building with a copy of your college schedule and a photo ID. Check to see what books you need, then come back to the OEC offices to see if
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we already have them in stock. If we don’t, you’ll go back to the bookstore, get the books, then go to the service desk, where they will charge the books to your account. Q: A: If you have a class at another OCC campus, you will need to get the books for that class at that campus’ bookstore. What’s this online portfolio you mentioned? Your online portfolio, which is available at http://portfolio.oaklandearlycollege.org/, is your repository and organizer for all your college courses while here at OEC. Every course, every assignment, and every grade you receive in a college course should be entered into your portfolio. The main idea is so that you have an ongoing record of your academic progress, and have future access to the work you’ve done. You are asked to share your login information with your parents, guardians, or other relevant family members. Your Focus teacher will be helping you monitor your progress, and to keep track of your performance relative to the syllabus. On my portfolio, I notice something called “supplemental instruction.” What’s that? Very important question! In addition to the services OEC provides, OCC provides an unbelievable assortment of academic support to its students— including you. The Academic Support Center (ASC), and the academic departments, provide opportunities such as one‐on‐one tutoring (available up to twice a week, per class, at no charge); an open math lab (frequently available even for high school math classes, from 9‐9 M‐Th); free supplemental instruction sections (available for many classes, and taught by former students); college success seminars (schedules posted at the ASC); office hours (held each week by most college professors); group study sessions (usually organized by students, but sometimes by faculty); foreign language instruction via Rosetta Stone (available in the ASC); and an Open Writing Lab (available nearly every day at the ASC); and intensive support for students with alternative learning needs, or who are struggling in their classes, through the ACCESS office. In short: all the tools are there to help you succeed in each of your college courses. If you are enrolled in a college class for which supplemental instruction is available, you are expected and required to engage in at least one kind of supplemental instruction each week, and to record this in your online portfolio. Your Focus teachers, and your families, are expected to help keep track of your use of supplemental instruction.
As the semester gets underway, OEC’s Focus coordinator may also provide a list of students who have successfully completed college courses you are taking. These students are encouraged to work with our newer students, mentoring them in course expectations and approaches for success. This will seem strange to think about at the very beginning of the Fall semester, but how to I register for classes down the road? For that matter, how do I make sure I’m on track to graduate—not just with a high school diploma, but also with the maximum number of transferable credits and/or my Associate Degree? Each semester, you will work with our high school counselor to discuss your high school schedule. You’ll also meet with a college counselor every semester, regardless of whether you’ve begun taking college courses. At first, your goal will be to select appropriate introductory classes, but as time goes on, the focus will shift to making sure you’re on the right academic track, and meeting the requirements necessary for your future goals. Simple question, but—where do I eat lunch? Good question, actually! Since there isn’t a “regular” lunchtime for students once they begin taking college classes, students generally eat in any of the common areas around campus. In nice weather, the patio outside of the J building is very popular, and when the weather changes, the Orchard Café in the basement of the J building is a fine place. (If you know you’re going to be rushed, but don’t want to bring a bag lunch, you can place your order and pay in advance first thing in the morning—this is a terrific option for 10th grade students who have a scheduled lunch block.) Depending on your schedule and the time of year, there are two excellent restaurants and a bakery run by the school’s culinary programs on the third and fourth floors of the J building. While you have full run of campus, it’s incredibly important to stress that campus is an adult environment and open to the public. You are expected to remember where you are, clean up after yourself, and generally act like an ambassador to this school. We take this matter very, very seriously. Failure to observe community standards can result in revocation of campus privileges, administrative action, or removal from the school. Got it. Here’s another random question: what do we do on snow days? In general, OEC is open if OCC‐Orchard Ridge is open. We follow OCC, rather than West Bloomfield School District, with regards to school closures. If, for some reason, OEC closes when OCC is open, a bulk email will be sent out via Edline, an announcement will be posted on our school website, and a message will be posted on our attendance hotline. What’s Edline?
Edline (http://www.edline.net) is a convenient way to check your grades and progress in your high school classes. You will receive a login name and password from your Focus teacher at the beginning of the school year. It is absolutely essential that you (and your parents) login right away. Important information and urgent messages will be sent through Edline via email. High school report cards and progress reports will only be available via Edline. How do I earn a varsity letter at OEC? Varsity letters are earned through academic success. Students who earn a 3.0 in their high school classes, and a 3.0 in their college classes, in the same semester earn varsity letters. Once you earn a varsity letter, you may purchase a varsity jacket through Arts Knitting Mills in Southfield. You may reach them at (248) 356‐3404. School shirts may be purchased in the college bookstore, or online through the school website. In addition to high school cocurricular activities, do I have access to the college’s student life opportunities as well? Yes! In fact, you will be introduced to numerous such activities over the next few weeks, ranging from the Phi Theta Kappa honors society, to forensics, to theater and music opportunities, to club‐level sports. A great resource for this is the Student Life office, located in the lower level of J building.
Please return the bottom portion of this sheet to your Focus teacher: I have read through the Student Handbook, as well as this FAQ/Quick Start Guide, and understand the contents therein. I agree to abide by the terms therein, and to be bound by the codes of conduct for Oakland Early College, West Bloomfield School District, and Oakland Community College. Student Signature: Printed name: Date: Focus Teacher: Parent or Guardian Signature: Printed name: Date: Grade: