Conway Junior High School Frequently Asked Questions
1. How is the alphabet divided up for each Counselor?
A-F: Mrs. Finch firstname.lastname@example.org
G-N: Mrs. Crow email@example.com
O-Z: Mrs. Lampe firstname.lastname@example.org
2. How can I keep up with my student's grades?
You can check eSchool Home Access Center through the website and/or through the Conway Public Schools App. If you don’t have the login information, call us and we can help you. This is a perfect way to keep up with your child's grades.
3. What if I'm absent for a long period of time?
If you are absent for four straight days, your parents can call Mrs. Sorenson to request that we gather your missed assignments for you so that you can work on getting caught up. That makes it easier for you when you do get to return to school. Be sure to turn in your doctor’s excuses to Mrs. Zabel in the south office or Mr. Foster in the south office. Ten unexcused absences in any course in a semester will result in a loss of credit for that course.
4. What do I need to do if I'm moving or enrolling in another school?
If you are moving to another school, the morning of your last day here, you will need to come to the Counseling Center so that you can carry around the proper withdrawal form for your teachers to give you your current grade and turn in your books. This is required for enrolling in your new school.
5. I want to take my drivers test, what do I do?
We have the required form, which proves you are enrolled in school and maintaining a “C”-2.0 minimum GPA. See Mrs. Sorenson in the south building at least 24 hours before you need the form. Note: GPA for driver’s license is based on your previous semester grades.
6. Do I have to take a foreign language to graduate?
No. You may graduate without taking a foreign language; however, there are several reasons why you should take a
1)Honor grad requirement
2) Many colleges, especially private and out-of-state ones, either require or recommend that you take a foreign language to be admitted or before you graduate.
7. What is an Honor Graduate?
A student who has earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or greater and has completed the required smart core curriculum from the freshman year through and including the first semester of the senior year shall be eligible to be designated as an Honor Graduate. Honor Graduates who have earned a 4.0 or greater cumulative GPA will be distinguished as graduating with “Highest Honors”. In addition to the 23 credits required for graduation, an honor grad must take two years of the same foreign language and one of the following courses for their third science—chemistry or physics.
8. What is the Arkansas Academic Challenge Lottery Scholarship?
An act of the AR legislature provides scholarships in the amount of up to $18,000 over four years for Arkansas high school students who will be attending college in the fall at an Arkansas college. The qualifications include the following:
1) meet smart core graduation requirements
2) have a 2.5 high school GPA or score at least a 19 on the ACT; For more information on scholarships and financial aid, visit www.adhe.edu
9. Do athletic courses count for credits?
Yes. Athletics count as an elective credit. However, you can only earn a total of 2 athletic credits during your high school career.
10. Will athletics substitute for PE?
All athletic courses, except Bowling, count as a PE credit. The course title on your schedule will have PE in front of the name of the athletic course, for example-PE: Bball 9B Blue.
11. Does study hall count as a credit?
12. What are career focus courses?
While in Career Development, each student looked at the different career pathways and courses that fit within those pathways. There are courses in high school that are designed to help a student explore particular careers. Students are required to have at least three career focus credits to be a vocational completer. If you have specific questions, see your counselor.
13. What is oral communication?
This course, which is required for graduation, can be taken in grades 9 through 12. In this course, students will gain experience in public speaking by giving entertaining, informative, and persuasive speeches.
14. Are my Pre-AP courses on a 5.0 GPA scale?
No, only AP (Advanced Placement) courses are on a 5.0 scale. AP courses are college level courses that are offered in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. Students can earn college credit for AP courses if they pass the AP exam or that particular course. Pre-AP courses are designed to prepare students for the rigor of AP courses.
15. What is a Fine Art?
One-half credit in Band, Choir, Orchestra, Drawing I, Visual Art, Visual Art Appreciation, or Theater is required for graduation.
16. What if I fail a class?
If you fail a course required for graduation, that course must be retaken in summer school or during the school year. In some instances, a class may be made up in the Apex program, which is a computer program. Although you can make up the credit, you can’t replace the grade, and an “F” on your transcript really does damage to your GPA—more on that later!
17. What if I fail several classes?
If you fail several classes, you may have to make them up in summer school, or Apex credit recovery, to be promoted to tenth grade. It is district policy that to be classified as a sophomore, you must have four credits, including ½ credit of English and ½ credit of math.
18. What’s so bad about summer school?
1) Time—It takes up part of your summer vacation. What fun is that???!
2) Money—Summer school is not free! One semester class costs $150.00; two semester classes, $300.00.
Think of it this way: Suppose your English teacher gives two homework assignments per week. In most subjects, just doing your homework can make the difference between a “D” and an “F”. You choose to do only one of these per week. If you divide $150 by the total number of assignments missed, it averages out to be a little over $4.00 per assignment, roughly the cost of a movie rental or a combo meal at most fast food restaurants. So, every time you chose not to do an assignment, plan on setting $4.00 aside for summer school; better yet, just take $4.00 and toss it in the trash, because essentially, you are throwing away your “free” education and causing you (or your parents) to pay for what you should have gotten during the school year. Is it worth it? I don’t think so!
19. What if I am absent?
Be sure to turn in your doctor’s excuses to Mrs. Zabel in the south office or Mr. Foster in the south office.
20. How do I find out information about the ACT?
You can visit the ACT website at www.actstudent.org. You must sign up with ACT to take the test.