Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who do I call if my child is sick?
A: Contact Terri Collinsworth in the Attendance/Athletic Office at (330) 484-8000 Ext. 547 or you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Is there a system I can use to view my child's grades and assignments?
A: Yes, it is called Pinnacle. Your child was given a sheet with the web address and their username and password on the first day of school with their schedule. If you did not receive it, you can contact the Student Services Office to request another copy. (330) 484-8000
Q: Are there tutors available if my child is having troubles?
A: Yes, teachers have tutoring time every Friday at 7:00 a.m. Your child should contact their teacher to set up tutoring appointments. Many teachers tutor at other times as well; you just need to communicate/coordinate with the individual teachers. The best way to contact teachers is via email. Firstname.email@example.com
Q: Is there any way I can get reminders of upcoming events?
A: Yes, it is called Remind. You can visit the Student Services website and look under text/email alerts. Each graduating class has a special code that you can either text or email to sign up to receive reminders. We strongly encourage parents to sign up so they are aware of what is coming up for their students at school.
Q: What are the graduation requirements my child must meet?
A: 21 credits total: 4 credits of English, 4 credits of Math, 3 credits of Science, 3 credits of Social Studies, .5 credit of Health, .5 credit of Fine Art (or waiver, see below), .5 credit of Physical Education (or waiver, see below), 5 electives, and receive 18 points on End of Course Exams (see attached form to learn more about End of Course Exams).http://filecabinet.eschoolview.com/AF6AED42-F36F-4AE7-8380-40CA52D643E2/EOC Points.pdf
Q: How can my child receive a Fine Art waiver?
A: Any student who completes 1.0 in a career-technical course would excuse the student from the Fine Art requirement.
Q: How can my child receive a Physical Education waiver?
A: The Canton Local Board of Education has adopted a policy to excuse from the high school physical education requirement each student who, during high school, has participated in interscholastic athletics, marching band, or cheerleading for at least two full seasons. The board or authority shall not require the student to complete any physical education course as a condition to graduate. However, the student shall be required to complete one-half unit, consisting of at least 60 hours of instruction, in another course of study. Students are required to obtain a physical education waiver forms after each season completed and have their coach and parent sign that they completed the full season. Once the form is filled out, it can be turned into his/her school counselor.
Q: What does my child need to do to receive an honors diploma?
A: There are two honors diploma options: Academic and Career-Tech.
Academic: 4 English, 4 Math, 4 Science (must include Chemistry & Physics), 4 Social Studies, 1 Fine Art (FA waiver cannot be applied), 3 Foreign Language, 3.5+GPA, or 27+ on ACT/1210+ on SAT.
Career-Tech: 4 English, 4 Math, 4 Science (any advanced science), 4 Social Studies, 4 units in a CTE program, 3.5+GPA, or 27+ on ACT/1210+ on SAT.
*Must meet 7 out of the 8 criteria.
Q: What does my child do if he/she needs to make a schedule change?
A: Your child has 5 school days to make schedule changes without penalty. They can do so by contacting their counselor via email, paper request forms, or through a computer request (Student Services Website). If your child chooses to drop a class after August 29, 2016 for all year and semester one courses and January 23, 2016 for semester two courses, without teacher recommendation, they will receive a WF (withdrawal fail), which is factored into GPA. (This is the procedure for the 2016/17 school year. Please contact your counselor to inquire of 2017/18 schedule change policies.)
Q: How is my student able to take College Credit Plus (CCP) courses (formerly referred to as Dual Enrollment)?
A: Before scheduling classes for next year, students will have the opportunity to take the Accuplacer Test. (Students can take the Accuplacer two times. After that, your child can attempt to qualify for CCP course via ACT/SAT). Your child will need to sign up with his/her guidance counselor and the test will be administered after school. Students can also schedule an appointment to take the Accuplacer Test at Stark State if they are not able to test after school. If your child meets the scores requirements for the various CCP classes offered, he/she will be scheduled into that class for the following year. Your student will need to sign up as a CCP student at Stark State College (directions will be given to your child if he/she qualifies for CCP courses). Keep in mind that even if your student qualifies for CCP classes, they may not be ready for the rigors associated with a college level course. Be sure your student understands the demands of a college level course before they sign up. Counselors will hold CCP informational meetings in January.
Q: Should I register for AP or College Credit Plus (CCP) courses (formerly known as Dual Enrollment)?
A: CCP grades are guaranteed to be accepted by Ohio's public universities. Not all private universities or schools outside of Ohio are guaranteed to accept this credit. Advanced Placement credit is universally accepted if students receive the required scores on the AP exam.
Q: What classes do college-bound students need to take?
A: The minimum recommended college preparatory curriculum is:
-4 units of English
-4 units of Math (If your child took Algebra 1 in 8th grade, a 5th math is strongly recommended)
-4 units of Science (Including Biology and Chemistry)
-3 units of Social Studies
-3 units of Foreign Language
Q: Where can students pick up scholarship information?
A: Scholarships are posted via Student Services Scholarship website, bulletin boards, and sent out in Remind messages. Other scholarships can be found through websites such as:
Q: What is the PSAT?
A: The PSAT/NNMSQT Test (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a College Board test to help prepare students for the ACT/SAT. It also can open up the door to $180 million dollars in scholarships! The test is 2 hours and 45 minutes long and tests in reading, writing, and math. The highest score you can earn is a 1520. Sophomores are welcome to take the PSAT for exposure, but only juniors are considered for the NMSQT scholarships. The cost is $15. Limited tests available.
Q: How can a student learn about extracurricular activities and clubs?
A: During Freshmen Orientation, all of the activities and clubs are discussed. The Student Leadership Team also holds a club fair at the beginning of the school year where all of the clubs and organizations have tables with information.
Q: What is the grading scale?
A: See chart below or download the policy.