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  • READY.PREPRATE. LISTO. APRENDE.

    YOUR GUIDE TO EDUCATIONSU GUA PARA LA EDUCACIN

    A COLLABORATION BETWEEN MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND MESA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

    UNA COLABORACIN ENTRE MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE Y MESA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

    SET. LEARN.

    mesacc.edu mpsaz.org

  • Welcome Letter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

    Why Go To College? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

    Changing the Standards of Education: Common Core . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

    Choices MPS Offers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

    Parental Involvement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

    Keys to Junior High and High School Success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

    Transition from High School to College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

    Paying for College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

    Ask a Financial Aid Expert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

    What MCC Offers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

    Getting Started at MCC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

    How to be Successful in College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

    WELCOME LETTER CARTA DE PRESIDENTESDear Parents and Students,

    Education is the key to ensuring that Mesa remains a vibrant community with opportunities for our families and young people to live, work and stay in Mesa. Mesa Community College and Mesa Public Schools share a commitment to making sure that each and every student finds educational success. Together we bring you this educational guide so whether you have a little one ready for kindergarten or are thinking of returning to college, you have resources at your fingertips for a successful educational future.

    Estimados Padres y Estudiantes,

    La educacin es clave para asegurar que Mesa contine siendo una comunidad vibrante con oportunidades para que nuestras familias y jvenes vivan, trabajen y permanezcan en Mesa. Mesa Community College y las Escuelas Pblicas de Mesa se unen en un compromiso que cada uno de nuestros estudiantes alcance el xito acadmico. Juntos proveemos esta gua educativa, ya sea que tenga un nio listo para el kinder o usted est pensando regresar al colegio, para que usted tenga recursos a su alcance para un futuro acadmico exitoso.

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    CONTENIDOCarta de Bienvenida ...........................................................................................................3

    Por qu Asistir al Colegio? ..............................................................................................16

    Estndares Esenciales Common Core ............................................................................ 17

    Opciones que Ofrece MPS ................................................................................................ 18

    Participacin de los Padres de Familia .............................................................................. 19

    Claves para el xito en Junior High y High School............................................................ 20

    Mapa Acadmico ............................................................................................................. 21

    Pagando Por el Colegio .....................................................................................................22

    Pregntale a un Experto en Ayuda Financiera ..................................................................23

    Lo que Ofrece MCC ..........................................................................................................24

    Comenzando en MCC .......................................................................................................25

    Cmo Tener xito en el Colegio ........................................................................................26

    Dr. Shouan Pan President, Mesa Community College

    Dr. Michael Cowan Superintendent, Mesa Public Schools

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    WHY GO TO COLLEGE?Everyone has a choice to make when it comes to preparing for their future; whether or not to continue their education and attend college is a big decision. Mesa Public Schools and Mesa Community College can help walk you through the process. Making the most of junior high and high school opportunities and the free resources provided by both MPS and MCC can make the transition to a post-secondary education easier.A higher education can open up opportunities that can lead to a brighter future. Think about these benefits when considering a college degree:

    Individuals with an associates degree will earn 1.8 million dollars more over their lifetime than those who only earn a high school diploma or less. The average lifetime earnings increases to 2.2M for those who get their bachelors degree!**

    *Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Help Wanted: Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements through 2018. 2010.

    **Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. The College Payoff: Education, Occupations, Lifetime Earnings. 2011.

    ***ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy. Dropped?: Latino Education and Arizonas Economic Future. 2012.

    ****NAHREP. State of Hispanic Homeownership Report. 2012.

    By 2018, 61% of all jobs in Arizona will require some training beyond high school*

    College graduates have better access to health care and other benefits***

    College graduates are more likely to own a home****

    $ 1.8M

    $ 2.2M

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    To learn more about Common Core, watch videos and find additional links, visit www.mpsaz.org/curriculum/commoncore.

    CHANGING THE STANDARDS OF EDUCATION: COMMON COREEmployers expect more from their employees than they have in the past. In fact, the majority of high-wage jobs in Arizona will require some form of education beyond high school by 2013. Making sure our young people are ready for college and careers means that todays students will have an educational experience that is very different from that of their parents. The high school experience will even differ from the experience of recent graduates.

    The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The standards were developed by teachers, school administrators and other experts to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare students for college and the workplace.

    A gradual transition to implementing the Common Core Standards is underway. Over the next couple of years more rigorous reading, writing, and math lessons will be taught at all grade levels. These standards will also be reinforced in science, social studies, and career and technical education classes. The more familiar you are with the new standards, the more you can assist your children as they learn and master rigorous curriculum!

    50% of students identify their parents as the #1 influence on their academic success! Parents, you can support your childrens learning at home by:

    Setting and keeping high expectations, and supporting your children when they meet your expectations

    Making education your top priority at home

    Talking every day about what your children learned in class

    Asking more than yes or no questions so your children can tell you why each topic is interesting or important

    Making sure your children read every day

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    CHOICES MPS OFFERSThere is no one right school for every child, each has unique interests and needs. Before deciding on a school, consider all of the aspects which are of interest to you and your child, such as your childs personality or unique learning needs. Also consider the type of school experience: academic and arts programs, gifted programs, technology, athletics, convenient locations, extracurricular opportunities, etc.

    Mesa Public Schools (MPS) offers many choices in education to meet the needs of your family and students. In addition to convenient and high performing neighborhood schools, comprehensive junior highs and high schools, there are many other programs to consider when finding the best fit for your students, kindergarten through high school!

    OPEN ENROLLMENT: Students throughout Arizona may attend schools outside of their attendance areas. MPS welcomes students from all across the city as well as those from outside of Mesa.

    KINDERGARTEN: We provide free full-day kindergarten for children who will be 5 years old before September 1st. Half-day kindergarteners are also welcome at each of our schools. In MPS, parents have several options for young learners, those who will turn 5 between September 1st and December 31st.

    EISENHOWER CENTER FOR INNOVATION: An innovative school offering students new and creative learning models with excellent educators and technological support.

    JORDAN CENTER FOR EARLY EDUCATION: A new center offering a variety of preschool and childcare programs.

    FRANKLIN SCHOOLS: Franklin Schools were established to provide a specific educational program and are known for having high-structured programs, whole-group instruction, and fast-paced curriculum.

    MONTESSORI: In a Montessori program, students usually spend more than one year with the same teacher and each student has an individualized work plan based on his or her achievement levels.

    DISTANCE LEARNING: This computer-based learning program is a great option for those students who are motivated and interested in independent study.

    INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB): IB offers a rigorous curriculum designed for highly-motivated students and incorporates the best elements of schools from around the world. Mesa offers an IB program for young learners who are curious, open-minded thinkers as well as an IB Diploma Program for high school students in their junior and senior years. The program has earned a reputation for rigorous assessment, giving IB diploma holders access to the worlds leading universities.

    For more information on any of these programs and more, visit www.mpsaz.org/parents/enrolling.

    Parents, you are a vital part of Mesa Public Schools! While all of our employees are here to serve the young people of Mesa, to teach or to support their learning, you can make the biggest difference. There are many ways for parents to be involved from kindergarten through high school.

    STAY INFORMED: Read the school newsletter. For older students, newsletters are often mailed home. Go through your childs backpack often to find out important information.

    USE THE MY MPS PARENT PORTAL: This online tool helps you to monitor your childs grades, attendance, and other education-related information from your home or work computer, or even through your smartphone.

    VOLUNTEER: Apply at your childs school. Whether you have children in elementary, junior high, or high school, volunteers are always welcome at Mesa Public Schools. From booster clubs to parent teacher organizations, there are many ways to stay connected to other parents and support education.

    WRITE YOURSELF A LOWER TAX BILL: Dollar for dollar tax credits are available by making extracurricular activity (ECA) donations on your state income tax.

    ENCOURAGE: Encourage your children to think of education beyond high school. Speak with a high school counselor, ask your student about their Kuder Education and Career Action Plan, and visit OpShop to learn about education and career possibilities.

    CONVERSATIONS: Take time to have regular conversations with your child about who their friends are, what they are most interested in, what is happening at school, and what they are learning. This is important whether your child is in kindergarten or a senior in high school.

    VISIT THE WEBSITE: Visit the Mesa Public Schools website, www.mpsaz.org, on a regular basis for new information and updates.

    WATCH CHANNEL 99: Watch Mesa Channel 99 for informational updates and student-centered programming.

    ATTEND A GOVERNING BOARD MEETING: Learn about new developments in our district and provide your input as an active, involved parent.

    PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

    For more information on how to stay active and involved with your childs education, visit www.mpsaz.org/getinvolved.

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    Complete the FAFSA form! Applications are available January 1st. This Free Application for Federal Student Aid is one of the most important steps in qualifying for financial aid. Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov or visit your high school guidance office.

    Continue to update and revise your ECAP, discuss future plans as a family, and remain a well-rounded, involved student.

    Attend college prep sessions, career fairs, OpShop, and observe daily bulletin notices and weekly post-graduate bulletins for

    scholarship and college information.

    Develop a resume. Request 3 recommendation letters from teachers, counselors, or others at least one month before they are due.

    Continue to apply for private sources of financial aid.

    For more information on how to transition successfully to post-secondary education, visit with your counselor, school website, www.mpsaz.org or mesacc.edu

    *CollegeBoard.org. Scholarships & Recognition.

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    to develop, review, and revise your Education and Career Action Plan (ECAP) to ensure that it includes: graduation and college admission requirements, college/career plans, academic course planning, GPA/Rank/College admission tests, financial aid and scholarships.

    Discuss college and career plans as a family. Consider what financial aid you will need to apply for based on your familys financial resources. Determine the location and size of the college you are interested in attending, and explore major and career choices.

    Consider enrolling in Early College programs.

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