9th Grade Advisory Resource Page

NOTE: ECAP activities/goals are indicated in green.

August 26, 2011

Fall Sports Assembly: all classes meet in the gym

September 9, 2011

1. This will be the first advisory class for the 9th graders. Teachers should plan on going over the purpose of the Advisory class by watching this PowerPoint:

2. Next, it is important to go over ECAP requirements using the following moviemaker presentation:
ECAP moviemaker.wmv
3. To view the Arizona Department of Education ECAP overview go to this website and review the information with the students: http://www.ade.az.gov/ecap/Attributes.pdf
4. To view the Arizona Deprtment of Education ECAP video go to this website:

September 23, 2011

1. The requirements for participation in the Proposition 301 Pay for Performance include an AIMS Math pretest and post-test.
•CDO is required to have a site-based assessment in one of the AIMS testing areas
•CDO has chosen math because it is the area in need of most improvement
•The goal is to show improvement between September and April

Information for the Prop 301 pretest:
● you should have copies of the tests saved in a secure location
● you will need to get scantrons from you department chair
● details are available in the email you received from Charlene Stone
● 20 minutes should be enough for this pretest


October 7, 2011

1. Goal setting activity.
  • Setting personal and academic goals is important for 9th graders.
  • Academic goals are an ECAP focus as it helps students focus on the big picture of high school graduation, and eventually college and career.
  • Take a few minutes to discuss goals that the students have... what they would like to do after high school... how much they know about the requirements to graduate and/or how their high school course work will help them achieve their long-range goals.
2. Go over the example of a goal by clicking on the document below.

  • Important things to keep in mind/discuss with 9th graders about goal setting:
    • Unlike middle school, students MUST pass ALL classes required for high school graduation!
    • At this point in the first semester of high school it is important to know what their grades are in each class.
    • Goals do not have to be academic; students may have a personal fitness goal, sports goal, or a goal about meeting new people.
The goal sheet can be projected by clicking on the document below and paper copies will be provided to the students.
3. Review SMART goal characteristics (on the goal sheet handout) with the students.
4. Have students write a goal on the goal sheet.
5. Collect the goal sheets and plan to review/update goals in 2 weeks during the next advisory period.

6. Click on the link below and review with your students the ECAP time line for 9th grade:

October 28, 2011

  • Only give the accountability sheet to your students who have been attending advisory and completing the activities.
  • Remind students to ask their teachers if they will accept the signed sheet as a homework forgiveness (or other as noted on the sheet).
  • All social studies teachers have agreed to accept the signed pink forms.

1. Do a quick goal update with the students. Pass back the goal sheets they filled out during last advisory class and as a class reflect on the progress they have made toward their goals.

2. ECAP goal: Career Planning: The purpose of this activity is career exploration and planning.
  • 1. Show the PowerPoint entitled: Career Planning
  • 2. Hand out the "Dictator Game" questions and occupational profile sheet.
    • Play the game and/or discuss the questions

December 9, 2011

Final exam prep with Link Crew

January 20, 2012

AIMS reading practice: This activity supports our school improvement plan goals and offers some 9th grade practice of AIMS skills.

1. Show the PowerPoint entitled: Inferences and Comparing
2. Hand out the Pujols & Esiason Reading, ask 1/2 the class to read "Stats Don't Lie" and the other 1/2 read "Boomer Esiason"
3. After students are done reading, follow the discussion questions on the PowerPoint for each of the stories.
4. Hand out the Venn Diagram worksheet. Compare the stories of the two athletes.

5. Wrap up the lesson by reminding the students that making inferences and comparing themes/stories are AIMS skills.
6. Show video: "Albert Pujols" a 60 minuites report

February 3, 2012

Today students will participate in an AIMS reading and math activity to support our school improvement plan goals and to have 9th graders practice AIMS skills.

Teachers: This activity involves the story of El Dorado in order for the freshmen to understand a little bit about the background of "Dorados."
1. Go over the PowerPoint on context clues. Context clues are an AIMS reading skill.
2. Have students read the "El Dorado Legend Snared Sir Walter Raleigh." Ask students to come up with definitions for the underlined words using the context clues given in the article and given the overall subject of "gold."
3. Discuss the ten vocabulary terms and their definitions.
4. Complete the math activity as a class. Encourage students to do the calculations WITHOUT A CALCULATOR!

5. Wrap up the lesson by reminding students that using context clues, doing mathematical calculations and estimation are AIMS skills.
6. Show video: "El Dorado Myths & Legends" (picture montage of El Dorado)

February 17, 2012

SRO presentation in the auditorium. Take attendance and then escort students to the auditorium.

March 2, 2012

ECAP goal: Planning for Education

Registration information will be discussed during this advisory. Teachers should review the concept of a four-year plan and remind students to keep long term goals in mind before registering for classes.
  1. Registration discussion

March 16, 2012

Spring Sports Assembly

April 6, 2012

Prop 301 post-test

April 20, 2012 This is the final Advisory period.

ECAP goal: How Work is Organized
(optional) Show Video: Introduction to Career Clusters
1. Have the students complete the "Career Clusters Interest Survey." The number of circled items in each of the 16 boxes corresponds to the 16 career clusters listed at the end of the handout.
2. Have students share the career clusters in which they had the highest number of items circled.
3. Continue the discussion by going to the career cluster website. Information about each of the career clusters is available by clicking on "16 career clusters."
4. Encourage the students to continue researching careers that relate to interests they have.