Academics


Absences

Class absences add up. An automated call and follow-up letter from ETHS lets you know from which class and the date your student was absent. Keep track of them – save the letters, follow up immediately when you know a mistake was made (substitute teacher, class field trip). There is an 8 absence maximum in each class. [Attendance information is also available in the Home Access Center.]

Biology Internships

Internship Requirements
  • The internship will count as part of your fourth quarter grade.
  • The internship must be at least 20 hours. (this included transportation time to and from your internship location.
  • The internship location must be decided before winter break.
  • It can be completed anytime between November and April
  • A journal must be keep to re- cord the science experiences occurring in your location as well as personal responses to the internship experience
␣␣ Photographs must be taken to provide others with an idea of how you spent your time
␣␣ Your on-site mentor will be required to complete an exit evaluation of your perform- ance as an intern
␣␣ A portfolio will be turned in according to the specifica- tions of your teacher in April
␣␣ You are expected to follow all safety and privacy regulations at your internship location. Always get permission to enter a restricted area.

How to set-up an internship
Setting up the internship is the responsibility of the biology student. Below are some questions that will help get you started.
1.What do I like to do?
Are you interested in medicine, animals, or the environment? Completing your internship in an area of interest will make the experience more meaningful.
2.What is my time availability?
You can spend 2 hours a week or dedicate 3 full days to your internship. The timeframe will help you with deciding your best options. Think about your school breaks and extracurricular responsibilities.
3. Who can help me find a location?
Talk to you family and friends. Explain your interests and ask if they know anybody that can help. You don’’t know who they know until you ask. Someone can have an aunt that works at Northwestern in a lab or a friend that attends prairie burns.
4. Is there information on the net?
Search your area of interest on the internet. There are often opportunities for volunteering and names to contact for more information.
5. What are my peers doing for their internship?
Talk to your classmates. They might have ideas or phone numbers. Going to the same place can help with transportation.
Don’’t procrastinate!!! If you get stuck, talk to your teacher as soon as possible. They are more than willing to help, but you cannot wait until the last minute.


Biology Honors Internship Opportunities: Please add to this list if you or someone you know would be willing to have an ETHS student intern.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

When should I sign-up for conferences?
As soon as possible, if you want to get times that are most convenient for you. There will be a link on the ETHS home page.

Be sure to allow enough time between conferences to get from room to room (ETHS is a big place), but the more time you put between conferences, the longer the process will take.

How long are conferences?
5 minutes. If you need longer, schedule an appointment with the teacher.

How do I make the most of my conferences?
Suggestions for Effective 5 Minute Parent-Teacher Conferences
• Talk to your son or daughter before conferences. Ask them if there is anything they want you to ask or convey to their teachers.
• Take your student with you to the conference. Students attending conferences with their parents is encouraged at ETHS and some parents find it helpful.
• Check Home Access Center before conferences. Print out a copy of your student’s grades and bring it with you to conferences. It can save time if the teacher knows that you are aware of your student’s grades and the conference can move to other things you can’t learn from a computer.
• Look for patterns in grades and raise them as questions. If your student has low test grades, ask how he or she can better prepare for tests. If there are missing assignments, ask about the teacher’s late work policy or how you can support your student’s efforts.
• Ask about your son or daughter’s actions during class time (or ask what about your child stands out in the teacher’s mind). It is helpful to get a glimpse into your student’s interactions during the hours that they are away from home. Asking this question can elicit stories of how your daughter came up with a creative solution to a problem or how your son helps others during class.
• Respect the 5 minute time frame. If there is more to discuss than time allows, establish a time for a follow-up phone call or meeting.
• Enjoy Yourself! Don’t get upset if a teacher is running behind schedule. Make the decision to wait or to go to your next conference and return – but be assured it is highly likely that you will get to meet with all of your student’s teachers.
• Thank the teacher. A little appreciation can go a long way in building a relationship. End with a brief positive comment that your student has made about the teacher or class.
• Contact teachers if you are unable to make your conference time or know you won't be free during conference times. Call or email your student's teachers and ask to speak with them at another time, either in person or by phone.

Physical Education

Physical Education classes are state required classes and more than 8 absences may lead to a student having to take 2 physical education classes the next semester or a make-up phys ed class in summer school.