• Advanced Academics News

    BREAKING NEWS: More COVID-19 Restrictions Lifting Friday | KCII ... 

    Per Lone Star College, it is time to pay for dual credit courses for fall. Everything must be completed online by August 15 - 4:00 p.m. If you do not pay or set up a payment plan by August 15, you will be dropped from your DC classes. Please login to your Lone Star account to pay; it will walk you through the steps. While there, please check your class enrollment to make sure they are correct on the Lone Star side; if there is an issue or you have questions concerning DC, contact Mrs. Henderson immediately at christina.henderson@willisisd.org.


    English Courses

    DC English 1301/1302: Composition & Rhetoric The Prentice Hall Reader - 11th Edition. This textbook must be purchased prior to the start of school. You will need it by Monday, August 17. The book must be purchased online. Please order well in advance of the first day of school. 11th edition (ISBN-13: 978-0321899712 or ISBN-10: 0321899717). You may be able to locate a pdf file version. Also, check with previous juniors; they may have a copy with which they are willing to provide to you. If you have a sibling with the 9th edition or have a copy of the 9th edition, you may use that one as well.

    • Please note that there may be other books assigned throughout the semester that the student will be required to purchase. The first novel we will read in the fall semester is The Scarlet Letter.

    DC English 2332/2333: Survey of World Literature - 2332 Fall Semester: Selected chapters from The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell; The Norton Anthology of World Literature Volume 1 (Shorter Fourth Edition); 2333 Spring SemesterThe Norton Anthology of World Literature Volume 2 (Shorter Fourth Edition) 

    • Please purchase the listed volumes and editions for the accurate translations of works covered. The set of volumes can be purchased at wwnorton.com ISBN:978-0-393-65602-2 or Amazon ISBN:978-0393656022

    History/Social Science Courses

    DC History 1301: US History to 1877 - Give Me Liberty Vol. 1-6th Edition by Eric Foner by the first week of classes. The companion readers will be used later in the semester and do not have to be purchased for the first week of school; however, it is suggested to purchase in a timely manner.

    • The Artificial River: The Erie Canal and the Paradox of Progress by Carol Sheriff  ISBN: 9780809016051 
    • The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara  ISBN: 9780345348104  

    DC History 1302: US History Since 1877 (Spring semester course; students will be notified & textbook posted in Fall)

    DC Government 2305: Federal Government (Fall Semester) - Krutz, Glen. 2019. American Government 2e. Houston: OpenStax, Rice University. https://d3bxy9euw4e147.cloudfront.net/oscms-prodcms/media/documents/AmericanGovernment2e-OP.pdf

    DC Economics 2301: Macroeconomics (Spring semester course) - Greenlaw, Steven A., and David Shapiro. 2018. Principles of Macroeconomics 2e. Houston: OpenStax, Rice University. https://d3bxy9euw4e147.cloudfront.net/oscms-prodcms/media/documents/Macroeconomics2e-OP_WRQqkIv.pdf

    DC Government 2306: Texas Government (to be determined)

    Math Courses

    DC Math 1314 College Algebra/Math 1316 Trigonometry - MyMathLab; the pages of the actual book are loaded into MyMathLab.com, and as students work through a section of the on-line text, they can link directly from the pages to supplementary resources (such as tutorial software, interactive animations, and audio and video clips) that provide instruction, exploration and practice beyond what is offered in the printed book. All students may access my math lab by following these steps:

    • Purchase an access code either with a new text or separately.
    • Sign onto  www.pearsonmylabandmastering.com
    • When prompted, enter the Instructor course id the code (which will be given once school begins).

    DC Math 2412 PreCalculus (Spring semester course; students will be notified & textbook posted in Fall)

    DC Math 2413 Calculus I (to be determined)

    Science Courses

    Dual Credit Biology 1406 - Textbook and Lab Manual

    • Biology, 5th Edition by Brooker, Widmaier, Graham and Stiling. McGraw Hill Publishing. 
      • ISBN 10: 1260169626 / ISBN 13: 9781260169621
      • Available at Lone Star College Montgomery Bookstore and online.  Amazon also offers rental copies and sells new/used copies.
    • Learning Biology through an Investigational Approach - Biology I for Science Majors Lab Manual by Helen McDowell, Joseph Trackey and Linda W. Crow.
      • ISBN: 978-1-64386-409-9.
      • Available ONLY at Lone Star College Montgomery Bookstore. 

     Dual Credit Biology 2401 (Anatomy & Physiology) - Textbook and Lab Manual 

    • Human Anatomy & Physiology, 11th edition by Elaine N. Marieb and Katja Hoehn, Pearson.
      • ISBN 10: 0134580990 / ISBN 13: 978-0134580999
      • Available at Lone Star College Montgomery Bookstore - you can purchase half the book now and the other half later for the second semester.   Amazon also offers rental copies and sells new/used copies.  It is the same book as last year, so you may be able to buy it from a former student.
    • Laboratory Manual for Anatomy and Physiology I  4th edition by Kathryn Gronlund, Melissa Jackson, and Helen McDowell;  Blue Door Publishing with Access Code
      • ISBN:  978-1-64386-672-7 
      • Available ONLY at Lone Star College Montgomery Bookstore.  Make sure you purchase the 1st semester lab manual, not Anatomy and Physiology II.

     AP Exam NEWS

    Image result for newOn Friday, 03/20/2020, College Board announced updates to this year's AP Exams.

    Your AP teacher at Willis High School will also continue instruction of their curriculum with you through online learning platforms and will be in touch with you concerning course work at WHS, below are updated iniformation from College Board about exams, content, and available resources.

    • On Friday, 03/20/2020, College Board announced updates to this year's AP Exams.
    • Students can take a 45-minute open note online exam at home using any device (Computer, ChromeBook, Tablet, or smartphone); please let your AP teacher know if you don't have access to any of these
    • The exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March; Beginning March 25, students will have access to free, live AP review lessons, delivered by master AP teachers from across the country. The lessons will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. The link for the lessons is HERE.
    • Specific test dates and the free-response question types will be posted on AP by April 3. 
    • College Board will unlock any relevant free-response questions in AP Classroom for digital use so students may access all practice questions of the type that will appear on the exam.
    • There will be 2 different testing dates that will be announced; student may choose their date; work with your AP Teacher on their suggestion as to the date you should select
    • AP will continue to support students with free resources through exam day on AP Classroom.  While we encourage students to wait until close to the test date to decide, any student already registered for an exam can choose to cancel at no charge.

    Above are the major points we wanted you to know. You may view the full information shared by College Board HERE.

    Willis HS students REGISTER for AP Exams HERE (deadline to register is 11/14/19 for all exams except AP Macroeconomics which has a deadline of 03/12/20); the deadline to pay for exam balances is 03/12/2020)


    GT Family Education & Advocacy:

    • Image result for newWillis ISD is in the process of forming a GT Family Education & Advocacy group; if you are interested in participating, please complete this form.
    • Join educators and families from Conroe, Magnolia, Montgomery, Tomball, and Willis ISDs at periodic events to learn and advocate for the needs of gifted and talented students. 
    • For more information, visit the Multi-District GT Coop information Page

     Referral for Assessment

    • Image result for newThe Gifted/Talented Assessment & Identification process will continue when we return to campuses. Adjustments to the G/T Assessment will continue to be posted on the Willis ISD Advanced Academics website as updates are available. 
    • Referrals for GT assessment for the 2019-2020 school year should be made to your child's campus counselor or to Jason Merik. Forms are available from your campus counselor or online HERE.
    • Referrals for NEW transfer students can occur throughout the year, however, assessment occurs at three specified times per year.
      • Fall - Out of District GT Transfer students only (as needed should sending district criteria not matching WISD)
      • Winter - Kinder Only
      • late Winter/early Spring - Grades 1+
    • Information regarding the referral process, how students are assessed, and how students are served in Willis ISD (see attached slideshow below).

    Things to Consider when Referring for Gifted & Talented Assessment

    All About GT 2019-2020 

    en Espanol - All About GT 2019-2020

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