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9th Grade

FRESHMAN POST SECONDARY PLANNING
Please take a look at this important presentation from your counseling team.  Learn about all things you need to know to make the most of your freshman year! Here is the link to the powerpoint alone for it's links and resources. 
 
Some freshmen will transition into high school without any difficulties and some will experience some challenges. The following information will assist you in having a successful start in high school.
 
Get to know your school and get involved!
 Students who are involved in activities do better academically and they enjoy high school more. Involvement in school will provide you with the opportunity to:
  • Meet new friends and staff members in the school
  • Gain new skills
  • Become a leader
  • Try something new
  • You can see your counselor to get a list of clubs, athletic coach contact information, academic competition opportunities and much more.  Getting involved will help you to make new friends, gain new skills and you’ll be doing something positive in school.
    High school is like anything else – the more you put into it, the more you get out of it!
Get good grades:
  • Attend class every day and on time.
  • Be ready to learn by being an active listener (think about what’s being said).
  • If you are absent from class, make sure to ask your teacher for any missing assignments.
  • Stay organized.
  • Make sure to bring everything you need to class.
  • Use your planner to write down homework assignments and important dates such as quizzes and tests.
  • Keep your backpack and binder neat. Use dividers or a pocket folder for each class.
  • Organize your binder and backpack every night to help you prepare for the next day.
Please see your counselor if you need help or have any questions.
Good luck this year!
 
Planning Check List for Freshmen
  • Take challenging classes in core academic subjects.
  • Learn the A-G requirements.
  • Set  goals for success in your classes. Find out where you can get tutoring if needed.
  • Become involved in school or community based activities that interest you or let you explore career interests. Consider volunteering.
  • Talk to your counselor and other mentors about education after high school. Your counselor can answer questions about what classes to take in high school, how to sign up for standardized tests, and where to get money for college.
  • Use the Xello program to explore career interests and college possibilities.  Log in here with your student gmail account.  
  • Attend a career/college fair and/or visit a college campus.
  • Talk with your parents about your plans for life after high school.
  • Make a list of your awards, honors, paid or volunteer work, and extra curricular activities. You can keep track of these items in your portfolio in Career Cruising.  Consider participating in academic enrichment programs, summer workshops, and camps with specialty focuses such as music, arts, and science.
  • Enroll in summer school classes if necessary.   D and F grades in A-G courses will need to be made up in order to be eligible for a 4-year university.