FRESHMAN YEAR GUIDE LIST For a downloadable version of this page, click here For a downloadable version of the Incoming Freshman Parent Night Presentation, click here For a downloadable version of the Career Tech Information Presentation, Please click here
- Plan for your high school experience:
- Meet with your counselor to develop a four year plan, if you did not do so at the end of your 8th grade year
- Begin researching programs such as blended senior year, work based learning or the career center
- Decide what diploma track you intend to pursue:
- Core 40
- Core 40 with Academic Honors
- Core 40 with Technical Honors
- Focus on academics:
- Take challenging courses
- Allow adequate time to get coursework done.
- If you are struggling in a class, don’t wait to ask for help! Seek help early in the semester
- Develop strong study habits
- Use your agenda book to help you track assignments and quizzes
- Get creative with study techniques to help you learn material
- Note cards
- Pneumonic Devices
- Get Involved:
- Join clubs or teams that interest you. Colleges and employers will look for involvement in activities while in high school
- Seek out leadership opportunities
- Quality over Quantity: Colleges and employers will want to see strong involvement in the activities you chose. It is better to be strongly involved in a few, than barely involved in a lot!
- Keep Track
- Begin a list of awards, extracurricular activities, volunteer experience, and honors you receive.
- Continue to focus on academics, if you are struggling, don’t be afraid to ask for help!
- Update your list of awards, activities, and honors received.
- Scheduling for your sophomore year will occur between Winter and Spring
- Begin deciding what types of electives you want to take next year
- Are you being challenged to much or not enough?
- Consider whether or not you need to change your course level
- Keep studying!
- Begin preparing for your final exams far enough in advance that you have time to review the material without feeling rushed.
- Explore different summer opportunities such as camps, athletic clinics, or volunteer opportunities.
- Read to continue to boost your skills
- Get involved in your community and school through camps, clubs or volunteer organizations.
Difficulty in a Class
If you are struggling in a class or have a particular issue in a class, you can use any of the following methods to improve your coursework:
- Set up a meeting with the teacher to determine what steps can be taken to help you succeed in the class.
- Set up a meeting with the teacher and a parent, if needed.
- If a student has met with the teacher and is still having issues, it may be beneficial for the teacher, parent and student to have a meeting together to discuss how to help the student succeed.
- Meet with a tutor
- Work with a classmate
TO-DO FOR 9th GRADE 21st CENTURY SCHOLARS
- Create a Graduation/4 Year Plan
- Participate in an Extracurricular or Service Activity
- Watch "Paying for College 101"
***Make sure you track all of these tasks in your Scholar Track account***
For any question or additional help with completing these tasks, please see your School Counselor