2 Why is 9th Grade So Important? Success or failure during the 9th grade year often sets the tone for a student’s entire high school career.If a student is successful during their 9th grade year, there is a likelihood that the student will graduate and enjoy their high school experience (Silverthorn, 2005)There is a heightened risk of school drop out related to negative education experiences (Hussong, 2007)
3 Transitioning to High School is associated with…. Increase in …Academic StressorsSocial Stressors (fitting in, “popularity”, peer pressure, etc.)DepressionSubstance AbuseA decrease in …Social supportAcademic Functioning(grades, attendance, motivation)(Hussong, 2007)
4 8th Grade Students Worry About… Difficulty of ClassesGetting Lost at SchoolIncrease in Workload in their ClassesGetting to Class on TimeMaking Sports TeamsTime ManagementGetting Their Locker OpenWhere to Go During LunchFinding Their FriendsMaking New FriendsBeing Bullied by Upper Classmen
5 Tips for Success Attend Freshman Orientation With Your Child Encourage your child to get to know the school and where everything is located. (classes, bathrooms, offices, cafeteria, etc.) This will help ease anxiety about being in a new building. Students feel more comfortable when they know where everything is.After Your Child Receives Their Schedule have him/her go through the schedule in order to simulate their typical school day.Your child will have the same counselor all four years of high school. Encourage your child to know who their counselor is and to contact her with any questions or concerns.Monitor your child’s progress through EDLINE and keep in touch with his/her teachers and 9th grade principal. A staff contact list is located on the web site.
6 Get InvolvedBeing involved in extracurriculars is key, as after-school activities are great for teenagers’ personal and social development. Extracurricular activities that focus on deepening your child’s interests will help them have a more enjoyable high school experience.In large schools students often feel overwhelmed and disconnected. When students are involved in extracurricular activities it makes them feel more connected to their school.“School-sponsored extracurricular activities can help keep students accountable to academics, and teach valuable skills that often cannot be found in a classroom. Remind your student that everything he/she does in high school is setting them up for their future, and it is their choice to make it a good one!” (Singleton, 2013)
7 What does your student want to do after high school?This is an important question to ask your child while he or she is in high school.If your child wants to go to a 4 year college, there are certain courses he/she must take in high school.If you child is not sure what to do after high school that is perfectly normal. But, the younger your child decides then the more prepared he/she can be.CFWV Interest Inventories are a great way to help guide your child to a career best suited for him or her.
10 In high school, students earn credits for each course they pass… The school year has 2 semestersEach semester has two 9 week grading periodsEach class period is 49 minutes longEach class period is called a “mod” at HHS.Each 1 mod 1 semester class=1/2 creditEach block class(which is 2 mods in a row)=1 creditMost classes are offered as one mod and taken both semestersSome classes are offered as a block and are taken only one semesterStudents can earn 7 credits during the regular school day in one school yearStudents need 24 credits to graduate
11 Example of Typical 9th Grade Schedule Mod1st Semester2ndSemesterTotal Credit1st modEnglish 9= ½ creditEnglish 9=1/2 credit=1 credit2nd modPhysical Science=1/2 credit3rd modMath I=1/2 credit4th modWorld History=1/2 credit5th modPhys. EdHealth2 credits6th modPhys.Ed=1 creditHealth=1 credit7th modForeign Language=1/2 creditForeignLanguage=1/2 credit1 creditThere are 2 lunches, the lunch the student goes to is determined by which part ofthe building the 4th mod is located.
12 Meet the Huntington High School Counseling Department… Beverly BrownStudents A-CL(304)
19 What?Who?Where?General 9th Grade QuestionsLauren Werthammer-9th Grade PrincipalMain Office(304)Copy of ScheduleYour CounselorGiven out During OrientationSchedule CorrectionCounseling Office (D133)Buying a LockerMs. Alicea Lewis(304)Proof Of EnrollmentMs. Lisa HallAttendance Office (304)Turn in Absence ExcuseQuestions about AthleticsMr. Bruce SeniorA123(304)Work PermitMs. Linda GeorgeUpstairs Office(304) 6405Medical/Health IssuesHeather Wood-School NurseHealth Center (D127)(304)Copy of Student HandbookLocated on Edline
20 ReferencesHussong, A., Stein, G. L, (2007). Social and academic expectations about high schoolfor at-risk rural youth. America Secondary Education, 36(1)SanFilippo, Elizabeth (2013). Preparing Your Child: Grade School to High SchoolSilverthorn, N., DuBois, D.L., Crombie, Gail. (2005). Self perceptions of ability andachievement across the high school transition: Investigation of a state-trait model.Journal of Experimental Education. v73 p191Created by Melanie Pinkerman, Counselor Huntington High School