Read “America’s High School Drop Out Crisis” Agree or Disagree?
How do you hope your incoming Freshmen will be different as a result of H.S.I. Day? What components do you believe are essential in making a positive impact on Your students? How will you know whether or not you succeeded?
Welcome prospective freshmen to their new school Assist students in developing a sense of belonging Assist with a smooth transition to high school Provide students with information and support that encourages academic success Provide engaging, participatory experiences for incoming freshmen Provide opportunities for incoming freshmen to develop relationships with upperclassmen and at least one caring adult that will help them through the transition process Understand the high expectations for a successful freshman year. Generate excitement about starting high school
9 Steps for your incoming 9 th graders (p7-16): 1. Review Enrollment Patterns 2. Convene Meeting of Building Groups 3. Develop a Communication Plan and include it in your Implementation Plan (submit online) 4. Convene a meeting between building Principals 5. Select a program for the day 6. Complete a plan for the day (including attendance) 7. Recruit and train Student Leaders 8. Record the Day’s events 9. Follow-up and Final Report activities (submit online)
Coordinators Checklist Student Leaders must play a central role!! Event Forms – DATA is your friend Pre/Post Test, Evaluation form, Exit slip, etc… Process, Perception and Results Data Activities/Icebreakers Sample Programs
Attendance must be entered on the Choose Your Future website Click on “View Reports”, then click on “Student Detail Reports” Enter your CPS User Name and Password, then Click on the “Log In” button Click on “HSI Attendance” from the left navigation menu
Sharing of best practices What components do you want to include in your H.S.I. Day – Make a list!! Begin work on implementation/communication plan – submission deadline is next Friday, April 15, 2011
Attendance should be entered and H.S.I. Day Final Data Report should be submitted online by- Wednesday, June 8 th, 2011 High Schools should also still provide 8 th graders with a certificate of attendance which they can bring back to their elementary schools
Freshman Connection Counselor Training -Tuesday, May 10, 2011 (8:00a – 12:00p) Location: TBA
See H.S.I. Day handout for Final Data Report, OSS flyer, and sample H.S.I. Day programs Reach out to your incoming freshmen – NOW!! Use you Student Leaders – before, during, after (SL hours) During your event, hold a parent session/breakfast Make sure to include a School Counselor component Remember that most elementary schools do not start until 9:00 a.m.