Very important suggestions and things to keep in mind on your first year in High School!
Everything Counts! Every course that you take will always remain on your transcript, it will never disappear- even if you retake the class. (You might be able to help out your GPA though- click HERE for more information).
ATTENDANCE is extremely important! If you don't show up to class- You cannot learn what has been taught in class.
Not only is attendance important, but BEING ON TIME TO SCHOOL is also very important!! Know what our school's TARDY POLICY is before you end up with a discipline notice!
Meet with your High School Counselor at least one time this year to discuss your grades, and track your 4 year plan.
Create your FREE My CFNC Account at CFNC.org if you haven't already. Develop a CFNC High School Planner and enter grades, awards, honors, etc.
"Invite" your counselor to your online High School Planner.
In your classes- Complete ALL of your work! Your grade will be severely affected if you don't complete and turn in your assignments. Know each of your teacher's syllabi so you know the percentages that homework, classwork, quizzes, tests, etc are worth in each class.
Ask questions OFTEN!!!! How will you understand what your teacher in teaching you if you do not ask for clarification?? Teachers won't know you are struggling if you don't ask for help. They don't have ESP (extrasensory perception), they're GOOD instructors- but they're NOT THAT GOOD!
Get tutoring if you need it. We have a student run TUTORING CENTER on the 2nd Floor open during STAR LUNCH as well as your teachers will have "office hours" during STAR LUNCH.
Get involved in extra-curricular activities
Understand that studying for your middle school courses is a lot different than studying for high school courses- get help if you need to develop new ways to STUDY!!
what do I have to do to get promoted to 10th grade??
Is it too early to think about next year and being a Sophomore? Absolutely not! Freshman year is almost as important as your Junior year did you know that??? I bet you didn't! This year will set you GPA. If you can escape this first year with a GPA that you are pleased with, then the next 3 years you will be looking to maintain the GPA you have set for yourself. IF you are NOT pleased with your GPA and it's much lower than you anticipated, then the next 3 years you will be chasing after a GPA you have not yet achieved- which is MUCH MORE DIFFICULT TO DO!!
So how do you get promoted to 10th grade?
ALWAYS, ALWAYS PASS ENGLISH!! (1) You must pass (2) other core classes (Math, Science, Social Studies) For example Math I and Earth Science or Introductory Math and World History
Finally (3) other classes must be passed (ANY 3 CLASSES)
So an easy way to remember your Promotion to 10th Grade is this:
Total= 6 minimum credits to be promoted to 10th grade
Starting last school year, for students entering high school in 2015-2016 school year. The State of North Carolina changed the way courses are weighted across the system.
Effective with the freshman class of 2015-16, the weighting for Honors courses shall be one-half (.5) of a quality point.
Effective with the freshman class of 2015-16, the weight for AP/IB courses shall be one (1) quality point.
The state weighting system adds the equivalent of one (1) quality point to the grade earned in community college courses included on the most recent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Transfer List, and for courses taught at four-year universities and colleges.
Action Plan: Freshman Year*
Freshman year is an exciting time for your child (and you!) -- a new school, new friends, and challenging new classes. Though your child has a lot going on, it's important that together you start to plan for the future. The phrase "college preparation" may bring to mind images of campus visits, college applications and the SAT®. But these days, college prep involves much more, and it starts earlier than junior year. Review your child's college options now. Learn what resources the high school has to offer and encourage your child to take advantage of them. Fall Your child should meet with her high school counselor and be sure to: ● Find out what courses the school offers, the graduation requirements, and how the grading system works. ● Make sure she's enrolled in strong college preparatory classes. ● Learn what extracurricular activities are available. ● Help your child create a four-year schedule of recommended classes that meet the basic requirements for high school graduation and college admission. Colleges prefer four years of English, history, math, science, and a foreign language. ● Your child should also select meaningful electives, Advanced Placement courses if appropriate, and other academics in which she shows an interest. ● Just like her academic schedule, help your child plan a four-year extracurricular and athletic activity schedule. Encourage her to stick with commitments. ● Honors-level students may consider taking the PSAT/NMSQT® (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). Though most students take the PSAT/NMSQT in the fall of their junior year, Valerie Trautman, a school counselor in Rockland County, New York, explains that students who are very academically focused and have excelled in honors programs may want to take the test as freshmen. She suggests that taking the test can help your child assess strengths and weaknesses, which will help when taking the test in the future. ● Encourage your child to read, read, and read some more. Reading develops interests, expands knowledge, and improves vocabulary and reading comprehension skills needed for college and for standardized tests. Get ideas from Great Books: The Short List.
Winter ● Together with your child, review how he's doing in each of his key subject areas. Encourage him to keep up the good work, and help him set goals for improvement in weaker subjects. Learn how you can help your child develop good homework skills. ● Motivate your child to keep up with independent reading. Get your child a subscription to the New York Times or other newspaper. ● Your child should meet with school counselors and teachers about taking SAT Subject Tests such as U.S. History, Biology E/M, and Literature in his strong subjects this spring. ● Get informed about college costs. Explore your family's options for financing your child's college education and learn how financial aid works. ● How much money will your family need to pay for college? Use the online College Savings Calculator. ● Calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) to get an estimate of how much your family can reasonably be expcected to pay towards college. Use the online EFC Calculator.
Spring ● Now is the time for your child to start looking for a summer job, internship, or volunteer opportunity. The summer is a good time for her to learn more about an area in which she's interested. For example, being a camp counselor can give a student who's interested in teaching a taste of what to expect. ● Your child can check with her school counselor and search online for summer learning programs offered to high school students at colleges and other institutions.
Summer ● Have your child finalize his summer plans. ● Encourage your child to read great literature this summer. He can ask his teachers or the school librarian for book suggestions.