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Welcome to High School!

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Transcript of Welcome to High School!

WELCOME TO HIGH SCHOOL!
YOUR GRADE POINT AVERAGE and TRANSCRIPT BREAKDOWN:
Your Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) is highly important to your future:
-College you attend
-Upper level classes
-Academic/Athletic Scholarships

Your G.P.A. is your average of all your grades starting your freshman year. The grades are broken down into a point system: A's=4 points, B's=3 points, C's=2 points, D's=1 points and F's=0.

How to determine your G.P.A. for your semester:
-Total your points by letter grade, divide that by the number of classes, which is 6, which then equals your G.P.A.

How to determine your G.P.A. for two semesters:
-Add the total number of points over the last two semesters, divide by the number of classes, which is now 12, which will then equal your G.P.A.

DIFFERENCES IN CLASS LEVELS:
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
CLUBS:
Automotive
Band
Bowling
Cheerleading
Choir
Forensics
Math
Mock Trial
Newspaper
Science
Sports
Horticulture
Dance
Drama
Yearbook
Student Court
Video Games
Art
THE DIFFERENCES OF MIDDLE SCHOOL VS HIGH SCHOOL:
-You are much more independent; 7 different classes, multiple people you don't know in those classes.

-You have to take much more responsibility; time management, homework, athletics, clubs, goals and interests, your options increase with grade level.

-You are graded differently; Teachers are less likely to accept excuses and some will deduct points if your homework is not turned in or turned in on time. Same goes for attendance.

-You have to speak up for yourself; if your having an issue, talk to your teachers, parents, counselors.
"In high school, you have to develop the ability to get advice from your parents and counselors, figure out how to solve the problem, and then take action."

-Your surrounding peers are probably a little big bigger; Upper class man have been through what you are about to go through and with that comes maturity. Know that they are also reliable resources for you when you have questions.

-Ability to explore YOUR interests; multiple electives to chose from that support your desired interests. Especially as you increase in grade level.

-Higher level of competition in athletics/clubs; "Separation in the preparation." -Russel Wilson

-You are NOT ALONE!
A WELCOMING ACTIVITY:
Introduce yourself to someone you DO NOT KNOW, no cheating!

Answer these 3 questions:
What is your name?
What excites you the most about entering High School?
If you could have any job in the world, which one would you choose?
YOUR POSSIBLE BEFORE ACTIVITY THOUGHTS/FEELINGS/EMOTIONS:
Anxious, nervous, irritated, tired, doubtful, insecure etc.

WHAT YOU ACCOMPLISHED AFTER THE AFTER THE ACTIVITY:
Communicated, met a new person, increased excitement, calmed nerves, stepped outside your comfort zone, became attentive, listened, learned and accomplished your 1st interaction before school even started!

OUTCOME:
ALL of these things you just accomplished you will have to do in High School. And knowing now if you didn't before, ALL of these things you will be able to accomplish throughout the next 4 years!

ATHLETICS:
Boys & Girls Basketball
Football
Wrestling
Boys & Girls Tennis
Boys & Girls Swimming
Boys & Girls Golf
Bowling
Cheerleading
Baseball
Fastpitch
Dance
Cross Country
Boys & Girls Soccer
Girls Volleyball


IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND:
-You have to be enrolled and passing in at least 5 academic credited classes with only one of those being a T.A.
-You have to be in attendance ALL day to be able to participate in after school athletics.
-You have to maintain at least a 2.5 to be eligible for after school athletics.
STANDARD CLASSES:
-These are the classes you take to meet the requirements to graduate in four years and go to college:
-3 years of Math
-3 years of English
-2 years of Science
-3 years of Social Studies
-2 years of P.E.; 9th grade Health
-1 year of Art
-1 year of Occupational Education; Marketing, Welding, Business etc.

*Rest of your credits are of YOUR choosing for electives.
HONORS AND ADVANCED PLACEMENT:
-If you plan to take Advanced Placement (A.P.) classes you should consider taking honors courses during your freshman year.
-A.P. courses are offered during your Junior & Senior year's.
-They both require more reading and writing demands.
-They will both help develop critical thinking skills.
-They both will help support your High School transcript for college acceptance as well as potential job placement.

*If you struggle in Math, but strive in English, consider taking your honors course in English then moving on to honors Math during your 10th grade year.
-Your transcript is a history of the classes you took and what grades you achieved in those classes.

-Colleges look at these to determine if you are fit for their institution.

-Colleges are looking not only at your overall G.P.A., but if you had challenged yourself throughout your High School career.
-Time Management

-Write down your desired goals and objectives of what you want to accomplish (Be specific)

-Get involved in extracurricular activities; clubs/athletics

-Create new relationships; step outside your comfort friend zone.

-Be organized; organized students know what was assigned in each class, when their homework is due, when the next test is scheduled, what you need to bring to each class and where the supplies are that are needed for each class.
"Organization skills will stay with you the rest of your life. Now's a great time to learn how much easier your life will be when you're organized."

-Ask questions; NO question is a stupid question!
"Once you are in college, your parents will not be there, so start early so you will feel comfortable approaching the resources available."

-Develop good study habits

-Take good notes

-Stay motivated and committed; Quotes

-Avoid Peer Pressure!

-Use the WOIS/The career information system program; Washington Occupational Information Service that provides services for students looking to build their careers and achievements as early as your 9th grade year. A helpful resource of information to assist you in helping students find their interests and passions for their future.

-Understand that mistakes will be made but it's how you react to those mistakes that will define your character within your high school experience
HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN HIGH SCHOOL:
-Find out when your child's sports/clubs are trying out that they may be interested in joining.

-Take your child to the high school to help them become familiar with the campus.

-Encourage your child to participate in activities to help them acquaint themselves with the school and their peers. As well as advising them to not overload themselves their 1st year.

-Help them set up a organizational plan in regards to homework, testing and their sports/activities.

-Give your child some space, allow them to figure and feel things out on their own.

-Help your child set realistic but challenging goals that can have some benefiting rewards for them to look forward to.
FOR THE PARENTS:
UNSUCCESSFUL WAYS TO START HIGH SCHOOL:
-Thinking that your freshman year does not count and that you can always make it up during your 10th grade year.

-I'm taking a class because my friend is taking it.

-Skipping class. Thinking one day wont make a difference.

-Not taking down good notes and relying on memory.

-Not turning in your assignments on time. Creating excuses to justify it.

-Not creating time to join a sport or club.

-Not asking questions when you are confused.

-Not communicating to your teacher, counselor, parents when you have a problem.

-Not eating healthy.

-Not sleeping enough.

-Peer pressure; http://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/commonly-abused-drugs/health-effects
Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.
–C.S. Lewis
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
–John Wooden
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