Our interaction with incoming freshmen begins with Family Night in the spring semester of eighth grade, during which we discuss the transition to high school, academic and behavioral expectations, and extracurricular opportunities. You can find the powerpoint presentation here. During the next few weeks, we visit all middle schools and enroll students into their ninth grade classes based upon eighth-grade teacher recommendations.
Course Selection for incoming 9th graders was open through Tuesday, April 28 and is now closed. If you did not submit your course requests by April 28th and are an IUSD student, please contact your current middle school counselor.
Early in the fall, we hold a Freshman Parent Coffee to review the transition to high school, high school diploma requirements, college requirements, and support services (after school tutoring, study skills workshops, parent portal, Canvas, the Office Hours program, Project Success, etc.). At each progress report, which is issued every five to six weeks, we identify struggling students. When appropriate, we schedule SRT (student review team) meetings, especially for students with two or more “F’s,” and propose a student-centered plan for success.
In early spring, we visit the ninth grade classrooms and review graduation requirements, transcripts, college requirements, support resources, GPA calculations, summer school and tenth-grade course selection. During spring registration (for fall classes), we are available to answer any questions. In May, we send home letters to parents of struggling freshman who should enroll in summer school classes.
The counselors hold two Freshman Parent Coffees to give information to parents of our freshman students.
For the class of 2024, The Fall Freshman Coffee was held virtually on Thursday, October 8 at 9:00am. Please click here for the handout and click here for the presentation slides. For access to view the full recording of the parent coffee, please click on this link.
The Spring Parent Coffee is tentatively scheduled for March 25, 2021.
ACcessing PSAT 9 Scores
PSAT 9 scores are now available to view for students in the class of 2022 who tested on March 7th through their College Board student score portal at any time. To gain access to scores, students (13 years of age or older) must set up a free College Board Account. Please see the following link for detailed instructions on how to do so: How to Create Your College Board Account.
It is also recommended that students link their College Board Account to Khan Academy in order to receive a personalized SAT study plan based on their results. For more information on how to do this, please visit this link. Paper score reports will be handed out at sophomore conferences next school year.
As a reminder, colleges will not have access to these scores, and they will not be visible on student transcripts. The school and district have access to student scores, but they will remain confidential and will only be utilized to make suggestions for students as they move forward in high school.
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