Things for Freshman to keep in mind for the school year.
5 Tips Every High School Student Shoud Consider:
- Make a plan or a vision board of what the next four years of high school should look like. Your 4 years of high school are going to go by very quickly, so begin thinking and planning what those four years will look like for you!
- Get involved! Be part of your community by joining a club, sport or volunteering at local events. Don’t just help at your school, be recognized as a superstar volunteer in your community. Colleges, future employers, recruiters etc., all love to see “real involvement”.
- Take pride in your work. Did you know that colleges only see your final grade for the semester in the classes that you take? (They do not see your report card grades.) Freshman and sophomore grades are extremely important. These are the grades sent to your potential college. The time starts now, your freshman year, that grades will 100% matter!
- Be mindful of the choices that you make. You do not want anything negative to be connected to your high school transcript when submitting to future colleges. Your digital “footprint” matters too. Believe it or not, colleges, places of employment, the military, etc., all can follow you on social media and make decisions off of what they see.
- Begin to research colleges or places you would like to be employed with. Look at what is required of you in order to be accepted at each college or to work there. Not all colleges or jobs you are interested in will have the exact program you may want to pursue. Meet with your counselor to talk about your options and opportunities.
8 Things I Wish I Knew as a High School Freshman from 8-1
8. Be alert! Things are rapidly changing in a high school environment. Be aware of changes that are taking place!
7. Choose your friends wisely! Associate yourself with those that are moving upwards, not backwards.
6. Be mindful of your behavior on social media. Always present yourself in a positive light, even on social media.
5. Advocate for yourself! Your teachers don’t know, unless you tell them! Don’t be afraid to have open conversations with your teachers. They are here to help you!
4. Set a personal and academic goal for each semester. Setting goals can help you stay on track.
3. Yes, your grades count! Make sure that you are monitoring your progress regularly.
2.Get involved! It is a great way to meet people and build up your professional resume
1. Enjoy your high school experience!
*Freshman Parent Survival Guide
- Communicate with your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns.
- Be sure to create a login for INOW. This will enable you to check your child’s grade and attendance.
- Communicate with other parents that have children that attend the school.
- Participate in PTSA and other parental involvement activities offered by the school.
- Attend after school activities with your child.
- Enroll your child in tutoring and or ACT Prep.
- Ask! We are more than willing to assist.
Things to know/do as a freshman:
*You must pass three out of four classes to get your driver’s license.
*You can only miss 7 days in a class. If you miss more than 7, you do not pass the class.
*Make better grades in my 9th, 10th, and 11th grade. These are the grades that colleges will initially see.
*Be more active in community service and extracurricular activities. This helps you stand out on college applications.
*How to compute your GPA- Add your quality points and divide by the number of classes. Quality points are points awarded to you for the grade you made in a class.
Advanced Level Courses
(Quality Points = .5)
AP/IB/Dual Enrollment Courses
(Quality Points = 1)
A = 4.0
A = 4.5
A = 5.0
B = 3.0
B = 3.5
B = 4.0
C = 2.0
C = 2.5
C = 3.0
D = 1.0
D = 1.0
D = 1.0
F = 0.0
F = 0.0
F = 0.0
F: 59 and below
Things to know/do as a sophomore
The Pre ACT is given to all sophomores each October. These tests are good predictors of how you will do on the ACT your junior year.
They have four multiple-choice sections: English, Math, Reading, and Science. Your results from these sections will tell you which areas you are weak and strong in, which will help you when studying for the ACT.
The transcript we send for college applications, scholarships, etc. reflect the grades you have made through the end of your junior year.
How to compute your GPA- Add your quality points and divide by the number of classes. Quality points are points awarded to you for the grade you made in a class. Quality points will be awarded as follows:
Continue to pull up your GPA:
The transcript we send for college applications, scholarships, and NCAA Clearinghouse reflect the grades you have made through the end of your junior year.
Remember: It's never too early to start thinking about College!
11th- GradeImportant ACT Info for JuniorsLook for Scholarships:
You apply for scholarships in your senior year, BUT you should begin looking for them now; some scholarships are given to students in 9th-12th grades. Below are some websites that will assist you in looking for scholarships. Please keep in mind that most of the scholarship money comes from the college and you must meet their criteria to apply. Your SAT/ACT scores are very important when applying for a scholarship. Most scholarships are interested in your character, leadership, community service, and extracurricular activities. Keep a calendar of all your community service - note what you did and how long you worked.
Bring your GPA up:
Colleges look at your classes and the grades you made in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade.
Create a Resume':
- Your resume’ should include extracurricular activities (in and outside of school,) any honors you have received, leadership positions held, and detailed information concerning community service you have participated in.
- You should include grades 9-11 right now. Make sure you add new information (community service, honors, etc.) as they occur.
All 11th graders planning on attending a 4 year college or university will need to take the ACT for college admissions. We encourage students to try both tests before the end of their junior year and once you receive your scores, take a second test of the one you scored better on and felt most comfortable with. The good news is......you all will take the ACT for FREE in the spring here at school! You don't have to register for those tests, we will do that for you! For any tests you choose to take outside of school, register on the sites below:
All 11th graders will take the ACT and SAT in the spring at school. These scores can be reported to colleges, so we will encourage juniors to take advantage of the 4 free scores reports that can be sent to colleges they are considering as well as participate in the ACT Educational Opportunity Service and College Board Student Search Service.
Below is a letter that will be handed out to students in the homeroom in the spring that details this information and provides the codes for all AL colleges and universities. Please contact the School Counseling office if you have any questions!
Not planning on going to a 4 year college or university????? The ACT can still benefit you! Community colleges can use any ACT scores you have to help with class placement in math and English college classes and could possibly waive you out of taking the community college placement test.
Welcome to your Senior Year
Class of 2021!!!!!!
- Keep your grades up your senior year at MHS. All college acceptances are conditional on the successful completion of the second semester. A final transcript should be requested by you and will be sent to the college you select.
- Remember, the published “average SAT or ACT scores” of an entering freshman class are just that—an average. If you feel your academic record is solid, do not let fear of rejection stop you from applying to the school of your choice.
- It is thoughtless to apply to schools to simply see if you will be accepted when you have no intention of attending. Other candidates will be eliminated and that is not fair to them and it creates unnecessary work for the College Counselor.
- If you are dissatisfied with your ACT or SAT scores, try again. Tutoring and special courses are available in the community. Colleges accept your highest score.
- Do not expect anyone to do your college preparatory work for you (not even Mom or Dad!). Double check all transcripts sent, teacher recommendations requested, counselor forms requested. Take responsibility and follow up!
- Notify all other colleges as soon as you know you will not be accepting their offer of enrollment. Thank them for considering you. (All such letters are placed in your file.) You never know when you might want to transfer there.