FRESHMAN YEAR: The Keystone to High School
The freshmen year is the "Keystone" of a student"s experience in high school. It is important that each 9th grade student starts off on the right track and sets a plan for the coming years. The following resources are available to assist in this process.
The On Track Magazine gives a clear picture of what to expect in the 9th grade year. Students are provided information on topics such as graduation requirements, college/post-secondary selection, SAT/ACT info and career resources.
Orientation to Life & Careers: Keystone
This required 9th grade course will address essential knowledge, skills, and behaviors that all students need to live successfully in today’s world. The focus of the course is the impact of today’s choices on tomorrow’s possibilities. Topics to be addressed include higher order thinking, communication, leadership, and management processes; exploration of personal aptitudes, interests, principles, and goals; life and career exploration and planning; decision-making and organizational skills; time-management, note-taking and outlining skills; and managing personal resources.
Scheduling Presentations for Keystone Classes 2011-12
EXPLORE- practice version of the ACT college entrance exam. Ninth grade students will complete this exam during their Keystone class. The career interest inventory section of the EXPLORE is used throughout the class.
Graduation Plan Students will use this form to track their career and post-secondary interests as well as plan their course work for the four years of high school.
Career Majors During the 9th grade Keystone class, students will choose a career major to focus on for their Graduation Plan. It is our hope that we can help direct a student"s elective course choices toward their future career plans. CGHS has identified 7 Career Majors which include career opportunities from entry-level positions to professional occupations. We are aware that students often change their minds over the 4 years in high school. If this happens, we will just shift to the new career major for directed electives.
The Road to a Successful High School Experience
1. Take a serious approach to your classes and grades starting in your 9th grade year.
2. It is never too early to think about the future...college, career, interests.
3. Get involved...join a club, play a sport, sing, dance, or play an instrument.
4. Do your homework.
5. Ask for help when you need it. Seek out a teacher, counselor, coach, or administrator.