8th-9th Grade Parent Presentation

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Presentation to parents of SAS 8th grade students about transition into high school.

Text of 8th-9th Grade Parent Presentation

  • 1.
    • Welcome to High School:
  • Meeting the
  • Changes and Challenges


  • Introduction to counselors
  • Grade-level information
  • High school counseling
  • Changes and Challenges
  • How can I help my child transition to high school?

3. Counseling Assignments counselor family last name Patrick Stenger A-Ha Cynthia Nordmeyer He-Lit Jennifer Melton Liu-S Kristi Cooper T-Z 4.

  • Counselors will stay with students throughout HS until student or counselor leaves
  • Counselors will serve siblings

5. SAS Pudong High School grade # students 2010-11 # students 2011-12(projected) 9 145 133 10 160 130 11 130 153 12 115 123 6.

  • Secondary school counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by todays diverse student population.
  • -from the website of ASCA (American School Counselor Association)

What is the role of the high school counselor... 7.

  • social and emotional well-being
  • academic goals
  • college and career goals

...helping students feel successful about themselves and school 8.

  • buildself-esteem ,identity , andautonomy
  • learn strategies and skills to makegood choices(academic, social, emotional, college/career)
  • create and maintainhealthy relationships

Counselors help students... 9. How do we do this?

  • Guidance Curriculum :delivered to students in grade-level meetings, Flex classes, individual or family meetings (as needed)
  • Individual Student Planning :help students develop personal and academic goals, and futureplans
  • Responsive Services :meeting individual student needs that require counseling, referral, information, or intervention.
  • Systems Support : support from administration and teachers (team approach)


  • Perhaps the only thing more difficult than being a teenager is parenting one
  • A time of great development:physically, socially, emotionally, cognitively

Challenges and Changes 11.

  • Trying to understand who they are or who they are trying to be
  • Peer group is the strongest influence
  • Increased pressure from peers regarding risky behaviors:alcohol, drugs, sex
  • Exploration of boundaries in relationships and behavior

Social Development 12.

  • Roller Coaster Ride of hormones and mood swings.Often one heartbeat away from laughter or tears.
  • Students are evaluating themselves and trying to understand who they are.
  • With change comes uncertainty.

Emotional Development 13.

  • In tune with technology (digital natives)
  • Respond well to cooperative learning, academic variety
  • Increase in cognitive and reasoning ability
  • Critical thinking and writing skills are emphasized across the HScurriculum

Cognitive Development 14.

  • Listen to what your child has to say and offer your support.
  • Stay connected and communicate.Spend time together.
  • Establish (together with your child) clear rules, specific expectations, and consequences.This sets a tone of respect, trust, and fairness.Review them regularly.
  • Respect your teens privacy e.g., knock before entering his/her room!

How can I help with the transitionto high school? 15.

  • Understand your child is transitioning from childhood (needy, dependent) to adulthood (freedom, trust, responsibility)
  • Be a parent first, not a pal.Boundaries are important -- model them.
  • Stay in touch with teachers and counselors and know what is going on at school through the teacher and high school blogs.
  • Help monitor sleep (average of 9 hours), diet, andexercise

More advice on helping your teen 16. Teenagers are just people trying to learn how to make it among the adults in the world, who are probably not so sure themselves. 17. Congratulations 18.

  • In six months, you will be the parent of a high school student!


  • First, some vocabulary:

Freshmen Grade 9 Sophomores Grade 10 Juniors Grade 11 Seniors Grade 12 20.

  • IB=International Baccalaureate
    • a two-year rigorous academic program offered to Juniors and Seniors
  • AP=Advanced Placement
    • college-level courses offered to high school students
  • Both are strong college-preparatory programs but not of immediate concern for Grade 9 students.

IB and AP 21. WhatdoesaHS daylooklike? Day A(1A, 2A, 3A, 4A) Day B(1B, 2B, 3B, 4B) Homeroom:8:05 8:20 Homeroom:8:05 8:20 Block 80 minutes Block 80 minutes Break -20 minutes Break -20 minutes Block 80 minutes Block 80 minutes Block 80 minutes Block 80 minutes Lunch 55 minutes Lunch 55 minutes Block 80 minutes Block 80 minutes 22.

  • English 9
  • Lab Science
  • Asian History 9
  • Math :per 8 thgrade teacher recommendation and placement test
  • Physical Education/Health 9

Required subjects forgrade 9 23.

  • Frenchper 8 thgrade teacher recommendation
  • Spanishper 8 thgrade teacher recommendation
  • Chineseper 8 thgrade teacher recommendation
  • ESOLper testing and MS ESOL teacher recommendation

Foreign Languages: 24.

  • Art Foundations
  • Introduction to Drama
  • Band Intermediate
  • Orchestra Intermediate
  • Choir Intermediate
  • Dance 1

Fine/Performing Arts Electives: 25.

  • counselor meetings/ Naviance
  • time to meet with teachers
  • Supervised Study Flex
  • ESOL Flex
  • productive study time

Students have 7 academicblocks -- the 8 thblock isFLEX 26. SAS High SchoolGraduation Requirements Subject CreditEnglish4 Math 3 Science 3 Social Studies 3 Foreign Language 2 PE/Health 2 Fine/Performing Arts 2 Electives 5 TOTAL 24 27.

  • Ask your child for the course selection sheet he/she will receive on Friday, March 4th
  • Check out the course description catalog at the high school blog athttp://teachers.saschina.org/hspudong/
  • Contact your childs counselor for questions
  • Discuss course choices with your child
  • Submit the selection sheet by March 16th to students advisory teacher:first come, first served

What can YOU do now? 28.

  • Keep up on high school news by checking the Dr. Bordens high school blog at:
  • http://teachers.saschina.org/hspudong


  • course signup info session for 8th graders on March 3rd in advisory
  • meeting with HS counselors on Friday, March 4th about course selection
  • A Day in the Life of a High School Student:Nuts and Bolts

What do WE do now?