Who is starting High School this year?

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Who is starting High School this year?
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Tue, 06-29-2010 - 9:27am

How does it work in your town? Will several middle schools pool to a few high schools, is there one middle school and one high school, do they go from a K-8 school to high school?


Is your child nervous to start?


What are they looking forward to the most?


Will they try any new sports or clubs?

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Tue, 06-29-2010 - 9:39am

Meredith will be a freshman this fall.

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Tue, 06-29-2010 - 9:52am

Alexis will start high school this year. We have one middle school and one high school so the only fresh faces she will see are some upper classmen and maybe kids who filter in from the catholic schools. Her class has about 175 kids in it.


More than nervous she is excited! Like merimom said, the only nerves come from navigating a new building.


She is looking forward to new things, new oppourunities, making new friends who are like minded.


She plans on trying soccer in the spring which would be new to her. She is also excited about more chances to be involved in student government.


Because fall sports and some service clubs are already in full swing she is meeting/getting to know some upper classmen already--I like that.

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Tue, 06-29-2010 - 10:40am

DD is entering high school but not in our town. She was accepted into the performing and creative arts magnet in the city about 20 miles away. The school only takes 220 freshman by audition each fall. If she'd gone to the local high school, there would have been 600 9th graders! It's a block schedule which is new for us. She's coming from a 6th-8th middle school.

DD is over-the-top excited. She's not nervous at all. Her school offers an audition based summer program for advanced students and she was accepted and started yesterday. It's 2 weeks of full day arts training with local professionals. She had a fantastic time yesterday and was happy to meet new people and reconnect with theatre friends who also attend. She's getting to know the campus and some of the staff now which will make the "first day" of school in September much more comfortable.

What are they looking forward to the most? She's looking forward to being on campus with only arts-focused kids. They won't all be in her major but they all have reached a certain level of accomplishment in art, music, voice, dance or acting. She's also looking forward to high school academics where she's hoping the kids are more focused than in middle school and have moved past the behavioral issues that were typical in her middle school (lots of back talking, tuning out, complaining, just choosing not to do the work, ect.)

Will they try any new sports or clubs? There is only one sports team at the school and that's track and field in the Spring. It's an afterschool activity. It's actually the sport DD is good at so she might try-out. Otherwise, the kids either take Martial Arts or Dance. She really wanted to try martial arts but as a musical theatre major, she has to take dance all 4 years. She didn't want to use her elective on another P.E. so she signed up for Spanish instead. There will be shows to audition for. DD's also hoping to find/start a little celtic or bluegrass instrumental group afterschool.

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Tue, 06-29-2010 - 10:59am
My DD will be a freshman this year.
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Tue, 06-29-2010 - 1:37pm

Sounds like a great experience that she will love.


Congrats to her not only being accepted to the school but also to the summer intensive!!

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Tue, 06-29-2010 - 4:02pm

Gabby will be a freshman this fall.In our area there are 3 elem schools that feed into the M/S.Then the M/S kids go to the H/S,so not many new kids.Plus some of the kids will be going to private school or Catholic school next year.Not really sure what Gabby thinks about starting H/S I know she isn't too keen on all the summer reading she has been assigned,For honors English she has to read 2 books and write a short presis on them.That should not be too much of a problem.However for honors History she has to read three very long books about very depressing subjects.Not sure how she will finish all three of these.One is the Graqpes of Wrath and it will take her the whole summer to finish just taht book.The jungle isn't much better.Killer Angels looks promising.


Gabby will actually be attending H/S in the M/S next year since they are renovating the H/S,so no worries about getting lost.What will be different is that she will use all wings of the M/s not just one wing which is how it worked when she was in M/S.


Gabby will be a squad girl next year(dancing),so she will be part of the marching band and she is looking forward to that.Not sure what else she will join.

 

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Wed, 06-30-2010 - 9:19am

Wow!!! That is a LOT of summer work. Alexis will be in honors classes but she only has one book to read with some homework (not sure what, I haven't looked at it)


Good luck to Gabby getting all of that done. Gosh, maybe the history and english teachers need to talk!!

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Wed, 06-30-2010 - 9:25am
Gabby also has a Geometry packet to complete.The English books are not too bad.Gabby could read each in a week or less.however the books for history are over the top the shportest one is 350 pages,most are close to 500 pages.So much for enjoying reading and reading what you want during There is no way she can just breeze through any of the history books.Very deep and VERY DEPRESSING.Not sure what they are thinking..Of course she has barely started,since one page of the Grapes of Wrath takes 5 plus mins to read if you want to comprehend anything.

 

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Wed, 06-30-2010 - 11:18am

Hey Christy good to "see" you!


Rach is going to a public HS that has only her MS (grade 6-8)

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Wed, 06-30-2010 - 11:33am
Either way I am sure Rach will be fine.I know the IB programs are suppose to be great academically.Does she have more opportunities for sports in the public h/s?Good Luck to her with the field hockey try-ots.Does the h/s have a Lacrosse team?A lot of Gabby's friends are having to chose between soccer or volleyball since they are both fall sports in her h/s.

 

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