Winter Guidance News Specific to Ninth Graders

Academic Progress & Social Transition to High School

As we’ve reached the halfway mark of the ninth grade, we certainly hope that your child has been experiencing a smooth transition to high school. We hope your son or daughter has begun to get involved in one or more of the numerous teams, clubs, and ensembles available to South students. If your child has not begun to find a niche at South, it may be helpful to speak with his or her counselor about what opportunities exist that match interest areas. Please reach out to your child’s counselor if you have concerns about his/her overall transition.

If you have concerns over a particular course(s), please feel free to contact the individual teacher(s). Generally, email is the best method to contact the teacher to arrange a time to speak on the telephone or in person. Any students receiving any term grades of D or F will be invited to participate in the After School Program from 3:30-5:00 on Mondays and Thursdays. Any student can choose to participate in the Homework Club, which meets at the same time. During the school day, please encourage you child to make use of the departmental help centers (Writing, Math, Science) and J Blocks with their classroom teachers. If you child is recommended for Small Studies in the Student Support Center you will be notified by your child’s classroom teacher and/or school counselor.

Course Selection

Students will be reviewing course options for next year in the coming weeks. This presents an excellent time to talk with your children about their interests, abilities, talents, and future aspirations. Encourage them to consider the most beneficial selection of courses in light of their future plans. It is important that they create a schedule that ensures their eligibility for the type of higher education/post-secondary path they seek, allows them to explore different academic and elective interests, and keeps in mind the necessity for maintaining a balance in their lives among academic, extracurricular, family, and work obligations.