Welcome to High School: Meeting theChanges and Challenges
• High school counseling• Changes and challenges• Grade-level information• How can I help my child transition to high school?
What is the role of the high school counselor... “Secondary school counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population.” - from the website of ASCA (American School Counselor Association)
...helping students feel successful about themselves and chool • social and emotional well-being • academic goals • college and career goals
Counselors help students...• build self-esteem, identity, and autonomy• learn strategies and skills to make good choices (academic, social, emotional, college/career)• create and maintain healthy
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 future plans• Responsive Services: meeting individual student needs that require counseling, referral, information, or intervention• Systems Support: support from administration and teachers (team approach)
Challenges and Changes• “Perhaps the only thing more difficult than being a teenager is parenting one”• A time of great development: physically, socially, emotionally, cognitively
Social Development• 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
Emotional Development• ‘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.
Cognitive Development• 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 HS curriculum
How can I help with the transition to high school?• 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 teen’s privacy – e.g., knock before entering his/her room!
More advice on helping your teen• 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. Be aware of and engaged in what is going on at school. Follow the HS Blog and HS Counselors’ blog.• Help monitor sleep (average of 9 hours), diet, and exercise, laptop use.
Teenagers are just people trying to learn how to make it among the adults in the world, who are probably not so sure themselves.
SAS High SchoolGraduation Requirements Subject Credit English 4 Math 3 Science 3 Social Studies 3 Foreign 2 Language PE/Health 2 Fine/Performing 2 Arts Electives 5 TOTAL 24
Required subjects for grade 9• English 9• Lab Science• Asian History 9• Math: per 8th grade teacher recommendation and placement test• Physical Education/Health 9
Foreign Languages:French – per 8th grade teacher recommendationSpanish – per 8th grade teacher recommendationChinese – per 8th grade teacher recommendationEAL – per testing and MS EAL teacher recommendation
Fine/Performing Arts Electives:• Art Foundations• Introduction to Drama• Band Intermediate/Advanced• Orchestra Intermediate/Advanced• Choir Intermediate/Advanced• Dance
Students have 7 academic blocks -- the 8th block is FLEX• counselor meetings/Naviance• time to meet with teachers• MAP Assessments• Supervised Study Flex• EAL Flex• productive study time
What can YOU do now?1. Ask your child for the course selection sheet he/she will receive on March 4.2. Check out the course description catalog at the high school blog at http://teachers.saschina.org/ hspudong/3. Contact your child’s current teacher if you have questions about a specific subject area.4. Tell us about your child! Naviance parent survey.5. Discuss fine arts choices with your child.6. Submit the selection sheet by March 9 to student’s advisory teacher.
Keep up on high school news bychecking the Dr. Borden’s highschool blog at: http://teachers.saschina.org/hspudong
What next?• meeting with HS counselors and teachers on Monday, March 4 about course selection• grade 9 students will talk to grade 8 students about course selection during advisory on Friday, March 8th• A Day in the Life of a High School Student: Nuts and Bolts held on Friday, May 31st, for students.