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  • When I was coming to high school, I had no idea what to expect. I was scared of many things. I think that my topic is perfect because it is helpful to others, and that is why it is important to me.
  • This quote is perfect for the upcoming freshman because when they enter high school, they will need the courage to grow up and become who they are. That is what high school is all about.


  • Let the people know why you don’t do drugs or drink, simply by just saying “No thanks, I don’t drink, I don’t believe it’s good for me”
    If your asked to do drugs, suggest an alternative
    Avoid parties where you know there will be drugs or alcohol
    Switch the subject, even by saying “No thanks, I don’t want to. Listen, let’s go check out the game”
    Real friends want what’s best for each other- and that does not include drugs or alcohol.

  • Peer pressure can be good or bad. This quote is about how you learn from your peers, either in a good or bad way.

  • -Negative peer pressure is giving in to doing drugs, or underage drinking just because your friends are.
    -If peer pressure is continuing throughout your life, and you can’t handle, talk to someone you trust.
    -Talking to a parent, teacher, or school counselor can help you feel better and prepare you for the next time you face peer pressure
    -If enough kids get together, peers can pressure each other into doing what's right!

  • For example: I will go to a party if an adult Is present. I will look for friends who believe drug abuse and drinking are wrong.

  • Join a sports team, or positive clubs such as SADD.
    Your decisions to use positive friendship pressure are influencing at least one person-you. And that Is the best possible influence you can have.
    By accepting people for who they are, you can help relieve friendship pressure others face.


  • High school has something for everyone, sports, music, art, or after school clubs.

  • A high school student shouldn’t spend every waking moment after school studying, it’s an escape that is not only good for you, but is fun too.
  • By getting involved in any activity of some kind, you interact with people who share the same interests as you.

  • This quote is perfect for my project because this is what every new comer thinks and will experience.


  • If you really learn the material, you will do well. If you’re uptight about getting an A, the pressure you put on yourself could interfere with your performance. Always try your best.

  • It takes some time to adjust and learn the ins and outs of your classes.
    Be realistic about the expectations you give yourself.
    Almost everyone takes a little while to adjust.
  • If you keep all of this up, and not let anything distract you, this should all come at ease.



  • This graph shows that the more the student understands, the better grades they get.

  • This describes what the halls are actually like, students would be surprised to see how chaotic and noisy the hallways actually are.

  • This has to do with all the different cultures, and whoever you are, you will fit in with somebody in high school.

  • I think this is the most important tip to know coming to high school. You are meeting different kinds of people and learning which ones you like to spend time with and which ones you don’t. Enjoy these years of fun.

  • Procrastination is a common problem in school, and also a problem that affects other areas of your life, such as chores or extra-curricular activities.
  • With some careful thought, you can manage the demands and still maintain your balance.



  • Senior Grad Project

    1. 1. Welcome to High School By: Taylor McDermott Ms.Reiger Period 3
    2. 2. The thought of coming to high school can be intimidating, but with simple explanations and non-exaggerating
    3. 3. PERSONAL RELEVANCE I chose this topic because it is very useful to the incoming freshman.
    4. 4. Overview - Drugs & Alcohol - Peer Pressure (Positive and Negative) - Getting involved - Transitioning - Good Grades - Procrastination - Tips (Throughout Powerpoint)
    5. 5. Tips to Say No to drugs and Alcohol
    6. 6. “Peers influence your life, even if you don't realize it, just by spending time with you. You learn from them, and they learn from you. It's only human nature to listen to and learn from other people in your age group.” Took, Kevin J. "Dealing with Peer Pressure." Kids Health . Nemours, 2010. Web. 1      Mar. 2010. < http:// .org/kid/feeling/ emotion/      peer_pressure.html >
    7. 7. Peer Pressure -Negative -Continuing Peer Pressure -Talking it out -Positive Took, Kevin J. "Dealing with Peer Pressure." Kids Health . Nemours, 2010. Web. 1      Mar. 2010. < http://kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/ emotion/      peer_pressure.html >
    8. 8. Avoiding Negative Peer Pressure Gottesman, Greg, and Daniel Baer. High School Survival . New York, New York : A      Pearson Education Macmillan Company , 1999. Print.
    9. 9. POSITIVE PEER PRESSURE Friendship Pressure isn’t all that bad. There are plenty of things to do to avoid the negatives. Be your own best influence. Eble, Diane, Chris Lutes, and Kris Bearss. Welcome to High School. Grand Rapids,      Michigan : Harper Collins, 1991. Print
    10. 10. “The transition from middle school to high school is accompanied by both anticipation and anxiety” Smith, J. S. (2006). Research summary: Transition from Middle School to High School. Retrieved [date] from http:// www.nmsa.org/Research/ ResearchSummaries/ TransitionfromMStoHS/tabid/1087/ Default.aspx 
    11. 11. GET INVOLVED By getting involved of an activity of somekind, you interact with people who share the same interests. Gottesman, Greg, and Daniel Baer. High School Survival . New York, New York : A       Pearson Education Macmillan Company , 1999. Print.
    12. 12. WHY SHOULD YOU GET INVOVLED? These activites give you an escape from school, a chance to discover your interests, and an oppurtunity to meet friends. Gottesman, Greg, and Daniel Baer. High School Survival . New York, New York : A      Pearson Education Macmillan Company , 1999. Print.
    13. 13. “In my freshman year of high school, I was involved in band. We began practicing a month before school started, so I had a chance to meet new people. By the time the first day of school started, I found myself saying “hi” to all the people I met through band that summer. Getting involved in my school really helped me to make the transition” Gottesman, Greg, and Daniel Baer. High School Survival . New York, New York : A      Pearson Education Macmillan Company , 1999. Print.
    14. 14. TRANSITIONING “Young adolescents entering high school look forward to having more choices and making new and more friends; however, they also are concerned about being picked on and teased by older students, having harder work, making lower grades, and getting lost in a larger, unfamiliar school” -Mizelle Mizelle. "Helping Middle School Students Make The Transition Into High School."      kid source online. ERIC digest, 2010. Web. 2 Mar. 2010.      <http://www.kidsource.com/education/middlehigh.html>.
    15. 15. “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” -Albert Einstein Einstein, Albert. "School Quotes." Brainy Quotes. Brainy Quotes, 2010. Web. 1      Mar. 2010. <http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/ keywords/school.html >.
    16. 16. “Make it your goal to learn, not to get an A” Eble, Diane, Chris Lutes, and Kris Bearss. Welcome to High School. Grand Rapids,      Michigan : Harper Collins, 1991. Print
    17. 17. Classes in High School High School classes are much harder Be realistic - and go easy on your self Don’t stress out Gottesman, Greg, and Daniel Baer. High School Survival . New York, New York : A      Pearson Education Macmillan Company , 1999. Print.
    18. 18. Getting Good Grades - Attend every class and pay close attention - Get enough sleep at night and make sure to eat a well breakfast - Always ask for help if needed. - Do all homework - Review regularly "How to get good grades in high school ." Admissions Success. N.p., Dec. 2008.      Web. 1 Mar. 2010. <http://admissionsuccess.endlex.com/ Tips/grades/      highschoolgrades.htm >.
    19. 19. “Time you spend doing homework, is just important as time you spend relaxing.” -Ajay Vashee Gottesman, Greg, and Daniel Baer. High School Survival . New York, New York : A      Pearson Education Macmillan Company , 1999. Print.
    20. 20. “Getting good grades is in high school, of course, not an end-all-and-be- all, but it does bolster your self-confidence and does prepare you for other more challenging endeavors in life.”   "How to get good grades in high school ." Admissions Success. N.p., Dec. 2008.      Web. 1 Mar. 2010. <http://admissionsuccess.endlex.com/Tips/grades/      highschoolgrades.htm >.
    21. 21. http://www.unc.edu/depts/econ/byrns_web/GreatIdeas/ART/GI01-003.gif
    22. 22. Ghezzi, Patti. "High School: What to expect in 9th grade." School Family .      School Family , 2010. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <http://www.schoolfamily.com/  school-family-articles/article/10668- high-school-what-to-expect-in-ninth- grade      >
    23. 23. HAVE FUN - Take advantage of your opportunities. - High School flies by faster than you can imagine. Gottesman, Greg, and Daniel Baer. High School Survival . New York, New York : A      Pearson Education Macmillan Company , 1999. Print.
    24. 24. Procrastination You’re a Procrastinator if: You’re afraid to fail You have very high expectations of yourself Waiting till the last minute to start projects Eble, Diane, Chris Lutes, and Kris Bearss. Welcome to High School. Grand Rapids,       Michigan : Harper Collins, 1991. Print
    25. 25. HOW TO MOVE OUT OF PROCRASTINATION Make a list of projects to be done Do one activity at a time Remove any distrations Allow more time than you think is needed Eble, Diane, Chris Lutes, and Kris Bearss. Welcome to High School. Grand Rapids,      Michigan : Harper Collins, 1991. Print
    26. 26. “All our dreams come true- if we have the courage to pursue them” -Walt Disney Gottesman, Greg, and Daniel Baer. High School Survival . New York, New York : A      Pearson Education Macmillan Company , 1999. Print.
    27. 27. Class Activity Print out an Upper Merion logo on paper, and have everyone in the class right a piece of advice to freshman. Then frame all of them into one and give it to the new freshman.
    28. 28. WORKS CITED Cummings, E.E. “Think Exist .” Thinkexist.com. E.E. Cummings, 2010. Web. 1 Mar. 2010. <http://thinkexist.com/‌quotes/‌e._e._cummings/‌ >. - - -. “Think Exist .” Thinkexist.com. E.E. Cummings, 2010. Web. 1 Mar. 2010. <http://thinkexist.com/‌quotes/‌e._e._cummings/‌ >. Eble, Diane, Chris Lutes, and Kris Bearss. Welcome to High School. Grand Rapids, Michigan : Harper Collins, 1991. Print. Einstein, Albert. “School Quotes.” Brainy Quotes. Brainy Quotes, 2010. Web. 1 Mar. 2010. <http://www.brainyquote.com/‌quotes/‌keywords/‌ school.html >. Ghezzi, Patti. “High School: What to expect in 9th grade.” School Family . School Family , 2010. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <http://www.schoolfamily.com/‌ school-family-articles/‌article/‌10668-high-school-what-to-expect-in-ninth-grade >. Gottesman, Greg, and Daniel Baer. High School Survival . New York, New York : A Pearson Education Macmillan Company , 1999. Print. “How to get good grades in high school .” Admissions Success. N.p., Dec. 2008. Web. 1 Mar. 2010. <http://admissionsuccess.endlex.com/‌Tips/‌ grades/‌highschoolgrades.htm >. Mizelle. “Helping Middle School Students Make The Transition Into High School.” kid source online. ERIC digest, 2010. Web. 2 Mar. 2010. <http:// www.kidsource.com/‌education/‌middlehigh.html>. Took, Kevin J. “Dealing with Peer Pressure.” Kids Health . Nemours, 2010. Web. 1 Mar. 2010. < http://kidshealth.org/‌kid/‌feeling/‌emotion/‌ peer_pressure.html >.

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