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Another school year is starting up and I am excited for another year in McGregor! I sure hope our students and their families had an exciting summer as well.

Sophomores/Juniors/Seniors (Class of 2022, 2021, and 2020)

With all of you either graduating in 2020, 2021, or 2022, this means that your time at McGregor is coming closer to an end. Our Junior students will have the opportunity to take the ACT College Entrance Examination at no cost this year (same as last year). The test will be sometime in March/April. If you are a senior and did not take the ACT test last year with your Junior class, please come see me. We can decide the best option for you. When dates become finalized, letters will be sent home regarding the test so that parents and students will know what to expect.

 When it comes to scheduling courses, please make sure that you are taking a variety of classes that will allow you to leave with a well-rounded education. Remember, you have state and school district requirements for Math, Science, English, Social Studies, Fine Arts, Business, Physical Education/Health, and Technical Education. Colleges and universities not only look at this “variety” but they also want students who challenge themselves in the classroom. We also have Honors Online classes and other online classes available to those who are interested or who have schedule conflicts. Our Honors Online classes are dual credit classes allow students to gain college credits while being enrolled in high school.

If you are starting your 12th grade year, here are a couple of items to really think about before you start your final year in high school. If you plan on attending college, really start looking at setting up college visits ASAP! You want to have a good feel for a campus since you will be living within that community. It is also a good idea to meet with any academic or program advisors of programs at certain universities/schools to get any questions answered regarding program requirements. Start looking at application deadlines and even start filling out applications right away when the window opens for you. You do not want to wait until the last minute to complete applications. While this may seem like a lot, it is very manageable if you plan and organize. For those that are looking at the military, getting in touch with a military recruiter is the first step in that process. Just like the college application process, the earlier you can get in touch with a recruiter, the better it will be for you. We have recruiters from the Navy, Army, Marines, Air Force, and the Reserves that come frequently throughout the school year.

If you are starting your 11th grade year, please begin looking at colleges and universities that you might want to attend and majors/programs of study that might interest you. Now is also the time to look at setting up college visits to get a better feel of what campus life might be like. Take some tours, visit with college counselors, or attend some college fairs (we will be doing some of that via field trips at McGregor). Sophomores, you are included in this as well. It might seem far down the road but graduation is less than 3 years away! Get a jump-start on some college information. The more information you have at your disposal, the better off you will be for your Junior and Senior year.

Freshman (Class of 2023)

While you will be in the same building as before, there will be changes when it comes to your daily school operations. While you don’t have a lot of options when it comes to scheduling classes, the options you do have will allow you to set yourself up to take classes you WANT to take by the time you are Seniors. Try not to overload early on certain classes as you will have plenty of opportunities to take these (and others) by your Senior year. Also, classes starting your 9th grade year will be looked at by colleges, universities, and military recruiters to see how you have perform academically over the next 4 years. It is extremely important to get off on a good start! If you start off poorly with low grades, it is harder to bring those up as you progress forward since they are tracked on a transcript. Stay prepared this year and make sure your study habits become actual habits!!! The earlier you start doing that, the easier it will get as you grow older! Finally, even though you are now technically in high school, you will still be involved with the BARR program since it is geared towards 8th and 9th grade level students. The program will differ from last year so you will not be doing the same thing over again.

7th and 8th Grade (Class of 2023 and 2022)

For all the upcoming 7th grade students, welcome to high school! While you are getting your first week in the books, you might feel overwhelmed with a new environment, new schedule, and new teachers. But many students before you have had to deal with this drastic change. Some adapt quickly and others might take some time. Don’t worry though as you will have plenty of help along the way! Teachers will be helping and guiding you through your first week when it comes to your class schedule, where classes are located, locker combinations, and anything else that comes up. Remember, you are not alone on this journey.

With all the 8th grade students having a year at the high school building completed, you are the no longer the “new kids”. As such, you all should know (or at least have a good idea) what the expectations are and what it takes to be successful in class. The BARR program will be something that will be new to you this year but should really help with transition from 7th to 8th grade.

ALC

This is very important! For those students who still need to make up a class, please see me as soon as possible to get you registered. Letters will be sent home to parents to let them know which classes need to be made up (if any) in order to graduate on time.. PLEASE do not wait until the last second to do this. If you are in sports or other after school activities, coaches are extremely accommodating when it comes to ALC requirements. The program meets in the M.O.R.E. Building after school on Wednesday’s from 3:30-5:30.

Parents/Students

If you have any questions regarding the new schedule changes, BARR program, transcripts, classes, post-secondary schooling/military, scholarships, or credit recovery, please contact me at your convenience. I am looking forward to another great school year!

Kelsey Tessier

ktessier@isd4.org


 

 

 

 

 

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