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Brien McMahon High School. High School 101 The 9 th Grade Program. 9 th Grade Counselors. Ms. Amaker (A – Hik) amakerk@norwalkps.org , extension 11299 Ms. Leeds (Hil – Vel) leedsd@norwalkps.org , extension 11317 Mr. Southerland (Vem – ZZZ & CGS In-District)

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Brien mcmahon high school

Brien McMahon High School

High School 101

The 9th Grade Program


9 th grade counselors
9th Grade Counselors

  • Ms. Amaker (A – Hik)

    amakerk@norwalkps.org, extension 11299

  • Ms. Leeds (Hil – Vel)

    leedsd@norwalkps.org, extension 11317

  • Mr. Southerland (Vem – ZZZ & CGS In-District)

    southerlandc@norwalkps.org, extension 11307

  • Mr. Castelluzzo (CGS Out-of-District only)

    castelluzzoj@norwalkps.org, extension 11297


Guidance services
Guidance Services

  • Developmental Guidance Program

    • Includes classroom visits to provide ongoing support and further orient students to high school. Topics: time management, decision making, self awareness, goal setting, college and career exploration, educational planning.

  • Individual Meetings

    • Meetings with the student’s assigned counselor to develop goals and begin college/career planning.

  • Early College Awareness Program

    • Includes trip to local college/university in the spring. Open to students in good academic standing. Participation in college information sessions led by admissions personnel.

  • Career/College Planning

    • Use of Naviance/Family Connection to research careers of interest. Emphasis will be on developing career goals and matching high school preparation to career.


Graduation requirements 20 credits
Graduation Requirements20 Credits

  • English 4 credits

  • Math 3 credits

  • Science (includes one lab science in Biology,

    Chemistry or Physics) 3 credits

  • History/Social Studies 3 credits

    (includesUS History and Civics)

  • Arts (Arts, Business Technology, 1 credit

    Technology Education, Music,

    and/or Family and Consumer Sciences)

  • Physical Education 1 credit

  • Health Education 0.5 credits

  • Computer Literacy 0.5 credits

  • Electives 4 credits


Course credit requirements
Course/Credit Requirements

Students must earn a minimum of 5 credits to move from grade 9 to grade 10

  • Grade 9 – minimum 6.5 credits

  • Grade 10 – minimum 6 credits

  • Grade 11 – minimum 6 credits

  • Grade 12 – minimum 5.5 credits

    Most students graduate BMHS with more than 20 credits!


Grading scale
Grading Scale

GPA

A = 4.0

A- = 3.7

B+ = 3.3

B = 3.0

B- = 2.7

C+ = 2.3

C = 2.0

C- = 1.7

Grading System

A = 90 - 100

B = 80 – 89

C = 70 – 79


9 th grade counts
9th Grade Counts!

  • College planning begins in 9th grade!

  • College admissions officers review the ENTIRE transcript. Military and company recruiters will also request the student’s transcript.

  • Freshman year comprises 1/3 of the college admissions decision. 1st quarter senior year grades are also included in the admissions decision.

  • Grades and rigor of the academic program factor into the admissions decision. Honors and AP courses are the goal.

  • Good grades equate to a strong GPA and class rank!


Clubs and activities
Clubs and Activities

  • Build your college resume now! Join clubs and athletic programs.

  • Contact Ms. Prescott or Stabach, Class Advisors, to learn about 9th grade specific activities.

  • Participate in a Club Fair to learn about the various BMHS clubs.

  • Start a club of your own!


Communication
Communication

  • Visit the school’s website often, specifically the Guidance Department page (www.norwalkpublicschools.org).

  • Post dates of interim and report card distribution and review with your student.

  • Contact teachers directly via email or phone (email: last name first initial @norwalkps.org, phone: place a 1 in front of the room number).

  • Contact your child’s counselor as needed.

  • Attend High School 101 meetings throughout the year.


Ladder of referral
Ladder of Referral

If you have a question or concern regarding your child’s progress or well being within the school program, we encourage you to follow the Ladder of Referral!

  • The Teacher (program, classroom policies, homework)

  • The Counselor, Psychologist, or Social Worker (adjustment

    problems, academic problems, chronic attendance issues)

  • The Housemaster (discipline)

  • The Principal (policies and regulations)


Again welcome
Again, Welcome!

We look forward to working with you

and your child to ensure a successful

and rewarding school year!


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