Parents Handbook for Surviving 8th grade - High School
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- If you haven’t been doing this while your student was a 7th/8th grader, you will want to check the School Bulletin in PowerSchool each day. Log into PowerSchool and click in the left hand column. This provides Blackhawk News, week at a glance, and the breakfast and lunch menu for the day.
8th Grade Year
- March – Freshman orientation / make out 4 year high school schedule. A US mail letter and email will be sent home to parents notifying the family of date/times.
- For Football players: As an 8th grader, you will let Mr. Held know what number you want if it’s available. Upperclassmen/returning players can keep their same number. Purchase your jersey $50 – will keep the same jersey and number each year if choose you to. Change of number, size, etc. will cost another $50 for a new jersey.
All 4 Years
- High School Awards program – usually the last day for seniors (normally the Thursday prior to graduation)
- All high school take semester tests the 1st semester. Depending on grades and attendance, student may not need to take semester tests for 2nd semester.
- Click into the ACTIVITY CALENDAR and set up email alerts/notifications for each activity in which your child may be involved.
- School Bulletin – Log into PowerSchool everyday and click on School Bulletin in the left menu. This will have announcements each day with the events taking place each day.
- Football Moms need to make a poster of their son to be hung on the bus for the Homecoming game (this is for every year they play football).
- Football banquet following the season. As of 2017 it’s held in the Multi-purpose room with a catered meal. The school pays for the players. Parents and siblings need to pay to eat and as of 2017 it’s $9/person. Plan to bring enough cash. The event is normally 2-2.5 hours long depending on the number of kids that were out for football. (this is for every year they play football)
- Order class rings, lockets/charms, if interested. Happens in October and cost ranges from $100 - $600 (prices subject to change) depending on style collection, stones, metal, etc.
- February/March– Sophomore College Planning Night – preparation for what needs to be done the junior and senior years for college
- Summer prior to Junior Year – Juniors & parents work the home baseball/softball concession stand as a fundraiser for After Prom
- Can Cage – Juniors & Parents are responsible for sorting, bagging & redeeming cans/bottles for After Prom Committee Fund
- September – April - Parents are in charge of the After Prom party – many committees and months of work. Also, need to work the After Prom party.
- September - Magazine sales for After Prom
- October – If your child has a GPA of 3.7 or greater they will be nominated for National Honor Society (Requirements below – which will be provided during a meeting with the high school counselor) Must meet the minimum GPA of 3.7 or greater to be considered. Details of how to enter the NHS are outlined in the packet given at the student meeting.
Write an essay on why they should be inducted into NHS
Have participated in a minimum of 10 activities during freshman and sophomore years
Letter on leadership recommendation
2 letters on character recommendation
If accepted to NHS, the student’s will be tapped by a senior NHS member. The induction ceremony is held at the Hinton Community Hall with a catered meal. The cost of the meal is $10.50/person for the student and any other family members attending.
- February/March – Junior FAFSA Night
- March – Prom Table sign up – need to have sold 8 magazines or pay $50
- May Newsletter – a note to start thinking about senior pictures and providing the deadline for the digital picture due to the yearbook staff. A letter sent US mail from Mr. Sussex on requirements and deadlines for senior pictures for the yearbook.
- Dependent on 9-11 Iowa Test scores, students may be eligible for open campus the last 2-3 weeks of school.
- Students should make one or more college visits in the spring to begin their post-secondary search. The senior year gets too busy to get everything done. If the student visits in the spring, the student should ask the admissions representative which classes they should take their senior year for WITCC online transfer classwork and relay that to Mrs. Clausen.
- ACT testing is heavy in the junior year. Encourage your student to take it in the fall, winter, and spring dates. The student registers at www.actstudent.org. Hinton students often say they prefer the LeMars testing site or North High testing site.
- Open campus allowed based on schedule and parent permission slip signed.
- Senior Checklist each month in school newsletter with upcoming important dates for post-secondary planning and scholarships.
- Check the scholarship list on the 7-12 counseling page regularly for date changes/additions to scholarship offerings.Retake the ACT if needed.
- FAFSA application opens October 1 - see Mrs. Clausen’s 7-12 Counseling webpage for tips and links. The pin number created by the student and parent are used for their entire time at college, so keep the pin numbers in a safe place.
- Fall - Turn in senior pictures to Mr. Sussex - a digital .jpeg print is preferred for the yearbook and a traditional paper photo is used for the class composite which is displayed in the lobby.
- Fall - Order cap and gown with Josten’s.
- September – Magazine sales for Graduation & After Prom
- November – NHS Junior induction ceremony at the Hinton Community Hall with a catered meal. Seniors attend to speak about the 4 pillars and to present the certificates to the juniors. The cost of the meal is usually $10.50/person for the student and any other family members attending.
- March – Senior Informational sheet due to Mr. Sussex for yearbook.
- Last day for seniors (Normally the Thursday prior to graduation).
- Senior breakfast in the HS library
- High School Awards
- Commencement practice
- Senior checkout at HS office
A special thank you to Christy Hartman for making this checklist and sharing this document, so we may share with all parents.
Parents - We can continually add and update more information pertaining to large events to keep it a relevant and working document. Please email Mrs. Clausen.