It is very important for 8th grade students to do their very best in their academic courses and on any standardized tests (ex: NJASK8) in middle school.
Factors considered by 8th grade teachers when making course recommendations for students:
Standardized Test Scores (NJASK8)
Interest in Content Area
Balance of Academics, Co-Curricular Activities and any known life stresses
8th Grade Curriculum Night (Evening: MHS Auditorium): Parents/guardians and students are invited to attend this very informative meeting. An overview of Morristown High School and graduation requirements will be discussed, followed by the opportunity for parents/guardians and students to meet with curriculum coordinators to learn more about the comprehensive Morristown High School curriculum options.
* MHS Curriculum Coordinators and Director of Guidance hold articulation meetings with the middle school counselors, 8th grade teachers and Child Study Team case managers to discuss MHS curriculum and making course recommendations for students.
8th Grade Orientation (daytime): Students meet with high school counselors for an overview of transitioning to high school from middle school. Students will receive important information regarding graduation requirements and strategies for preparing for college and other post-secondary options. 8th Grade Open House (Evening: MHS Auditorium): This program is focused on offering 8th graders the opportunity to learn about, and sign up for, the multitude of athletic teams and activities that are available to MHS students. Students are encouraged to bring their parents/guardians with them. Private School MHS Orientation: Students and parents/guardians are invited to attend this daytime event at MHS. Please contact the Department of Counseling and Guidance Services for further information.
* Teacher recommendations for 9th grade courses are mailed home for student/parent/guardian review. If there is a question about recommendations, the student/parent/guardian should speak directly with the teacher to determine why the recommendation was made prior to meeting the high school counselor to select courses. * Course Selection Meetings: High school counselors meet with students/parents/guardians at the middle schools to select courses for 9th grade. It is essential for students/parents/guardians to come prepared with their selections and questions. If the student works with the Child Study Team, the high school and middle school case managers will attend the course selection meeting. It is highly recommended that parents/guardians attend this meeting. * Students should consider challenging themselves with Honors courses if they are academically suited.
* Course Selection Meetings: High school counselors meet with students/parents/guardians at the middle schools to select courses for 9th grade. It is essential for students/parents/guardians to come prepared with their selections and questions. If the student works with the Child Study Team, the high school and middle school case managers will attend the course selection meeting. It is highly recommended that parents/guardians attend this meeting. * Private School and New Students to the District: Students from private schools and new students to the area will be able to set up a meeting to register and meet with the counselors at Morristown High School. * Student course selections will be mailed home for final review and changes.
* Students/parent/guardians must finalize course selection.
* Students/parents/guardians are invited to visit the high school to become familiar with classroom locations and key areas (library, auditorium, cafeteria, gymnasiums, etc.). Be sure to visit the Department of Counseling and Guidance Services. * Students/parents receive the final 9th grade schedule in the late summer. It is important to review the schedule to make sure there are no errors or omissions. If corrections need to be made, please contact the high school counselor. It is important to pay attention to deadline dates. * Students are encouraged to RELAX AND ENJOY THE SUMMER and include some opportunities that will help them to grow as a student and a person (i.e.: summer reading, community service opportunities, work related activities, camp). It is important to emphasize that reading for pleasure can enhance later performance on the Critical Reading sections of standardized tests given at the higher levels.
Please note: This planning timeline is intended to be used as a general guideline. Activity timelines are subject to change at the discretion of the Department of Counseling and Guidance Services.