• 9th Grade Planning Timeline


    It is very important for 9th grade students to do their very best in their academic courses and on any standardized tests (ex: NJASK8) in middle school.

    All Year

    Students are encouraged to achieve at their highest level and make full use of support and resources.
    Counselors meet with students individually and in small groups.

    Students are encouraged to sign up for an appointment whenever they wish to see their counselor.
    Counselors follow up with students based on progress reports, report card status, attendance, etc.

    TCCI/Naviance: All students will be given a registration code to be able to access this on-line system. The program can be accessed from home or on computers in the library. Parents/guardians will also receive information on how to set up an account. Important information related to the Department of Counseling and Guidance Services will be available through Naviance. Students/parents/guardians need to register as soon as possible.
    This is an excellent year to start doing some career exploration.Students can make use of TCCI/Naviance to complete interest inventories, research various careers and learn more about colleges.

    Students build on their base of experiences outside the classroom.Students are encouraged to engage in extracurricular activities (in and/or outside of school) for which they have a passion (i.e.: clubs, performing arts, sports, community service). New and different activities can be explored in order to develop the interests they are passionate about. It is important for students to make a commitment to at least one or two major activities and follow through with them all four years.
    Naviance: Students should check Naviance regularly for enrichment opportunities that are on Naviance (ie: information on Camp Rising Sun, summer enrichment programs, etc.).

    504 Students and Students working with the Child Study Team:During their annual review meetings, students need to be sure to ask their case managers or counselors if they need to complete an SSD form for PSAT, SAT, AP and ACT testing accommodations. This will be determined on a case by case basis.


    Counselors meet with students in small groups and individual sessions to help them get oriented and adjusted to Morristown High School. These meetings also help counselors and students develop rapport.


    9th Grade Orientation (MHS): All incoming 9th graders will attend. This program takes place the first two days of school. Ninth graders will meet with their Peer Group Connection Leaders. This is the beginning of the transition into Morristown High School.
    PAC: Parents/guardians are encouraged to join PAC (Parent Advisory Committee) and attend meetings.
    Get involved: There are other committees working on school initiatives that seek parent involvement as well. Please contact the main office to express your interest in becoming involved.


    Bilingual Day (MHS – Saturday): program focuses on the community services available for bilingual families and emphasizes graduation and school requirements.


    Freshman Night (MHS): Students/parents/guardians are encouraged to attend. Important information will be shared on how to successfully transition into high school and plan for their four years in high school and beyond.


    Naviance Presentation (PAC meeting – MHS Library): Parents/guardians are invited to attend to learn more about Naviance and how to make the most of the college admission search.
    January/February:Teacher recommendations for 10th grade courses are mailed home for student/parent/guardian review. If there is a question about the recommendations, the student/parent/guardian should speak directly with the teacher to determine why the recommendation was made prior to the student’s course selection meeting with his/her school counselor.
    Honors and Advanced Placement Courses: As students continue to achieve in courses, they need to be thinking about future courses that will help them advance. Students should consider taking Honors and Advanced Placement offerings that are of interest to them and that are in their areas of strength, for 10th grade, in consultation with their teacher, parent/guardian and counselor.


    February/March: Course Selection Meetings: Counselors meet with students to select courses for 10th grade and review their four year plan. Students/parents/guardians should discuss choices so students are prepared to make their selections.
    Students are encouraged to select courses that will challenge them.
    Students are welcome to meet with their counselors to discuss summer activity programs (i.e.: study abroad, specialized camps, athletic programs, volunteer programs, and pre-college course offerings).


    Course selections are mailed home for student/parent/guardian review. Students have the opportunity to review their course selections to make sure they are correct and/or to make any changes. Please read all accompanying information to insure that deadlines are met.
    “S” Test: The “S” Test is administered to all 9th grade students. Students who do not achieve proficiency in Math and/or English will be scheduled for Plus classes (college prep courses) in 10th grade. These classes serve as a preparation for the junior year HSPA that must be successfully passed in order to graduate from high school.


    Students/parents/guardians must make final course selection.


    Students should consider some summer opportunities (i.e.: internships, summer programs, sports, community service, and employment).
    Confirmations of 10th grade course schedules are mailed home in 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 counselor.
    Students must complete all summer reading and/or assignments prior to the first day of school.

    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.