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Old 07-22-2012, 08:26 PM   #1
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I've seen these threads around before and thought I'd start one for those who have kids starting high school this fall. I know there are a lot of us here.
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:27 PM   #2
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So, for those who've been through this before, what do us newbs need to know?
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:29 PM   #3
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that's me. DD14 starts HS in less than a month (august 20th). she's thrilled that marching band season has come back around, but not sure she's going to like HS...lol.
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:30 PM   #4
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My youngest DD starts high school august 10. She is terrified even though these are the same kids she's been in school with since kindergarten. I think once the first day is over, she will be fine.

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Old 07-22-2012, 08:33 PM   #5
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Save your homework or any graded work until the report card grades are in stone for the quarter.

Make copies if the teacher seems to "lose" things.

Find out when orientation is, get hair appt for school pic. My dd's pic for the yearbook is on orientation day which is Aug 2nd.

Make sure you write down dates, esp. if they are going to do sports, choir, band, etc... Sometimes you have to audition. Be proactive and call if you are unsure.

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Old 07-22-2012, 08:53 PM   #6
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DS2 will be a freshman. From having an older child, I know it's important to get off to a good start. Don't let them have the attitude "it's just freshman year." Hit the ground running.
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:20 AM   #7
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I've got one headed for HS this fall and another is headed off to begin college.

Older DD was just advising her sister last week why she might want some different types of binders/folders this year because you need to keep everything, primarily for the same reason someone stated above about teachers losing things or not recording the grade properly, but also because things like math & foreign language paperwork are needed to refer back to.
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:50 AM   #8
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Hi,

Our DS13 will begin high school the day after Labor Day. After completing 8th grade this year, he already has 3 credits.

This isn't my first trip around the block, our 3 DD's have already graduated from college. We also have DS10 entering 6th grade this year.

I'm way too tired to do the math, lol, but I think one of the kids said, from the time the oldest started kindergarten and the youngest graduates from high school, we will have had a child in school for 33 straight years.
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Old 07-23-2012, 08:12 AM   #9
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DD13 is starting in late August, and I am expecting a wild ride with this one. She is an "interesting" child. My head hurts just thinking about it.
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Old 07-23-2012, 08:22 AM   #10
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My dd is starting HS in the fall and she is excited and nervous. I admit, I am too. Thanks to those posters who have been through it and have advice for us!
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:03 AM   #11
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My dd is starting HS in the fall and she is excited and nervous. I admit, I am too. Thanks to those posters who have been through it and have advice for us!
DS14 starts high school on August 30th and feels the same.
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I'll join in - my DD (14) starts High School on August 20 - looking forward to hearing from the rest of you!
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Save your homework or any graded work until the report card grades are in stone for the quarter.

Make copies if the teacher seems to "lose" things.
Find out when orientation is, get hair appt for school pic. My dd's pic for the yearbook is on orientation day which is Aug 2nd.

Make sure you write down dates, esp. if they are going to do sports, choir, band, etc... Sometimes you have to audition. Be proactive and call if you are unsure.

Have fun!

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I agree with all of this especially about teachers losing things. That's very frustrating!


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DS2 will be a freshman. From having an older child, I know it's important to get off to a good start. Don't let them have the attitude "it's just freshman year." Hit the ground running.
I have one who graduated in 2011 and she will tell you the very same thing. I also have one who will be a freshman this year and she is so excited. She is a cheerleader and very involved at the school. This is far different from my oldest who could not have cared less about all of that. They are like day light to dark. I am looking forward to a very good year!
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[QUOTE=Rylee;45577328]Hi,

Our DS13 will begin high school the day after Labor Day. After completing 8th grade this year, he already has 3 credits.

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Mine has four.. I don't remember it being that way when I was in school. Fortunately they are very good grades (but not great). I'm really hoping she will hit the ground running but I'm not sure. She has two summer assignments that she hasn't looked at yet. But we don't start back until after Labor Day.

I'm surprised that some of you don't know what classes your kids got into yet. DD was given a list in January and then met w/her counselor and was given the opportunity to tweek it. All we're waiting for is the list of times/teachers so we can see what friends are in her classes.
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I'm surprised that some of you don't know what classes your kids got into yet. DD was given a list in January and then met w/her counselor and was given the opportunity to tweek it. All we're waiting for is the list of times/teachers so we can see what friends are in her classes.
DD did meet with teachers to get recommendations for classes, and did online pre-registration, so she knows which classes she signed up for. We are waiting now for her schedule- the school does "block scheduling", so she will only have 4 classes per semester. We don't know if she will have Geometry in the fall or spring, for example.
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