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Old 07-23-2012, 12:19 PM   #16
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I have a Class of '16er, too! DD13 will start her freshman year on Aug 27th. She is excited, and a little nervous. We are waiting to hear what classes she got into- will buy supplies once she has her schedule.
We are also waiting for this. DD was recommended for several honors courses, but she REALLY screwed up her grades last quarter so I am unsure what will happen now.
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Old 07-23-2012, 12:40 PM   #17
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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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I have a Class of '16er, too! DD13 will start her freshman year on Aug 27th. She is excited, and a little nervous. We are waiting to hear what classes she got into- will buy supplies once she has her schedule.
I would highly recommend waiting until she actually goes to school. When DS came home that 1st week as a freshman, each teacher in his core classes sent home an outline of the class and what supplies the kids would need for each class. He and his best friend had science the same period, different teachers and their supply lists were different. Basicly the 1st week of school, all he took was a spiral notebook, a folder, a pen and a pencil.
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:17 PM   #18
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Oh, boy am I glad I found this thread. My oldest DD is 14 and is starting high school late August as well. She's both excited and nervous as was I when I started high school at age 12. Yeah, I know.... strange.
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:00 PM   #19
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So happy this thread was started! My oldest DD14 is starting high school on Sept. 6th. She's not as scared of starting as I am since I went to a very small high school and our high school here has over 2,000 students

She made the decision today to not go out for the cheerleading even though all her friends from rec comp cheer are doing it but since she's in all honors classes as well as being in the G&T dance program part time, she doesn't want to get overwhelmed. She's doing the Debate Club as well Student Government.

Some of her upper classmen friends have already warned her about some of the things that the freshman get told, like "oh, that classroom is on the 3rd floor of the science wing" - there is no 3rd floor and that no upper classment don't get to cut in line at lunch...we'll see.
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My dd is starting hs and my son starts middle. It should be an interesting year. I also teach hs freshman but my daughter will be at a different school. Here is hoping for a great year for all our kiddos!
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My oldest DD will graduate in 2016 - only it will be from college such an exciting time!
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Old 07-23-2012, 03:47 PM   #22
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I would highly recommend waiting until she actually goes to school. When DS came home that 1st week as a freshman, each teacher in his core classes sent home an outline of the class and what supplies the kids would need for each class. He and his best friend had science the same period, different teachers and their supply lists were different. Basicly the 1st week of school, all he took was a spiral notebook, a folder, a pen and a pencil.
Good advice- thanks. I have already picked up the "generic" supplies she needs every year- pens, pencils, cow notebooks, folders, etc.

I will wait until the firstweek or so to get anything else she needs.
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DD went on her school's website today and found a list of needed supplies. I haven't looked at it - not quite ready to go there yet.
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Class of 2016 will have two grads from this house hopefully! I have our younger one starting as a freshman in HS, and the older one starting his freshman year in college. The "bill" for the older one just showed up on-line and sure make the HS fees look better.

It's nice having gone through this once, so not much angst except that my older one is a better student - so maybe more worry for me!

I sure wish every freshman could start with what they all realize by the time they graduate - - Don't worry so much about what others think, seek out TRUE friends, and step out of your comfort zone, get involved and enjoy it - no regrets!
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Add me to this group My DD will be starting High School on September 6th. She was a little irritated when she found out that all incoming freshman have to read one book over the summer (from a list given to them the last week of 8th grade) and write a character analysis for the first day. She was even more irritated to find out that she would have to do 3 for her Honor's Language Arts class

But other than that, she seems pretty OK with it. Now me....I'm not sure that I am ready for it
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Add me to this group My DD will be starting High School on September 6th. She was a little irritated when she found out that all incoming freshman have to read one book over the summer (from a list given to them the last week of 8th grade) and write a character analysis for the first day. She was even more irritated to find out that she would have to do 3 for her Honor's Language Arts class

But other than that, she seems pretty OK with it. Now me....I'm not sure that I am ready for it
DD's school also does the schoolwide book assignment. She has barely started it.
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My DS14 will be a freshman this year. I also have a junior so this isn't my first entering(I also have an 8th grader and 3rd grader) high school but my boys are totally different. They go to a small private school so its not as intimidating as it could be. If thy went to the public school we are zoned for it would be 2000 students! My boys actually have a class together this year.

Summer work! My older three have math to do plus read two books each and a project to do. They haven't even started yet.

I agree that supplies are better bought after going to the classes and seeing what each teacher prefers.
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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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Old 07-23-2012, 11:38 PM   #29
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My 14 year old son starts HS this year too. This will be my first child in public school ever - we've homeschooled all of them, but this one is a true extrovert and needs to be around people .

I know nothing about high school or any school. I feel almost totally lost despite a productive meeting with a school counselor. I could use a little support group .
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My only child, DD14, starts high school Aug 28th. Band camp starts Aug 4th, and she's really looking foward to being in the percussion pit.

She really decided to buckle down last year, and it showed in her grades. Let's hope she keeps the momentum going.
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