Lakeside High School Registration Time
As your Nine Mile students continue in high school or begin their transition to high school, it is easy to breathe a sigh of relief, feeling that they are finally grown up and will not need your help with school. Nothing could be further from the truth! It is important that you are involved in your child’s high school career from the beginning by working with your student, and teachers, to develop an academic plan of action for the upcoming years. Decisions made within the next few weeks concerning course selections could affect options available to your child after graduation from high school. To help direct the planning, you should begin to discuss with your child possible career and post high school alternatives. Are they pursuing a four year college, two year college/technical school, or military options?
Studies have shown that students whose parents are involved in their school community are more likely to perform better in school. Show your child that you feel school is important. Your child may want you to believe that it is not necessary for you to be a part of his/her school life or that no one else’s parents talk with teachers. Don’t believe it! To ensure you and your child are making appropriate decisions, learn as much as you can about what the high school offers and how that relates to your child’s post high school plans. You can see our course offerings on our website at www.9mile.org . Registration forms will be coming home in early March and will require a parent signature. Do not sign them until you have a conversation with your child about them. Discuss the course selections and why they have chosen certain courses. Make sure the selection fits with their beyond high school plans. Then sign and return them with the student.
There are lots of places that you can seek advice. Lakeside High School will have an 8th Grade parent night on February 28th, but if you cannot make that do not hesitate to call any one of our counselors or administration for assistance. High School students begin the registration process on March 2nd and the Middle School students will register on March 6th. There is a wide selection of resources on the web that assist you in understanding what your students should select, but they begin with understanding where they plan on going after high school. I like the article by Peter Van Buskirk of US News, “3 Steps for Choosing the Right High School Classes”. The College Board website also has a wealth of grade level information that is helpful. Please do not hesitate to call the High School Counseling office (Mrs. Cummings, Mrs. Mitzlaff or Mr. Miller) or administration (Mr. Osborn or Mr. Friedman) for advice. We can be reached at 340-4200.