Near the end of each school year, Mrs. Miller usually spends a couple of days with the middle school science teachers and discusses transitioning to high school with the 8th grade students. An updated version of the PowerPoint they discussed is shown here.
9th Grade – Welcome to Cardinal Academy!!
The freshmen year is an integral part of a student’s experience in high school. It is imperative that each freshman starts off on the right tract. The following information and list of resources will be helpful to assist you and your freshman.
What is Cardinal Academy?
The Cardinal Academy has been an exceptionally good program to assist students in the transition from the middle school to the high school. The Academy is staffed by eight teachers in the following subjects: English, Algebra, Earth/Space Science, Political Science and Health/PE. The core classes last 55 minutes each and run all year. Freshmen also choose two electives. Taking electives with the upper classmen allows ninth graders to transition into the main building. Freshmen can earn a total of seven credits their freshman year (one per class). Credits are awarded in May. Unique to our program is that all eight teachers have the same block of planning at the end of the day from 1:45 until 3:15 pm. This allows our teachers time to collaborate and plan together. It also allows teachers an opportunity to discuss students’ progress. We encourage parents to meet with their team teachers during their common planning.
KEES – Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship
You don’t have to fill out any forms to earn money for higher education with a Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship. You qualify if you earn a 2.5 GPA or better at the end of a high school year. If you have a composite score of at least a 15 on the ACT or 710 on the SAT and have earned at least one base award, you can earn a bonus award. Bonus awards range from $36 to $500. After each year of high school, you will be notified if you have earned a KEES award. Your award amount is posted online at the end of each school year. You will have to create a Zip Access user ID and password to look at your data at www.kheaa.com for the first time. If you don’t find a record or if your data is incorrect, you should tell your guidance counselor.
Career Cruising (ILP)
This is an internet-based career exploration program that also incorporates post-secondary planning. This program gives students the ability to research and save careers, colleges, and vocation schools. It also creates a database of awards and recognition that students have received. www.careercruising.com/ilp.
The Road to a Successful High School Experience
Take a serious approach to your classes and grades beginning your freshman year.
- Study skills (link to www.how-to-study.com)
- Graduation Requirements
- Begin thinking about your future…college, vocational school, apprenticeships, military
- Career interest (link to www.careercruising.com/ilp)
- Post-secondary institutions (link to www.gohigherky.org)
- Get involved…join a club, play sports, sing, play an instrument
- Extra-curricular activities (link to our activities list)
- Do your homework
- Ask for help when you need it. Seek out a teacher, counselor, or administrator.