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FRESHMAN  
INFORMATION

 College & Career Readiness

Parent/Guardian Resources

Test Taking/Study Skills

 

 

SBIRT will be December 10, 11, 13

 

SOS will be January 28, 30, 31 with follow-up meetings on February 25, 26, 27

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Do or do not.  There is no try.”~Yoda

 

Dear Students and Parents,

 

I often ask upperclassmen, “What advice would you give to the next incoming freshmen class?”   Their responses are not surprising to me because it’s the same advice I have been giving them all year.  They say, “do your homework”, “stay out of the drama”, “listen to your teachers”, “get involved”, “ask for help” and my personal favorite, “Keep calm and listen to Sibilia.”

 

With this webpage, I hope I can provide you with the tools and resources you need to help make your start to West Springfield High School easier. Here is some advice to help you get through your freshmen year of high school:

 

1) Slow and steady wins the race: don’t think that slacking off in the year and trying to pull it all together at the end is going to work.  Not in high school.  

 

2) The secret to passing high school...DON’T GET ZERO’s.  If you have an opportunity to even get half credit, do it.  Here’s a math example for you.

 

Find the average of these grades

100, 90, 80, 70, 60, 65, 75, 85

Now find the average of these grades

100, 0, 80,70, 0, 65, 0, 85

Now find the average of these grades

100, 50, 80,70, 50, 65, 50, 85

 

If you did the math right you now realize...Don’t get zeros!

 

3) Yes, attendance does affect grades.  I have years worth of data on this.  Come to school, be prepared and learn.  

 

4) Make school your job.  You are in classes for six hours so plan for 8 hour days. That’s two hours of homework, reading, reviewing etc.

 

5)  It’s never too early to start thinking about your future and in fact in some cases you are already late.  Choices you made in Middle School influence your high school choices.  Start thinking about your future and how you are going to build on skills in high school.

 

6) You know the school game.  You have been doing it for over nine  years.   There is homework, there are tests, teachers tell you what’s on the tests and what your homework is for that night, they expect that you come to class prepared, if you remember your cell phone daily, you can remember to grab something to write with or a notebook.

 

Finally for parents:

Realize that you are not alone.  We are in this together.  None of us has the right answer, but sometimes it takes a village.  Rely on your resources and our resources to help you.

 

Sincerely,

Dina M Sibilia, School Counselor

@WSHS