9th Grade Newsletter-Fall 2019

9th Grade Survey Results

Back in September Mr. Thomas visited all 9th grade World History classes to talk with students about a wide array of topics including graduation & promotion requirements, the HOPE Scholarship, athletic eligibility, etc. We also surveyed freshmen students to see which topics they would like to learn more about or receive assistance with. (study skills, careers, getting along with peers, etc) One of the topics that received the highest level of responses was dealing with anxiety and stress. In response to this, Mr. Thomas and Ms. Hall (School Counseling Intern) will be doing a number of activities with freshmen students this fall. First, we have started a Stress Management Small Group and may be doing another one this spring. Watch for an email to sign up for this in the coming weeks. We will also be utilizing Brave Tomorrow Counseling services as well as Carepartners of Georgia for individual counseling referrals for students who are dealing with very high levels of stress and anxiety. (parent release forms will be required for this) Finally, we will have a counselor from Brave Tomorrow visiting all 9th Grade classes later this fall to share strategies for coping with anxiety and stress in their lives. We will be sending an opt-out form for any parents who do not want their child to participate in this activity. By providing these classroom lessons, offering small groups, and providing individual counseling for this and other topics we expect to help students better cope with the stress and anxiety in their lives.

9th Grade Teachers share best tips for success in video for students and parents

Recently our 9th grade teachers made a short video on how to succeed in their class. Look for these videos for each subject on my counselor website under the "Videos To Help You Study" section of this page. Link is provided below.

The 2nd link below shows all four 9th grade academic subjects/teachers in one longer video along w/ a few general tips from Mr. Thomas on how to perform well in high school.


Study Tips Video for 9th Grade

9th Grade Parent Night Information

If you could not attend our 9th Grade Parent/Student Information Night event on 8.29.19 the presentation we shared is attached below


Dual Enrollment Night

Thursday, Oct. 24th, 6pm

10 Lester Road

Statesboro, GA

Any students or parents who are interested in learning more about Dual Enrollment opportunities should plan on attending this event. We will meet in the Statesboro High School Auditorium

What are the requirements to graduate?

Here are the Graduation Requirements for Statesboro High School


Student Spotlight

Statesboro High School takes pride in our students who go above and beyond to excel and reach new achievements. This month, we would like to take some time to recognize a few of our 9th grade students who have been standouts in their classrooms.

Jamori Robinson - Jamori has been recognized by one of his teachers this month for his hard work and effort in class.

Brandon Castro - Brandon has been recognized by one of his teachers this month for being helpful, considerate and polite as well as for taking time out to assist other students with class lessons.

Kristalyn Lanier - Kristalyn has been recognized by one of her teachers this month for excelling academically. She takes time to read outside of class and is already on her 3rd book this school year!

Course Selection for 10th Grade

I will be visiting your World History classes again within the next 2 weeks for you to make some initial decisions about which electives you will take next year. So begin thinking about whether you want to continue with your current electives next year or try some new ones. (or a combination of these)

I am looking forward to seeing you again soon. If there is an elective you are really curious about taking next year, go talk with the teacher about this course. I am sure he or she would be glad to chat with you about their program. If you don't know where their room is or would like their email I can share that information with you. So I say all of this to say be prepared to make preliminary choices about your electives for next year soon!


33 people across the U.S. have died from vaping-related illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and nearly 1,500 have been sickened.

Here is an article that explains some of the dangers regarding vaping and below is a video from CBS news about how vaping can cause major lung problems for users. Please take a moment to read/view these!

New concerns about teen vaping and lung damage

How to Succeed in High School-Try these out!

Making the transition from middle school to high school can be very challenging. Many students struggle academically to make this adjustment. In an effort to help you this a great year for you here is are some tips we suggest.

First, it is important to check your Student Portal several times each week. Checking your portal frequently ensures that you know what your current average is in each of your classes. You can also see if you have any missing assignments that you may have forgotten about. There are deadlines every few weeks for missing work. If we get to December and you still have missing assignments it will be too late to turn in an assignment back from August or September. If you’re not sure if an assignment can still be turned in, just ask your teacher.

Second, if you have failed 2 or more tests or quizzes in one particular class then attending Tutoring with that teacher could really help! Each teacher offers tutoring at least once a week, usually after school. Tutoring sessions often only have 4 or 5 students so you can get more one-on-one help from your teacher. I have found that for students struggling in their math class that tutoring can be the difference between passing and failing.

Speaking of extra help another great way to better understand the material in your classes is through Khan Academy. Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that allows students to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Khan offers help in most every subject-math, science, history and more. Go to www.khanacademy.org to create your account and get started.

I also recommend using a planner or calendar to write down your homework each night and to write in the dates for major projects and exams. Bring your planner to each class and write this information in your planner as soon as your teacher announces upcoming homework, project, quizzes or tests. Be sure to take it home with you and review it each day to see what is due tomorrow and the upcoming days and weeks ahead.

Another tip we recommend is to study a little bit each night instead of waiting for the night before a test or quiz. By studying say just 10 to 15 minutes for one of your classes each night you will actually end up studying LESS than if you stay up cramming the night before the test. This is because you won’t have to learn the information all over again-you’ll just be reviewing it basically. And you’ll be less STRESSED and get more sleep which is very important in order to do your best on a test.

Finally, take responsibility for your own learning. This means asking your teacher questions when you don’t understand something. Chances are there are several students who have the same question you do and will be glad you asked it. If you are still struggling with a class after taking several of these steps then be sure to let your counselor know.

Here is a good article with more tips on How To Get off to a Great Start in High School