JCHS Freshman Newsletter

Graduating Class of 2024

Welcome JayBirds

Welcome Class of 2024! Your school counselors are excited to get to know each and every one of you. We are here to support you throughout the next four years at Jefferson City High School.


Your counselor is here to help you with:

Academic progress/difficulties

College advising

Course selection and scheduling

Tutoring services

Social and peer issues

Conflict resolution

Career counseling


Jefferson City High School Counseling Team

Mrs. Lauren Winemiller (A thru D) lauren.winemiller@jcschools.us 573-632-3434

Mr. Kurt Hafley (E thru J) kurt.hafley@jcschools.us 573-659-3064

Mrs. Michelle Lorenz (K thru M) michelle.lorenz@jcschools.us 573-659-3066

Mr. Jamie Kennedy (N thru Sp) jamie.kennedy@jcschools.us 573-659-3069

Ms. Brandy Martin (St thru Z) brandy.martin@jcschools.us 573-659-3027



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As you embark on your high school journey, there are several things to keep in mind over the course of your freshman year. Take high school seriously right from the start! Your freshmen grades count. That means what you do in your ninth grade year has a direct impact on the opportunities available to you in your senior year. It is up to you to "hit the ground running" as you begin your high school career. Start off the school year strong by following these tips:



  • Time management is crucial in high school. You'll have more homework and more activities to balance--find ways to get organized!
  • Stay on top of your homework and see your teachers for extra help. They are happy to schedule time to meet with you.
  • Get to know your teachers! They want you to be successful in high school.
  • Set short and long term goals. Discuss your goals with your parents and/or your counselor.
  • Play a sport, join a club, and do the things you love best! Be an active participant in the JCHS community.
  • Get to know your counselor. We are here to answer any questions you might have about high school and to help you reach your goals. Stop by and say hello.

Graduation Requirements

State of Missouri Graduation Requirements

4 units of English

1 unit of Fine Arts

3 units of Math

1 unit of Practical Art

3 units of Social Studies

.5 units of Health

3 units of Science

.5 Personal Finance (can be .5 units of Practical Art)

1 unit of PE

*All students must pass the MO and US Constitution exams and the American Citizenship test to graduate. These are taken in Government.

*All students must pass CPR instruction to graduate.

*All students must take their required EOC exams. (Alg I, Eng II, Bio, and Govt)

*All students must take one standardized test. (i.e. – ACT, SAT, ACT Work Keys or ASVAB).