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Life in Grade 9

Just put one foot in front of the other… 

Questions you might ask:

Will I find my classroom, without being late? Where am I going to sit? There will be so many people I don’t know! I’m going to make a fool out of myself.”

If you are entering grade 9 this is possibly what is going through your mind on the first day of high school.

Grade 9 is one of the best years of your life, because you are starting a new chapter, with new experiences. Along with this, it is one of the most nerve-racking experiences, going from being the “big fish”, to the “smallest fish” in the pond. Once you get past the first week, you will start to settle in and get to know more about high school. There are soo many groups, clubs, sports, and associations that high school has to offer. All you have to do is get involved, talk to people and put yourself out there.

Classes take up most of the day, working hard in the morning and afternoon. In each class no matter what it is, give your best effort and work hard to achieve success.

There are three keys to success in school:

  1.  Attendance – Coming to school and attending class is crucial to learning the course material and ultimately success in earning the credit.  “If you are not in class, it is hard to pass.”
  2. Completing your work – Once you are in class (key to success #1), it is important to do the assigned work so that the teacher can assess your learning.  If you do not complete your coursework, the teacher will not know how to help you resulting in not having anything to grade for your final mark.  If you are unsure how to complete assigned work – ask questions.
  3. Working cooperatively with the staff and students – following the school code of conduct is the key here.  Make good choices that will help you in the future. 

We have many groups and organizations that you could be a part of as well as several sports teams to join. High School can be a lot of fun! When you add co-curricular activities to your course load, meeting new people and hanging out with friends, adds value to the high school experience.

Have a great year!