Welcome Freshmen Students and Parents!
High School is an exciting time characterized by change and is a great place to learn and grow. In making your transition to Conard High School, you will encounter many new challenges and opportunities. You should become involved in various activities or sports at Conard to complement your academic life. You will learn invaluable skills such as how to adjust to unfamiliar situations, how to make new friends, and how to ask for help. These are skills you will draw upon again in your future.
PSAT 8/9 Score Ranges and College/Career Ready Benchmarks for Grade 9
PSAT 8/9 Scores
College/Career Readiness Benchmark
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
Total Score (sum of two sections)
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High School Gives You More Options
“The principle goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done - men who are creative, inventive and discoverers.” ~Jean Piaget
More classes are offered
Think about which subjects you want to focus on. For example, if you like science, find out about advanced courses in science, math, and computers.
Electives can help you discover your talents, explore new areas, and even decide what you want to do after high school. For example, you may want to consider taking courses in:
- Art- Visual and Peforming
- Business Education
- Family and Consumer Sciences
- Music- Choral and Instrumental
- Technology Education
You can use Study Halls to:
- Complete homework
- Prepare for your next class
- Use the Library
- Visit the College/Career Center
- See your School Counselor
- Get help in the Academic Resource Center
How To Succeed In High School
“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.” ~George Sheehan
Know when work is due. Write down all of your assignments and tests in your agenda so that you can always see what is coming up.
- Avoid distractions. Study in a comfortable place.
- Have plenty of light without glare.
- Put all of your study materials at your designated study location before you begin – paper, notebooks, textbooks, ruler, calculator, etc.
Take class notes
- Arrive to classes on time.
- Listen carefully to directions.
- Bring notebooks and textbooks to class.
- Write clearly, so you can read your notes later.
- Note key terms and important ideas in your notes.
- Review your notes later in the day.
- Begin by doing your research and reading.
- Make an outline.
- Write a first draft.
- Review and revise your draft. Take advantage of valuable resources available in school such as your English teacher and the English Resource Center.
- Carefully proofread your final draft.
- Have several study sessions before the test.
- Pay attention to review sessions before tests.
- Don’t cram the night before the test.
- Get plenty of sleep and eat a healthy breakfast.
- Relax and manage your test taking time.
Remember Your Grades Are Important
“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Your freshman grades will become part of your high school transcript. This is your permanent academic record.
Colleges and employers will look at your high school transcript to determine whether you are the type of candidate they are looking for.
Many Resources Are Available If You Need Help
“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” ~Confucius
Teachers Assist with
- Academic issues
- Course selection
- Study techniques
- Extra help in a class
School Counselors Assist with
- Social and personal issues
- Conflicts and crises
- College and career planning
- Planning your courses
- Academic issues
- Math Resource Center
- English Resource Center
- Career Center
- Academic Learning Center
2016-2017 Freshman Seminar Program Outline
The Freshman Seminar program has been developed to assist incoming freshman with the high school transition. Studies have found that students who have a successful transition to freshman year tend to have a more positive high school experience. Students will participate in weekly lessons with school counselors that are designed to focus on academic, personal/social and emotional development. These lessons will continue throughout first semester and will include additional lessons taught by the Conard administration.
Seminar 1: Introduction to Freshman Seminar/Scheduling Questions
9/6-9/9 (No School Monday 9/5)
Seminar 2: First Impressions
Seminar 3: Intro to School Counseling/”Getting to Know You” Questionnaire
Seminar 4: Getting Involved/School Resources
Seminar 5: Mindset
10/4-10/7 (No School Monday 10/3)
10/13-10/14 (No School Mon-Wed)
Seminar 6: Communication Skills
Seminar 7: Think Before You Post
Seminar 8: Decision Making
Seminar 9:Letter to Self (Goal Setting)
11/7-11/11 (No School Tuesday)
Seminar 10: Report Card Reflection
11/21-11/23 (No School Thurs-Fri)
Seminar 11: Mid-term Exam Preparation
Seminar 12: Rasie.me
ENGLISH 9 LESSON: College/Career (2 day series)
Seminar 13: Conclusion Lesson/Post-Test
1/3-1/6 (No School Monday 1/2)
1/9-1/18 (No School Monday 1/16)
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I do if…
I GET LOST?
Ask an adult for directions, or consult the map on the wall at a corridor intersection.
I LOSE MY SCHEDULE?
See any Secretary. She will print another copy of your schedule for you.
I FORGET MY LUNCH?
Make a friend quickly!
MY LOCKER WON’T OPEN?
Check the locker combination or see a secretary in the Main Office to get your combination again.
I MISS MY BUS HOME?
Call your parents from one of Conard’s payphones or take the late bus home. The late bus runs at 4:00 p.m. on full days, and at 3:00 p.m. on short Wednesdays.
I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH MY SCHEDULE?
Make an appointment to see your School Counselor. However, you must follow your printed schedule until the changes have been made.
I GET SICK IN SCHOOL?
Ask your teacher for a pass to see the school Nurse. Never leave school without an official dismissal.
I COME TO SCHOOL LATE?
Before 8:00 a.m. go straight to your first period class. After 8:00 a.m. sign in at the Attendance window behind the Main Office.
I’M LATE FOR CLASS?
You may have to stay after school to serve a 15-minute detention for the teacher. Failure to serve a detention can result in an office referral.
I’M ABSENT FROM SCHOOL?
Have your parent or guardian call in your absence to the Main Office that morning. Call your teachers’ voice mailboxes to get assigned homework. Also, you can request to have your teachers put your homework assignments in the homework drawer in the Main Office so that your parent or guardian can pick it up. Bring a note from your parent or guardian to the Attendance window behind the Main Office the day you return to school.
I LOSE MY BOOK?
Check the Lost and Found in the Main Office or
Look in the Library. You are responsible for all lost library books and textbooks. Lost library books and textbooks are paid for through the Library Secretary. Lost textbooks must be paid for before a new textbook can be issued to you.
I NEED EXTRA HELP WITH MY CLASS WORK?
You can do any of the following:
- Make an appointment to see your teacher outside of class time.
- Go to the Academic Learning Center located in the library after school. A Conard staff member is available to assist you with your class work.
- Utilize the math and/or English Resource Centers.
- Ask your School Counselor about the availability of a CCSU tutor.
I NEED HELP WITH RESEARCH?
Go to the Library and ask the librarian for assistance.
I AM INTERESTED IN JOINING A CLUB OR SPORT?
See your School counselor, the Student Activities Director, or the Athletic Director for more information or to obtain a copy of the Student Activities Booklet.
I NEED TO OBTAIN A LUNCH TICKET FOR FREE OR REDUCED LUNCH?
Go to the Main Office to fill out an application.
I NEED A BUS PASS?
Apply in the Main Office.
WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY LIKE?
A sample freshman year schedule may be:
Modern World History
Modern World History
Modern World History
Modern World History
Modern World History
WHAT ARE THE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS AT CONARD?
You need a minimum of 21 ¾ credits to graduate from Conard. Many students accumulate more credits. Specific area requirements are four credits of English, three credits each of mathematics and Social Studies, two credits of Science, one credit of Fine Arts and/or Applied Arts, 1 ¾ credits of P.E. and Health combined, and seven additional elective credits. It is important to note that though a student may have met Conard’s graduation requirements, college admission requirements tend to be more rigorous and therefore require more credits (e.g. four years of Mathematics, three to four years of a foreign language).
WHAT IF I AM INTERESTED IN EARLY GRADUATION?
Most students will graduate from Conard after completing four years (Grades 9-12) and having earned the required number of credits. A student considering graduating early should discuss this with his or her School Counselor by the end of the first semester sophomore year. If approved for early graduation, the student will then be moved into the junior class and his or her GPA will be considered within that framework. If the student does not complete the process by the end of the first semester sophomore year, the student will take the state CAPT with the sophomore class.
WHERE SHOULD MY PARENTS DROP ME OFF IF THEY GIVE ME A RIDE TO SCHOOL?
Your parents should drop you off in front of the main entrance of the school.
IS THERE HOMEROOM EVERY DAY?
No, your day at Conard always starts in the room of your scheduled first period class. Homeroom occurs only when there is a specific reason, and it is announced the day before as well as the day of the homeroom. Homeroom may be scheduled between first and second periods or at the end of the day, and the start and end times of classes are changed to accommodate the homeroom.