Welcome Sophomore Students and Parents!
Student last names beginning with:
A-Ch: Mrs. Gasiewski
Ci-Gard: Mrs. Landers
Gare-Kn: Mrs. Evans
Ko-Paq: Mrs. Mahler
Par-Sh: Mrs. Olsen
Si-Z: Mrs. Smedberg
Assistant Principal Breakdown
Last name beginning with:
A-F: Kim Ambroise, Phone ext. 5102
G-N: Shelley Solomon, Phone ext. 5104
O-Z: Sarah Isaacs, Phone ext. 5103
Main Office: 860-232-4561
School Counseling Office: 860-232-4561 ext. 5125 Jean Baril, School Counseling Secretary
Attendance: 860-232-4561 ext. 6599 (call in) or ext. 5140 - report all absences via the Attendance Office
Nurses: 860-232-4561 ext. 5115 (Kathy Wnuk) & ext. 5116 (Elizabeth Marcella)
- Tips for a Successful Sophomore Year
- Important Dates for Sophomore Year 2018-2019
- What Every Hall Student Family Needs to Know
- Get involved!
- Take your PSATs in October (available for all sophomores).
- Visit local college fairs. Conard has one in October!
- Review Progress Reports and strategize how to be successful this year.
- Review your PSAT Results.
- Look through the Program of Studies and meet with your counselor for course selection.
- Prepare for CAPT science testing in March.
- Prepare for AP Exams and determine whether you should take SAT Subject Tests.
- Plan for your summer and incorporate some work, academic, social experience.
- Review your schedule before you leave for the summer. All schedule corrections should occur before the first day of school!
- Complete summer reading assignments for English and Advanced Placement classes.
- Do something! Work, volunteer, go to camp, take a summer class, travel, etc.
Sept-Dec Individual sophomore meetings with counselors
Sept. 26 Hall Curriculum Night 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Sept. 28 Deadline to add/drop ECE/UCONN courses (pre-registered students only)
Oct. 3 Quarter 1 progress reports
Oct. 10 PSAT testing (administration during the school day)
Oct. 10 Financial Aid Night- “How to Fund a College Education” at Conard 7:00 pm
Oct. 17 College Fair at Conard High School 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Nov. 7 End of Quarter 1 - report cards issued soon
Nov. 14 Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences 5:30-7:30 pm
Nov. 15 Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences 7:30-9:40 am
Dec. 12 Quarter 2 progress reports
Jan. 10 Gap Year Fair at Conard 6:30pm
Jan. 17-23 Midterm exams & end of Quarter 2/First Semester - report cards issued soon
February (TBD) Register for AP Exams - online registration link on Hall website
February 27 Quarter 3 progress reports
March 6 Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences 1:15-3:15 pm
April 2 & April 3 National College Fair at Hartford Expo Center (https://www.nacacfairs.org/)
April 5 Registration deadline for May 4th SAT Subject Tests (www.collegeboard.org)
April (TBD) Sophomore Spring Ahead Parent Program 7:40 AM
April-June (TBD) Registration window for junior year ECE/UCONN courses (ece.uconn.edu)
May 3 Registration deadline for June 1st SAT Subject Tests (www.collegeboard.org)
May 4 SAT Subject tests (Saturday administration)
May 8 Quarter 4 progress reports
May 6-17 AP Exam window (administration during the school day)
June 1 SAT Subject Tests (Saturday administration)
June 7-12 Final exams & end of Quarter 4/Second Semester - report cards issued soon
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Graduation requirements & course descriptions – See Program of Studies
Setting Up for Success!
What is available for academic support?
- Teachers are available to assist with academic issues, study techniques, and extra help outside of class.
- Writing Center - Open during the school day. Staffed by an English teacher for academic support.
- Warrior Math Center - Open during the school day. Staffed by a math teacher for academic support.
- Peer tutors/mentors – Sign-up online or see school counselor.
- Library/Homework Center - Open Mon, Tue, and Fri (7am-4pm) and Wed (7am-3pm)
How to get involved?
- Student Activities Office & College/Career Center (located next to School Counseling Office) – provides
- information about school clubs/activities and various community volunteer/job opportunities
- Daily Announcements - posted on Hall website daily
- Late Bus: Every Mon,Tue, Thur and Fri (4 pm) and Wed (3pm)
How can parents help?
- Encourage healthy habits: nutrition, sleep, finding a healthy “balance” among school and extracurricular activities.
- Provide a distraction free environment for homework and study time. Monitor technology use.
- Discuss progress reports and report cards
- Have open communication with teachers and school counselor - attend school sponsored programs and parent/teacher conferences. Email teachers with specific questions. Contact school counselor regarding any personal and/or academic concerns about your child.
- Utilize PowerSchool to monitor your child’s academic progress and attendance as needed
- Support and encourage after school activities
- Help promote self-advocacy and problem solving skills
- Allow teens to make mistakes and hold them accountable for poor choices
- Communicate openly with your child - What are their goals? What are their interests? Who are their friends?
Courses taken in grades 10-12
- Register and pay in Feb. to take AP Exam in May.
- Cost: Approx $90 per AP exam
- Test scored on a scale of 1-5
- Individual colleges decide what they will accept for college credit and/or course placement (usually an exam score of 3-5 is required).
- More information is listed on Hall website and in the Program of Studies!
AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC
AP Chinese Language & Culture
AP Computer Science A
AP Computer Science Principles
AP English Language & Composition
AP English Literature & Composition
AP Environmental Science
AP French Language & Culture
AP Modern European History*
AP Physics I & AP Physics C
AP Spanish Language & Culture
AP Spanish Literature & Culture
AP Studio Art
AP US History
AP US Government & Politics*
Courses taken in grades 10-12
- Students register online (ece.uconn.edu) in June prior to enrolling in course(s). There is a late registration deadline in the fall. Students cannot apply retroactively!
- Potential college credits earned range from 3-8
- Cost range: $90-$320 paid to ECE/UCONN (fee waivers available for eligible students)
- More information is available on the Hall website, the Program of Studies, and at http://ece.uconn.edu/
- Benefits of ECE? - College credit for ECE course grade of “C” or better (AP Exam is not required). Potential transfer credit to other colleges, not just UCONN!
- Advanced Literature 21st Century**
- AP Biology*
- AP Calculus BC
- AP Chinese Language and Culture
- AP Economics
- AP English Language**
- AP English Literature**
- AP Environmental Science
- AP Physics I
- AP Spanish Language
- AP Statistics
- AP U.S. History
- Discrete Math
- Individual & Family Development
- Human Rights*
*Sophomore year option
**College credit for only one ECE English course permitted
Courses taken in grades 10-12, however students MUST apply to the College Career Pathways Program (CCP) in June-Sept of grades 10- 12 prior to taking courses. Students cannot apply retroactively!
- No cost - this program is Free to Hall students!
- Completed courses will apply toward college credit at
- participating CT community colleges.
- Applications available in the School Counseling Office
- and/or classroom teachers of CCP eligible courses.
- Algebra II (Level I and Level II only)*
- Early Childhood Careers*
- Financial Literacy*
- Game & Web Design*
*Sophomore year option