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    Dear Families,

    A big thank you to those who came out for High School Transition Night last night. If you were not able to make it, the handouts are here:

    • Calculate your GPA Handout
    • Getting Ready for High School and Beyond Presentation

    You can check out the CollegeMapper website for lots of useful college application information and tips.

    There were some questions last night that I followed up on this morning and a few additional items:

    1. If you applied for an SPS choice school and got in you will be notified about that acceptance by mail. If you are not assigned to your choice school, you will not get a notice in the mail. Updated next year assignment and wait list information will be available online mid April. You will then get information from your high school about signing up for 9th grade classes.

    2. In April students will meet with their high school counselors in school groupings to turn in their course registration sheets at Salmon Bay. As always, if students have questions about what classes they should sign up for they should start with their current classroom teachers who know their skills and abilities. I’m also available to meet with students who have questions.

    3. There’s a new program called 9th Grade Advantage to prepare incoming 9th graders for high school. Think of it as the high school version of Jump Start for Kindergarten. It’s free, open to every incoming 9th grader in SPS and best of all students can earn a .50 credit towards their Career and Technical Education (CTE) graduation requirement through the Skills Center Summer Courses. The program will be held at Ingraham, Nathan Hale, Roosevelt and Center School (not Ballard) but students can attend any location. Students should know: The grade for this course will count in their high school GPA and they can only be absent up to two days. There are other very cool Skills Center courses that our current 8th graders/rising 9th graders can take this summer as well. Check out the Skills Center website! It’s a great way to get a start on the new 24-cr graduation requirement.

    4. Service Learning: Here is the district form. In the summer between 8-9th grade year, students can earn up to 15 hours toward their 60 hour requirement as long as it meets criteria set by the school. Check your high school’s website for more information.


    Gail Olson Laing, M.Ed., NBCT
    School Counselor
    Salmon Bay K-8