Year of Firsts: Ninth Grade
Upcoming ninth grade students will experience many changes this school year, including involvement in WHS sports and clubs, as well as integration into classes with older students.
Ninth grade is the first year that students can try out for high school sports’ teams, many of which are not offered at the middle school level.
Freshman year is also the first in which students are no longer secluded from other high school students in classes and hallways, as the eighth grade hallway is predominantly separate from the high school classes and lockers. ‘
“You could have a class with anyone, whereas last year the eighth graders were kept separate,” ninth grader Cameron Brisbine explained.
Taking harder classes is an option for many students and, because high school classes, sports and clubs typically require more time commitment than those of middle school, having good time management skills is an important element that many ninth grades aim to master in order to succeed.
“I think that I will need to study more and also work harder during the off season than I did before,” ninth grader Adam Frank said in regard to what he will do differently this year.
Above all, ninth grade is a time for students to become more involved within the high school in academics, sports, clubs and in the halls on a day-to-day basis.