Hi everyone! My name is Mrs. Wicker and I am pleased to be your 7th grade counselor. I am excited that you are here at Highland! This year marks a big transition for you from elementary and intermediate schools to a true middle school. The biggest difference you will find is that you now travel to 7 different classes taught by at least 7 different teachers. I am here to help you navigate through this new world. As your counselor, I can help with issues and concerns such as academic help, conflict resolution, guidance, scheduling questions, etc. Email me anytime (email@example.com) or sign up in the Student Affairs Office to see me. I am here to be your advocate!
The biggest surprise to most students is that 7th grade is often when school starts to get more challenging. This is nothing to be afraid of. In September, I will be in classrooms to help you make a plan that will take you through graduation. Now is the time to learn good study habits and your teachers will help you. It is important to know that even if you don't have homework that is due, you still need to establish daily study time. This is the key to academic success!
Each 7th grade student will be placed on one of three teams: University of Oregon, West Point, or Stanford University. Each team has the same group of Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies teachers, which allows them to work together to plan team events. The teaming concept is a great way to make a large school much smaller. In addition to these four core classes, students will also take one semester of Physical Education (PE) and one semester of Health and Wellness. 7th graders may also be taking a Reading class, based on test scores from the previous year. Students were also able to select one year-long elective or two semester electives.
Highland Middle School proudly offers FREE after-school homework help Monday through Thursday from 2:45 p.m. until 4 p.m. in the cafeteria. There are teachers available to provide you with help on your school work and a free snack and transportation (by Activity Bus) are provided as well. Please see me for more information!
The Homework Hotline is another free resource for students. Students at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute are trained as tutors to help with math and science homework. They are available from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday via telephone, chat session or email. Go to www.askrose.org (Links to an external site.) or call 1-877-ASK-ROSE for more information. Now is the time to take advantages of these incredible resources!
FREE COLLEGE TUITION! Indiana started the 21st Century Scholars program in 1990 to ensure that all students could afford a college education. Income eligible 7th and 8th grade students who enroll in the program and fulfill a pledge of good citizenship are guaranteed to receive four years of FREE undergraduate tuition at any participating Indiana public college or university. Students are required to apply for 21st Century Scholars by the end of their 8th grade year. Do not miss out on this great opportunity! The counselors will hold two events, one in the fall and one in the spring, that will allow students and their families to register for 21st Century Scholars with the help of our 21st Century Scholar representative. You can also enroll online at any time, the application takes around 20 minutes. Please see me with any questions.