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Sophomore Year
Sophomore


Sophomore year is a time for students to focus on personal growth, career exploration and academic achievement. Students are encouraged to expand extracurricular activities and explore leadership opportunities. The opportunities may be found in community service, clubs, athletics, fine arts, employment, and other areas of personal interest.


Programs

Career Exploration—Students will be given access to the TCCi Naviance: Family Connection program which provides:


The Career Interest Profiler—“A tool that can help you discover the types of work activities and careers that match your interests.”


The Do What You Are® Self Discovery Personality Type assessment—“You will learn about careers that are matched to you, your personal strengths and blindspots, how you negotiate in your daily life, and a host of other useful information.”


Academic Planning—Counselors meet with students in small groups in March to discuss academic selections for junior year.


The College Admissions Program—This program begins in the sophomore year with an effort to urge sophomores to take the PSAT in October. This effort helps students establish skill assessment, preparation for SAT’s and familiarity with all resources of the Collegeboard including Collegeboard.com for students and parent information, My Road career exploration and Quickstart for college information searches. An evening information session for parents fosters awareness of resources, and ways to follow up in sophomore year. Counselors provide individual academic advising for college readiness for every student. Students are advised to consider SAT subject tests by both teachers and counselors.

 

MCAS—The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) is given to all sophomores in May. Successful completion of the test is required for graduation. The best preparation for MCAS is to encourage your students to attend and participate in his/her classes regularly, as course curriculum is aligned with the state frameworks.

 


Resources


National Honor Society Tutoring

The National Honor Society provides free tutoring in every subject before school on certain days in the cafeteria.  Teachers will often give extra credit to students who attend the NHS Tutoring.

 

Aspen X2

 Aspen X2 is an online portal for parents, students and teacher to facilitate communication. Many teachers use Aspen X2 to post progress reports, daily homework assignments and update class information. The high school maintains a Home Page which includes school announcements, PAC information, and help links. If you did not receive a letter with your set-up instructions and initial code, please contact Dr. Luz Valverde at

 

Calendar of Special Events

In September, a double-sided calendar is sent emailed to all students.  This calendar outlines month-by-month important dates to remember, e.g. end of term dates, progress report dates, and course/level change deadlines.

 

Tutors/counselors

If you need assistance obtaining referrals for academic or personal issues, please contact your student’s counselor.


Tips for Parents


Continue to monitor academic progress reports and quarterly report cards. We encourage you to contact teachers directly through email or through department telephones. Teachers appreciate hearing from you directly about academic concerns and especially in response to how your child is progressing in their course.

 

Continue to encourage your son/daughter to be involved in a variety of activities and to develop leadership skills both in school and in the community. Andover Youth Services runs a large variety of programs offering opportunities outside of school.

 

Start to explore and discuss future college possibilities by making informal visits to colleges or college fairs.

 

In the spring, review your son/daughter’s four year plan for high school, making sure he/she has selected the most appropriate courses for junior year in light of teacher recommendation, graduation requirements, and college preparation.

 

Encourage your child to take an SAT Subject Test in biology at the conclusion of his/her course in January or June. Information on the SATs is available at  College Board.

 

Encourage your child to do his/her best on the MCAS exams in May. If they need additional preparation for the exam, then encourage them to take advantage of preparation opportunities offered.

 

Help your student choose meaningful activities for the summer months.



Andover Public Schools
36R Bartlet St.
Andover, MA  01810
Ph:  (978) 623-8500
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