Freshman Transition Information for Parents & Students
2020-2021 School Year (remote learning)
What is Freshman Transition?
Freshman Transition is a concept where we effectively bridge the gap between middle school and high school. Students will have a common core of teachers and subjects, and those teachers will set up their instructional practices in a common way so as to ease the transition. This will resemble a “team” that students are used to in middle school.
What is the Freshman Transition Team?
The FT team consists of a group of professionals who collaborate regularly to support the success of each freshman student as they take this challenging step.
Who serves on the Freshman Transition Team?
The FT team includes at least one teacher representative from each of the 4 core subjects- English, Math, History, & Science, as well as a representative from the PE department. (Reference the list of teachers & emails below). Mrs. Syeda Smith-Williams, Assistant Principal at BYSHS, serves as the administrator for this group of students and professionals. Ms. Worlds, the Instructional Coach at BYSHS, also serves on this team to provide instructional/curriculum support for teachers. Katherine Pinkleton serves as Freshman Transition teacher leader. Please contact her with general questions.
Why Freshman Transition?
- In most schools in the US, freshmen have the highest rates of discipline problems, truancy, and retention.
- The team meets weekly to discuss and address concerns about students (and share info about those who are doing well). We contact parents/guardians regularly. We support ALL 9th grade students, not just those at risk.
- We emphasize TRADITIONAL HIGH ACADEMIC STANDARDS.
- We help students learn that THEIR CHOICES ARE IMPORTANT.
- We believe that academics are important and that all children can learn and be successful.
- A successful ninth grade student will likely transition to a successful tenth grade student, and is more likely to graduate.
- This can transform an entire high school “from the bottom up”!
Contact info: Main # (336)694-4212
Katherine Pinkleton ext. 253 firstname.lastname@example.org
Syeda Smith-Williams email@example.com
Jeanette Long firstname.lastname@example.org
Kayla Gatewood email@example.com
Karen Worlds firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelly McVay email@example.com
Jarrett Hanks firstname.lastname@example.org