What to Expect on the First Day of Freshman Year

Carlisle High School

  Worried about your freshman year?  Well, don’t be!


 9th Grade Guide to a Great Freshman Year
Curious 8th Graders

Revised by the 9th Grade Advisory Council Students:

Elizabeth Brown, Shawn Fernandes, Alyssa Kruger, Dao La, DeAnna Maple, Heather McNeil, Dominic Pierce, and Sara Walters


Principal, 9th grade: Mr. David Frey 

Counselors, 9th grade:

Mr. Barry W. Adams (A – Gl)

Mrs. Ginger Rotz (Go – N)

Mr. Andrew Rice ( O-Z)


What to Expect the First Day of School Next Year

 It’s the first day of high school.  Just relax – it’s not as bad as you might think.  When you arrive at school the first day, you report to your homeroom.  You only report to homeroom on special announced days.  Your homeroom teacher will give you your locker and combination.  You will have a lot of help from the teachers the first few days finding your way around the high school.  

General Academic Expectations

Classes in the high school may seem harder because you don’t have a “team” of teachers.  This means you may have a lot of tests on the same day and it is hard to study for all of them.  You must take responsibility for your grades.  When you are absent, you MUST make up the work you missed. Your teacher won’t remind you.  There are a lot of long-term projects, such as science projects, and you don’t have as much time to work on them in class.  You have to be independent with your work because the teachers expect this of you. 

Content of the Classes

In the high school, the teachers do assign homework very frequently; you MUST do it!  Trust us, it will affect your grades!  Doing your homework helps you understand what you are doing in class by giving you practice.  The teachers expect a lot out of you because they are used to teaching older kids.  They especially expect you to act more mature.  If you are not organized in your classes, it makes your life a lot more difficult; get organized.


1. Do homework, neatly and completely…it makes you a better student.

2. Review your notes, as you begin to forget the material.

3. Study hard and study smart for tests and quizzes.

4. Give your best personal effort.

5. Remember that all teachers are different.  Know what each of your teachers expect.

6. Talk with your teachers.

7. Act like a mature young adult.  (This will help you out a lot, trust us.)

8. Maintain a chart for long-range assignments.  “Procrastination is a student’s worst enemy.”

9. Review your grade status using the PowerSchool On-line Access.

10. Use an agenda book or planner DAILY to keep track of homework, tests, quizzes and other projects.

11.  Ask for help from your teacher, parent, friend or other tutor.     


All sports, clubs, and activities are worth every minute you put into them during the school year.  There are a lot of sports, arts, and service groups you can join.  All of these activities are time consuming but are worth the work that you put into them.  The coaches, directors, and advisors are very dedicated to their activity and they all believe that academics come first!  There are also many clubs that you can join as a freshman.  Internet club, SADD, table tennis/frisbee, and the Pep Club just to name a few.  There are also many activities that you can participate in throughout the year, such as: Homecoming, dances, Spring Fest, and class competitions.

New Freedoms / Responsibilities

Once you get to the high school, you will have many new freedoms. You will have six to seven different teachers.  All four hundred plus 9th graders will each have their own schedule.  The added freedoms come with added responsibility, and you will have consequences if you do not take care of yourself.  If you have any questions, just ask!  All in all, we think you’ll like your independence!

Some Things You Need to Know

You have four to seven (4-7) minutes to pass between classes, but don’t let this time get you in trouble.  The first week the teachers will let you be a little late in case you get lost and until you learn your schedule, but once they know you are used to everything, they will mark you tardy.  Remember tardiness to any one class = detention.

  A good thing to remember is…if you don’t know where you are going or understand something – ASK!  Teachers, principals, counselors, secretaries, older students and hall monitors are always willing to helpYour counselors and principals are available to help solve difficult challenges.  Please use their services.

School Counselors

Your school counselor is a great resource.  Make sure you meet your counselor when you get to the high school.  The three counselors assigned to the Swartz Building work ONLY with 9th and 10th graders.  They want to make sure that your transition to high school is as smooth as possible.  The counseling office keeps your records throughout your high school career and help you with any problems you may have.  The counseling center will help you get on the right track for your future and planning your career goals. Whenever you need advice, no matter what it might be; just go see your counselor.

High School Cafeteria Procedures

While many of the high school cafeteria procedures will be familiar to new students, some will be different.  Just like in middle school, throwing anything in the cafeteria will not be tolerated, and throwing your trash away is expected!  The lunch period is about 30 minutes long.  There are three different lunch periods that are scheduled around your classes. 


The Fowler Media Center (library) is open from 7:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Friday 7:00-3:00 p.m.  Students may come to the library from study halls for research and recreational reading.  Computers are available for research and completing assignments.  Before using the District’s network students must read the Acceptable Use of Technologies (A.U.P.) guidelines form.   All C.H.S. students are provided with a laptop to use both at school and at home.  A ‘Student/Parent District Laptop Agreement’ form must be signed by both parent/guardian and student then returned along with the technology fee payment to receive a laptop.