From the Counselor’s Office for Parents of Students in 9th Grade

From the Counselor’s Office for

Parents of Students in 9th Grade


How to Help Your Freshman


When a student becomes a freshman, everything starts to “count.”  Freshman grades are used in determining a student’s GPA, and freshman courses, grades and credits all become part of a student’s transcript.  Freshman activities, honors, and awards can also be listed on college and scholarship applications.” 

Woodburn Press 1996


Monitor academic progress.  Look for progress reports and report cards in the mail. Parent/Teacher Conferences in the fall are another opportunity for you to find out how your child is doing on Thursday, October 10, 2019.


Encourage your child to become involved in a variety of activities.  A well- rounded child will have more to offer on college and scholarship applications.


Your son or daughter can receive his/her Career Locker and Xello web site passwords and logins information from Mrs. Huther and Mrs. Homeyer.  These sites have an interest inventory and access to information about a great quantity of occupations. 


Begin an “Activities and Awards” file.  Include information on all school and community activities, leadership positions, honors, employment and volunteer work.  This information will be helpful when filling out college and scholarship applications. A copy of this information should be put into your student’s portfolio.


If your child is in the running for valedictorian of his/her class, this is how it will be decided.  It is determined by both the overall GPA and the ACT score.


If your child is interested in playing sports at a Division I school, please make sure they are meeting NCAA requirements as they have changed.

In the spring your child will take the ACT-ASPIRE test.  The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is entering into a partnership with ACT®, Inc. to comprehensively assess Wisconsin high school students: 9th grade students will take the ACT Aspire™ Early High School assessment in spring.

ACT Aspire™ Early High School - ACT Aspire assesses student readiness in English, math, reading, science, and writing. ACT Aspire is an online assessment in Wisconsin except for students who require accommodations through Braille, Large Print or American Sign Language who will take ACT Aspire in a paper and pencil format.

If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call at 715-223-2386 Mrs. Huther x 4202.

Lori Huther

Abbotsford School Counselors