From the Counselor’s Office for Parents of Students in 10th Grade

From the Counselor’s Office for

Parents of Students in 10th Grade

How to Help Your Sophomore


The sophomore year should be a year of personal growth in addition to working hard in school and being involved in a variety of activities.  Sophomores need to try to identify their personal abilities, aptitudes, and interests.  They should also be looking for ways to further develop their talents and skills.”

Woodburn Press 1996


1. Continue to monitor academic progress.


2. Encourage your son or daughter to be involved in activities and to develop leadership skills.


3. Start to explore and discuss career and college options.  School websites are a good place to begin exploration.


4. Update your son or daughter’s “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 child’s portfolio.


5. Students need 24 credits to graduate.  If your child has failed one or more required classes, they will to make them up.


6. 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.


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

8.  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: 10th 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 Counselor