Rising 9th Grade Information

Quick Facts About the Hawks

 
Mascot: Golden Hawks
School Colors: Purple & Gold
Size of 2017-18 9th Grade Class: About 520 students
HSHS Opened in 2006-2007 and graduated its first class in 2009
 

Correspondence & Communication with Rising 9th Grade Families

 
Below you will see any communication sent to rising 9th grade families in preparation for the 2017-18.  We will update this with new information throughout the Spring 2017 semester.  If you have any questions, please contact the HSHS front office at (919) 577-1444.
 
 

Important Dates for the Class of 2021

 

Curriculum Fair - Thursday, February 16, 2017

Location: Holly Springs High School
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
This program is designed to give families an overview of the curriculum options at HSHS. Families can explore different departments, Advanced Placement options, learn about co-curricular programs, etc. Rising 9th grade parents will also be able to attend an information session with the 9th grade counselor. 
Questions about this event? Contact Mr. Ellington, 9th Grade Counselor (577-1444, aellington@wcpss.net)
 

Athletics Open House - May 17, 2017

Location:  HSHS Main Gym
Time:  6:00-7:30pm
This program is designed to provide students and parents with information about HSHS Athletics.  This includes information about summer workouts and fall sports tryouts.
 

Flight Academy - August 10, 2017

Location: Holly Springs High School
Time: Last Name A - K (8:00-11:00) / Last Name L - Z (1:00-4:00)
At this event, students will participate in orientation activities. 
Questions about this event? Contact 9th Grade Assistant Principal Doug Poppe (577-1746, dpoppe@wcpss.net)
 

Open House to Meet Fall Teachers - Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Location: Holly Springs High School
Time: 5:00-7:00pm (evening)
 This event is a "walk through" event where parents and students can: 
 

First Day of School - Monday, August 28, 2017

 

9th Grade Student Council Elections - Mid-September 2017

During a week in September 2017, students will campaign and vote for Student Council Elections for the Class of 2021.  More information will be posted closer to this event. 

Are you interested in visiting HSHS?

 
There are several opportunities for rising 9th grade families to visit and tour the school including (1) the Curriculum Fair in February, (2) Flight Academy in August, and (3) Open House the week before school starts.  Tours can be arranged at other times by contacting Ms. Traversi in our Student Services Office at (919) 577-1444.  During the school year, tours are only given after school hours. 
 

Course Registration

Rising 9th graders will select their high school courses through their middle school during the months of February and March. All students should select:

An English course
A Math course
A Science course
A Social Studies course
Healthful Living
Electives
 
Below are attachments to handouts that have been sent to the middle schools to support registration for rising 9th graders coming to Holly Springs High.

9th Grade Course Options, 2017-18
High School Planning Guide (FYI - not all courses are available at all schools and not all courses are available to 9th graders.)


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the difference between an academic class and an honors class?
A: An honors course is more academically rigorous. The increased rigor will prepare you for future Advanced Placement (AP) and college courses. Select honors courses if you are looking to challenge yourself and enhance your academic rigor.

Q: What is the difference between an honors course and an Advancements Placement (AP) course?
A: AP classes are more rigorous than honors courses. After completing an AP class, students can take the AP exam and potentially receive college credit for that course if they receive a passing score. Taking an AP course shows colleges that students can handle college level work.

Q: When can a student register for an Advancement Placement (AP) class?
A: Students can begin to take AP classes in the 10th grade.

Q: Do I have to take Health & Physical Education as a 9th grader?
A: Yes. It is a NC graduation requirement, so all 9th graders at HSHS are enrolled in Health & PE to fulfill that requirement.

Q: Can I take an elective that is NOT on the 9th grade registration information sheet?
A: No. All of the courses on the registration sheet are available to 9th graders. All other courses are available to grades 10-12.

Q: Can I register for curriculum assistance as a study hall?
A: No. Students must be part of special programs and have an IEP in order to register for curriculum assistance. HSHS does not offer a study hall as a course.

Q: If I register for a class, how likely am I to be put into it?
A: Very likely! Please be sure that you are registering for courses that you want to take (including your alternates). We make a schedule based on student selections and do very few changes. If you are unsure about a course, please read the course description on the WCPSS website.

Q: Where do I go to read a description of a course?
 
Q: When will students register for classes?
A: Students will be given information in February and will register in Powerschool in early March. This will happen at your current middle school.

Q: If I register for a yearlong course (band, dance, vocal music), can I switch out of it during spring semester if I don’t like it?
A: No. If you sign up for the class, then you will be registered for the entire school year. Only students with extenuating circumstances will be removed.

What is HOT Lunch (Hawks On Task)?

 HOT Lunch is a special part of almost every day at Holly Springs High. Below are some key parts of HOT lunch.
  • ALL students eat lunch from 10:24-11:14. The first half is A lunch and the second half is B lunch.
  • Every teacher is required to offer tutorials twice a week for 30 minutes during HOT lunch. (i.e. Math tutorials are on Tuesdays during B lunch and Thursdays during A lunch). The tutorial schedule is attached.
  • HOT lunch allows students to receive assistance from their teachers, make up missed quizzes/tests, complete homework, etc.
  • Students are assigned and required to attend tutorials if they are failing a course. However, ALL students can attend tutorials anytime to receive assistance.

More information about HOT Lunch...

The Performing Arts

Holly Springs High offers Theatre Arts, Modern Dance, Chorus, & Band.  Each program provides unique opportunities for students to get involved, grow their talent and leadership, and the ability to be a part of something amazing!  Learn more ...
 

Athletics Information

Students that will be participating in athletics will need a current physical on file at HSHS. All forms can be found at this site.  It is a good habit to get the physical done over the summer.  Students are required to renew their physical each school year.
 
 
 
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