8th to 9th Grade

The 9th grade course selection process is an exciting time for RJ Grey 8th grade students and guardians. It can also be somewhat overwhelming, so to help we have listed below important 9th grade transition dates.  As you complete the course selection process, we want you to think carefully about your choices and the impact they will have on your overall well-being.

View the presentation explaining 9th grade course selection and scheduling.


Important Dates:

February 8, 2018:  8th Grade Parents Night, 7:00 pm in the high school auditorium.  An introduction to the high school course offerings and registration process for parents and guardians of eighth grade students. 

February-March, 2018:  Junior High Counselors will visit with 8th grade students to describe the high school registration and electronic course selection process.  They will review the Program of Studies and speak about the teacher recommendation process, the high school schedule, and the override and course change procedures.  The electives, activities and athletics offered at the high school will be presented. There will be time for questions.

March  2018:  8th grade teachers will make course level recommendations for students. Course recommendations will be entered into PowerSchool.  Students are strongly encouraged to fill out a Time Management Worksheet.

March 21-April 2, 2018:  Power School Parent Portal is open for 8th grade students to select 9th grade courses. Please contact jpotter@abschools.org if you do not know your Parent Portal username or password.

April 2, 2018:  PowerSchool Parent Portal closes at approximately 3:30 pm.  9th grade selected courses are displayed.

April 3 through April 11, 2018:  Overrides and Course Changes - students and guardians may choose to override a teacher recommendation.  To do so, students must obtain an Override Form AND a Time Management Activity form from the 7th Grade RJ Grey Counseling Office. Both forms must be completed and submitted to the subject classroom teacher by Wednesday, April 11th at 2:06 pm.  Guardians may be contacted by the High School Counseling Office (978-264-4700 x3430)  to schedule a short meeting with the Regional Department Leader (RDL) on Thursday, April 26, 2018

Any other course changes  must be completed through the RJ Grey counseling office. The deadline for all course changes (not overrides) is Tuesday, May 1st.

April 11, 2018:  Override deadline - please submit completed override forms directly to your 8th grade subject teacher by 2:06pm.

April 26, 2018:  8th Grade Override Night at the high school with the Regional Department Leaders from 3pm to 9pm.  You will be contacted by the high school by April 24th to schedule an appointment.

May 1, 2018:  Last day for all other course changes (not overrides)


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