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8th Grade Transition

Welcome to all 8th graders and their families! We want to help you transition into Wachusett Regional High School in the best way possible. We are excited to have you come to the high school; we think you'll love your experience here! 

We view this process in two ways - getting 8th graders comfortable at the high school and getting 8th graders scheduled into the correct classes. We hope the information on this page will help you accomplish both goals. 

We will have two opportunities for students and parents to learn more about the high school and its course offerings/levels: an Academic Presentation in March (March 20th) and an open house on June 14th.

Please review the Wachusett Regional High School Educational Guide - it describes every class we offer! 


Monday, March 20th - 6:30pm - Academic Information Night - View Presentation Here
Parents and students are invited to a presentation in the WRHS Auditorium. The presentation will begin at 6:30pm and will feature administrators and department heads discussing what the academic experience at Wachusett is like. We will be discussing the differences between CP, CPA, Honors, and AP levels; what a typical freshman schedule may look like; what electives are available to freshmen; how to pick courses for next year in Powerschool; and other important academic topics. WRHS department heads and administrators will be available afterward in the cafeteria to answer questions.

Wednesday, June 14th - 6pm-8pm - WRHS Open House
Parents and students are invited to come to the high school and see the building. We will have tours throughout the two-hour open house, as well as an Extracurricular Fair in the Cafeteria so students and parents can learn more about the clubs, sports, and other activities we have available for students. 
No registration is necessary, and parents/students are welcome to stop by at any point throughout the two hour event.

Wednesday, August 23rd - morning and afternoon - Incoming Freshmen Orientation
Incoming 8th graders will receive their schedules during this event, as well as have an opportunity to get more comfortable with the layout of the building and become more familiar with what to expect at WRHS. 8th graders will receive a postcard in the mail letting them know of their house assignment (white vs. green) and the time of their orientation.



Lastly, WRHS hosts an orientation day for all incoming 9th graders on August 23rd (Time TBD but will be mailed out on postcards). This is an awesome opportunity for rising freshmen to get exposure to the high school, forge new friendships, and start their high school journey. More information will be available later on about the dates and times for this orientation. 

Scheduling
We strongly encourage 8th graders and their parents to come to the Academic Presentation in March, as many details about this process will be discussed. 
From Monday, March 27th through Friday, March 31st, current 8th graders and their families will be able to log on to Powerschool and view their recommended course levels for academic classes. They will also be able to select their preferred elective course(s), as well as an alternate/alternates. 

Here are the steps in the scheduling process:
  1. Log in to Powerschool between Monday, March 27th and Friday, March 31st
  2. Click on the "Class Registration" icon on the left side of your screen. It looks like this:
     
  3. Explore the "Requests" screen and click on the pencil icon (on the right) to see recommended course levels and make your selection
  4. View the recommended course level and select that course (for academic courses with a recommendation, you can only select the recommended course level)
  5. Repeat step 4 for every academic course (English, Math, History, Science, Foreign Language). 
  6. Select your elective classes - you can either select one full year course or two semester courses. You should also select alternates in the event that you don't get your first choice. See the WRHS Program of Studies for more information on electives
  7. Submit your course requests
  8. 8th graders can request a different course level, other than what was recommended. See the Reconsideration Form page for more information. All Recon Forms must be submitted to WRHS Guidance Counselors when they come to your school to individually review course requests (see timeline below) or to the WRHS Guidance Office by April 12th. The only times Reconsideration Forms can be submitted for 8th graders after April 12th is when the 2017-2018 school year begins - Forms cannot be submitted during the summer months. 
  9. Review your course selections with a WRHS Guidance Counselor and ask any questions you might have!
Current 8th graders will see that their course request screens will be pre-populated with the PE and Freshman Seminar classes that they will take. We also recommend that 8th graders consider completing their Fine Arts requirement during their freshman year. Information about the Fine Arts requirement and other graduation requirements can be found in the Program of Studies

Guidance Visits
WRHS Guidance Counselors will be traveling to the 8th grades to meet with students individually in order to review their course requests and answer any questions, according to the following schedule:
  • April 3rd - Chocksett
  • April 4th - Central Tree
  • April 5th - Paxton Center School
  • April 7th - Thomas Prince
  • April 10th - Mountview
Reconsideration Forms
For information on requesting a different course level, other than what was recommended, please visit the Reconsideration Form page to learn more.