Incoming Freshman

WE WELCOME OUR INCOMING FRESHMAN!! We are here for you!

We look forward to working with you and helping you flourish!

FRESHMAN SCHOOL COUNSELORS:

Melissa Guillemette - guillemettem@newtown.k12.ct.us

Alexa Blanchard - blancharda@newtown.k12.ct.us

Sara Brant - brants@newtown.k12.ct.us

Alpha Breakdown for 2018-2019

Melissa Guillemette (sub for Lisa Kapitan)

Alexa Blanchard

Sara Brant

A-Mars

Mart-Ru

Ry-Z

GETTING TO KNOW THE HIGH SCHOOL

See the Newtown High School home page to view Calendar of Days and Bell Schedule.

COURSE SCHEDULING

  • Click here for Electives Open to Freshman
  • Frequently asked Questions about scheduling;
  • Frequently asked Questions about transitioning to high school;
  • Blank Rotating Schedule - see our "Program of Studies" page
  • Incoming Freshman timeline;
  • Click here to see the Criteria for 9th Grade Academic Course Recommendations - This is a helpful cheat-sheet your Middle School Counselors will use to make your recommendations for Freshman year;
  • Check out our "Program of Studies" page and the 4 Year Plan Worksheet - This is where you should go to see a complete listing of all the courses the High School offers, as well course descriptions, prerequisites and other helpful information.
  • If you are interested in STEM, we offer Honors Introduction to Engineering Design and Biomedical Science. See Academic Pathways and Programs below for additional information. Both of these courses have an application, which is available at the Course Selection meeting in March with the NHS counselor and is due by the end of March. Please click on the Program of Studies (above) for more information about these classes.

ACADEMIC PATHWAYS AND PROGRAMS

Freshman Electives: (These courses do not replace IPES or Honors Biology)

  • Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) - This course is suited for highly motivated students who can think analytically, identify and solve problems, and plan to pursue science and engineering in high school, college, and beyond. Prerequisite: Department approval based on students completing an application and submitting it to their NHS school counselor. Students may not override into this course. (Open to Freshmen only). Students who take IED must also take Honors Biology and Honors Algebra II or a higher math course).
  • Principles of Biomedical Science (PBS) - This course is suited for highly motivated students who can think analytically, identify and solve problems, and plan to pursue careers in health care. Prerequisite: No application needed. Students can either be in IPES or Bio (doesn't need to be in Honors); open to Freshman and Sophomores
  • STEM Program Application – Click here
  • STEM Program Brochure Click here “….so that students and parents can know when to get the application, from who and who to return to and by when…”

ADVICE FOR INCOMING FRESHMAN (FROM FORMER FRESHMAN)

DO YOUR HOMEWORK!!

USE YOUR PLANNER - THIS IS GREAT FOR SHORT AND LONG TERM ASSIGNMENTS

JOIN A CLUB, SPORT OR ACTIVITY AS SOON AS YOU ENTER SCHOOL IN THE FALL;

GET TO KNOW YOUR TEACHERS & FIND OUT WHEN THEY ARE AVAILABLE FOR EXTRA HELP;

GET FAMILIAR WITH THE HIGH SCHOOL WEBSITE AND NAVIANCE;

ATTEND FRESHMAN ORIENTATION IN AUGUST (DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED);

MAKE GOOD CHOICES - IF YOU NEED HELP, ASK FOR IT!!

LINKS TO OTHER IMPORTANT INFO

LINK CREW - Click here to find out more about this program

NEWTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL - Click here to move to the Middle School School Counseling website

INCOMING 9TH GRADE INFORMATIONAL NIGHT - Click here to get more information about this event

FRESHMAN SEMINAR - Click here to understand more about this program

CLUBS - Check it out! There is something for everyone! Or create your own club!

ATHLETICS - Click here to learn more about tryout information including upcoming fall sports!