Counseling: Grade Level Information

Grade Level Information

Student Services has provided specific grade level information for students and parents including course selection, college preparation, career planning, and standardized testing.

9th Grade

The most important thing in 9th grade is to earn the highest grade in each class possible. Because students are building their high school grade point average (GPA) and these grades are recorded on their permanent high school transcript, it is essential that students do their best.

Begin logging volunteer work—whether it be Relay for Life, coaching in the summer, or projects through youth group, these experiences will be very beneficial when applying for scholarships or writing college essays. Also include any awards, academic enrichment programs, summer workshops, and camps with specialty focuses such as music, arts and science.

Have your child meet with the counselor and make sure that he or she is enrolled in college-preparatory courses, and is on track for Advanced Placement. The counselor can also assist with career planning and college exploration.

Get involved in extracurricular activities to help develop time-management and enrich the school experience.

If possible, take advantage of vacation or other family travel opportunities to visit colleges and see what they’re like. Even if there is no interest in attending the college you are visiting, it will help you and your child learn what to look for in a college.

Visit www.college.gov for some reasons to consider college and ways you can get help.

 

Career and College Readiness

Choosing and planning for a career is one of the most important things Comets can do during their time in high school. Below are several links to help students and their families plan.

Educational Development Plans (EDP): Career Cruising

All Comets in grades 7-12 have a student Career Cruising account that houses their Educational Development Plans. Students use this account to:

  • conduct learning styles, interest, and skills assessments
  • explore and save favorite career options
  • explore and save post-secondary training plans
  • explore the annual college planning timeline
  • build resume/portfolio content by documenting their hobbies, interest, skills, abilities, volunteer work, extracurricular and work experience, and awards
  • schedule GLHS courses

To access your EDP (Educational Development Plan): Log into PowerSchool Student Account and click the arrow hyperlink in the upper right-hand corner, then click “Sign into Career Cruising”.

Students and parents are welcome to access this account anytime. Students will update information annually at school, but are encouraged to actively use this account throughout the school year and summer to update their resume and portfolio content.

10th Grade

Important Things for Sophomores to Know:


Stay focused on your grades and be sure you know your Grade Point Average (GPA).  Remember that each high school course you take will be listed on your transcript along with the grade you receive in each course.  Your transcript is one of four primary sources of data that colleges will use to determine your eligibility for admission.  Colleges want to see that you chose to take rigorous courses and that you earned good grades in those courses. The other three important sources of data colleges will look for are your ACT (or SAT) score, your extracurricular activities, and your personal statement.
 
Make up lost credit now if necessary.  If you have lost credit in one or more courses, you should speak to your counselor as soon as possible about when and how to make up that credit.  Once a student loses more than three credits, he/she is considered to be NOT on track for graduation.  GLHS offers several ways to recover lost credit - see your counselor soon to get yourself back on track to graduate with your class.

Get involved!  It is important to get involved with at least one or two clubs or activities inside or outside of school. You will have fun connecting with others who have similar interests.  You may also (hopefully) have an opportunity to take a leadership role within those organizations- something colleges will look upon favorably.

Consider taking the PSAT exam in October.  It is good practice to sit for the PSAT exam this year, even though you cannot qualify for the National Merit Scholarship awards until your junior year.  The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are to:

  • Receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
  • See how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
  • Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11).
  • Help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
  • Receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to Student Search Service.
  • See your counselor for more information about registering for the PSAT.

 
Choose 10th and 11th grade courses carefully.  Remember that rigor is important. You also want to choose courses that are related to your future career goals if possible.
 
Start researching careers and colleges online.  An excellent resource, visit Career Cruising through PowerSchool.                       
 
Start visiting colleges!  It’s never too early to start visiting college campuses.  Be sure to call the admissions office of the college prior to your visit, as there may be a special event or group tour taking place around the time you plan to be there.  You will also probably learn more about the college if you have the opportunity to meet with someone from the admissions office.  Even if you think you know where you want to attend college, it is still a good idea to explore all of your options by visiting schools with small, medium-sized and large student populations.
 
Attend the Lansing Community College Career Prep Center Visitation Day in December.  You have an incredible opportunity to attend the Career Preparation Center as a junior and/or senior!  See your counselor or go to http://www.eatonisd.org/schoolservices/careerprep/ to discover the many programs LCC has to offer. The application deadline is in February.  See your counselor for more information about the application process.

Career and College Readiness

Choosing and planning for a career is one of the most important things Comets can do during their time in high school. Below are several links to help students and their families plan.

Educational Development Plans (EDP): Career Cruising

All Comets in grades 7-12 have a student Career Cruising account that houses their Educational Development Plans. Students use this account to:

  • conduct learning styles, interest, and skills assessments
  • explore and save favorite career options
  • explore and save post-secondary training plans
  • explore the annual college planning timeline
  • build resume/portfolio content by documenting their hobbies, interest, skills, abilities, volunteer work, extracurricular and work experience, and awards
  • schedule GLHS courses

To access your EDP (Educational Development Plan): Log into PowerSchool Student Account and click the arrow hyperlink in the upper right-hand corner, then click “Sign into Career Cruising”.

Students and parents are welcome to access this account anytime. Students will update information annually at school, but are encouraged to actively use this account throughout the school year and summer to update their resume and portfolio content.

11th Grade

1st Trimester
 
  • Check the announcements for college admissions and meet with the representatives during lunch that are visiting.
  • Start visiting colleges on the weekends.
  • Study for the PSAT NMSQT to try and become a National Merit Scholar. This test is in October. 
  • Make sure your PSAT scores are linked in your khan academy account. If you do not know how to do this make an appointment with your counselor.
  • Attend LCC College Night West. Information can be obtained on www.macrao.org.
  • Sign up for a practice SAT/ACT workshops. 
  • Visit Collgeboard.org and ACT.org for test dates and other tools.
  • If you are planning on playing sports in college, review the NCAA/NAIA eligibility requirements at www.eligibilitycenter.org
  • Make sure you work hard to achieve the best grades possible. Remember you apply to college after your 11th grade year.
     
2nd Trimester
 
  • Review your PSAT score with your counselor. Prepare for upcoming SAT/ACT tests.
  • Study for the SAT visit http://kaplanquizzes.com/new-sat/  for the question of the day and other prep tools.
  • Research colleges and universities; review their entrance requirements and grade point average guidelines.
  • Explore career options: College, Military, and Technical Training.
  • Sign up for Career Prep Center by applying online and meet with your counselor to ensure your will be meeting your graduation requirements if you participate in this program.
  • Visit the Eaton ISD Career Preparation Center at LCC West Campus in December. If you are interested in a program return the application and your Grand Ledge High School driving form to your counselor in early February.  
  • Sign up to listen to the Capital Area Healthcare Education Partnership presentation in the counseling office in December/January. Attend the CAHEP presentation in December. 517-364-3115
  • Review your transcript with your high school counselor.
     
3rd Trimester
 
  • Review your transcript with your counselor to ensure you are meeting the Michigan Merit Curriculum requirements and plan your classes for your senior year. 
  • Learn your college program requirements.
  • Sign up for a dual enrollment course for your senior year.
  • Sign up to test out of a class.
  • Sign up for summer school in May.
  • Ask your teachers for letters of recommendation. 
Summer before your senior year
 
  • Fill out the Senior information form and turn it into your counselor.  Forms are available in Student Services.
  • If you are playing sports in college, register with the NCAA eligibility center. 
  • Job Shadow
  • Send in your college applications after your transcript is ready.
  • Visit Colleges
  • Attend summer school if you need to make up credits or take a correspondence course.
  • Research scholarships.

 

12th Grade / Graduation Information

CLASS OF 2019

 

SENIOR INFORMATION SHEET - If requesting a counselor recommendation for college and/or scholarship application, please complete this form and return it to your counselor.  This form needs to be completed only once, it will remain on file throughout the school year.  Please print or type!  Click here for the Senior information sheet.

 

Mandatory Senior Meeting Wednesday October 10th, 2018 @ 8:00 am- for students- You will be given information about ordering your cap and grown, Graduation requirements and taking a class photo. Morning Career Center (LCC) students will be excused.

Graduation Cap and Gown Information:

1. A Herff Jones representative will be here Thursday October 18th, 2018 during both lunch periods in the hall way adjacent to the cafeteria.  He will be taking orders for Graduation Cap and Gowns.

 2. If you missed the meeting please pick up a Cap and Gown order form in student services or you may order them online at https://www.herffjones.com/product/graduation/caps-gowns/.

Please review the Senior Information Letter for 2018 graduates PDF Document

 

May 2nd, 2018 (DTBD)  - Oscar Night @ 7:00pm to 10:00pm in the High School Auditorium.  Class of 2018, Senior Citizens, 12 and under are all free entry everyone else is $5.00

May 10, 2018 (DTBD) - Mandatory Senior Class Meeting @ 10:55 am.  Career Center student will attend normal schedule.

May 15th, 2018- Photo Deadline for Senior slide Show

May 22nd, 2018 - Senior Recognition Ceremony - 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - High School Auditorium. Students who are not particpating in the award ceremony will need to attend their classes.

  1. * All seniors and parents are invited.
  2. * All students will be recognized.  Students who wish to be a apart of this ceremony must turn in an Accomplishment Card at the Student Serviecs office by Friday May 18th 2018.  Students must dress appropriately ( no shorts, jeans, tennis shoes or flip flops) and meet in the new gym at 8:00 a.m. Bring your graduation gown as they are worn during the ceremony.  Caps are not worn at this event.

May 23rd, 2019 - Seniors please clean out your lockers.

Friday May 24th, 2019 - Last Day of School is (1/2 day).  All books must be turned in by and any perosnal items left in your locker after May 26th will be disposed of.

Final Transcripts for Colleges - Please send your transcript through parchment. This is located on Student Services main page by clicking on the yellow button "Transcript Request".  You will be prompt to click on "send now" please click the drop down arrow next to it and select "hold" and continue. If requesting a transcript after June you may click on "send now."

*Please save all documents from your student google account.  Your account will be disconnected by June 4th, 2019 and you will not be able to retrieve your documents or e-mails.

Friday June 7th, 2019 - Graduation Ceremony @ 7:00pm - 9:30pm ALL GRADUATES MUST BE AT THE BRESLIN TUNNEL AREA BY 6:15 pm  IN THEIR CAPS AND GOWNS READY TO LINE UP!   Please enter at the main gate, pass through the metal detector, and security personnel will be available to direct them to the stairway leading to the tunnel.

Breslin Center has a "No Bag" policy  please click the link for more information http://breslincenter.com/content/commencement-ceremonies-no-bag-policy#overlay-context=

Parking- Parking will be facilitated in lots 63 West, 63 East and in the ramp on Harrison Road.   

Seating

  • Admission is free; there is no limit on the number of guests per student.
  • Seating for genral audience on the concourse level.  All seating is on a first come/first served basis-there are no seating reservations.
  • Platforms 135, 104,106, 111, 113 and 115 are open for handicapped audience accommodations.   Those wishing to be seated in a platform will need to check in at Guest Services for an admittance voucher.

Final Transcripts - All seniors are required to send their final transcript to the college they will be attending.    Students are welcome to log into their Parchment account now to request their transcript be forwarded to their school of choice; when placing your order it is important that you select " Hold For Grades", which will indicate that you want your final transcript mailed in late June.  Final transcripts will not be available until end of June.

General Information

 

  1. Read the daily announcements – available on the district website under parent/student resources and posted on the bulletin board outside the counseling office.
  2. Attend all senior meetings.
  3. Stay focused on academics – ALL YEAR
  4. Request a copy of your transcript every trimester to review.
  5. Make sure you are meeting the requirements of the MI Merit Curriculum (MMC) – refer to the “Graduation” category for details.
  6. Complete the “Senior Information Form” – blank forms are available in the counseling office or click here to complete electronicaly.  The information is used for college admissions and scholarship applications.
  7. Career Planning.
  8. Update your Educational Development Plan (EDP) on Career Cruising – To access Career Cruising log into you powerschool account and click the box that is located in the upper right hand corner.
  9. Discuss options of job shadowing, work experience and co-op.
College Planning

 

  1. Attend college night events – “College Night West” at LCC, October – specific dates are available at www.macrao.org.
  2. Plan to talk with college admissions representatives during lunches.
  3. Visit college websites.
  4. Visit college campuses.
  5. Complete college applications – before October 15 – refer to the “College Planning” category for the process.
  6. If you plan to participate in sports in college, register with the National Collegiate Athletic Association – www.ncaaclearinghouse.net

Scholarship Information
 
  1. Read the daily announcements and visit scholarships on the students services/counseling page.
  2. Inquire at outside sources – employers, clubs, organizations.
  3. Do an internet search – such as through: www.meritaid.com or www.fastweb.com
  4. Discuss options with the financial aid office of the college you plan to attend.
  5. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – go to: www.fafsa.gov for details.  Attend “College Goal Sunday” at LCC West in February – a free workshop to answer questions about the FAFSA and financial aid, in general.