Grade Level Information

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

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.

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 April.  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.  

  • 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 Xello 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 Eaton RESA Career Prep Center @ Lansing Communithy College 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 visit their website to discover the many programs LCC has to offer. The application deadline is in February. 

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): Xello

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 Xello”.

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.

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 A College and Career Fair Night. 
  • Sign up for a practice SAT/ACT workshops. 
  • If you are planning on playing sports in college, review the NCAA/NAIA eligibility requirements
  • 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.  LINK your Khan Academy account to your College Board account for ta personalized test prep program
  • Research colleges and universities; review their entrance requirements and grade point average guidelines.
  • Explore career options: College, Military, and Technical Training.
  • Apply to the  ERESA Career Prep Center at Lansing Community College  and make an appointment with your counselor to ensure your will be meeting your graduation requirements if you participate in this program.
  • Visit the Eaton RESA 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.  
  • 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.

 

CLASS OF 2022

Remember this Year to...

 

  • Update your Educational Development Plan (EDP) on Xello. Access Xello through your Powerschool account and click the box with the arrow located in the upper right hand corner.
  • Read the daily announcements – available on the district website under parent/student resources and posted on the bulletin board outside the counseling office.
  • Attend all senior meetings.
  • Stay focused on academics – ALL YEAR
  • Make an appointment with your Counselor to discuss your remaining Graduation requirements
  • Check our various scholarship opportunities throughout the year

Senior Calendar of Events

October

Letters of Recommendation - Complete the form and allow up to 2 weeks for your letter

College and Career Competition (C^3) Month

Complete your FAFSA

Senior Meeting

January

Interested in a Senior Hour or Early Graduation meet with your Counselor

April 

Tuesday, April 26 8:00am - Mandatory Senior Meeting - High School Auditorium

Dr. Wright will present information regarding Senior Awards Ceremony, End of Year Activities, Requirements, and Graduation.

Wednesday, April 27 During Both Lunch - Cap and Gown and Graduation Order Deliveries - Outside the Cafeteria

The Representative from Herff Jones will be outside the cafeteria during both lunch hours for cap and gown and graduation orders pick-up.

All remaining balances due must be paid at this time.

Friday, April 29 9:00-10:30am - Decision Day - Main Lobby

All Seniors are invited to the main lobby to place their names on our banners to indicate their choice of college, career, or armed forces.

Wear your t-shirt, sweatshirt, or employer logo to indicate your decision.

Joins us for cake to celebrate your accomplishment.

May

Friday, May 6 - Prom - Hidden Creek Farms

Watch for details to come from Student Council.

Wednesday, May 11 - Due Date for Senior Accomplishment Cards - Student Services Office

Students who are participating in the Senior Recognition Ceremony need to return their Senior Accomplishment Cards by the end of the day to Student Services. 

Friday, May 20 - Due Date for pictures for Senior Slide Show

Seniors and parents may submit photos for the senior slide show to be shown at the beginning of graduation.

Send photos to seniorslideshow@glcomets.net

Submit high school age photos, nothing prior to 9th grade.

Submit a maximum of 2 photos.

Photos must be of GLHS Seniors only.  Groups of two or more seniors in a photo is preferred.

All photos must be school appropriate.

May 23-May 27 - Return All Books, Chromebooks, Bags, and HP Chargers - Media Center

Return all your GLPS equipment and library materials to the media center by the end of the week.

Receive a Class of 2022 wristlet if you return all your equipment and you have a zero balance account.

FEES FOR LOST OR DAMAGED ITEMS MUST BE PAID BEFORE YOU RECEIVE YOUR DIPLOMA.

Tuesday, May 24 - 8:30am-10:30am - Senior Recognition Ceremony - High School Auditorium

All Seniors are invited to participate and parents are invited. 

Participating seniors need to complete an Accomplishment Card and return it to the Student Services office by Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

Students must dress appropriately.  No shorts, jeans, t-shirts, tennis shirts, or flip flops.

Graduation gowns and collars are worn at this ceremony.  Do not wear your cap.

Be in the new gym by 8:00am.

Tuesday, May 24 - 7:00pm - Senior Oscars - Grand Ledge High School Community Stadium

This is a fun event where students are given mock awards by their peers.

In case of rain, this event will be held in the High School Auditorium.

Wednesday, May 25 - Clean out Lockers

Lockers need to be completely cleaned out by the end of the day.

Waste containers will be provided.

Please do not litter.  Please recycle!!

All items left in lockers will be disposed after May 25.

 

Thursday, May 26 - 8:30pm - Senior Sunset - Grand Ledge High School Community Stadium

 

Friday, May 27 - Last Day of School for Seniors & Senior Send Off - Grand Ledge High School Community Stadium

 

June

Friday, June 10 - 7:00pm - Graduation - Breslin Student Event Center at Michigan State University

 

Senior Information

 

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 the end of June.