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A Letter from Mrs. Doyle to 8th Grade Parents Regarding High School Registration- FHS Registration Parent Meeting is 2/10 at 6:00 pm in FMS Cafeteria- FHS Registration Paperwork is Due 2/17/2022

8th Grade Parent Letter  

 

 

Dear 8th Grade Parents: 

During second semester, Mrs. White, the FHS 9th grade School Counselor, and I will be going into the 8th grade World History classes to help students complete 9th grade course selections and their 4- year high school plans. Mrs. White and I will visit World History classes on the following dates: January 20 (Bishop), January 21 (Cushman), and January 24 (Rainbolt) and again on January 27 (Bishop), January 28 (Cushman), and February 1 (Rainbolt). Please understand that high school course selection is presented in a group setting with students, and that individual meetings with parents to discuss this is not possible with an 8th grade class of over 400 students. Parents will have the opportunity to learn about high school course selection during a night Parent Meeting on Thursday, February 10th at 6:00 pm in the FMS Cafeteria. The meeting is for parents only due to space limitations. In addition to Mrs. White, the FHS 9th grade School Counselor, Mrs. Adams, the FHS IB Counselor will also attend the parent meeting and present IB information. The deadline for students to return required high school registration paperwork is February 17, 2022. Course selections made by students must be approved by the parents.

Please note that part of the high school registration process includes attaching 2 proofs of residency with the registration schedule sheet/paperwork. They must be current, dated in the last 30 days. This is a requirement.

FHS Acceptable proofs of residency are:

  • Current homeowner’s insurance statement
  • Current rental contract (lessor name, address and phone number)
  • Current real estate contract signed by all parties (home construction is in process)
  • Current mobile home/apartment (purchase or rental receipt, lease agreement, lot number and physical location)
  • Current utility bills (light, water, gas, telephone (no cell phones), cable, sewage/waste management) deposit
  • Current Social Security/Food Stamp Statement
  • Latest Federal Income Tax Return/W2 Form (address or return)

**Notarized statements, driver’s license and cell phone bills are not valid proofs of residency.

The Alabama Department of Education requires that all 8th graders complete a high school 4- year plan online in the Alabama Career Planning System/Kuder Navigator Program. The 4 -year plan is NOT A SCHEDULE. It is an exercise to help students better understand high school requirements. It is not written in stone, nor is it expected to be 100% accurate regarding courses and credits. Each year, the 4-year plan is reviewed and updated in high school. Your students’ 4-year plans will be printed and sent home for your signatures and will need to be returned to homeroom teachers with registration paperwork by February 17, 2022. 

Your signature on your student’s 4-year printed plan means that you have reviewed it, not that you approve of all the courses your student selected for the plan.  Again, please remember that it is NOT A SCHEDULE. It is a plan that will be changed by your student every year. Please use the review of the 4-year plan as an opportunity to have a conversation with your student about his/her educational goals in high school and beyond.

Fairhope High School may make recommendations regarding Honors/AP courses based on a student's state test scores/Star scores, grades, and teacher recommendations. Ultimately, it is your decision, and you must approve a student's diploma option and whether he/she takes Honors/AP courses. Please keep in mind that once a student begins an Honors/AP class next school year, they are committed for the full year. Students cannot “try out” a class for a few weeks to see if they like it. 

My concern every year is that FMS students will choose the diploma option based on the name, such as the College Prep with Distinction Diploma, instead of choosing the diploma that best meets their needs and goals. This would be unfortunate and not in the best interest of the student to choose a diploma option based on the name alone. Again, the standard Alabama High School Diploma does meet the admission requirements of colleges/universities depending upon the courses chosen and of course, the grades received. Colleges/universities look at transcripts regarding grades and courses taken, not the name of the diploma. 

Baldwin County offers the College Prep with Distinction Diploma, a very academically rigorous diploma option. Students must take the most advanced classes offered, Honors/AP. The Academic Guide for 2022/2023 will indicate if there are any changes in the current 3 diploma options which include the standard diploma, College Prep with Distinction diploma, and the IB diploma.   

Regarding the IB Program, students who apply for the IB Program will complete the 4- year high school plan and 9th grade course selection based on this. IB applications will have a due date and must be completed electronically and emailed or mailed to Ms. Litaker, the FHS IB Coordinator. Students accepted into the IB program are notified in writing by FHS. Questions regarding the IB 4- year high school plan and IB 9th grade course selections will need to be directed to Ms. Litaker, the FHS IB Coordinator. The IB application will be posted on the FHS website with a due date TBA in February. 

Detailed information about high school registration will be provided at the 8th Grade Parent Meeting on February 10th. Please if possible, hold your questions until then. If due to a schedule conflict you can’t make the meeting, the FHS 9th grade Counselor will post the PowerPoint on the FHS website with the information provided in the meeting. Again, FHS registration paperwork is due February 17, 2022 to the student's homeroom teacher. After the due date, homeroom teachers will no longer accept the registration paperwork. It will then be up to the parents to drop off the forms to the FHS office. 

High School registration is a very exciting time for our students. Thank you in advance for being involved and playing a critical role in the process.

Best Regards,

Mrs. Kathryn Doyle, LPC

8th Grade School Counselor

Fairhope Middle School