HHS Transition

HHS Transition 8th to 9th Grade
Posted on 01/02/2020

Dear Parents/Guardians of 8th Graders:

Over the next few months some important activities will be taking place as the transition from middle school to high school begins to take shape. To help guide you through this transition, here is a brief timeline for your reference:


Early January  - Students interested in being considered for HHS honors courses in literacy, science, or social studies must complete a very short online form (due by Jan. 10th) at HHS 9th Grade Honors Course Interest Form.  Indicating interest in honors courses, in any or all subjects, at this time does not commit a student to that course of study. This step is merely to indicate interest for evaluation. If a student is uncertain, he or she should indicate interest now and may choose later which courses he or she actually wishes to enroll.

HHS Honors Program - For more detailed information regarding high school honors course placement please refer to the following notice: HHS Honors Placement Letter 2020.pdf

January 30 - HHS will host a Parent Orientation program at 7:00 pm on Jan. 30th in the High School Auditorium to review the HHS Program of Studies. This presentation is conducted by the HHS Director of Guidance along with the District Supervisors for each curriculum department. Mid-February - HMS counselors will meet with 8th grade students via their science classes to distribute HHS Programs of Study (Look for updated 2020-21 Program to post soon) and to review the course offerings and course selection process with all students.  This information is also available via the High School website under the Guidance Department.

Mid-March - Notice will be sent out once the process of course placement recommendations has been completed for all subject areas and entered into the Genesis student information system. At that point, the course recommendations will be viewable online via the Parent Portal. You will be able to view the recommendations for core courses, discuss them with your child, and enter rank-ordered elective course requests. Understand that a student cannot request an honors course for which he or she has not been approved by meeting the placement criteria and receiving the HHS departmental recommendation for honors placement.

March 26 - 8th grade students will meet with their respective HHS counselors at HMS in our library/media center to individually review their specific course recommendations and requests. If there are any questions or discrepancies, the HHS counselors will note these and follow-up with students and parents as needed to complete the initial course assignments for 9th grade.

Students considering attendance at Somerset County Vocational-Technical High School (SCVTHS) or at a private/parochial high school outside of Hillsborough will proceed through this process for HHS until such time as a formal acceptance notice and request for transfer of records by the out-of-district high school is received. The HMS guidance office can assist parents and students interested in attending other high schools including SCVTHS.

Representatives, including both faculty and students, from Somerset County Vo-Tech (SCVTHS) will be at HMS on January 15th to offer a presentation to interested students during periods 1 and 2.  Students who are interested in finding out more about the programs and offerings of the SCVTHS and wish to attend this presentation at HMS, must register in advance via the following:  Somerset County Vo-Tech Presentation Registration Form no later than January 10th.

Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s counselor at HMS for any questions or assistance throughout this transition: Teams 8A and 8C: Ms. Jordan Sicknick 431-6600 ext. 3278 (jsicknick@htps.us) replacing Mrs. Hunkeler currently on maternity leave. Teams 8B, 8D and 8E:  Mrs. Aime Casagrande 431-6600 ext. 2022 (acasagrande@htps.us)

The HMS and HHS guidance departments will be working very closely together to ensure a smooth transition for all 8th graders, and their parents, on this next and most exciting phase of education.


Joseph Trybulski, Ed.D.


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