HHS Transition

HHS Transition 8th to 9th Grade
Posted on 01/19/2021

Dear Parents/Guardians of 8th Grade Students:

Starting March 8 (after 3:00 pm) through March 14, when you log into Genesis and select your current 8th grade student, you will see an additional tab labeled “scheduling.”  During this time, you will be able to see which courses have been selected for your child and have the opportunity to enter requests for electives and world language.  Please review this letter carefully with regard to your rising HHS Freshman.


The HHS Program of Studies for 2021-22 was shared with all current eighth graders last month during presentations conducted online by the HMS school counselors.  The Program of Studies contains a great deal of important information, including course descriptions, prerequisites, and guidance for making appropriate selections by department.  Please review that site with your child to help him/her decide on course requests.   Graduation requirements and suggested course sequences are also posted there.  Additionally, you can find a quick list under the “general information” section which lists electives available to 9th graders.  One of the HHS counselors has prepared a “4-Year Planning Guide” video that provides a nice overview of how to plan your individual course of study for incoming freshmen. 


World Language recommendations for next year’s placements have been entered by your child’s current teacher for the appropriate level course in the same subject in which they’ve been enrolled in for the past several years. If your child wishes to change to a new language, you will be able to choose Level 1 of a new world language in the same manner as choosing electives. Please note that we recommend that any student who would like to take American Sign Language (ASL) have a viable second choice of world language. Typically very few to no 9th graders can be scheduled for ASL. 


It is important for those students who have availability to schedule electives to choose at least ten (10) elective courses options indicating the priority for each in terms of preference.  If selecting semester electives, be sure to list additional choices for BOTH semesters.   Choices for electives as well as instrumental/choral music can be found under the “REQUEST” course tab.  A quick tutorial video on selecting electives can be viewed here


If your child has been recommended for an honors course that he or she does not wish to take, please contact your child’s HMS counselor to make the necessary course adjustment.  If you have questions regarding honors placement decisions, please direct those to the respective curriculum supervisors:

  • Literacy - Sheila Cooper, District Literacy Supervisor (ext. 3311)
  •  Math - Tracey Knerr, District Math Supervisor (ext. 2010)
  •  Science - Lisa Kiel, District Science Supervisor (ext. 2728)
  •  Social Studies - Cindy Assini, District Social Studies Supervisor (ext. 3474)
  •   World Language - Roberto Lugo, District World Language Supervisor (ext. 2014)


For assistance in all other areas, contact your child’s counselor at HMS:

  • Teams 8B, 8D and 8E - Aime Casagrande (ext. 2022)
  • Teams 8A and 8C - Sara Hunkeler (ext. 3278)

Or for children with individual education plans (IEP’s), contact your child’s case manager:

  • Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant - Carol Ann Giresi (ext. 2761)
  • School Psychologist - Pam Misztal (ext. 2106)
  •  School Psychologist - Mikala Connery (ext. 3343)
  •  Social Worker - Tristen Garretson (ext. 2069)

The Child Study Team (CST) case managers will be working with the school counselors to ensure that all course selections are in accordance with the student’s IEP.  

Please review the course options and complete elective choices by March 14.  Note that students planning to attend Somerset Vo-Tech or a private/parochial high school should still select courses for HHS until their acceptance to other schools are finalized.  Do not hesitate to reach out to our guidance office if you have any questions or need assistance with this process at any time.  


Joseph Trybulski, Ed.D.


Enc.  See attached directions for scheduling in Genesis

Schedule Requests/Recommendations

In the Genesis Student Portal, you will see a new tab labeled “scheduling” starting March 8-14.  The scheduling feature for 8th graders will enable you and your child to see the recommended courses in each of the core areas and to make selections for world language & elective courses if available.

Log into the Genesis portal  https://students.htps.us/
Click on the Scheduling Tab

Click on the Requests Tab

PLEASE NOTE:  For incoming Freshman students, all core subject areas (literacy, math, science, social studies, physical education) have been preset to the recommended or qualifying course levels.  Changes to these settings must be made by the school counselor in consultation with a parent/guardian.  With regard to world language, students may proceed with the recommended course or choose a new language option.


In addition to the core disciplines, it is important for those students who have options available for electives to choose at least five (5) elective courses indicating the priority for each in terms of preference.  If selecting semester electives, be sure to list additional choices for BOTH semesters.  

Find the course that you would like to request, then use the dropdown menu in the Priority column to rank your course request choice - on a scale of 1 (Highest) to 5 (Lowest).  Please note that you can only make ONE request at a time.

After you have selected one course, click the “Request This Course” button.

Click OK in the dialogue box that opens to confirm your request.

You are then returned to the Requests page where you can:

  • View all existing course requests
  • Delete a request by clicking the trash can
  •  Add new requests by repeating the steps in this tutorial


**Remember: For each elective course, you MUST make ten prioritized requests.

Note: Subject area requests will be sorted on your screen by Course Number, not priority.

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