HHS Transition

HHS Transition 8th to 9th Grade
Posted on 01/04/2022


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:

Mid 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. 21st) 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.

HMS - Basics of the 8th to 9th Grade Transition Webinar:

HMS Parent Program



January - HHS will present a PARENT ORIENTATION program at 7:00 pm on January 26, 2022 exclusively online via a remote livestream to review the HHS Program of Studies.  The link to view the livestream event will be shared at a future date and posted to the district website at www.htps.us on January 26. This presentation will be conducted by the HHS Director of School Counseling along with the District Supervisors for each curriculum department. Please mark your calendar for this important orientation program.  

Early February - HMS counselors will meet with 8th grade students via their science classes to review the HHS Program of Studies and the course offerings and course selection process with all students.  The 2022-2023 Program of Studies will be available live by January 17, 2022. The current version is available for view online here

Late February - 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.

Mid-March - HHS counselors will travel to HMS to have a short meet & greet sessions with their assigned 8th grade students to provide a general overview of the high school, the transition from 8th to 9th grade, and answer students’ questions. If there are any outstanding questions or discrepancies in course requests and placements, 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 School Counseling office can assist parents and students interested in attending other high schools including SCVTHS.  

For more information about the academic, career and technical programs available at Somerset County Vo-Tech (SCVTHS), visit their website at www.scvths.org.  Applications to SCVTHS are due online via their website (under the admissions tab) by February 18, 2022.   

Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s counselor at HMS for any questions or assistance throughout this transition:

Teams 8A and 8C: Mrs. Sara Hunkeler 431-6600 ext. 3278 (shunkeler@htps.us)

Teams 8B, 8D and 8E:  Mrs. Aime Casagrande 431-6600 ext. 2022 (acasagrande@htps.us)

The HMS and HHS School Counseling 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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