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Sophomores,

Congratulations on successfully completing your freshman year, one of the most difficult adjustment processes that you can encounter in your academic journey.

Your sophomore year, you take up the academic work of the second year of your foundation courses. After a successful year of transition, you have hopefully settled into the routine of being in the high school. Much of last year as a freshman was spent working on the skills necessary to become strong students. You will find that the challenge increases a little this year, as do the teacher’s expectations of what sophomores can achieve, in line with what is developmentally appropriate.

We also hope to see sophomores increase their involvement in co-curricular activities. Aside from the classroom, the high school experience will be much enhanced by building strong connections to others and to the school through co-curricular activities.

This is an important time to continue to understand the importance of discipline, reinforce your study habits and build a strong academic record. Take full advantage of tutoring services and peer advising. Your goal is to clearly establish a pattern of behaviors that will lead to progress and success.

Focus on taking the steps necessary to explore your career options. This is the year that will be formative in helping you define your direction. Keep your eyes and ears open and take it all in. What sorts of careers interest you? How much do you know about the careers that appeal to you? How are they similar? How are they different? Do you know anyone who works in the field? Be sure to research different industries, potential employers, salary and compensation packages, benefits, potential advancement and lifestyle to get a holistic and realistic sense of each career path. Take into consideration goals for your personal as well as your professional life. Be honest about what appeals to you and what is required to be successful in your chosen field.

Our goal is to provide you with the resources and support to help you socially and academically throughout your 10th grade year and beyond. With all of us working together I am certain that you will accomplish your goals and have a successful school year. Please feel free to call, email or come by. I would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding 10th grade at Milano High School.

We wish you all the best this coming school year!

Sophomore Checklist

  • Continue to be aware of your academic progress.
  • Maintain a high GPA.
  • Be involved in activities and develop leadership skills.
  • If you are a college bound student-athlete and wish to participate in NCAA Division I or II athletics, you need to be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center. Register at the beginning of your sophomore year atwww.eligibilitycenter.org
  • Take the PSAT. This is actually an 11th grade test, but you can take it for practice and for admission into dual-credit courses your junior year.
  • Start to explore and discuss college options. Continue researching these options by visiting the library, bookstores, and the Internet.
  • In the spring, review your four-year plan to make certain you have selected appropriate courses for your junior year. Make these selections based on information gained from your research of colleges that interest you.
  • Sign up for junior year courses keeping in mind that you will want to challenge yourself with tougher courses. It will pay off in the long run not only by making you smarter, but by impressing colleges and helping you win scholarships.
  • Update your activities and awards file. Remember to keep track of time spent in your activities.