• Frequently Asked Questions

    When is Freshmen Orientation?
    • Freshmen Orientation will be the day before school starts. Traditionally this is the Tuesday after Labor Day, from 8 - 1pm.  Orientation includes a slew of fun activities, including food!
     
    When will I receive my 9th grade schedule?
    • 9th graders are given their schedule at Freshmen Orientation (the day before school starts).  This is a great way to see where your classes are before school begins. 10th, 11th and 12th grade students receive their schedule on the 1st day of school.
     
    When do I get my school picture taken, purchase my ASB card or yearbook, etc.?
    • Smile pretty! In August, information will be sent home about what day and times your grade level can come in to pay for your ASB card and/or yearbook, get your school picture taken, etc. Any payments go through our ASB Secretary, Neelam Sidhu. If you aren't able to make it for the August school picture day, a make-up day will be scheduled in September.   
     
    What athletics are offered at JHS?  What do I need to do to be involved on a JHS Team?
    • JHS has outstanding teams and athletes!  Check out the Athletics Website for more information.  If you have further questions about paperwork requirements, tryout information, sports seasons, etc., contact Ms. Smart (425.385.7018), Athletics Secretary.  If you qualify for Free/Reduced lunch, please connect with our Athletic Director, Ms. Young (425.385.7016) about how to waive the pay to play fees. 
     
    What clubs are offered at JHS?
    • Clubs are based off of student interest, and are an amazing way to make school more meaningful and fun!  If you are interested in starting a club, you'll want to check in with our Activities Coordinator - Mr. Briggs.  Look over the calendar of events at school and the club list (in the student handbook and on the JHS Club Webpage) for something of interest to you.  If you have questions about a club, be sure to ask the club advisor!
    • The classes of 2017-2020 need to earn 22 subject specific credits. The classes of 2021+ need to earn 24 subject specific credits. Specific details are available in the Course Catalog.

     

     
    I took a high school level class in grade 7 and/or 8, how do I add that credit & grade to my high school transcript (for example: English 1, Coordinated Science, Algebra 1, Geometry or WA State History)? 
    • During grade 9, you will receive a letter from the JHS Registrar asking if you would like to add any high school level credits (taken in middle school) to you high school transcript. You can choose to add the credit at any point in high school (you don't have to make this decision during 9th grade).  To add the credit, your parent/guardian needs to send a note or email to the Registrar asking her to post the credit to your transcript. ONCE THE CREDIT & GRADE IS ON YOUR JHS TRANSCRIPT, IT CANNOT BE REMOVED! 
    I took a high school level class in grade 7 and/or 8, but because I earned a lower grade than I hoped, do I have to add it to my JHS Transcript?
    • NO, you don't have to add the class/grade to your JHS Transcript.  It's your choice. If, for example, you took English 1 during 8th grade and passed the class, but you choose not to add it to your JHS Transcript, you can still sign up for English 2 during 9th grade.  Just make sure you complete the 4 credits of English that are required to ultimately graduate from high school.  Remember, once you add a course to your transcript, you can't take it off.
     
    I want to get ahead in my math credits by taking a Correspondence Course (for example, through BYU, Portland State, etc.) over the summer. Is there anything I need to be aware of?
    • Yes! Make sure you read the district policy and submit the JHS Correspondence Approval Form to your JHS Counselor, before you take the class.  Remember, if you are completing a yearlong course (for example, Algebra 1 or Spanish 1) you need to complete the full credit/class before you are allowed to move in to the next course level (for example, Geometry or Spanish 2).
    What state exams do I need to pass to earn my high school diploma?
    • OSPI requires students to pass an English/Language Arts, Science and Math exams to earn a high school diploma. More information can be found on the OSPI website.
     
    I've noticed there is a "senior year quantitative credit" requirement. What does that mean?
    • It means you need to take math or science class during your senior year (unless you have successfully completed Pre-Calculus)
     
    I'm planning to complete a PE Waiver via my participation in a JHS or community athletic program.  What is required?
    • The PE Waiver paperwork and requirements are available here: PE Waiver Form.  A student can't submit this paperwork until they have taken and passed PE1 or are concurrently enrolled in PE1 during the athletic season.  PE Waiver paperwork is processed by the JHS Administrators, so if you have questions or completed paperwork, make sure you touch base with your grade level JHS Administrator. Paperwork must be approved before you can start counting your hours.
    I'd like to create my 4-year plan (a list of what classes I'll take in each year of high school).  Where can I do this?
    • In grades 9 - 12 students will create an online 4-year plan using the Naviance computer program.  9th graders will learn about this program through lessons the Counselors provide throughout the school year.  If you'd like to create an electronic version before you get linked to Naviance, feel free to use this version: 
     
    I didn't go to Heatherwood or Gateway Middle School, but will be a new 9th grader at JHS.  How do I get signed up to start in the fall at JHS?
    • Please contact the JHS Counseling Secretary, Ms. Strom, 425.385.7010, to get the registration paperwork and to schedule a new student registration appointment.

    I have a current IEP or 504 Plan.  How will my teachers know I have a disabling condition that requires accommodation? 

    • Your teachers will be given a copy of your accommodations in September.  It's always good to keep a copy of your accommodation plan with you, so that you can talk with teachers about how accommodations are managed within their classroom (for example, if you need copies of notes, some teachers may have them placed in a certain spot within their classroom, while others may hand them to you on the day notes are taken).  
    How do I know who my counselor is?
    • A-Co      Ms. Tucker
    • Cr-F       TBD
    • G-Kh      Ms. Sperry
    • Ki-M       Mrs. Williams
    • N-Sa      Mr. Turner
    • Sc-Z       Mrs. Gregg