Academic Guidance: For Sophomores

Sophomores should focus on developing effective study habits, maintaining good grades, and participating in extra-curricular activities. Students should be enrolled in challenging courses in preparation for college. Students should begin thinking about their future plans and start exploring college choices and careers.

Sophomore Year Planning Calendar

August - September

  • Students should check their schedules to make sure levels and academic classes are appropriate.
  • Counselor will visit classrooms to introduce the new school year.
  • Students can apply for Bardstown-Nelson County Young Leaders. (see Ms. Koontz for application)
  • Counselor will visit classes to review last year's academic performance and discuss the
    importance and impact of GPA.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities.
  • Counselor will visit classrooms to introduce and begin Career Cruising and ILP.
  • Counselor will visit classrooms to discuss and answer questions concerning Young Leaders
    Institute.
  • Counselor will visit classrooms to introduce the Pre-ACT.
  • Young Leaders' Open reception (Monday, September 21)
  • Counselor will discuss National Honor Society and Governor's Scholar opportunities.

 

October - November

  • Students should assess their study habits and continue to improve their skills.
  • Students will explore career and college opportunities.
  • Counselor will visit homerooms to distribute the Pre-ACT materials.
  • Students should practice sample questions for the Pre-ACT.
  • Students should begin application for Governor's School for the Arts.
  • Parent / Teacher Conferences 
  • Students should begin application for HOBY (Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership). (see Ms. Koontz for application)
  • Students should begin application for the Governor's School for Entrepreneurs. 
    Application available online October 19.

 

December

  • Students struggling in a course should meet with their teacher and/or see the counselor for help in developing effective study strategies.
  • Students should be preparing for semester exams.
  • Work towards leadership positions in extracurricular activities.

 

January

  • Students should focus on their second semester courses and improving study skills if needed.
  • Counselor will visit homerooms to review the results of the Pre-ACT.
  • Interested students can sign up for the PSAT 10.
  • Students should continue exploring career and college planning.
  • Counselor will begin meeting with students to begin course selection for their junior year.

 

February - March

  • Counselor will continue to meet with students concerning course selection for their junior year.
  • Interested students will take the PSAT 10.

 

April - May

  • Students struggling in a course should meet with their teacher and/or see the counselor for help in developing effective study strategies.
  • Students should work to finish the year strong and make the 4th quarter their best quarter.
  • Students shoud update their resumes.
  • Students should be preparing for semester exams .
  • Students enrolled in an Advance Placement course should verify all the course requirements.

 

June - August

  • Students should consider working and performing community service.
  • Students should review National Honor Society and Governor Scholars Program requirements for applying for admission during the junior year.
  • Students should be sure to complete their summer reading and assignments.

 

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