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Welcome to Ninth Grade

We’re excited to welcome you to the Spartan Family and we look forward to helping you plan and prepare for your Freshman year of High School.  Our vision at Memorial is that we are a place where students thrive because we believe in identifying and disrupting educational inequities, creating opportunities for all students that are rigorous, engaging, and relevant to student’s lives, creating a community where students, staff, and families feel a sense of belonging and all identities, abilities, and personal assets are valued.  We believe in being responsive to student needs and invested in student success.  We are JMM and we can’t wait for you to join us.

-Matt Hendrickson, Head Principal

Welcome Class of 2025, incoming 9th graders
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Upcoming Events & Orientation Opportunities

8th to 9th Grade Transition Overview - Welcome to Memorial

**If you were unable to attend the virtual event on January 13th or would like to review the information provided, you can view the course selection presentation here. 

For those of you who were able to attend the event, we welcome your feedback and would appreciate it if you could take this survey to better inform future events.

Private and Parochial Family Enrollment Information

 

Electives Discovery Night

Our Virtual JMM Electives Discovery Night is an opportunity for incoming ninth grade students and families to learn about the elective courses and opportunities available at Memorial High School.

When: Thursday, January 21, 2021 ~ 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Get Ready to be a Spartan & Student Panel

This presentation will welcome the Class of 2025 to JMM!  Topics covered will include the organizational (neighborhood) structure of JMM, summer enrichment opportunities, enrollment, school supplies, the first day of school, transportation, daily schedules, lunch, athletics, academic and career planning, accessing help, graduation requirements, etc.

When: TBD Date in May

Other Engagement Opportunities

LATINX Parent Group

  • Purpose: JMM’s Latinx Parent Group builds understanding of the school experience in the Spanish-speaking families of Memorial High School as they connect to the JMM, MMSD, and Madison communities.  It is a bridge between families adjusting to a new culture and language and JMM’s school community to better support the academic achievement and socio-emotional growth of our students.  

  • Who: Parents of Latinx students at Madison Memorial for the 2021-2022 school year

  • When: Third Thursday of each month from 6:30 -7:30 - consult the school website for the Zoom Link or email Anne’ Knezevic for more information

  • Contact: Anne’ Knezevic - aknezevic@madison.k12.wi.us or Rosemary Barrientos - 608-572-7274

Parents United for Responsible Education - African American Parent Group

  • Purpose:  Parents United for Responsible Education provides a safe place for African American parents to discuss the importance of parent involvement in the education of their child or children.  We plan to work together to hear your school-related issues and concerns and seek solutions.

  • Who: Parents of African American students at Madison Memorial for the 2021-2022 school year

  • Contact: Andrea Jones - apjones@madison.k12.wi.us - 608-663-6168

Speed & Strength Training

  • Purpose: The Memorial Athletic Department offers a Summer Speed & Strength Program for all athletes.  The program includes a dynamic warm-up, instruction in proper technique on all lifts, speed and agility drill instruction, plyometric training, and a log book to chart progress.  All skill and experience levels are welcome.  Five different session options will be offered, including sessions for female athletes only and incoming 9th graders only.  Specific session information will be made available by the Memorial Athletics Department in the spring. 

  • Who: All students interested in participating in athletics at Madison Memorial High School

  • Where: Madison Memorial High School

  • When: Summer 2021

  • Contact: Jeremy Schlitz - jschlitz@madison.k12.wi.us - 608-663-6079

Spartan 101 (pending district decisions on Summer 2021)

  • Purpose: This four day summer program helps incoming Memorial freshmen learn about making a successful transition to high school.  Freshmen will meet older students, teachers, principals and school staff while learning about curriculum, scheduling, clubs, sports, study skills and more!  Sign up through MSCR. 

  • Who: All incoming freshmen interested in a summer transition class

  • Where: Madison Memorial High School

  • When: One week sessions are offered in both June and August. Consult the MSCR Course catalog for course sign-up information

Athletics - Athletics Kick-Off Event

  • Purpose: This event will review the required forms for all students participating in athletics during the 2021-2022 school year and allow athletes and families to meet with coaches for sport specific information.  The event will cover the Athletic Code as well as student-athlete and parent responsibilities to the Code, school, and team.  All Memorial students who wish to participate in a WIAA sport during the 2021-2022 school year must attend this event with a parent or guardian.

  • Who: All students interested in participating in athletics at Madison Memorial High School

  • When: July 29, 2021

  • Contact: Jeremy Schlitz - jschlitz@madison.k12.wi.us - 608-663-6079

Tips & Pointers: Preparing for High School

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  • Make sure to attend freshman orientation: This is the number one most important time to prepare yourself for high school! Be sure to check out other events as well (see above).
  • Talk to your friends from middle school: Many of them will go to the same high school as you. But remember that you’re likely to make some new friends, too. On average, your high school will be about 3 to 4 times bigger than your middle school!
  • Check out the school’s publications: From blogs, to social media, to TV broadcasts, to other online materials, you can learn about what other teens are up to at your school. You could also get involved in school media yourself, if you’re interested!
  • Keep track of your stuff: Do you have a good system for organizing your schoolwork? Make sure you’ve got a binder, assignment notebook, and anything else that helps you stay on top of things. Going paperless instead? Awesome! Tech tools will help you succeed from freshman to senior year, and beyond.
  • Tech tools: Check out your school’s website, Infinite Campus, Google Classrooms, and your MMSD e-mail to make sure you’re in-the-know about all the tech tools available to students. If you’re not familiar with these yet, your teachers and other school staff will be happy to help.
  • 1:1 tech devices: Don’t have a computer at home? No problem! All MMSD high schools are going one-to-one with devices this year, which means you should have access to your own Chromebook. MMSD’s policy for appropriate use of tech tools can be found here.
  • Be yourself! (Seriously.) There are so many people in high school, you’re bound to find other people with the same interests, hobbies, and even quirks, as you.
  • Be kind! In the words of one East High student: “You’re going to be with these people for the next four years of your life, you might as well get along with each other.”
  • Specific supports: Do you have anything in particular you need to find in the school? Learn about AVID, Student Services, Personalized Pathways, and other programs early in the year, to get a head-start on your own needs as a high schooler. Some helpful links can be found at the bottom of this page.

Making the most out of your high school experience

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High school can be an amazing experience for students. Below are a few tips for making the most of the next four years.

  • Join a club or sport. High school is much more enjoyable when you get involved. Don't see a club that interests you? Start one!
  • Stay on top of your progress and grades. Check Infinite Campus often.
  • Ask for help when you need it!
  • Get to know your teachers and help your teachers get to know you.
  • Attendance is VITAL! Come to school on time, every day.
  • Take advantage of the supports provided at your high school. That may be tutoring, counseling, mentoring and more.
  • Talk to adults at school about your postsecondary goals and get advice on courses you should take while in high school to help you reach your goals.
  • Get to know your classmates, especially those that are different from you.
  • Ask questions! There are many people here to to help you, communication is key.
  • Take a good balance of classes. Explore a new hobby or skill through an elective class and challenge yourself with an Advanced Placement course or Dual Credit class. Learn some of the benefits of advanced coursework.
  • Know your support system! There are counselors, social workers, psychologists and many other adults at our school who are here to support your academics and well-being.

Staying on Track: Academics

Ninth Grade: The Most Important Year of High School

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You are about to start the most important year in your high school career! How do we know this? Madison Metropolitan School District’s research team has found that more than anything else, your grades and attendance in ninth grade matter for high school graduation. If you are On-Track at the end of 9th grade, you are more than twice as likely to graduate in 4 years. Graduate with a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) or higher and your opportunities beyond high school skyrocket!

What does it take to be On-Track to Graduate?

To be On-Track to graduate on time, you must:

  • Attend school at least 90% of the time (miss no more than 4 days a quarter of school), AND
  • Earn no more than 2 semester Fs

Key Vocabulary

Here you'll find a list of key vocabulary to help you with entering high school.

Additional Resources