9th Grade

The Freshman Year

A letter to the parents of Freshman

The purpose of the team approach is to allow teachers to better meet the needs of our freshmen students.  Teaming is built upon key elements such as standardized expectations, learning skills development, classroom leadership, technology use, and parent/teacher communication. The freshman teachers meet daily, twice each week with the 9th grade counselor and administrator. This planning time is sometimes used to meet with students and to conference with parents.

If you would like to meet with your child’s teachers please contact Fred Douglas, 9th grade counselor, at x 2424.

The following teachers make up the 9th grade team.

A. DeJessa
M. Castillo
C. Roper
D. Novak

D. Nicosia
B. DiMaulo
N. Lennon
K. D'Arienzo


D. Wong
C. Christiano
M. Mueller
D. Edens

Social Studies
C. Zarcone
K. Campbell
S. Regenye
T. Snyder

Ninth Grade Counselor - Fred Douglas
Administrator - Lisa Garafalo

Your child’s teachers request that you contact them via email. 
Email addresses are the teachers’ first initial of the first name followed by their 
last name @pthsd.net

Commonly Asked Questions by Ninth Graders

Click here for FAQs

Extra Curricular Activities:

Getting involved is the best way to get the most of your highschool experience. Consider joining one of the numerous clubs,organizations, or sports teams at Parsippany High:

Check out some of them HERE or stop by Guidance for more information!


Career Goals:

It's time to start identifying what career field you might be interested in. Don't worry too much about your choice, it will probably change, but having an idea of what you want to do after high school is important.

Check out Naviance HERE. You can also take career assessments and watch videos from people in various occupational fields.



The guidance department has put together a resource for the parents of freshman students to help ease the transition and provide some resources.

You can download your free copy Here.

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