Commonly Asked Questions by Ninth Graders


Q: What should I do if my locker doesn’t work?
A: Mrs. Hafdelin, or any secretary in the attendance office (nextto the main office), can help you. You will be directed to a custodianto fix your locker or, if necessary, give you another one.

Q: What should I do if I arrive late to school or late to a class?
A: Before you go to your 1st period class, you must go theattendance office .You will be given a pass to give to your 1st periodteacher.

Q: Can I lose credit in a course as a result of being absent from school?
A: Yes, you can. You will lose credit if you are absent more than20 times (full year course); 15 times (3/4 year course, such as PE); 10absences (1/2 year course); 5 absences (1/4 year course, such asHealth).

Q: Can I lose credit in a course if I arrive late to school, or late to a class?
A: Yes, you can. Make sure to read and understand the AttendancePolicy and the Late to Class sections in your handbook, which outlinethe details of these situations.

Q: What is the procedure for returning to school after an absence?
A: Report to the attendance office with a note from your doctor orparent explaining the reason for the absence. You will be given anAdmission Slip, which you need to give to your teacher.

Q: What do I do if I will be leaving early from school?
A: Before school begins on the day you will be leaving early,report to the attendance office with a note explaining the reason forleaving early. Once you receive your Leave Early Pass, you do not needto return to the attendance office before you leave on that day.

Q: What should I do if I need a copy of my schedule?
A: Come to the guidance office and ask to see your guidancecounselor. If the school counselor cannot see you, ask a guidancesecretary for a copy of your schedule.

Q:  Will I get a lot of homework in 9th grade?
A: Yes, you will have homework on a regular basis. If you arestruggling or feel overwhelmed, talk to your teacher or your counselor.

Q: Can I change a course in my schedule?
A: Once you have selected your courses, including electives,changes will be considered only if: we have made a scheduling error, youhave been placed in the wrong level of a course, or you took the courseover the summer and you are eligible to receive credit for it.

Q: Will my counselor tell my parents or teachers about what we discuss?
A: With a few exceptions, what you discuss with your counselorwill always remain confidential. Your counselor can discuss thoseexceptions if you have any concerns regarding confidentiality.

Q:  What do I do if I need extra help in a class?
A: The person whom can help you the best in a course is theteacher of that course. Many teachers offer extra help before or afterschool. There is (free) tutoring available through the National HonorSociety. Your counselor can discuss this with you.

Q: Do freshman have finals, do freshman grades count in my GPA, will freshman courses and grades appear on my transcript?
A: Yes. Yes. And Yes!

Q: Does PHS have any programs to help me with my college and career plans?
A: Yes. In your freshman year, you will want to sign up for FamilyConnection by Naviance, as you will be using this program extensivelythroughout high school. There’s tons of information and tools to helpyou start making your long range plans for life beyond PHS. One of thereally interesting tabs you can explore is “About Me” to jump start yourcareer exploration! Our goal is to have every 9th grader signed up inNaviance by the end of their freshman year.

Q: How can I find out about my grades?
A: You can ask your teacher, however, using Genesis is a great wayfor you to keep track of how you’re doing in a class or what grade youreceived on an assignment, test, or project.

Q: What do I do if I have a problem with my I-Pad?
A: Someone in the media center (Ms. Cozin, Ms. Record) can help you when you have problems with your I-pad.

Q: How do I find out about clubs at PHS?
A: On the PHS website, there is a link for Activities and Clubs,which has this information. If there is not a club which reflects any ofyour interests, speak to your counselor or a teacher about startingone!

Q:  How do I find out about sports at PHS?
A: There is a link to Athletics on the PHS website, where you willfind another link to the PHS Athletic Handbook. This containsinformation about the athletic program offerings, including fall,winter, and spring sports. Mr. Gary Borges ( x2327) is the CoordinatingPrincipal for Athletics.

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