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High school transition program draws a crowd

It was standing room only this week at the Evanston Township High School PTSA’s program “Easing the Transition to High School."

More than 200 8th grade parents listened attentively and took notes Tuesday as speakers from ETHS described many ways that high school differs from middle school.

It was standing room only this week at the Evanston Township High School PTSA’s program “Easing the Transition to High School."

More than 200 8th grade parents listened attentively and took notes Tuesday as speakers from ETHS described many ways that high school differs from middle school.

Interest in high school is sparked at this time of year because of the EXPLORE test taken by all 8th graders on Dec. 5 and 12. The test score gives an early look at whether a student is on track to be ready for college-level work.

Head Dean Vernon Clark told parents that more will be asked of students in high school and that good attendance and consistently completing homework will contribute to their student’s success.

Parents can keep track of attendance, homework and grades through the online Home Access Center.

Marcus Campbell, head of Special Programs for academic support, described the success achieved by students who are recommended for those programs based on test scores and principals’ recommendations.

Lead Counselor Leah Piekarz described the student-counselor relationship and Theresa Patterson, Physical and Health Education Chair-elect told parents that PE is now a graded subject at ETHS and described the many physical education options offered, including swimming, gymnastics and soccer.

MaryJo Boyer is co-president of the ETHS PTSA.

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