Every MPS high school has some type of special orientation or first day of school for Freshmen. Make sure to attend. It is a great way to get to know some upperclassmen mentors, get acclimated to your new campus, learn some school traditions and maybe even make some new friends.
Check Your Schedule
This may seem like it should go without saying, but review your class schedule. Make sure that you don't have double periods (two 3rd hours), that you know where the rooms are and that most importantly you are in the correct classes based on your academic abilities. Your schedule should be based on the 4-year plan you started in 8th grade.
Didn't build a 4-year plan for high school yet? Don't worry, we will get to that here.
Obtain Access to Your Student Accounts
There are several accounts that you will need to have access to and will be expected to using on a regular basis.
Active Directory - Your active directory is what you will use to login to any computer you use in high school. Your documents and other files that are saved in My Documents will be saved so you can access them on any district computer. Instruction on how to login.
Canvas - Canvas is the online learning management system (LMS) used by Mesa Public Schools to a way to simplify teaching and learning by connecting all the digital tools teachers use in one easy place. You will be using canvas in many of your classes for assignments and activities. Login Here.
AZCIS - Arizona Career Information System is the tool we use to build your ECAP, assess your interests and skills and much more. The goals of AZCIS are to: guide students and parents through successful eighth-grade and post-high school transitions; increase retention and graduation rates; and provide career planning, guidance, and development resources to last a lifetime.
MyMPS - MyMPS is where you can check your grades, see assignment calendars and check your credit progress.
Create a planner or calendar to keep track of your assignments and important dates. Find a system that works for you.
Never leave home without your phone? Check out MyHomework - a student planner app that works on all platforms.
Familiarize Yourself with Academic Resources
In case you haven't been using the internet or your phone for more than social media and games, there are tons of great free resources that can help you in any of your classes. Check out these websites!
Khan Academy - Youtube videos covering almost every core subject step-by-step.
Quizlet - Digital note cards and games created by students and teachers from around the world. Quiz yourself at any time on your phone with the app. Studying is now easier than ever before.
Your Freshmen year is a good time to start getting involved on your high school campus. There are clubs for everyone ranging from coloring clubs, K-pop, Volunteer/Service, Mentoring, Equality and many more. Need ideas? Check out your school's club fair. Every CTE program has a student group as well as all of the performing/visual arts and sports teams.
Register for the PSAT or PSAT8/9*
Be listening to announcements at your school for directions on how to sign up.
The PSAT is a test that will help you and your teachers figure out what you need to work on most so that you’re ready for college when you graduate from high school. The PSAT 8/9 tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT and PSAT in a way that makes sense for your grade level.
*subject to school testing options.
Things I wish I knew as a freshman...
Tips from recent graduates.
1. Talk to your teachers. If you are struggling with something, let them know. It does no good to wait until your grade has tanked to try and fix things. Just be honest with them.
2. Use your school's tutoring resources. Tutoring is not just for other kids. Everyone can benefit from study groups and tutoring. Don't be afraid to share your strengths. Maybe you have a hard time in English but Algebra just comes easy.
3. Find something to get involved with. The high school's may seem huge but finding a group to be a part of makes the transition much easier.