Program for ninth-grade students extends school day, provides skills necessary for high school completion, college/career readiness
Watervliet High School introduced an extended program for grade 9 students in September 2015 called the Pivot Program.
The purpose of the program is to help ease the transition from middle school to high school by providing the necessary skill-set for incoming high school students to handle an increased work load, more independence and responsibility.
Ninth-grade students attend school one extra period per day Tuesday-Thursday from 2:30-3:30 p.m. This leaves Mondays and Fridays for after-school activities and academic support.
PIVOT provides each 9th grade student an opportunity to earn an additional high school credit while learning the soft skills that will better prepare them for the challenges of pursuing a college education or entering the workforce.
In addition to improving academic skills, students participating the Pivot Program will attend career talks, complete a career shadow experience and explore colleges during the year.
the school day for all 9th graders
to 3:30 p.m.
three days a week
Wednesdays and Thursdays.
We ask that parents and guardians please plan accordingly for their children’s after-school activities. (Note changes in days and time from last year)
Students will be respectful to all peers and adults at all times.
Students will be responsible for their own behavior by making good choices.
100% effort will be put into all classwork and assignments.
Follow all school rules.
Respect yourself, others and their property.
Listen and follow directions the first time they are given.
Be prepared for class and ready to work when the bell rings.
No food or drink (except for bottled water).
Pivot is a graded course in which successful students receive one high school credit. Therefore, class attendance and participation is necessary to be successful. Excessive absences (27) will result in failure. Homework is minimal. Normally, if your child has Pivot homework it is because they did not finish their work in class or missed class and needs to make up that work. Grading will be based on attendance, guest speaker presentations, class participation and work.
A series of parent programs will take place throughout the school year on the following dates:
Thursday, Sept. 22 – Welcome to Pivot
Thursday, Oct. 20 – Organization and Study Skills
Thursday, Dec. 1 – Helping your special needs student be successful in high school and beyond (Janelle Yanni and Veronica Bedard, presenters)
Thursday, Jan. 26 – Helping your child identify their strengths and skills, and relating it to career development
Thursday, March 30 – Cyber/Social Media Safety
Thursday, April 27 – Supporting your child academically, socially and financially (presenter: Jaime Miller, EOP counselor)
Thursday, June 1 – Pivot review: class presentations
Please note: Topics and dates are subject to change. RSVPs are encouraged. All parent programs begin at 5:30 p.m. in the WJSHS conference room.
Mrs. Choi is the PIVOT Program coordinator. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.