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Posted on Aug 27, 2015

Start school year off right at QHS open house

Quincy High School principal David Talley wants students – and their parents – to get off to a great start this school year.
High school is more difficult now than ever before, principal David Talley said. On top of that, there are several changes at the high school, from a new daily schedule to changes in state graduation requirements, Talley said.
“If you’re a parent, we want to make it less overwhelming,” he said.
Talley invites students and their parents to an open house on Aug. 31.
Among the topics:
• The state has increased graduation requirements beginning with the class of 2019. These students need to earn 25 credits to graduate.
• QHS has switched to a seven-period day to accommodate the new graduation requirement. With a seven-period day, students can earn up to 28 credits in their high school career.
• A senior project continues to be required by the Quincy School Board for graduation. However, instead of completing 100 community service hours over four years, QHS students will have to complete 70 hours, 15 of which must be completed in a senior project.
The open house also will place an emphasis on the freshman and sophomore grade levels. Some freshmen seem to have a difficult time adapting to the high school’s credit system, Talley said. To help with the transition, the junior high last year implemented a credit system to better prepare students for the high school, he said.
“We have got to get our freshmen to be more successful because they can’t be credit deficient going into their sophomore year,” Talley said.
New at this year’s open house, the high school also is putting on the program “What Every Ninth-Grade Parent Needs to Know.” The program will give parents tips on how to keep their ninth-grader on track.
For example, attendance is “critically important” in high school, Talley said. Staff encourages parents to make dental and doctor appointments outside of the school day. Even missing one class can be difficult to make up in high school, Talley said.
At the open house, parents also will be able to learn about the school’s counseling center and an after-school tutorial program for students that will be required of students with poor grades.
“Our goal is to tighten up that level of support, especially for our younger students,” Talley said.
Talley warns that high school is not the time for parents to become less involved in their children’s educations.
“The high school and junior high parents need to ramp up their level of involvement,” he said. “But we need to do a better job of inviting them in.”
The open house is 5 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 31. Students also will get their schedules and meet their teachers.