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1411 Hawthorne Ln
Charlotte, NC 28205
Courier #: 386
P: 980-343-6011  |  F: 980-343-5609 
Principal: Diann N. Weston
LC: L.E.A.D. Learning Community
Bell Schedule: 7:15 AM - 2:15 PM
Grades: 9-12
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Freshman Seminar--Vitals

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What is Freshman Seminar?

Freshman Seminar is a year-long seminar offered to ninth graders to address and remedy the problems students have entering high school.

Why do I need to take Freshman Seminar?

Freshman Seminar at Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences is mandatory for all entering ninth grade students and must be completed before choosing their healthcare cluster.   

When will the Freshman Seminar courses take place?

Freshman Seminar will meet consistently several days throughout the month. A schedule will be given once freshman seminar begins so that all students will be made aware of the meeting dates and times.

Do I get a grade for the Freshman Seminar course?  

Freshman Seminar is a non-credit course and all ninth grade students will receive a Pass/Incomplete grade for the course.

What is VITALS?

Vitals is the name of the Freshman Seminar program, it also supports all of the important crossroads that are necessary to become successful at HAHS. Since Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences is focused on guiding students to making decisions about moving into the health field, we want to ensure that all of our students have a broad understanding of what HAHS has to offer, our vision and goals.

Vitals is a year-long seminar offered to ninth graders.  It is designed to address and remedy the problem students have entering high school without the necessary social and academic skills needed. Freshmen will gain an understanding of the expectations at Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences as they move through the high school curriculum; and the post-secondary education that will prepare them to become college and career ready.

Students will receive in-depth lessons using both innovative and traditional teaching techniques including: long-range projects, cooperative learning activities, and reflective journal writing will be incorporated.  Students will practice effective note-taking, time management skills, study skills, social and human relations skills needed every day in their academic and elective subjects to prepare them for ²real life" beyond school. 

As students prepare to choose their healthcare cluster at Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences, they will learn more about themselves and their future as they move further along in post-secondary education and careers. 

Our Goal:

Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences will implement Freshman Seminar to help students:

  • Have fewer disciplinary events;

  • Attend school more often;

  • Acquire better study habits and time management skills;

  • Achieve better academic skills to better handle work in 10th grade and beyond;

  • Acquire and/or improve their technology skill; and

  • Work more seriously and with more self-understanding toward graduation and career goals.

Expectations of Freshman Seminar 

  • Freshman Seminar has been created to increase the chances of the academic success of Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences students

  • Have fewer disciplinary events;

  • Attend school more often;

  • Acquire better study habits and time management skills;

  • Achieve better academic skills to better handle work in 10th grade and beyond;

  • Acquire and/or improve their technology skill; and

  • Work more seriously and with more self-understanding toward graduation and career goals.

  • Students should come prepared to discuss the designated topic.

  • Students must complete all class assignments, including reflective writing, presentations, and outside-of-class experiences on time. Time management is one of the most critical skills for achieving success in college and career.

  • Students should come to class with a positive attitude and should be respectful of those around them.

 

Course Attendance and Grading Policy 

  • Students will be expected to attend all freshman seminar sessions.

  • Students are expected to come to class on time. Lateness is an indicator of poor time management.

  • Student's grades consist of Pass or Incomplete.

The pass grade is based on:

  • Attendance
  • In-class participation
  • Successful completion of assignments
  • Attendance at workshops

 

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