8th Grade Families: High School Ready Workshops


Good afternoon 8th grade families,

On May 16th the Parent Center will present four “High School Ready” workshops aimed at helping you prepare for navigating high school next year. We recognize that this is a busy time of year, so we are providing you with flexible options for attending. 

These are interactive workshops and we encourage you to bring a laptop or tablet. If you do not have access to a laptop we will have several devices available in the library for you to use.

  • Two workshops in the morning: 9:00 am - 11:00 am (light breakfast snacks provided)
    • Navigating Endorsements by Beverly Martin, 9:00 am
    • Insider Tips: How not to slip through the cracks by Trina Morford, 10:15 am
  • Two workshops in the evening: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (refreshments provided)
    • Navigating Endorsements by Beverly Martin, 6:00 pm
    • PSAT and the College Board by Tracy Scholz, 7:00 pm

Workshop Details & Description:

  • NAVIGATING "ENDORSEMENTS," the 4-year plan  by Beverly Martin, 9:00 am & 6:00 pm
    • Beverly Martin, SBISD's Coordinator of Guidance and Counseling Endorsements, will speak at both the morning and evening workshops.
    • Endorsements are a critical part of your student's four-year academic plan, and your student selects their endorsement pathway in 9th grade. During this presentation you will gain a clear understanding of the five endorsement pathways. Ms. Martin will talk more about Dual Enrollment and Dual Credit classes that help your student earn college credit simultaneously.  
  • INSIDER TIPS: How not to slip through the cracks in high school, Trina Morford, 10:15 am
    Trina Morford, SFMS Family Engagement Liaison will speak at the second morning workshop.
    • Ms. Morford will share proven tools that help you stay connected in high school. She will share additional tips on how to not slip through the cracks and show you ways to get involved. She will also provide you with a customizable volunteer tracking tool your 8th grade student can use starting this summer, and much more.
  • PSAT SCORES AND THE COLLEGE BOARD: Tracy Scholz, 7:00 pm
    Dr. Tracy Scholz, the Director of Advanced Academics for SBISD, will speak at the evening workshop.
    • Learn more about The College Board and receive a copy of your student's PSAT score. This was a very popular workshop last year and will help provide a study plan your student can use over the summer. In October your student took the PSAT8/9 test, a national assessment from The College Board. They will continue to take a PSAT test each October through their Junior year. Then they will take the SAT for college admission decisions. Knowing their current score will give you insight into their college and career readiness. It's the perfect way to determine where your student is excelling and where they may need some extra guidance - so you can help them reach their academic goals.
    • Why is this important to you and your student?
      • Knowing your student's PSAT score can provide insight into how they may perform on the SAT, which can be a major factor in college admissions decisions and scholarship opportunities.
      • Understanding your student's PSAT score and taking advantage of The College Board & Khan Academy resources can help ensure that your student can get a score that reflects their potential and get into the college of their choice.
      • Learning what type of questions your student missed and got correct can help you and your student create a customized learning plan to help improve their scores in the years to come.

If you have any questions please contact our Family Engagement Liaison, Trina Morford at Trina.Morford@Springbranchisd.com or in the Parent Center at 713-251-4659

Thursday, May 16, 2024