The Freshman Hub

Welcome to the QTHS Freshman Hub

A big welcome to all our new freshmen during these unprecedented times!

We're happy you're here!

The Freshmen Hub was designed to help guide our freshmen students and parents through the transition into high school.

Here you will find all the required forms that our freshmen families will have to fill out along with some information for students on how to be a successful 9th grader.

Pupilpath

Dear Families- We NEED You On Pupilpath!

We need your help.  Pupilpath is our main form of communication with students and families.  We send out important messages about the school, what the city is doing, and it's also where we post the report card grades.  In this challenging time, it is absolutely necessary to keep an eye on your child's grades.  Many students are struggling and need intervention, whether it's tutoring, counseling or something else.  But if you don't know how they're doing, how can you help?  Please click here to sign up: Pupilpath

If you are having problems, please contact your child's school counselor or contact our QT Help Desk Here: QT Help Desk Form

How Do I Sign Up for Pupilpath? English

How Do I Sign Up for PupilPath? Spanish

Parent/Guardian Section

Since we couldn't have our usual freshmen orientation this year, we have compiled all the info into our Freshmen Hub!

Please see our Queens Tech Parent Parent Packet for Disciplinary Codes, Security Info, Academic Info, etc. (Some of the info still pertains to our non-COVID regular school year info) You can access it here:  Freshmen Orientation Parent Packet.docx 

Most of the required forms you would have received during our high school orientation in August, you can now sign on our Google Form!  Please note that you can only fill out the form with your student's NYC email address and password.  It will not open with any other email.  Click on the link below to begin filling out the form.  Please fill out all required forms by October 30, 2020.

Required Forms (English)

Required Forms (Spanish)

The forms that are not on the Google Form are our CAP and CATCH forms.  They do not require a signature.  If you would like to opt out of our CAP and CATCH services, please send us a letter stating that you would like to opt out along with your child's name and OSIS number.

Form Name

Link to Form PDF-English

Link to Form PDF-Spanish

CAP Form

(Condom Availability Program)

 CAP-English.pdf  

 CAP-Spanish.pdf 

CATCH Form

(Connecting Adolescents to Comprehensive Health Program)

 CATCH -English.pdf 

 CATCH-Spanish.pdf 

 

PLEASE NOTE:  A smartphone is good for many things, but NOT schoolwork!  If your child is still in need of a tablet/laptop, please fill out the request form here to get one: Remote Learning Device Request

If you would like your child to do 100% remote learning, please fill out the required form here: 100% Remote Learning Form

**Don't assume that you're child is doing well in school just because you see them on a computer. Know for sure! Check their schedule, grades, and attendance on pupilpath.  Set up structure for learning at home and when in doubt, contact their teachers or Ms. Vasquez their school counselor**

 

If you have any questions about the forms, please send a message to The Freshmen Hub Help Desk here: Freshmen Hub Help Desk

Any other questions related to your 9th grader please email their school counselor Ms. Vasquez here: cvasquez13@schools.nyc.gov 

How to Be Successful at Queens Tech.

Now that your child is in high school, what do you need to know for them to be successful at Queens Tech? What about grades, credits, and Regent's Exams? How does that work? What do they need to graduate? If you are wondering about any of these questions, please click on the links to the right to watch some informational videos from our Assistant Principal of the 9th Grade, Mr. Gallagher.

Student Section

Being a freshmen this year is TOUGH! We want to help you stay on the right track with school (or if you've already fallen off track a little, we want to help you get back on!).  We've attached some useful info about studying, how to survive in high school, graduation requirements, and health resources so you can take care of your mind, body, and spirit.  During these unprecedented times, self-care is more important than ever, so make sure to take some time in the day just for you!

If you are starting to feel like you need some help or just have some questions about school, life, (whatever!), you can always email your school counselor, Ms. Vasquez at cvasquez13@schools.nyc.gov  or text her on the Remind App! Join Ms/ Vasquez's Remind by your LAST name: 

Last names A-I, @ai9thgrade

Last names J-Q, @jq9thgrade

Last names R-Z, @rz9thgrade

WE'VE GOT THIS FRESHMEN!

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Academic Life

Remember, a passing grade is a 65+ in high school, but to be competitive for college or work, you want to do the best you can!  And YES, 9th grade does matter and colleges do look at what you were doing in 9th grade.  

Also in high school, if you fail a class, you must repeat it until you pass.  This is usually done in summer school as well as what we call "pm school" which is class that is held after your regular school day. PM school is only available starting in 10th grade.

Check out the Freshmen Survival Guide above for more tips about academic success!

 

 

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Get an E-Public Library Card 

E- Public Library Card

 Homework help 

Homework Help

Free Online Tutoring through the NY Public Library

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Studying

 

The 9 Study Tips All High Schoolers Need To Know.docx 

 Cap and gown for a graduate 

Graduation Requirements  2019-2020 Graduation Requirements.pdf 

    A check list 

Diploma Worksheet  diploma worksheet.pdf 

 Highway sign with the message "College Just Ahead" 

College Planning for 9th Graders  college planning 9th grade timeline.pdf 

After School Tutoring and Clubs

Ninth grade is a great time to start learning who you are and what you like to do.  See the flyer below for some activities we'll be having after school!  And if you're struggling with homework or need help studying, we have tutoring available too. 

**College Tip- Any clubs activities you participate in freshmen year you can add to your college resume!  The more activities you do afterschool, the better picture it gives colleges about who you are.  Stand out! Join a club!**

 Enrichment tutoring offered by the ENL teachers  Enrichment programs offered by Sunnyside Community Services 

Meet Our Spark Counselor Ms. Mieses!

Welcome to the SPARK Program! My name is Ms. Mieses and I am the Queens Technical Substance Abuse prevention & Intervention Specialist.
Spark was initially created in 1971, as a substance abuse prevention program, but has expanded to address a wide variety of adolescent issues.  Students meet in my groups for both discussions and/ or individual counseling on issues such as: - Family Issues - Academic- Sexuality -Self-Esteem - Peer Relationships-Substance Abuse - Anger Management.  We always have fun with great conversations and hot topic debates. A support group can help you realize that you are not alone in your struggles. You can hear the stories and experiences of others that may open your eyes. Your not the only one that deals with loneliness, depression, family conflict or failing grades. You can gain new perspectives in a support group, accept challenges and begin to make changes. 

 Ms. Mieses    I am an ally  What you say in here stays in here 

Taking Care of Yourself

When things are extra stressful, it's extra important to take care of yourself-mind, body, and spirit.  We may not be able to play basketball in the park with friends, or join a sports team or club at school this year, but it doesn't mean we should sit on the couch and do nothing (even if that's what we want to do!).  That can often make us feel worse. Here are some ways to help take care of yourself. Remember, a healthy body = a healthy mind = good grades!

 Strategies for self-care during COVID-19  The FDA food pyramid 

Self Care During COVID for Teens

 

Self-Care During COVID-19

Free Yoga Online

 

Yoga Classes

Meditation Online

 

Guided Meditation for Students

Living Room Workout

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylN8-D2lLgI

Mental Health Support

In these particularly tough times, many kids and adults are dealing with some tough emotions. Maybe you don't feel as happy as you did before the pandemic, maybe you miss your friends and regular life so much that it upsets you, maybe you even lost a loved one or friend.  You are not alone!  In addition to talking to your counselor, you can also talk to one of our therapists who work at Queens Tech from Western Queens Consultation Center.  

If you feel like you need some support, email Ms. Vasquez so she can set it up for you: cvasquez13@schools.nyc.gov 

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