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I would sincerely appreciate your responses on the 9th Grade Freshman Transition Survey. I have also provided an attached copy of the survey so that you can complete it and return it to me. Currently, I am seeking information on the best practices used in implementing, supervising, and evaluating a Freshman Transition program. Your feedback will be most helpful. Thank you in advance for your time, consideration, and assistance.

Ninth Grade Transition Program Survey

I am in the process of preparing an Action Research Project on the implementation, supervision, and evaluation of a 9th Grade Transition Program, and I am collecting data about established 9th Grade Freshman Transition programs and Best Practices. I would sincerely appreciate your participation. Please mark with an X the answer that is more appropriate to your experience with a 9th Grade Freshman Transition program and email your survey to stspain@vcs.k12.nc.us.

1. The 9th Grade Freshman Transition program significantly lowered the drop
out rate in my school.

Strongly disagree__ Somewhat disagree__ Somewhat agree__ Strongly agree__

2. Parent and guardian participation and involvement in the 9th Grade Freshman Transition program
was important to its overall success.

Strongly disagree__ Somewhat disagree__ Somewhat agree__ Strongly agree__

3. The 9th Grade Freshman Transition program contributed significantly to the overall improvement in
end-of-course test scores in the 9th grade.

Strongly disagree__ Somewhat disagree__ Somewhat agree__ Strongly agree__

4. The 9th Grade Freshman Transition program contributed to a decrease in the number of
9th grade students retained in the 9th grade.

Strongly disagree__ Somewhat disagree__ Somewhat agree__ Strongly agree__

5. The 9th Grade Freshman Transition program contributed to an overall improvement in student
behavior, participation in class, and involvement in the school community.

Strongly disagree__ Somewhat disagree__ Somewhat agree__ Strongly agree__

6. The 9th Grade Freshman Transition program contributed to an overall
decrease in disciplinary referrals for 9th grade students.

Strongly disagree__ Somewhat disagree__ Somewhat agree__ Strongly agree__

7. The 9th Grade Freshman Transition program contributed to an overall
reduction in the frequency and number of suspensions and expulsions for
9th grade students.

Strongly disagree__ Somewhat disagree__ Somewhat agree__ Strongly agree__

8. The 9th Grade Freshman Transition program is a cornerstone of our school improvement initiatives
as well as professional learning community.

Strongly disagree__ Somewhat disagree__ Somewhat agree__ Strongly agree__

9. The 9th Grade Freshman Transition program contributed significantly to an increase in student
attendance in the 9th grade.

Strongly disagree__ Somewhat disagree__ Somewhat agree__ Strongly agree__

10. The 9th Grade Freshman Transition program builds students’ self-esteem and significantly
reduces the anxiety caused by displacement, the fear created by facing an unknown, and
the social rejection and stereotyping of being labeled a freshman.

Strongly disagree__ Somewhat disagree__ Somewhat agree__ Strongly agree__


Please provide any additional information on the Best Practices you have used in the implementation, supervision, and evaluation of a 9th Grade Freshman Transition program.

Again, thank you for your time and participation.

S. Randall Spain, Jr.
Curriculum Specialist
Northern Vance High School
Vance County Schools
293 Warrenton Road
Henderson, North Carolina 27537
1-252-492-6041 [Ext. 337]
1-252-492-7878 [Fax]

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I've attached my response for you. I hope you get a lot of responses.
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1. The 9th Grade Freshman Transition program significantly lowered the drop
out rate in my school.

Strongly disagree_x_ Somewhat disagree__ Somewhat agree__ Strongly agree__

2. Parent and guardian participation and involvement in the 9th Grade Freshman Transition program
was important to its overall success.

Strongly disagree__ Somewhat disagree_x_ Somewhat agree__ Strongly agree__

3. The 9th Grade Freshman Transition program contributed significantly to the overall improvement in
end-of-course test scores in the 9th grade.

Strongly disagree__ Somewhat disagree__ Somewhat agree__ Strongly agree_x_

4. The 9th Grade Freshman Transition program contributed to a decrease in the number of
9th grade students retained in the 9th grade.

Strongly disagree__ Somewhat disagree__ Somewhat agree__ Strongly agree_x_

5. The 9th Grade Freshman Transition program contributed to an overall improvement in student
behavior, participation in class, and involvement in the school community.

Strongly disagree__ Somewhat disagree__ Somewhat agree__ Strongly agree_x_

6. The 9th Grade Freshman Transition program contributed to an overall
decrease in disciplinary referrals for 9th grade students.

Strongly disagree__ Somewhat disagree__ Somewhat agree__ Strongly agree_x_

7. The 9th Grade Freshman Transition program contributed to an overall
reduction in the frequency and number of suspensions and expulsions for
9th grade students.

Strongly disagree__ Somewhat disagree__ Somewhat agree__ Strongly agree_x_

8. The 9th Grade Freshman Transition program is a cornerstone of our school improvement initiatives
as well as professional learning community.

Strongly disagree__ Somewhat disagree__ Somewhat agree__ Strongly agree_x_

9. The 9th Grade Freshman Transition program contributed significantly to an increase in student
attendance in the 9th grade.

Strongly disagree__ Somewhat disagree__ Somewhat agree_x_ Strongly agree__

10. The 9th Grade Freshman Transition program builds students’ self-esteem and significantly
reduces the anxiety caused by displacement, the fear created by facing an unknown, and
the social rejection and stereotyping of being labeled a freshman.

Strongly disagree__ Somewhat disagree__ Somewhat agree__ Strongly agree_x_

Mr. Spain,

I am currently working with a team at my high school to implement a freshmen transition program at my high school in Exeter NH.  While I cannot help you with your survey, I would love to get some feedback from you.  What are you finding from others?  Is it possible to see your results when you have them tabulated?

Thanks so much!

Beth Kaputa

World History Teacher

Exeter High School

1 Blue Hawk Drive

Exeter NH 03833

603-772-7224

bkaputa@sau16.org

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