The Freshman Initiative
Preparing Our Students for Their Best Future
The Freshmen Initiative at Henderson County High School strives to enable and empower each ninth grader to reach his or her highest academic potential, to prepare a plan for graduation, to become involved in the local community, and to transition successfully into high school life.
Research has consistently shown that the freshman year is pivotal to a student’s success the rest of his or her high school years. We are dedicated to finding every way for our freshmen to meet their very highest potential and to find a true self-esteem through hard work and accomplishment.
High School students and freshmen, in particular, find greater success when learning responsible community members through activities directed at helping the community and giving freshmen greater exposure to all aspects f the Henderson/Henderson County community.
Activities include nursing home visits, baking and delivering cookies for our local emergency service workers, making Christmas and Valentine’s Day cards for veterans, and the annual Spring Clean Up at Audubon State Park. Students have helped at Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army, Riverview School, and Goodwill.
Awards and Recognition
Every nine weeks and throughout the year our students are recognized for outstanding academic and personal behaviors. This includes the PRIDE awards, which stand for Preparedness, Respect, Integrity, Dependability, and Effort. Students are also recognized during their birthday months, and informally by teachers and administrators in the units for positive behaviors, academic achievement, and good citizenship.
How It Works
Each student at HCHS is assigned to one of three units, Green, Blue, or Red in the School within a School concept. On each unit is a dedicated team of teachers who focus on freshmen students and work together to monitor progress, find solutions to problems, and lift up their students. Freshman teachers communicate with parents and welcome parent input.