High Technology High School
Class of 2013 Presents…
Freshmen Survival Guide
2010 Edition for
the Class of 2014
(BASH) Period 1 (w/ HR) 7:40 – 8:51
(BASH) Period 2 8:53 – 10:02
(BASH) Period 3 10:04 – 11:13
Lunch 11:14 – 11:59
Period 4 12:00 – 1:09
Period 5 1:11 - 2:20
After school Activities 2:20-3:30
& Open Lab
Note: This is the current freshman’s schedule. Next year’s
schedule may be different.
Map of HTHS
Most people here at High Tech keep their lockers open all day.
This allows for easier access to books, binders, and supplies throughout
the day. For security, students are supposed to close their lockers at the
end of the day. Be sure to keep your locker combination written down
somewhere in case you forget it after a long winter break. The
secretaries keep your locker combo written down also in the office in
case of emergency.
You can also decorate your locker. Some students choose to tape
up their schedules or hang photos, mirrors, or interesting comic strips
on the insides of their lockers. It’s all up to you.
Caution: Do not touch any fungi!
On a typical day, lunch runs from 11:14-11:59.
Everybody in the school has their lunch break at this
time, so you can socialize with friends in your grade
and others. There are four basic things you can do at lunch: eat,
socialize, go to club meetings, and finish the homework that’s due next
First, how to order your lunch: There will be a lunch order form in
your first period class. You can write down exactly what you want, and
at lunchtime, your delicious (kind of) lunch from Brookdale will be
waiting for you in the MPR, where you will pay for it.
As for eating, you can do that in several places throughout the
school. The most obvious is, of course, the MPR, which serves as a
cafeteria during lunchtime. If you choose to bring lunch from home, you
can heat it up in one of the five microwaves in MPR, but be quick at
the beginning of lunch unless you want to get stuck in a long line. You
can also eat in most club meetings or, if the weather is nice, bring your
lunch outside to the courtyard or side yard. Just be sure not to eat in the
halls, as teachers know this is against the rules, and always remember to
clean up after yourself.
At High Tech, students are allowed to go just about anywhere in
the school during lunchtime, provided that you don’t get into trouble or
wander from school grounds. Many students choose to stay in the MPR,
and others, of course, go outside or congregate in the halls.
Club meetings are a great way to meet new people and have fun,
as many are held in classrooms during lunchtime.
If you have homework or assignments to work on, you can usually
use the computers in either 110 or 210, whichever
is open lab for that day. (The schedule is posted
next to 110.)
Finally, if you forget to order lunch in the
morning or don’t want anything from the
Brookdale menu, there is usually a class council
selling food such as pizza bagel bites, hot pockets,
or egg rolls, and some kind of ice cream or snack.
And feel free to donate to the councils; they will
love you forever.
Surviving the Classes
Geometry/ Algebra II- Dr. Eng
Dr. Eng went to MIT and has a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering, so in his class,
nuclear engineering is the best thing ever.
Being a combined class, things go by very quickly and it is better to at least
listen, even if you don’t take notes, because Dr. Eng seems to always have
some easier way of doing the problem that isn’t explained in the book
Make use of extra time during lunch to take the tests. It is highly
recommended that you use the first half of lunch to do last minute studying.
Memorize your theorems. You need to know them for tests.
On each chapter test, Dr. Eng always has at least one problem for every law
or technique in the chapter.
Dr. Eng expects the homework to be finished for class, but he doesn’t
typically check the homework.
If you score under 90% on a test, he requires a signature from a parent, and if
you score under 95%, then you have to redo the questions you got wrong.
He also teaches Multivariable Calculus, so there a lot of mentions about how
what you are currently learning is nothing compared to Multi-var Calc.
He gives Oreos or Girl Scout cookies in class to show his…appreciation? Once
he brought in plain hamburger buns to eat….
Questions are your friends :D
Proofs are not the enemy! If you do the ones he assigns for homework, you’ll
be a master.
Label and double-check all answers.
Always do your homework. The problems in the book are similar to those on
When he writes on the board, take notes and study them.
Know your theorems and postulates!
Feel free to talk to him for after-school or lunchtime help.
Squeeze all the information you can find onto your midterm and final
reference sheet. (You get one sheet for each test.)
To ensure your sanity, make extra copies of your theorems/postulates sheet
in case you lose the original one, so you have something to refer to during
tests. (However, try not to lose the original one. It does count for extra points
on your last test.)
There are sporadic homework checks. So do your homework!
History- Mr. Olsen
History is one half of Humanities.
Mr. Olsen has an interesting sense of humor. He likes to make jokes. Laugh at
them and he will like you.
Cover your textbook. If you bring it to school to study and he sees it, he will give
you detention. We’re not kidding.
Learn to love primary sources.
Do your homework thoroughly because whatever you just skim over is sure to be
on the next test.
Tests and quizzes are hard. VERY HARD.
Make sure to take good notes. Test and quizzes encompass textbook readings,
primary sources, PowerPoints, and things said in class.
Learn to write proper emails.
Do not EVER mention a love of Harry Potter in Humanities unless you want to
get made fun of for life.
Tell Mr. Olsen you think his son is cute.
Participate often during class (if you don't, he'll most likely call on you anyway)
English – Mrs. Hart
English makes up the other half of humanities.
Don’t talk while she’s in “teacher voice”
Vocabulary quizzes and tests can be grade-boosters. Study for them, or else
they will become grade-deflaters.
Follow the MLA format on all essays or writing assignments. The Owl Purdue
MLA Handbook is a great stocking stuffer for the holidays.
Refrain from using clichés when writing.
Watch your behavior: “This isn’t junior high anymore.”
Volunteer to act out lines from plays you read.
Software Apps – Mr. Borchardt
Sit next to someone you like; you’ll be there for at least a full marking period.
SAVE YOUR WORK TO A FLASH DRIVE. These computers can crash.
Mr. B can see your screens on his laptop at any time. Be afraid.
Don’t listen to music during a lesson
Pay attention during powerpoints. Don’t worry- he’ll give you time during
the lesson to “test it out yourself” and make sure you know how to do what
If you’re struggling, call Mr. B over to help you. He’ll explain everything.
Adobe offers free 30-day trials of programs we use in class (Photoshop,
Flash, Bridge) Download these if you need to finish up projects at home.
Don’t be intimidated by Alice… even though most everyone doesn’t like her.
Biology- Mr. Roche
Don’t procrastinate on Bio Objectives. They aren’t that bad if you don’t wait
until the night before they are due to start them.
Take good notes! They will come in handy on objectives.
ALWAYS read the textbook when Mr. Roche tells you to. The textbook
quizzes are very specific.
During a bio lab, take good notes on materials, write down the procedures,
and the member roles. And don’t procrastinate on labs.
When it comes to tests (including midterms and finals), study your
objectives! Most of the time the questions are identical to your objectives
Don’t wander off during field studies….
When drawing bio diagrams, leave yourself some room. You don’t want to
end up squishing writing to the very edge of your paper.
Take good care of your notebook, at least for the first marking period. (HINT
HINT notebook check)
Purple and Mr. Roche don’t mix. Don’t wear, bring, or mention purple in front
of Mr. Roche.
Mr. Roche has the uncanny ability to tell the color of M&M’s by tasting them.
Ask nicely some time and maybe he’ll show you…
Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) – Mrs. Grunthaner
Get a 3” binder. It may seem too huge and empty in September, but it will be
near full come June.
Organize this binder with dividers.
Keep your files neat in folders on your computer.
SAVE YOUR WORK TO A FLASH DRIVE. These computers can also crash.
Do not throw anything. “You’ll poke someone’s eye out.”
Tell Ms. G if you play guitar. She’ll hook you up.
Study the PowerPoints, Excel docs, and Homework she gives out.
Don’t mess with the computers or put any harmful files on them. You will be
Don’t eat in the lab! You’ll be stuck cleaning out the crumbs in the keyboard
with toothpicks and a pressurized can of air during lunch.
Don’t climb underneath the desks. You’ll dislodge wires to your computer.
Data Analysis – Ms. LeBlanc, Mrs. Brown
Data is held usually around once a month, being part of the DGHR cycle
Assignments are usually given on Friday and due the next Friday
Friday open lab is usually the most common place to find freshmen, because
they’re all finishing the data assignment
Pay attention to what they’re saying, because all the techniques they teach
you are really useful for your sophomore research project
Make sure you take the redo option when you get a grade under 84 on an
Spanish- Señora Kelly
If you enjoy Spanish or Language, Spanish will be a fun class with Sra. Kelly.
On the bright side, if you do not possess a love of Spanish, you will do fine
Spanish is usually a fun class especially because of the many activities that
Sra. Kelly likes to do.
Don’t be embarrassed to speak in Spanish; the only person who can fluently
speak Spanish in the class is probably your teacher.
If you study and not slack off you will generally be fine. Right now I am just
going to highlight the major offenses just in case you are a slacker.
NEVER speak English in Sra. Kelly’s class. She will say, “menos puntos,” and
with no questions asked you lose points on your grade.
NEVER daydream or not pay attention. If Sra. Kelly catches you she will also
take points off of your grade.
NEVER forget your homework. It will also get you points off of your grade.
Homework is often graded as a quiz, especially the first assignment she gives
Otherwise, try to enjoy Spanish class as much as possible.
French- Mrs. Semoc-Morris
Call her Madame for short.
Earn 1 extra credit point on an assessment by writing the date in French.
Learn and memorize all verb conjugations.
Sing along on Song Days!
Organize Culture Days with your class! You can schedule a day to cook
French recipes in the MPR during class. Bring in good recipes for crêpes and
Invest in a French-English dictionary for the writing sections of her midterm
Don’t be afraid to speak in French!
Latin – Mrs. Thorpe-Nelson (Magistra)
You are prepared well for EVERYTHING, so don’t fret.
Be sure to study for vocab and grammar quizzes –
they’re grade boosters.
Don’t fail notebook checks; it’s an easy grade.
Organization is the key!
Always be working on SOMETHING in class. There is a
regular agenda of work for each Stage in the book, so
if in doubt, continue working on assignments for the
Stage you are working on.
Enjoy her stories about her family and travels.
When you see her two kids, say hi. They are adorable.
Have fun with NLE. You’ll be spending a LOT of time with that packet.
Class is fun…as long as you don’t fool around too much.
Physical Education – Mr. Darby
Listen when he explains the game rules. That way you know exactly what to
do when you have to play the game, and it will help you out for midterms and
Even if you aren’t very good at sports or forgot the rules, at least make it look
like you’re trying.
Volunteer to help Mr. Darby carry in equipment if you have fifth period gym
You only have gym twice a week, so don’t forget to bring in sneakers and gym
clothes on those days.
Have fun in gym!
Clubs and Advisors (2009-10)
Academic Team Dr. Eng
BBS Administrator Mr. Roche
Chess Team Mr. Bartlett
Computer Club Mr. Borchardt
Environmental Club Ms. Grunthaner
Exper. Research Group Mr. Roche
Key Club Dra. Cava
Math League Mr. Bartlett
Model United Nations Mr. A. Brown
Multicultural Club Mme. Semoc-Morris
National Honor Society Ms. McQuillan
Newspaper Ms. Ascari
Performing Arts Club Mrs. Mannion
Robotics Club Ms. Grunthaner
Science League Mrs. MacNeill
Tech. Student Assoc. (TSA) Mr. Dennis
Yearbook Mr. Borchardt
The top four reasons to get involved:
1) You’ll have fun.
2) You’ll meet people, especially upperclassmen.
3) It will help you get into NHS.
4) It looks great on a résumé or college app.
Student Government Association
Executive Council Mr. Olsen
Class of 2013 Mr. A. Brown
Class of 2012 Mrs. Orozco
Class of 2011 Mrs. K. Brown
√ Do’s and Don’t’s
Start Biology Objectives ASAP
Use time during lunch & on the bus wisely
Play Pokémon and Magic
Compete in research and participate in opportunities Mr. Roche gives for
Go to upperclassmen for help and advice
Make sure you have a ride home from HTHS events and get picked up ON
Attend and dance at dances
Start Dr. Eng’s exams during lunch
Schedule extra help for classes you’re having trouble with
Practice and rehearse for presentations
Synch your watches to High Tech time
Cover textbooks that you bring to school
Keep a sweatshirt or Snuggie in your locker
Remember to order lunch in the morning
Take the hall pass with you to the bathroom
Donate food for the Councils to sell as fundraisers
Go to the Lost and Found if you’ve misplaced something. There’s two: one
in the Main Office and another in the MPR.
SAVE YOUR WORK to a flash drive! Computers could crash at any time
Be yourself ;D
Throw garbage in other people’s lockers
Go into the senior lounge
Twirl your pen excessively- it’s distracting
Stress about a 98 in Gym Class
Wear purple around Mr. Roche
Steal out of lockers. It’s just wrong and robs the school of its strong sense
Take pictures without a yearbook pass
Eat in the hallways
Clog the hallways
Send mass mail without permission from a teacher
Burn things in the microwaves
MPR: The “Multi-Purpose Room” houses many events throughout the school
year. Primarily, the MPR is a lunchroom. However, many exams, dances, school
assemblies, and even classes are held here.
KIVA: A circular conference room located inside the Main Office. People often
make up exams here.
“The Wall Outside the KIVA”: Outside the Main Office and adjacent to the MPR,
there is a pillar-like brick wall with a table set up in front of it. Clubs capitalize on
this spot for ticket sales and activity sign-ups because of the heavy traffic coming
in and out of the MPR during lunch.
“New Wing” or “Research Wing”: An afterthought to High Tech, the New Wing
houses the beautiful Research Lab, the Fish Bowl, the NCR, computer lab 210,
and a set of immaculate bathrooms.
The Fish Bowl: A room in the New Wing where teachers each have a work
station/desk for grading papers, organizing themselves, and doing all that good
teacher-like stuff. It is so called because the wall that borders the hallway is
mostly made of a giant window. This window allows students to casually look into
the room and observe the teachers as the students make their way to the
Research Lab. Seeing all the teachers in the room reminds students of an
aquarium experience, hence the name, the Fish Bowl! Or, maybe a Shark Tank!
NCR: The New Conference Room, which seats about 10 people. Small groups like
some of the language and math classes can be instructed here. Because the NCR
is right across from the Fish Bowl, it is convenient for teachers to meet up here
and discuss teacher things.
The Research Lab: A laboratory space overseen by Mr. Roche that fosters many
projects and experiments. There are many aquarium tanks, beakers, droppers,
filters, pumps, sensors, giant lamps, cameras, buckets, computers, bicycles, and
contraptions that you can find here… along with many award-winning display
The Courtyard: If High Tech was a doughnut, the Courtyard would be the hole in
the center. There are 3 doors that allow access to the Courtyard from the inside
of High Tech. You can cut through the courtyard to get to another class quickly on
a nice day if you’re running late.
The “Shed” or “Darby’s Den”: High Tech’s gym teacher, Mr. Darby, has a shed
outside the school where the gym equipment is stored. If you volunteer to carry
in the equipment after your 5th period gym class, this is where you need to put it.
The “Bin”: A large plastic outdoor storage unit that can be accessed during lunch.
You can find a selection of soccer balls, basketballs, Frisbees, tennis balls,
WhiffleBalls and plastic bats for impromptu games among classmates. All
equipment must be returned at the end of lunch!
Senior Lounge: Where the Seniors set up folding chairs in the corner between
145 and 150 to hang out, talk, and play videogames like Mario Kart and Super
Smash Bros. Brawl whenever they want to. Why? Because they’re SENIORS.
“Going over to Brookdale”: This term refers to the hike for the wide selection of
lunch items available for purchase at Brookdale’s Cafeteria. Only Juniors and
Seniors are allowed to go there; no Freshmen or Sophomores are allowed.
110: The lab where Software Applications is taught by Mr. Borchardt. This lab is
fully equipped with approximately 30 Macs (with Adobe Photoshop CS3, Flash
CS3, Microsoft Office, etc.), comfy office chairs, and efficient air conditioning. You
can stop by during lunch on most days to finish up Software Apps assignments or
get a head start on some homework.
180: This lab is made up of solely PCs and is often more quiet than any other lab
because this is the math/data/statistics help room during lunch. This is also the
room that you go to during lunch to start Dr. Eng’s exams before his class. The
computers have Microsoft Office and SketchPad (used for classwork in Mr.
Bartlett’s Geometry Class).
185: IED is taught here, so you can find new, state-of-the-art PCs equipped with
Autodesk Inventor and Microsoft Office. It’s open sometimes during lunch for
catching up on IED assignments.
210: The only computer lab in the New Wing, 210 doesn’t host any freshman
classes as of now. However, it is usually open after school or during lunch.
Mac Laptop Carts: Three carts of portable laptop Macbooks are stored and
locked away in the MPR, strictly for use only during classes with a teacher who
has claimed that cart for the period. You often use these for researching topics of
study or writing essay tests during Humanities or getting started on lab reports or
Objectives in Biology.
BBS: The e-mail server we use is known as the Bulletin Board System, or BBS for
short. Each person in the school has an account, even the teachers. It’s useful for
homework notifications, keeping updated on school events, chatting with friends,
and accessing documents needed for assignments.
BASH: This stands for Biology, Applications of Software (Software Apps), and
Humanities (History and English). Freshmen are divided into BASH sections that
follow rotations between these three classes, which make up the 3 available
periods each morning before lunch. Remember, Humanities counts as two
separate classes (History and English), and has a two-class time slot.
“Four-Way Rotation”: This alternate schedule sometimes replaces our normal
morning BASH schedule. In the case of a four-way rotation, freshmen have
shortened class time and experience all four classes.
G2S2: This stands for “Guns, Germs, and Steel Seating” and is a simplified notation
of GxG, SxS. This is a rearrangement of the desks in 120/130 that allows for full
attention on the projector screen in 130. It is regularly used for taking notes from
PowerPoints and watching scenes from Literature-based movies with Mrs. Hart.
The name originates from the beginning of the freshman World History course,
when viewing Mr. Olsen’s favorite documentary about ancient civilization, Guns,
Germs, and Steel.
TRD: pronounced “turd”, TRD stands for Temptation Reduction Device. Folders
and binders are common TRDS that serve as a protective barrier against the will
to cheat on neighbors during test mode.
BCC: Brookdale Community College, where High Tech is located.
SGA: The Student Government Association, which oversees all of the co-
curricular events at High Tech.
“Staying Through”: Students can stay at High Tech from dismissal time to the
time of a school event. Student Council will love you if you stay through to lend
helping hands in setting up for the event during the time they’re there.
The Tech Lab: Basically our Shop room, filled with saws, drills, etc. This is where
we make ourselves comfortable with machinery that we need for freshman IED
You Know You’re a Techie
You compare flash drives during lunch.
You argue about whose calculator is the coolest.
You have read the entire manual for the TI 89 Titanium.
You scream in horror when you forget or lose your calculator.
You use the transitive property to prove things to your
friends and siblings.
You know over six decimal places of π.
You look at the clock at 3:14:15 and think π.
You make a Flash movie on protein synthesis.
You wait for the time and date to match.
You celebrate 12:34:56 during every fourth period.
You announce when the time is a palindrome.
You have PC vs. Mac arguments more than once.
You use words like Quest, Challenge, or Survey, rather than
Quiz, Test, or Assignment.
You get an e-mail written in binary.
You choose to give up your lunch period to take math tests
with Dr. Eng.
You think closed lockers are weird.
You argue about which language class is the best.
You include words like “Formal Expository Mode” in your
You have studied perspective…in engineering class.
You consider a 92 on a test to be a failure.
You look at this list and begin nodding your head at
Within the walls of High Tech, you will find all kinds of people
with different likes and dislikes. A pre-engineering mission drives this
academy, and there are certainly people who can’t live without math
and computers. But a popular myth and common misconception is that
everyone at High Tech wants to be an engineer.
Before you start exploring everything this school has to offer, we
just wanted to reiterate that it’s perfectly ok if you’re not head-over-
heels with the idea of becoming an engineer. Many of us here aren’t, and
rest assured, you will find a subject that you are genuinely interested in,
and friends who share the same views as you do.
On the other hand, you might find yourself enjoying engineering
more than you expected. Whatever your interests are, here at High Tech
you are likely to find something that will cater to your personal and
Gwendolyn Morris – Life at HTHS
Marissa Hazel – Managing School and Sports
Barr Turner – Adjusting to a New Environment
Emma Korolik – Getting to Know Freshman Teachers
Mihir Yerande – Adjusting to Classes & Time Management
Caroline Cox – Planning During Freshman Yr for the Future
Lisa Zahray – Activities at Your Home School
Justin Forman – Balancing Athletics and Academics