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Upper School Registration Procedures

Welcome to Cannon's Upper School registration page! This is your central location for detailed information about completing the registration process.

You will find these items of importance on this page:
  • Course Description Catalog 2021-2022
  • FAQs
  • Registration Timeline 2021
  • Course Recommendation, Registration, and Petition Information
  • Upper School Parent Education Night details

Registration Timeline 2021

Wednesday, February  3
2021-2022 Course Recommendation Forms become viewable on My Backpack. These recommendations can be found under the tab “My Forms.”

Thursday, February 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Upper School Parent Education Night, see details below.

Friday, February 5
Upper School Course Registration opens on My BackPack.

Wednesday, March 10
Deadline for students to submit course registration form on My BackPack; Course Registration closes.

We have allocated time in February for students and families to make their selections and to set up any additional appointments with faculty, college counselors, or the Academic Dean. We encourage your student to schedule these appointments as soon as possible to meet the Wednesday, March 10 deadline.

Course Recommendation Petition Forms can be found on My BackPack and are due by Friday, April 2.

Course Recommendations, Registration, and Petition Information

1. Each student in the Upper School will be able to view their Course Recommendations on My BackPack under tab “My Forms” on February 3. Each course recommendation is uniquely prepared for that student.

 2. Before deciding whether to take a course, students and families should refer to the 2021-2022 Course Description Catalog  for detailed descriptions of all courses offered for the 2021-2022 school year. Keep in mind that students are recommended for many more courses than they can take. Reading course descriptions helps gauge how two courses (an Honors vs. an AT or AP course, for example) differ.

3. The Course Registration Form will be found in My BackPack under “My Forms” and will be due by March 10.

   4. In order to request a course not listed under YOUR 2021-2022 RECOMMENDATIONS, students must complete a Course Recommendation Petition Form found in My BackPack; these are due by April 2.

Upper School Parent Education Night 2021 - February 4 from 6:30 - 7:55 p.m.

On behalf of the entire Upper School faculty and administration, I am delighted to invite you to our annual Parent Education Night, which we will host on Thursday, February 4. The evening kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on zoom with a series of faculty-led presentations on a range of topics  relevant to all US parents, including distinctive features of our academic program, information about teenage health and wellness, and parenting advice. The presentation list appears below.  You are encouraged to customize your evening based on your particular interests.

Nurturing strong relationships with you is at the heart of our mission. Parent Education Night offers you the chance to spend time with us and learn about your child’s school experience.  For an evening, the tables turn and you become a student again! Our faculty are thrilled to share with you some of our signature learning experiences and what research tells us about best teaching practices. Come join us and find out why learning and teaching at Cannon are so special.  

Please do not hesitate to contact me, Nate Rogers, if you want to know more about Parent Education Night.  As always, we thank you for supporting our efforts on behalf of your daughters and sons.

Parent Education Night Schedule - Click Titles for Details

6:30 - 6:55 p.m. Session A Descriptions

List of 6 items.

  • Charting Cannon’s Curriculum: AT, AP, & Beyond

    How does Cannon devise its most challenging curriculum? Why have we moved beyond AP courses in some but not all departments? What’s the difference between an Advanced Topics and an AP course, and how will those differences be evaluated by colleges? Join Director of College Counseling Dr. Beth Wilner and Upper School Academic Dean Nate Rogers to explore these and other questions related to our academic program. Dr. Wilner and Mr. Rogers will trace the evolution of Cannon’s curriculum and discuss what we have learned about student experience, national trends, and college outcomes.
  • The Global Studies Certificate

    Join Upper School Global Studies Coordinator and World Language Teacher Dr. Sylvia Simard-Newman to learn how your child can earn the Global Studies Certificate, which recognizes students who are global citizens. Dr. Newman will discuss the requisite coursework necessary to earn the certificate and the benefits of the program for students at Cannon and beyond.
  • Working Smarter: Academic Coaching at Cannon

    Does your child need an academic reset? Do they have trouble getting or staying organized? Difficulty managing time? Feelings of falling behind with assignments or assessment? Is your child in need of an accountability partner (who’s not you 😊) to help keep their goals on track? Our Academic Coaching at Cannon (ACC) program is designed to build and strengthen executive functioning skills while encouraging autonomy, self-efficacy, and self-advocacy. This free, on-campus, during-the-school-day resource is available to EVERY Cannon Upper School student; ACC sessions are now offered in-person or virtually. Learn more with Upper School Student Support Coordinator Jessica Kulp and Upper School English Teacher and Academic Coach Richard Smith about how Academic Coaching at Cannon helps students take actionable steps to maximize their potential.
  • Normalizing and Understanding your Teen’s Stress

    In this session we will help you as parents identify ways to differentiate between a healthy level of stress and anxious or depressive symptoms. Join Upper School Counselors Claire Cabellos, LCSW and Anne Hoffman, MA to learn how to understand your teen’s wide range of emotional responses and how to effectively support them.
  • What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Freshman!

    Join Associate Director of College Counseling Alex Segura and Dean of Students Tom Booker as we provide families with a glimpse into the exciting freshman experience at Cannon! We’ll talk about Advisory, Student Life and New Student Seminar, support provided by College Counseling, and the roles the College Counselor, Advisor, and Dean will play along our students’ journey. We’ll also give an overview of the academic course of study for the freshman year. Come join us as we look forward to welcoming our newest Upper School students!
  • Class of 2024: Introduction to College Counseling

    Join Associate Director of College Counseling Kristin McClanahan as she provides an introduction to the College Counseling team and an overview of how College Counseling supports the Class of 2024. Insights to programming, resources and curriculum planning will be presented.

7:00 - 7:25 p.m. Session B Descriptions

List of 6 items.

  • Normalizing and Understanding your Teen’s Stress

    In this session we will help you as parents identify ways to differentiate between a healthy level of stress and anxious or depressive symptoms. Join Upper School Counselors Claire Cabellos, LCSW and Anne Hoffman, MA to learn how to understand your teen’s wide range of emotional responses and how to effectively support them.
  • Focus On: Homework

    The world that our students inhabit is constantly changing. To prepare them for the future, we as an Upper School must model our core principle of Adaptive Expertise, evaluating and reevaluating best practices. This session is intended to inform Cannon Upper School parents about this year’s Department Chair Team’s focus on the role of homework in the Upper School. Join Upper School Social Studies Department Chair Laura Huffman and Upper School Academic Dean Nate Rogers to hear about the research and process behind our study of how homework works best for students.
  • Making Good Choices on the US Math Path

    This session will inform Cannon Upper School parents about the sequence of math courses during their high school student’s career. Join Upper School Math Department Chair Danny Scurlock, along with Upper School Math Teacher Josh Zebracki, to learn about the factors to consider when deciding the best math path for your student. Mr. Scurlock and Mr. Zebracki will also spend time describing what goes on in a Cannon Upper School Math classroom. There will be time for Q&A near the conclusion of this session.
  • Working Smarter: Academic Coaching at Cannon

    Does your child need an academic reset? Do they have trouble getting or staying organized? Difficulty managing time? Feelings of falling behind with assignments or assessment? Is your child in need of an accountability partner (who’s not you 😊) to help keep their goals on track? Our Academic Coaching at Cannon (ACC) program is designed to build and strengthen executive functioning skills while encouraging autonomy, self-efficacy, and self-advocacy. This free, on-campus, during-the-school-day resource is available to EVERY Cannon Upper School student; ACC sessions are now offered in-person or virtually. Learn more with Upper School Student Support Coordinator Jessica Kulp and Upper School English Teacher and Academic Coach Richard Smith about how Academic Coaching at Cannon helps students take actionable steps to maximize their potential.
  • Third Trimester Electives in the English Department

    Next year, students in English I, II, III, and IV will spend third trimester in an elective course of their choosing.  During this session, Upper School English Department Chair Mark Dunn will discuss our rationale for making this change, what this change might mean for your student in terms of course continuity, and what kinds of class topics you might see offered up during the '21-'22 school year.  
  • A Parenting Manual for Surviving (We mean enjoying!) The College Process

    If you are venturing into the college process with your firstborn child, this session will be filled with helpful hints for you. You will learn about the timelines, the discussions, the predicaments, the college visits, and the actual launching (off to school) that is to come for you and your student. Join Upper School Division Head Deb Otey and Director of College Counseling Beth Wilner for an honest discussion about our own experiences that will hopefully encourage and support you and your child’s upcoming college process.

7:30 - 7:55 p.m. Session C Descriptions

List of 6 items.

  • Mission Aligned Grading Practices in the Upper School

    Grades may not be the only thing that matters, but - let’s admit it - grades are still one of the things that matter in high school. Join JrK-12 Director of Studies Fabio A Hurtado to better understand what our students will experience in 9th grade in terms of grading. Join this session to find out how grading is done in US 9th grade courses and how to understand and navigate educational terms like traditional, standards-based, reassessment, powerschool gradebook, and trimester grades.
  • What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Freshman!

    Join Associate Director of College Counseling Alex Segura and Dean of Students Tom Booker as we provide families with a glimpse into the exciting freshman experience at Cannon! We’ll talk about Advisory, Student Life and New Student Seminar, support provided by College Counseling, and the roles the College Counselor, Advisor, and Dean will play along our students’ journey. We’ll also give an overview of the academic course of study for the freshman year. Come join us as we look forward to welcoming our newest Upper School students!
  • Beyond AP: Advanced Topics Environmental Science

    Come to this session learn about the new, hands-on Advanced Topics experience in Environmental Science. Join Upper School Science Department co-teachers Kenan Mattsson and Heather Oswald as they discuss the shift from AP to AT - how it will allow students to take part in more experiential learning, long term environmental studies, and engage with writing an environmental conservation grant proposal. This is your chance to learn about the course redesign and how your rising junior or senior may benefit from enrolling in our newest Advanced Topics course. 
  • A Parenting Manual for Surviving (We mean enjoying!) The College Process

    If you are venturing into the college process with your firstborn child, this session will be filled with helpful hints for you. You will learn about the timelines, the discussions, the predicaments, the college visits, and the actual launching (off to school) that is to come for you and your student. Join Upper School Division Head Deb Otey and Director of College Counseling Beth Wilner for an honest discussion about our own experiences that will hopefully encourage and support you and your child’s upcoming college process.
  • Making Good Choices on the US Math Path

    This session will inform Cannon Upper School parents about the sequence of math courses during their high school student’s career. Join Upper School Math Department Chair Danny Scurlock, along with Upper School Math Teacher Josh Zebracki, to learn about the factors to consider when deciding the best math path for your student. Mr. Scurlock and Mr. Zebracki will also spend time describing what goes on in a Cannon Upper School Math classroom. There will be time for Q&A near the conclusion of this session.
  • Class of 2024: Introduction to College Counseling

    Join Associate Director of College Counseling Kristin McClanahan as she provides an introduction to the College Counseling team and an overview of how College Counseling supports the Class of 2024. Insights to programming, resources and curriculum planning will be presented.

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