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13 Tips For Success at Middle School

The half way point in the school year is fast approaching and the holiday season is right around the corner.  We wish you and your family happy holidays!  Since the half way point of the school year is approaching it is a good time to reflect on the progress made and how best to move forward.  In order to help you decide on the best course of action to follow moving forward I offer you the following 13 tips for success at the middle school that were recently published on the scholastic.com website.

1.  Help you child manage Homework time.  Encourage them to aim high and always do their best work. Check with teachers to see how much time should be necessary to complete homework. See what your school offers to help you help your child, such as an agenda planner or some other homework reminder system, and/or a Web site with helpful links.

2.  Show interest in your child's studies.   Talk with them daily about what they are learning and doing in school (don't take "nothing" for an answer!). If you know your child has a project for science, get involved. The same goes for cheerleading, sports, and music — any extracurricular activities.

3. Discuss ideas and feelings about school, studies, and activities. Be realistic about what your child can and should be able to do. Don't expect great grades or high test scores if they aren't capable. That expectation will only cause unnecessary frustration.

4.  Read and review with your child the information that schools and districts provide. Be familiar with the pupil progression plan, course offerings, student handbook, etc. All these will help you and your child successfully weave your way through the maze called middle school.

5.  Contact counselors, administrators, and teachers periodically. Find out what your child should be learning, how they are progressing, and how you can help. Be a full partner in your child's education.

6.  Be sure that they attend school on a regular basis. Even if they are absent for illness or another valid reason, they need to keep up with their studies. Call the school if your child will be missing a day, and find out what they need to do to make up for it.

7.  Encourage them to pursue interests and make friends through extracurricular activities. Be certain, however, that they select no more than a few activities so they have adequate time for schoolwork. You must help them find a balance; this will take compromise and patience.

8.  Know your child's friends. Who does your child hang out with? Follow up on any suspicions that you may have. It is better to be safe than sorry at this time of your child's life. Know where your child is at all times. Be clear and consistent with discipline.

9.  Make it clear that they must follow school rules and policies. Teach them to respect people as well as property. Help them know right from wrong and what they must do when negative temptations come their way.

10.   Encourage them to get to know their teachers and to maintain contact throughout their middle-school years, if possible. Not only will the teachers  be invaluable in supporting their academic path, they're also one of many potential adult role models for your child.

11.  Attend parent meetings, open houses, booster clubs, parent education groups, and other activities for parents. I mentioned this before, but it is very important for your child!

12.  Volunteer at school. Both your child and the school will benefit from your involvement and help. Schools solicit volunteers to help in a variety of ways: tutoring, assisting in the media center, giving speeches, helping out at activities, chaperoning, etc.

13.   Consistently acknowledge and reward efforts at school. Many parents expect the school to provide the incentives for their child's accomplishments. While schools do have a lot of motivation programs, parents need to recognize their child's successes too. When your child works hard, your acknowledgment motivates him to persist.


I hope that these tips can be a resource to you as you talk with your child about the path ahead for the second half of our school year.  We look forward to walking on that path as well and celebrating the successes of your child with you.  Happy Holidays !!




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Source: Scholastic.com

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