How to Succeed at Middle School

Prepare for School
During the School Year How to Get Involved
  1. Look on the School website before the school year starts for important dates
  2. Meet your child’s teacher/ Find out who Teacher is
  3. Tour the school to find out where the classroom is
  4. Acquire necessary school supplies
  5. Meet with the School Counselor or Principal if you have any concerns or questions
  6. Set up a family calendar so your children can have a sense of when the school year begins, when weekly activities are when breaks will be, etc.
  7. Set up cafeteria/lunch account for your child
  8. Begin earlier bedtime routines about 2 weeks before school starts to help prepare your child for earlier waking hours; remember that the average elementary aged child needs between 10-12 hours of sleep
  9. Make sure your child knows where his or her bus stop is, or if they will be walking to school, make sure they know where the crossing guards will be & teach them safe walking practices
  10. Talk to your children about the importance of school and learning
  11. Help your child to get organized by setting up their backpacks, folders, etc.
  12. Try to set up fun learning activities during the summer and school year to help facilitate and maintain a love of learning
Remember, you only get to enjoy they will only be this age once in their lives!
  1. Encourage your child to make new friends and maintain old friendships.
  2. Make sure you know what your child’s “homework folder” looks like
  3. Check your child’s “homework folder” or agenda daily for what is due so you can stay on top of projects/homework
  4. Discuss what happened at each school day
  5. Have a specific time and a quiet, well-lit place set aside for doing homework. Turn off the TV/radio/video games for homework time.
  6. Make sure your child is eating a healthy breakfast every day; research shows that this is the most important meal of the day
  7. In addition to making sure your child eats healthy foods, also ensure that they get enough sleep and exercise.
  8. Make sure your child gets to school on time
  9. Talk with your child about the importance of attending school regularly
  10. Schedule Dr. and Orthodontic appointments after or before school, when possible
  11. Make sure to take family trips and vacations during our scheduled breaks; missed class time can never really be “made up” because they miss a lot of important information/interaction.
  12. Provide incentives to improve your child’s attendance & behavior
  13. Support school rules and consequences for attendance & behavior
  14. Talk to someone if your child does not want to go to school or if they are telling you about problems/concerns.
  15. Work with your child’s teacher if you have any concerns and encourage your child to talk to you about problems with other kids
  16. Serve as a positive role model to your child; set good examples as an adult; eat healthily, take care of yourself, read daily, etc.
  17. Keep lots of  books on hand to encourage reading – kids should be reading every night or parents can be reading to younger kids nightly
Get involved!  Volunteer in your child’s classroom or in other areas of the school.
Research shows that students with parents who are involved in their children’s education achieve more.  If you don’t have time to volunteer in your child’s classroom, the next best place to start is at home.  Be involved by knowing what your child is working on, oversee their homework, make sure to stay connected to your child’s teacher, and encourage a healthy love of learning.
Make learning a daily practice
  1. Encourage your child to read daily
  2. Provide your child with age-appropriate reading materials (you can find out the level from the teacher and then find books on that level at your local Library)
  3. Take an interest in your child’s schoolwork and activities – attend field trips if you can
  4. Designate a workplace for your child that is quiet and done daily at a specific time
  5. Communicate with your child’s teacher
  6. Practice new skills by playing games, using flashcards, or using computer-based interactive programs (most Teachers know about these sites, so be sure to ask)
  7. Visit local parks, museums, zoos, and local landmarks so your children have a broader knowledge base
  8. Have your child help you with grocery lists, keep track of pricing items while shopping, write letters to family members, friends, etc.
  9. Talk to and listen to your child every day:  Ask questions
  10. Volunteer for your School’s PTA or PTO
  11. Take School surveys sent by Principals, Counselors or Teachers, this provides valuable input and feedback
  12. Attend all School functions to incorporate a union between home & school
  13. If available in your child’s school, take advantage of classes offered such as parenting, Living with ADHD, etc.
  14. Limit TV & video game playing during school days
  15. Assign weekly chores to facilitate responsibility and respect
Encourage your child to get involved with extra-curricular activities such as sports, band, Boy or Girl Scouts, Church youth groups, etc.