Parent Tips for Middle School Transition

1.  Don't be anxious about your child going to middle school.  Talk about the middle school experience in a positive way!
     Your child is capable of handling middle school.  Empower him or her by letting them know this.
 
2.  Help your child develop an organizational strategy. 
     a.  Designate a study space and set a consistent study time.
     b.  Buy your child the necessary folders and binders to stay organized.
     c.  Conduct a weekly clean-up of their binders and backpack.
     d.  Prepare for the week/day ahead.
     e.  Provide help and support while your child is learning to become more organized.
 
3.  Utilize your middle school's resources.
     a.  Explore your middle school's website with your child.
     b.  You will find links to teachers' email addresses.
     c.  Home Access provides you information on grades and progress.  Be sure to sign up in the front office.
    
4.  Talk about social skills.  Talk about traits that make a good friend.  Discuss how words and actions can affect other
     people.  Practice skills needed for difficult social situations.
 
5.  Openly communicate with your child.  Keep the lines of communication open between your child and school staff.  Be
     informed, listen and talk to your child.
 
6.  Attend parent-teacher nights and other events where you connect with your child's teachers and school staff.
 
7.  Encourage your child to get involved in school activities.  Have them join a team, club or other extra-curricular activity.
 
8.  Take advantage of opportunities to tour the building.  Attend orientation meetings, meet the teachers night, and
     open house.
 
9.  Call the school to confirm dates on school events.  Front office (956)233-3908    
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