Tips to Help Your Child Succeed in Middle School

Tips to Help Your Child Succeed in Middle School

Communicate high expectations. Make sure your student understands that you expect him or her to complete homework, study for tests, graduate from high school and continue learning after high school.

Check grades. Take advantage of online information in Skyward for your student’s grades, missing assignments and attendance. If you do not have Internet access at home, try using the computers at the public library. Contact your son/daughter’s counselor or the main office for assistance with the Skyward program.  There is also an "app" available for Skyward to be installed onto your smartphone.  This feature would allow access to your student's information while on the go.  Once the app is installed onto your device, you will be one click away from viewing your student's attendance and academic progress.  

Contact your child’s teachers. If you have questions or concerns about your son/daughter’s academic progress or classroom behavior, contact his/her teachers by e-mail, phone or a written note in your child’s planner.

Monitor homework. Homework is extremely important for academic success. Middle school students sometimes still need homework checked for completion and may also need to be reminded to turn assignments in. Please contact your child’s teacher(s) concerning questions about specific homework assignments.

Seek help. Encourage your son/daughter to ask questions during class or before or after class if he/she doesn’t understand something or needs clarification about an assignment.

Be prepared every day. Be sure your son/daughter prepares for school the night before and gets a good night’s sleep. Choosing clothes the night before and placing everything for school in one spot makes mornings less chaotic.

Be involved and be present. Your school offers several opportunities for parents to get acquainted with the school and the school staff. Attend open house and parent meetings, talk with teachers during parent teacher conferences, or volunteer to chaperone extra-curricular activities. Middle school students do better in school when parents are actively involved.