Making the Most of Middle School
Middle school students need more space and independence to discover new interests and build skills
and knowledge. They also need continued support and guidance from parents. Here are some ways to
help your child make this transition and stay on the right track:
Have your 7th grader attend the WEB Orientation
Attend Back to School Night
Help your child be- come
familiar with his or her new buildings, classrooms, and lockers.
Meet with your child’s Learning Director or Guidance Instructional Specialist. Ask advice on
how to help your child transition into his or her new school.
Expose your child to a broad range of experiences and programs. Help him or her explore new
interests and start to consider future plans.
Set ground rules for your child. Make sure your child knows what time to wake up, when to be
ready for school, and when to do homework after school. Also, let your child know that he or she is
expected to do his or her best in school.
Stay aware of your child’s homework and school demands. It is important for you to keep track
of your child’s homework assignments and deadlines. However, check, but do not do your child’s
homework. Encourage your child to do his or her best work on homework as- signments.
Monitor your child’s progress. Be aware of your child’s progress on schoolwork, tests, and
grades, so you can address any potential problems or issues before they become larger.
Remember your child’s next transition-high school. Make sure that your child is aware of the
classes and programs he or she will need to take in middle school to prepare for high school and
Whether or not your child is thinking about college, decisions your child makes as early as 8th
grade can have a major impact on his or her future. Young people must use this time to:
Develop good study habits.
Master strong reading, math and computer skills.
Explore science learning opportunities.
Establish high expectations for learning and good conduct-both at home and at school.
Develop good communication skills.
Confront personal roadblocks.