• The Transition to Middle School

    As students enter Middle School, there’s a tremendous amount of change. Their bodies are growing and developing every day and they’re taking on more responsibilities. These changes can create stress, frustration, anxiety, and confusion at home and at school.


    Tips for Parents

    • Stay informed
      • Check newsletters, PowerSchool, teachers’ webpages often


    • Designate a Study Time and Place
      • Study areas should be as free from distractions as possible
      • Create a “Study Survival Kit”: extra paper, pencils, pens, highlighters, index cards, and other supplies necessary for completing assignments.


    • Communicate
      • Ask your child questions about school; show interest in your child's education
      • Celebrate accomplishments; help make a plan for areas of improvement
      • Continue the same attention you give in the beginning of the year through the end of the year
      • Read books your child is reading – this makes for great conversation around the dinner table

    Tips for Students 

    • Get Organized
      • Develop a system to keep your locker, backpack, and binders organized
      • Experiment to see what works for you, then stick with it!
      • Work with your parent, teacher, counselor, or another trusted adult to schedule and keep track of your homework assignments
      • Use time wisely
      • It is YOUR responsibility to find out when you miss an assigment


    • Get Help When You Need It
      • It's important to ASK QUESTIONS.
      • If you’re struggling, confused, or unsure about something, teachers, counselors, even coaches or office staff are here to help.
      • You'll probably find that you're not the first student -- or the last -- to have a certain question.



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    Adapted from Anna R. Brussel, 2003 – Hayfield Secondary School; American School Counselor Association



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