Surviving Middle School

  • Help!! My child is struggling and I don’t know what to do.
    Right around the time that the first progress reports arrive home each quarter or when they are visable on Parent/Student Connect, I receive communication from concerned parents about their student's grades.  Surviving the middle school years is one of the more challenging endeavors many parents undertake in their student's development. There are several ways to help your student succeed and still nurture the relationship you have developed with your child as both parent and child attempt to navigate the waters of adolescence.  I have listed below several interventions that might help you to help your child succeed:

    The 10 Step Process to Surviving Middle School

    1. Review the grades with your child in a rational manner and ask your child how you can help them to improve.

    2. Remind your child that they have a fresh start with the beginning of the new quarter.

    3. Develop a homework plan together. A time, place, supplies needed, schedule of how to complete the assignments each night.

    4. Require your child to fill out their agenda book or planner or use a digital calendar on their chrome book for each class every night and if needed.  Knowing the assignments and homework daily is pivital.  Make use of the teacher web pages with posted assignments as well.

    5. Review each assignment for the night.  Require that you see all assignments completed.  Should your student neglect to turn in the assignment, you can look for it on Parent Connect.  If it was not turned in, it will show up in red under the assignments tab on Parent Connect.

    6. Ask your child to bring home their chrome book and all of their books (if they are not on line) every night if you can’t keep track of which books should come home on which night.  Many of the books now are on-line. Check with your student's teachers.

    7. Check out Camrillo Library's Homework Center for tutoring or any other assistance from the school such as teacher avaialblility before school or at lunchtime for extra support.

    8. Review your child’s State Test scores to identify areas that they are struggling in and work with your child in those areas.

    9. Contact your child’s teacher to discuss ways to help your child improve.  Align yourself with the school/teacher(s) to help your student make changes and adjustments quickly.  Teach your child to problem solve and take responsibility for their behavior rather than initially requesting a class change.

    10. Foster communication with your child and ask them how school is going on a daily basis.  Time goes by quickly when you're busy working and raising a family.  Remember that sometimes kids just need a brief reminder that you care and are interested in their academic progress.  Keep in mind that what works for one student/child might not work for the next child?  Some kids need more of your time than other kids; especially transitioning to the 6th grade.