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Middle school is an important time in a student's life.  While middle school grades may not carry the same weight that they will in high school, middle school students are developing habits and behaviors that will prepare them for success in all areas of life today and in the future. 
Students do best when the school and parents work in partnership with one another.  In order to set your student up for a great year, please see that your child--
  • Gets 8-10 hours of sleep each night.
  • Eats breakfast and nutritious meals and snacks throughout the day.  Family dinners are a wonderful way to connect with your child at the end of a busy day.
  • Has appropriate limits and supervision with technology (including video games, smart phones, social media, and Internet).
  • Completes homework daily.  Find a tidy area where your student can sit down and work without distraction.  Starting homework at the same time each day supports your student with establishing a routine.
  • Gets regular exercise (Thank you, P.E. teachers!)
Most teachers post regularly to their class website and/or Aeries.  If you have specific questions or concerns regarding your student's progress, contact your student's teacher(s) directly. 
Your student's counselor is also equipped to help your child navigate academic challenges and to develop organizational and study skills.  Organization can be a real challenge for middle school students, especially for 6th graders, who are adjusting to moving through six classes a day and needing to keep track of each teachers' expectations and class agenda.  For many middle schoolers, organization does not come naturally; it is a skill that takes practice like any other skill. 
One of the most simple and effective organizational strategies a student can develop is use of his school planner (aka agenda).  In it are important dates, as well as a place for students to write in homework assignments for each class.  Here are some useful tips for your student:
  • Bring your agenda to every class (except maybe P.E.)
  • Write in it every single day, every single period.    
  • If you don't have homework, write "No HW" so there will be no confusion later in the day when you sit down to do your homework.  A "No HW" night is also a good night to review what's been covered in class previously or to look ahead.
  • As you complete your homework assignments, check them off in your agenda.  You'll feel good about the progress you're making, which will energize you!
  • When you know you have a test (or project due) a few days out, write it in your agenda.  Then, for at least a couple days beforehand, write that your homework is to study for that test (or break down the project into smaller tasks and write your own due dates for those smaller tasks).
Time management is another skill that takes practice.  Oftentimes students struggle to find an appropriate balance between school and homework, extracurricular activities, and leisure time.  Use this time planning chart to help your student learn how to better manage his/her time.