Parent's Guide to Middle School

This page is devoted to advice for parents.  If anyone reading this has tips that are not on here, please let us know; we will be happy to add them!

TIP #1: Even though your child is in middle school now, they will still need help to figure everything out.  They will need your help in setting up a study schedule and keeping to it, in checking behind them to make sure their work is complete, and in talking about the daily changes that can take place in middle school.  Changes that are mental, physical, emotional, and social.

TIP #2: The teachers are there to help.  Please contact your child's teacher with any questions or concerns that you may have.  E-mail is the quickest way to reach them.  We do try to respond to parents within twenty-four hours.  Communication between parents and teachers is a must in the educational career of your child.  Teachers communicate in many ways - e-mails, progress reports, written notes, newsletters, and phone calls.

TIP #3: You will be updated on your child's progress.  Johnston County requires one progress report every quarter - we send you one every two weeks for a total of four in a quarter.  Get to know the report schedule and ask your child for the report from all their core classes.  If you have any concerns about the grade, do not hesitate to contact the teacher.

TIP #4: Set up a study place and schedule with your child.  A good idea is for students to sit down at least one hour a day, Monday through Friday, to study.  Visit the "Homework" and "Study Strategy" pages for more information on this subject.

TIP #5: Visit the teacher's webpages.  A lot of information can be found there.  Go to the link below and click on the teacher's name

TIP #6: Due to end-of-grade testing and the possible need for waivers at the end of the year, teachers do not generally send work home.  A student's work is collected in an academic portfolio that is kept in the classroom.  You are more than welcome to schedule a conference to meet with your child's teachers and peruse this folder.

Here are some wonderful articles that may help answer your questions.  If you know of any useful articles, please let us know.  We will add them below.

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