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Assistant Administrator of Instruction's Message

Welcome to Badger Springs Middle School! Middle school can be a confusing time, for parents as well as for their kids. Your child is becoming more independent yet still needs your support as much as ever. While you may decide to allow your child more independence in some areas, be sure to stay actively involved in your child’s school. Research shows that children whose parents are engaged in their education are more likely to achieve academic success. Here are some tips for getting involved in your child’s middle school learning experience.
10 Tips for Middle School Parents

1. Get to know the teachers. Meet each of your child’s teachers. Ask about their expectations. Find out how much time your child should spend on homework each night. Find out whether there will be regularly scheduled tests and if so, when. Ask about the best way to get in touch if you have questions. Use email when you can; it is often the quickest method of communication.

2. Find a role for yourself at your child’s school. Unlike in the elementary grades, middle school classrooms don’t often have extra adults on hand. But you can volunteer. Join and work on the PTA; attend a SSC or ELAC meeting; look for opportunities to be involved at Badger Springs MS. Being in the school is a great way to get a feel for what goes on there.

3. Do behind-the-scenes work. If you can’t be in school during the day, ask teachers and other school personnel to pass along some work that you can do on your own. Photocopy homework assignments; collect recyclables for a science or art project; serve on a school site council or the English Learner Advisory Council; join the PTA.

4. Volunteer to chaperone school dances and field trips. Volunteer to assist a club adviser. You’ll meet other parents, school staff, and your child’s classmates.

5. Go to school meetings and events. Attending concerts, plays, assemblies, meetings, and other activities is a good way to become familiar with your child’s school community. Back To School night is September 12, 2012.

6. Find out about homework assignments and school tests. Check the school website where teachers list homework assignments, get in the habit of checking it regularly. Contact your child’s teachers and ask them to alert you when there’s an important project or test coming up. Use the ICampus portal to check your child’s assignments and grades.

7. Talk to your child about school. Ask specific questions to draw out your child. Ask “How do you think you did on the math test?” “Did Many of your teachers say anything funny today?” “What games did you play in PE?”

8.Give your child a quiet place to study and do homework. Find an area in your home that is free of distraction where your middle schooler can concentrate on homework. Use the after school homework help program once it begins on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.

9. Check your child’s homework, but don’t do it for him/her. Offer to check math problems, proofread written papers, and look over spelling words. If you find a mistake, point it out to your child and help her figure out the correct answer. If you are not available, ask an older child or other adult to assist them.

10. Post a family calendar in a central place. Write down important school dates, including parent meetings, due dates for projects, and tests. Encourage your middle schooler to add to use the planner the school provides for them.