Transition to Middle School How Can I Help My Middle Schooler?
Middle school can be a little scary because there are a lot of changes- new building, new teachers and friends, new schedules and LOCKERS! However, there is nothing to worry about because we are here to help. If you are the parent of a soon to be middle schooler here are some things to talk about with your child.
Talk With Your Child About....
A New Bedtime: middle school classes begin at 9:00 am. Kids enter the building by 8:30 am. Buses may be at pick up hubs early, so if your child is used to going to bed late and getting up late then the best time to practice getting up early is during the SUMMER! Please check bus pick up time. Your child should get used to "bedtime for school hours" at least 3 weeks before school starts. Most kids need eight hours of sleep so depending on when the bus comes students should be in bed no later than 9:00pm.
Schedules: in middle school students have four core classes each with one teacher- math, science, language arts, social studies and 2 electives. This means several transitions during the day. ALL schedules have the class, the teachers name and room number. There is always an adult in the hall during transitions so no chance of getting lost. All four core classes are generally next door to each other the exception is English as a Second Language Learners may have to walk to another hall.
Homework: in middle school there is nightly homework. Work not finished at school automatically becomes homework. An agenda will help you student stay organized.
Organization: speaking of organization... Each student will have a binder with tabs/dividers and notepaper or spiral notebooks- one for each class. Do a binder check once a week- Sunday afternoon is a great time.
Lockers and Locks: students will be issued a locker and lock after 2 or 3 weeks at school. Students go to lockers twice a day- once in the morning when they come in and once in the afternoon before they go home. backpacks must be stored in your locker. The combination lock can be scary! Teachers will practice combination locks with their classes before issuing lockers. Lockers are usually close you your homeroom.
Lunch: students will be walked to lunch with their lunch class. Each grade level has their own lunch period and each class has their own lunch time.