Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3429 If your child isn’t doing well in school, find out why. Most students who don’t do well in school feel like failures. They’re frustrated, discouraged, and sometimes angry. The“I don’t care”attitude they often display is a defense mechanism. It’s important for these students to know that their parents haven’t given up on them. They also need to know that their parents are interested, supportive, and willing to take the time to help them be more successful in school. Attendance – It is extremely important for students to be in school every day. Unless a child is truly ill, he/she needs to be in school. Course schedule –We can’t expect students to get good grades if they are in the wrong classes. If any of your child’s courses are too difficult or too easy, contact the school counselor. If you think your child might have greater success in a program with a more “hands-on” approach to learning, ask your child’s counselor if your district offers any career-oriented (vocational) programs. Accountability – It’s human nature to be tempted to“slack off”when we’re not held accountable. How seriously would most workers take their jobs if they knew their bosses would never know how hard they were working—or find out how many days they missed? Your child needs to know that you will be monitoring his/her academic progress throughout the year, and that successes will be recognized and poor performances noticed. Your child also needs to know that you will be consistent in your interest. Alcohol/Drug abuse– Students who abuse alcohol or drugs are often distracted to the point where their school performance is affected. If you know or suspect that your child is drinking or using drugs, talk to him/her about it. If you need information or advice, talk to your doctor or to the school counselor. They can help. If you believe there are other reasons for your child not doing well in school, make an appointment to see your child’s counselor. Recognizing that there’s a problem is the first, and most important, step in finding a solution. Students who aren’t doing well in school usually have problems in one or more of the following areas: