2 “It’s important for students to get their year off to a good start. During the first few weeks of school, parents need to make sure their children are doing well in their classes, and that they’re getting involved in school activities.” Thomas Cole, principal The Transition to High School Students need the support and guidance of their parents during this important transition period. High school presents students with a variety of new opportunities and challenges. High schools are usually larger in size and the courses are more difficult. For the first time, students are taking courses that earn credits towards graduation, and the grades they earn are more important. High school grades help determine the kinds of jobs students can get and the colleges they’ll be able to get into. Most students feel excited and a little apprehensive as they start high school. Students wonder if they’ll fit in, if they will like their teachers, and if they’ll be able to succeed in the courses they’re taking. During this transition period, it’s important to keep the lines of communication open. Let your child know that you are available to help make the transition to high school as smooth as possible. Of course, this is not only a transition period for students. It’s also a time of transition for parents. With each passing year, you see your child becoming more self-sufficient and inde- pendent. You also see your role as a parent changing. During these high school years, it’s important that you continue to be involved in your child’s life. You want to make sure that your child is doing well in school, and that he/she is making good choices and decisions. You also need to make sure that your child understands that with increased independence comes increased responsibility.