27 Middle school is a time of change, and most students go through several stages and lots of ups and downs. The tips below will help you guide and advise your student during these exciting years. Help your child succeed in school. u Middle school students often need help with organization. Make sure that your child has a system for recording assignments, taking notes, and keeping his/her papers organized. u Help your child set realistic academic goals. Discuss what your child needs to do to reach his/her goals. u Encourage your child to get involved in school activities. He/she will enjoy school more. u Work with your school. Teachers, counselors, and principals are there to help your child get the best education possible. Be involved and provide support. u Attend open houses and parent conferences. Also, regularly check your school’s website for information and updates. u Know the dates that midterm grades and report cards come out. If you don’t see a report card, call the school and request a copy. If your child’s grades are accessible online, check them often. u Look for opportunities to praise good grades and extra effort. u Talk to your child about what’s happening in school and be a good listener. u Whenever possible, help your child figure out how to take care of problems on his/her own. Your child will gain confidence and become more independent. If your child is unable to resolve an issue, or if there’s a serious problem, be available to intervene. Tips for Parents