13 Work with and support the teachers, counselors, and administrators at your school. Like you, they want your child to have a great middle school experience. Show support and interest Children’s attitudes about school are, to a large extent, determined by what their parents say and do. Your child needs to know that you support the teachers and administrators at your school, and that you consider education to be a top priority. You can best convey your interest in education and your support of your child’s school by doing the following: u Insist that your child be in school every day. u Show an interest in what your child is studying. u Expect your child to work up to his/her potential. u Talk about the importance of getting a good education. u Expect your child to follow the school rules. u Attend all parent programs and parent-teacher conferences. u Encourage your child to think about going to college. u Show consistent interest in your child’s academic progress. Communicate with your school It’s much easier today for parents to stay informed and to communicate with school personnel. Schools have their own websites, and parents can usually communicate with teachers and counselors via email. Don’t ever hesitate to ask for information or help. If there is ever a situation (e.g., health problem, divorce, death in the family) that might affect your child’s attitude or school performance, contact your child’s counselor or principal and explain the situation. Work with Your School