Dear Parent, The middle school years are some of the most important in terms of growth and development. For parents, these years are often some of the most exciting and challenging. This book will give you the information you need to help your child not only succeed academically, but to also thrive and grow. With your support and guidance, your child is sure to have a great middle school experience! For the sake of simplicity, the term “middle school” is used to refer to all middle schools, junior high schools, and intermediate schools. We know that many children are being raised by grandparents or guardians. In this book, the term “parent” is used to refer to any primary caregiver.