2 Middle school is a big change for both students and parents. In middle school, students are faced with many new opportunities and challenges. Middle school students change classes and they have more teachers to deal with. The school is often larger and the courses are usu- ally more difficult. Students also find that they’re expected to be more independent, more focused, and more responsible than they were in elementary school. Most students feel excited and a little apprehensive when they start middle school. Students wonder if they’ll fit in, if they’re going to like their teach- ers, and if they’ll be able to succeed in their classes. During this transition period, it’s important to keep the lines of commu- nication open. Talk to your child and listen to what he/she has to say. Let your child know that you’re available to help make the transition to middle school as smooth as possible. This is not only a transition period for students, it’s also a time of transi- tion for parents. Your children are growing and changing, and you can see their focus shifting from their families to their friends. As middle schoolers become more independent and socially active, being a parent becomes more complicated, and often more difficult. During these middle school years, it’s very im- portant for you to be involved in your child’s life. You need to make sure your child is doing well in school, and that he/she is making good choices and decisions. Now, more than ever, your child needs your guidance, encourage- ment, love, and support. Making the Transition “Middle school is a great place to be. The students are full of energy, and there’s so much growth during these years.” Sara Johnson, principal