Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3428 Be available to help. Be available to help with homework, but don’t give more help than is wanted. Your child may not ask again. Keep in mind that it’s your child’s responsibility to be organized, to get homework done, and to prepare for tests. Encourage school involvement. Studies show that students who are involved in school-related activities have greater academic success and they enjoy school more. Encourage your child to be involved in one or more school activities. Monitor activities and jobs. Make sure your child isn’t spending too much time on social networking sites, watching TV, texting, playing video games, or talking on the phone. If your child has a job, make sure that he/she isn’t working too late or too many hours. Be aware of what not to do. u Don’t nag about school or grades. Your child will tune you out. u Don’t allow your child to miss school unless he/she is truly ill. You will send a message that school isn’t important. u Don’t criticize a teacher in front of your child. Your child will only lose respect for that teacher. u Don’t make your child’s failures (or successes) your own. Your child may see getting poor grades as a way to rebel. u Don’t have unrealistic expectations. If your child feels that your expectations can’t be met, he/she may not even bother to try. Work with your school. Know that teachers, counselors, and princi- pals are there to help your child get the best education possible. A health problem, death in the family, or divorce can affect your child’s attitude and/or performance in school. If such a circumstance should arise, contact the principal or counselor and explain the situation. If you have a concern that relates to a specific teacher or class, contact the teacher. For other questions and concerns, contact your child’s counselor. Be sure to express any concerns that you have in a constructive, respect- ful manner.