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HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD BE SUCCESSFUL IN MIDDLE SCHOOL. Overview. Middle school basics What does a day in middle school look like? What are the teachers expectations? How can parents support their child? Middle School Organization Technology and your child Career and College planning. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation




OverviewMiddle school basicsWhat does a day in middle school look like?What are the teachers expectations?How can parents support their child?Middle School OrganizationTechnology and your childCareer and College planning

Middle School BasicsSchool Calendar-Website is Key!!Attendance PoliciesCode of Conduct/School RulesSchool CounselorsCoursesSchedulingExtracurricular ActivitiesStandardized TestsBullying

What does the day look like?Regular Bell Schedule

8:30Warning Bell8:35 10:071st/5th Block10:12-11:422nd/6th Block11:47 1:473rd/7th Block 1:52 3:234th/8th Block

On A days blocks 1,2,3 & 4 meet.On B days blocks 5, 6, 7 & 8 meet.

When does my child eat lunch?Lunch A11:47-12:17Lunch B 12:17-12:47Lunch C 12:47-1:17 Lunch D1:17-1:47

What are my childs teachers expectations? Visit the Stone Hill Middle School website Click Staff Select your childs teacher

View syllabi, resources for additional help, curriculum, project information, and calendar for homework and upcoming tests and projects.

What is Resource?PurposeProvides an opportunity for students to:Complete homeworkRetake testsReceive additional instruction from teachers

Resource Schedule6th and 7th graders 45 minutes every other day, at the same time their core academic teachers are on planning and available to help students. Spectrum students go to Spectrum in place of resource

8th graders 90 minutes every other day.Spectrum students have Resource for 45 minutes every other day. The Parent Portal as a Tool for Communication

Ways Clarity can provide information

Missing assignments will be prominently displayed.

Teachers may write more general comments here.

Teachers can link to documents to provide resources.What are middle schoolers most concerned with?

Changes, Changes, ChangesPhysical ChangesEmotional ChangesIntellectual ChangesSocial ChangesBe aware and be informedCommunicate with your childTeach ResponsibilityProvide appropriate consequencesHow can school counselors help your child?Provide individual, group, and classroom guidanceMediate peer issuesCollaborate with teachersConduct career and educational counseling

What can parents do?Partner with Your SchoolSupport the school and the teachersMake the most of parent-teacher conferencesCommunicate with the school staffWork with the school to resolve problemsGet to know the administration, counselors and especially teachersAttend all parent programs

What can parents do at home?Keep lines of communication openGet/stay involved in your childrens livesEncourage extra curricular activitiesProvide school supplies and a place to studyHelp set academic goals/Provide academic supportSee all midterm reports and report cardsUse rewards and consequences to encourage changeWhat can parents do at home?(cont)Encourage a healthy lifestyleHelp improve organizational skillsHelp with time managementMake homework your childs responsibilityEncourage independent problem solvingInsist that they attend school regularly and on time. If they will be absent, call the absentee line 703-957-4422Organization Organized StudentDoesnt cram everything he owns in his backpackCan identify and bring home the books, supplies, and worksheets he needs in order to complete his homeworkCan locate his finished homework in class and hand it in on timeCan study efficiently because he knows when tests are coming up, has set aside enough time to study, and doesnt waste time looking for class notes and handoutsDisorganized StudentFrequently loses papersDoesnt hand in assignments on time or at allHas a backpack full of crumpled paper and random objectsCant break down long-term projects and misses deadlinesLeaves everything for the last minuteDisrupts home life with frantic searches, urgent request for late-night help, and anxiety ridden meltdownsExhausted by the effort they put into trying to keep themselves togetherOften end up doing twice the work

The Three-Part World of the Organized StudentOrganization in school

Organization at home

Time Management

Organization at HomePlace to do her homework and an easy way to store papers and projects he isnt using in school anymore. Needs to be able to function both in his bedroom and within the household at largeThe Desktop File Box and desk, are tools that make doing work at home less stressful and more effective. Organization in SchoolPlace to keep current class notes and handoutsWay to get everything from home to school and from classroom to classroomSomeplace to store everything when shes not using it. Binder, the backpack, and the locker are the three storage systems that can make your childs school day more efficient and productiveBinders

Follow Subject Area Teacher Tab Guidelines

Papers in Correct Binders

Homework Tab or Folder


Purge: remove any unnecessary papers and trash - 3 to 4 times a yearAccessories :Out fit the locker with accessories that make it easier for your child to find things.ShelvesScheduleMap of locker Categories: Separate the contents of the locker into categories. Maybe, have an A-day shelf and B-day shelf.Keep it up- regular maintenance, check to see if everything is organized once a week.


Purge: remove any unnecessary papers and trash - 3 to 4 times a yearAccessories :Out fit the bag with accessories that make it easier for you to find things. Map of bag

Categories: Separate the contents of the bag into categories. Make sure all the papers are in correct binders Keep it up- regular maintenance, check to see if everything is organized once a week. File BoxBinder gets full or out datedMake a file for each class, and put the overflow herePersonal Files: Instructions, Art, Writing or ideas, Music, Clubs, Team, Summer ApplicationsAnything that doesnt have a home

Make a Home Base

The Drop-Off StationThe Study Space Time ManagementDaily Use of AgendaUse Monthly Calendar for big projectsCreate a schedule for yourself outside of school, including study time

PARENT INVOLVEMENT RESEARCHearn higher grades and test scores, enroll in higher-level programs,pass their classes, earn credits and be promoted, attend school regularly, have better social skills, show good behavior and adapt well to school, Graduate and go on to further, Research Spotlight on Parental Involvement in Education.Studies find that students with involved parents are more likely to:Parent-Teacher ConferenceDiscussion Topics & QuestionsHomeworkClass ParticipationOrganizationAcademic SuccessClassroom Time ManagementAttendance & PunctualityFocusSocial AdjustmentStrengths & WeaknessesAdditional Comments

Technology and Your Child

Understand their TechnologyIn order to protect and guide your child, learn as much as you can about the internet, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Ask FM, chat rooms, etc.

Tips for parentsMonitor your childs technologyHave them share with you all their user account names and passwords. Ask them to take you places they frequently visit and show you what they doFriend your child on FacebookLimit childs time on social mediaYour child does not need a social media accountInternet Safety Presentation TBD Deputy Spurlock*NOT FOR CHILDREN*Controls on home computers, their devices (i-Phone, I-Pad, iPod touch)or wireless within the home. Career & Educational OptionsIdentify abilities and interests 1. Career Cafs 2. Career Exploration through Guidance-NavianceExplore career/educational options

High School Career & Technology Programs (Monroe)Academy of Science/Thomas Jefferson High SchoolFour-Year CollegesCommunity & Technical CollegesCareer & Trade SchoolsMilitaryApprenticeshipsCollege InformationPreparation

develop good study skillsencourage them to do as well as they can in their classesattend a college sporting event or visit a college campusin high school, take recommended high school courses, sign up for the right tests and complete the necessary forms.If you want your child(ren) to consider going to college after high school, now is the time to start planning.College Recommended Courses4 years of English3-4 years of math (including Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II)**3-4 years of science (with lab experience)At least 3 years of the same foreign language***3-4 years of social studies1 year of fine or performing arts**students who want to go to a competitive college or program should also take advanced, honors, and AP courses when possible.*** This is the MINIMUM requirement for an Advanced Studies diploma and for most 4 year colleges, it always advisable to go above and beyond this requirement

Admissions CriteriaGrade point average (GPA)Strength of subjectsACT/SAT scoresClass rankRecommendationsSpecial TalentsPersonal qualitiesActivities/awardsEssaysInterviews

Programs At Stone HillPBIS-Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports SSA-Safe School AmbassadorsPeer HelpersStudy Skills Workshops

SHM Contact Info SCHOOL COUNSELORS6th Grade and Lead Counselor: (Barracudas & Dolphins) (Piranhas & Marlins)7th Grade, (Jellyfish, Starfish, Sea Turtles) (Seahorses)8th Grade, Nicole.Bryan@lcps.orgELL students, all grades, Program Coordinator: Jennifer.Alberth@lcps.orgDeans6th Grade- Ashleigh.Spiegel@lcps.org7th Grade- Ben. Thompson@lcps.org8th Grade- Edward.Chi@lcps.orgAll can be reached by calling 703-957-4420, we all have confidential voicemail. References Woodburn PressLinda OBrienwww.woodburnpress.comWheres My Stuff: The Ultimate Teen Organizing GuideSamantha Moss, Lesley SchwartzZest Books

The Organized Student: Teaching Children the Skills for Success in School and BeyondDonna GoldbergTouchstone