The Transition to Middle School
Tips for Parents
Transitioning into middle school is not just for your child, but also for you! There are some really important things that you can do to help ease things along. Students entering middle school are experiencing tremendous changes, not only physically, but emotionally, and socially as well. Just a few months ago they only had one or two teachers. Now they may have as many as seven different teachers. Here are a few tips that can help you help your student navigate the middle school years.
Require an Assignment Log
Each student at Henley Middle School is given an assignment log each six week period. These are a helpful way for your student to stay organized with homework, due dates, projects, etc. Require your student to write down all their assignments and check it each day. For some students it can be helpful to offer an incentive if their assignment log is filled out correctly for a whole week or month.
Read Course Syllabi
You should read each course syllabi you get so you’re aware of the expectations, grading policies, and timelines for projects and assignments. Many teachers require a parent signature on these, so it is expected that you will sign them and your child will return them to their teachers. This is an important step in helping your child start off on the right track.
Double Check to be sure homework was done and that is was done right. This is not the time to do homework for your student, but a time to help them learn the process of double checking and revising.
Designate a Study Time and Place
Work with your student to pick out a time and place where school work should be done each day. Some students may need a break after school, while others may want to dive right in and get homework done. Study areas should be free from distractions as much as possible.
Be Sure Resources are Readily Available
Make sure that all resources your child might need are available-pencils, pens, paper, scissors, etc. Having all the supplies ready will mean no wasted time to complete school work.
Communicate, Communicate, Communicate
Communicate with your student’s teacher by email or phone. Be sure to check eschool regularly and let teachers know the best way to contact you. Also communicate with your child. Peer relationships may take priority right now, but it is still important that they know you’re available to talk.
SOU Academic Competitions
Southern Oregon University hosts several different academic competitions throughout the school year. These competitions challenge capable students and enhance their skills in communication, collaboration, and research. These Pre-College programs are designed to enrich and enhance educational opportunities for students.
Places for Help- At School
Most teachers are in their classrooms before school starts so students may go there to get help on school work.
Study Skills is a 7th period class designed to help students who are failing/struggling with their classes (This class will not be offered every 7th period).
We will be offering tutorials four days a week for 30 minutes. This is a time were students with either by selected by their teachers to attend a closed tutorial for re-teaching / re-testing or an extension activity that teachers are not able to get to during class time. If students are not required to attend a closed tutorial they will have the option to choose where they go for a fun activity.
Tutoring (2017-2018 Dates not available yet)
We will be offering math tutoring after school starting after winter break. It will be Mondays and Tuesdays, 3:30-4:15 in a math classroom. Students who work hard during tutoring will be offered 5 extra credit points that they can turn into their math teachers.
Places for Help-Online
Smarter Balance Practice Test
Visit this website www.oaksportal.org to practice for the upcoming Smarter Balance English and Math tests as well as the OAKs Science test.
Quizlet is a great study recourse for many different subjects. There are premade flashcards, games, and study guides and much more!
Khan Academy- a free online resource to help with a variety of topics!!
IXL- Online Math and Language Arts Practice broken down by grade level so it is easy to find the help you are needing.
Watch for updates or to get more information go to www.sou.edu/youth