6th / 7th Grade Secretary, Lynette Adams
Stuck in the middle with you!
Seventh grade is a unique and exciting time in a middle school student’s experience. Students are no longer "new" to the school, but they are not quite the "top dogs" of the eighth grade quite yet either. This is a great time for students to gain independence and begin to take ownership of their education. This is also a time when additional opportunities open up for participation in school activities.
Not all seventh grade experiences are created equally. To help your student have a great seventh grade year, please consider some recommendations other parents have found helpful.
Ask your student to show you on Infinite Campus their progress in their classes. They can show you their assignments, that they have been turned in, and what their scores are. They can also show you their current grades in each class. You will get a message via email to let you know when mid-quarter and quarter grades are availible. Consider having your son or daught log on and show you these grades.
Ask your students to show you what they are learning in their classes. They can use their agenda books or online teacher lesson plans to help them show you.
Help your student establish a home routine for completing homework. Missing work is a sure way for a student to earn a grade below his or her potential. Designate a homework area, free from distractions such as phone, television, and computer social use.
Have high expectations and give kids the tools and support to meet them. Set short-term expectations such as having no missing assignments in a week, reading 20 minutes every night, or earning a certain grade on an assignment or project. Set expectations based on your child's needs and goals. Create incentives for meeting those expectations. They don't have to be fancy or expensive. They could be one-on-one time with a parent playing a game or shooting hoops. Or, they could be selecting dessert for a meal. Teach and reinforce positive expectations while holding them accountable when rules and expectations are not met. Despite exposure to figures in video games, in music, on television and with their peers, children and teens identify their parents as their biggest influence!
At any point in the year, if you have questions about a class or your child's progress, please feel invited to contact your child's teachers, guidance counselor, or assistant principal. Email is the best way to get in touch; however, phone voicemail access is available for those parents who do not have email access.
We hope you and your child have a great experience with the seventh grade!
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