Parent involvement will look different in Junior High, but you are needed more than ever.
Junior High is an exciting, yet confusing time for students, as well as for families. Children are seeking increased independence, and you may find that your child is no longer inviting you to school activities, sharing their day with you or wanting you at the school. Parental involvement will certainly look different, but parents are needed at this criticial point more than ever. Below are some suggestions:
- Communicate expectations, discuss ideas and feelings about school, homework and interests. Help identify their goals and explore dreams connecting them with academic requirements
- Ensure your child attends school on time, regularly and gets enough sleep
- Monitor progress; using all resources such as the parent portal, acuity, progress reports, report cards, personal communication with teachers, or conferences
- Regularly attend and support school programs and activities
- Serve on school, district or state committees or volunteer
- Encourage your student to find out what their learning style is (auditory, kinesthetic or visual)