Principal Wood's Words - The Transition to Middle School
Middle school is a big step and a big change for both students and parents. In middleschool, students are faced with new opportunities and challenges. Middle school students change classes, and they have more teachers to deal with. The school is often larger and the coursework is usually more difficult. Middle school students also find that they're expected to be more independent, more focused, and more responsible than they were in elementary school. Most students feel excited and a little apprehensive as they start middle school. Students wonder if they'll fit in, if they will like their teachers, and if they'll be able to succeed in the courses they're taking. During this transition period, it's important to keep the lines of communication open. Talk to your children and listen to what they say. Let your children know that you're there to help them make the transition to middle school as smooth as possible. This is not only a transition period for students, it's also a time of transition for parents. Your children are growing and changing, and you can see their focus shifting from their families to their friends. As middle schoolers become more independent and socially active, being a parent becomes more complicated, and often more difficult. It is very important for you to be involved in your child's life during middle school. You need to make sure that your child is doing well in school, and that he/she is making good choices and decisions. Now, more than ever, your child needs your guidance, encouragement, love, and understanding.