Parent Survival Tips
For children going into middle school, there are many anxieties, apprehensions and fears to deal with and overcome. Middle schools are larger than elementary schools, the school work is harder, there are more classes and more teachers – all with different expectations and personalities. If you have a child who is entering middle school for the first time, know that it is normal for your child to express concern.
1. Don't be too anxious about your child going to middle school
Talk about the middle school experience in a positive way! Your enthusiasm and support can help make this BIG change in your child's school life a positive one.
2. Help your child develop an organizational strategy
- Designate a study space and set a consistent study time
- Provide your child the necessary folders and binders to stay organized( let us know if you need help)
- Conduct a weekly clean-up
- Keep a master calendar
- Prepare for the week/day ahead
- Provide help and support while your child is learning to become more organized
3. Utilize Platt Middle School's resources
- Explore Platt's teacher and grade level websites with your child
- Homework is updated on the grade level website calendar for 6th grade and there is also a Google calendar for 6th grade
- You can access Infinite Campus to check grades and progress. Get your IC password from our Registrar in the counseling office.
- There are MANY other links to important information and updates on the Platt Website
4. Read over the summer
5. Talk about social skills
Talk about traits that make a good friend. Discuss how words and actions can affect other people. Practice skills needed for difficult social situations.
6. Openly communicate with your child
Keep the lines of communication open between your child and school staff. Be informed, listen, and talk to your child.
7. Get involved as a parent
Attend parent-teacher nights, open houses, PTO meetings and/or other events where you can connect with your child's teachers and the school.
8. Encourage your child to get involved in school activities!
Have them join a team, club, or other extra-curricular activity and attend after-school events.
9. Help your child to be his or her own advocate
Encourage your child to discuss problems and solutions with teachers on their own, but be ready to help as needed.
10. Attend these Events
6th grade 1st day of school coffee
Mandatory Check-In Day
Family Fun Pizza Night and Club sign-up event
6th grade transition night
Back to school night
Parent teacher conferences
Email teachers and the 6th grade Counselor
with any questions.