Academic Help

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” – Edward Everett Hale

Quick Tips

1. Communicate frequently with the school.  Email is a wonderful tool.

2. Parent and student should check the portal together at least once a week.

3. Ask your child to report at least one positive thing about his/her school day.

4. Have an established routine for homework.  Expectations should include knowing where work is to be finished, when it is to be finished and what to do with it once it is finished.

5. Don't be afraid to ask older brothers and sisters to help explain confusing concepts.

6. The assignment book can be a wonderful tool if used appropriately.  Become familiar with the teacher and or team's website because it can help when homework is not written down.

7. Be involved at school. Students join clubs participate in intramurals.  Parents go to family events, volunteer. 

8. Once a month clean out the locker and book-bag.  The building is open until 8:00 most nights.

9.  Have a family calendar and post long term projects and tests.  

10. Take a breath.  Middle school can be a rocky road, but the adventure is well worth the ride.

Help my child is struggling!  

ü Talk to your student. Find out what they are struggling with and what steps they have taken to get help. 

ü Talk with the teacher. Is your student struggling with tests, quizzes, homework completion, and/or behavior?

ü Ask about any opportunities for extra help with the teacher. Many teachers will arrange a time to work with students during lunch or before/after school.

ü Talk with your student's grade level counselor about school programs for homework help or private tutoring.

ü Monitor your student's progress regularly through parent portal and their assignment notebook.

ü Provide rewards and consequences for achievement.

Catch-Up Café
  • Teachers have the opportunity to send students who have not finished an assignment to Catch-Up Café during lunch.
  • The counselor provides a quiet area for the student to work and eat their lunch.
  • In addition to a missing assignment, teachers can have students complete tests or quizzes from an absence.
  • This is a very short time period so it can not be used for an evenings worth of work or a long test.
Afterschool Academic Assistance
  • Triple A is an afterschool program which matches up A+ students from the high school with a group of students struggling with a subject.
  • Students meet with the A+ tutor once a week when school is in session.
  • The student or parent can contact their grade level counselor to sign up for the program.
  • There is limited availability so students may be placed on a waiting list.
  • Missing more than two sessions can result in removal from the program.