We are now a PTSO
PTSO = Parent-Teacher-Student Organization
The mission of Carver Middle School, in partnership with parents and community, is to work collaboratively to establish high standards of learning for all students, to create an environment which engages students in academic rigor, and to prepare all students to be productive citizens of society by providing high quality educational programs and learning experiences in a safe environment.
Plan and shop for healthy breakfasts and lunches a week in advance. This will save you precious time and prevent much stress in the long run!
As much as you may dislike it, middle school is usually the time when fashion becomes important to kids. If you’re not already familiar with your school’s dress code, check your school’s website for a list of doand don’ts. Take this opportunity to set clear guidelines about the type of clothes your pre-teens are permitted to wear, whether or not makeup is allowed, and talk about personal hygiene. Set clear standards with your child about her clothing allowance.
Being in middle school means more responsibilities. If you find that your child needs help managing his new middle school schedule, set up a daily assignment checklist to keep at home and review daily.
At this age kids may pull away and not talk to you as much. This type of middle school behavior can sometimes be influenced by peers or life changes—such as attending a new school. Continue to ask questions and be engaged with your kid. He or she needs you!
Around ages 11, 12, and 13, shifts occur in kids’ thinking. Keep them engaged in school and learning. Encourage their curiosity. Many are strongly influenced by friends; so if they have friends who only want to socialize and not learn, emphasize the importance of having friends and working hard to learn.
Because kids this age have strong emotions, they tend to either “love” school or “hate” it. If your child happens to “hate” school, help her identify parts that are more enjoyable—even if they are recess, gym, and lunch.
Most kids at this age think there is too much homework in middle school. Emphasize how homework helps kids learn. Do homework with them. Make it fun. Applaud their learning and new knowledge.