1st Understanding the Systems:
Each teacher has their own system of weighting the students work (test, class work, homework). Be sure to go over each teacher's list of expectations with your student in the beginning of the year and keep the information handy for further review throughout the year. When in doubt you can call or email the teacher directly, or go to the FRC (C103) or the counseling office (B106) for help if you want more information.
Most 2nd thru 8th grade students have nightly homework. It is best to treat that as the rule rather than the exception (almost all students at a minimum have Accelerated Reading and Accelerated Math to do, nightly). For lower grades you can also work nightly on spelling words, math facts, reading etc. If your student "never" or "rarely" has homework check-in with his/her teachers or contact the FRC. Parents should also review with the students: use and expectations of filling out their planner daily.
Review the Discipline and Dress Code Policy with your student. Ask questions or get clarification early, it is always easier to clarify your understanding of requirements before a student gets into trouble. Call the main office 633-3135 or the FRC 633-4061
2nd Understand Common Middle School Pitfalls:
Review your expectations and guidelines with your students about Facebook, MySpace, sending/receiving pictures and texting. Even for students that don't have phones or computers at home their friends may provide them access. Let them know your expectations. Students are empowered when they have information and guidelines.
The internet and cell phones have become the new playground for bullying and making inappropriate comments, and exchange of pictures. There are severe consequences for this type of behavior as this activity spills over to threats, intimidation and rumor spreading at school.
Important internet and cell phone information
Nationwide (and here in Wheatland) the sending and receiving of inappropriate pictures has gotten very popular amongst students (even as young as 5th grade), leading to severe consequences (including criminal charges).
To prevent this:
1. Disable your child's ability to send or receive pictures from their phone to eliminate the ability for them to send/receive uninvited and/or inappropriate pictures.
2. Check the details of your phone bill to track use; especially activity late at night or during school hours.
3. Ask your children to bring to your attention any inappropriate texts, forwards, pictures, or threats immediately.
4. Monitor their use of the internet keep computer use in public areas.
5. Pay attention to your child's mood prior, during or after their time spent on internet sites to alert you to potential problems.
6. Have clear rules and expectations regarding phone and internet use.
Procrastination, Communication and Help:
Students often procrastinate long term assignments, reading goals and projects. Help your student by teaching them to use their planner and set up a nightly homework plan. Check in with the FRC (C103) or Counseling Office (B106) for more tips to help with this area.
Communication is key and often breaks down with Middle School Students. Please know that all teachers have and respond to emails and you may call them and leave voice mails on their extensions. If for some reason you or your student doesn't feel comfortable with this please contact the FRC (Room C103, 633-4061) or the Counseling Office (Main Office B106, 633-3135 ext.106) at the first signs of confusion before you or your student is frustrated.
3rd Understand Some Lessons Learned:
Stuednts are just as, if not more, confused than their parents. Though it is within their developmental make-up to push you away, they really want your input. Check-in often, and ask questions that require more than a yes/no answer. Watch their change in moods, monitor who their friends are, where they are going, and their use of the internet and cell phones.
Please let us know how we can help. There are no silly questions. If you don't know, then the information from the school may not be presented as clearly as we think. We pride ourselves on being a proactive school and we would rather help before there is a problem. We are here for you and your student we encourage your suggestions and input to help improve our programs.
Bear River Resources:
Family Resource Center (Rm. C103)
Open 8:00 to 4:00 M-F, support for families and students, information on school programs.
ACE Mentoring (C103) Provides screened, trained adult mentors to work one on one with students.
After School Program (530-788-1905)
Open from after school M-F to 6:00 PM
Counseling Services (B106)
Support services to increase success.
Vice Principal: Justin Guzman
Principal: Angela Gouker