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Back to School Tips for Parents

The transition from summer schedules to back-to-school routines can be stressful for everyone in the house. The 9 tips provided in this blog post from may help ease the transition.

The first two tips - Visit the School and Meet the Teachers can be accomplished during our open house on August 12th. The 5th grade student/parent meeting is at 5pm in the gym and Open House for grades 5-8 is from 6-7pm

The school can help with the next two tips - Make Homework a Priority and Prepare a Study Area by having your child attend the CMS After School Program (CMS ASP). The CMS ASP will begin on August 21st and it runs Monday-Thursday from 3:18-5:30. The CMS ASP offers an after school snack, tutoring and homework help in the library and activities. CMS ASP also offers homework help on 1:30 Fridays from 1:30-4:30. Talk to your child about your expectations for homework completion at the CMS ASP and communicate those expectations with CMS ASP staff.

Tips 5-9 - Take Charge of Screen Time, Get Everyone to Bed on Time, Make Healthy Meals, Get a Check Up, and Read with Your Child Everyday are really about at home procedures and routines. It is best to start these before the beginning of the school year so that your child understands your expectations.

Middle School students are at an age where parents often think that their child is old enough to "know what they are supposed to do". I can tell you that is not always true. Most middle school kids need explicit directions, defined expectations and clear boundaries. I promise that they will test those expectations, boundaries and your patience on the regular. Adolescent brains are not fully developed. The prefrontal cortex, which is the area of the brain that handles executive functioning skills like planning, reasoning and judgement, isn't fully develop in kids until they are in their 20s. So, when your kid screws up, which they will, and you ask, "What where you thinking!" and they respond, "I don't know" they are probably telling the truth :-). This is where consistent consequences come into play.

We are looking forward to working with you and your child to help them have a successful year. Please don't hesitate to reach out to the teachers, the counselor or me if you every have any questions or concerns.

Nick Dressel
Chadron Middle School Principal

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