Jan Wagner, Principal


August 2015

As the Instructional Leader of SCMS, it is my goal for every student to be successful. Often I have the opportunity to speak with parents about how they can assist their children through middle school and beyond. During this time of adolescent growth and maturity, it is important for parents to guide their children as they search for independence. Parents can help children by providing consistency and structure. Here are a few suggestions for assisting your child.

1. Be sure that he/she attends school on a regular basis, is on time and stays all day. If he/she is absent for illness or another valid reason, email teachers to have them prepare make up work.

2. Support school rules and policies. Teach him/her to respect people as well as property.

3. Provide a structured time and place for homework. Your child will have homework everyday. It may be as simple as reviewing the notes from class or as involved as a research project.

4. Read, read and read some more. Fifteen minutes of reading can help a student to increase their reading ability. It is best if you read together or at least have a discussion about what was read. This reading doesn’t necessarily have to be a novel. Read a magazine or the newspaper.

5. Show interest in his/her studies. Talk with him/her daily about what he/she's learning and doing in school (don't take "nothing" for an answer!). Ask him/her to show you how to do a math problem or relay a fact about a country the class is studying.

6. Be aware of your child’s social activities.  Who does your child hang out with? Follow up on any suspicions that you may have. Know where your child is at all times. Know login and passwords for social media. Be clear and consistent with discipline.

7. Volunteer and/or participate in parent activities. Open house, conferences  and other activities for parents. It is very important for your child and for the school community.

8. Be aware of school timelines and information. Be familiar with the school calendar for progress reports, student handbook, etc. All these will help you and your child successfully weave your way through the maze called middle school.

9. Have realistic expectations. Be realistic about what your child can and should be able to do. Don't expect great grades or high test scores if he/she isn't capable. That expectation will only cause unnecessary frustration.

10. Stay in contact with administrators, teachers, and support staff. Find out what your child is doing, how he/she is progressing, and how you can help. We are here to help you and your child. Be an advocate for your child. Always provide up to date phone, email, and address information.

For many of us it may feel uncomfortable helping with school work. However, if you stay involved you will be able to assist us in helping your child. By providing structure and support, you will help your child to become an independent, responsible, and self-sufficient citizen.

We look forward to a great year as we work together to provide the best for our student, your child.