Middle School Parent Involvement is Crucial

Positive Parental Involvement Can Help:

- Connect and strengthen parent/child relationship in these crucial years

- Improve student morale, attitudes, and academic achievement

- Improve students’ behavior, social adjustment, and emotional development

- Encourage students to ask and seek help when needed

General Tools for Success:

  • Praise students when they ask for help

    • Understand that asking for help can be scary - Assist them in learning how and when to ask and seek help

  • Review/Study for tests together

    • Remind students that tests are important and should be taken seriously

  • Help monitor homework [Also see ‘Homework’ below]

    • Are they completing the homework and turning it in on time?

  • Help teach organizational skills

    • Check their agenda, backpacks, binders, and notebooks

  • Help teach time management skills

    • What are they doing after school? Are they procrastinating or not doing homework at all?

    • Map out what needs to be done and when things are due

    • Don’t leave assignments for the last minute

  • Help teach study skills

    • Make and use flashcards, quiz your children, review/rewrite notes

Set Reasonable Goals:

  • Help students figure out what their goal is for a particular class, assignment, 6-weeks, or trimester. Start out small (attainable).

    • Sample Goals: I will…

      • Turn in all homework assignments for a week

      • Spend 30 minutes a day studying for my Math test

      • Attend HW Club twice a week and ask for help

Homework:

  • Find a quiet place with no distractions (TV, phone, social media, etc.)

  • Establish a time when your student must be working on homework.

    • Set a routine

      • Example: Get home from school, have a snack, work on homework, have dinner, finish homework

  • Make yourself available

    • Let students know that you care about the work they are doing and the grades they are earning

    • Ask specific questions to get more information:

      • “Which assignment do you think you need to work on first?”

      • “What homework will you need help with?”

      • “What tests do you have this week?”

MUSD Partners with Care Solace

If you or a family member are looking for help with mental health or substance use, Care Solace can help you quickly find treatment options matched to your needs regardless of the circumstance. Care Solace is a complimentary and confidential service provided to students, staff, and their families by Milpitas Unified School District. Care Solace’s team is available 24/7/365 and can support you in any language.

If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider:

Call 888-515-0595 available 24/7/365

Visit www.caresolace.com/milpitasfamilies and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.

*Disclaimer: Information on individual treatment providers was gathered by Care Solace based on criteria such as geographic proximity, whether the provider accepts the authorized user’s insurance, and whether the provider is accepting new patients. The school district does not recommend, endorse, promote, or refer to any of the individual treatment providers.