Tips for NHS Freshmen Parents

By now, we all know that parenting is less than a science. At best, it is a successful trial and error infused with a little common sense and luck. But there are some things that we see better-adjusted students having in common. Here are some recommended tips for success:

  • Be involved in your child’s education. Attend Orientation, Open House, teacher conferences and other programs offered during the year. E-mail or call your child’s teachers with academic concerns or questions. Always remember that we are here to partner with you in supporting your child’s success in school. Check Edline and show an interest in what he/she is learning in school.
  • Know your child’s friends. The shift from middle to high school often means expanding their network of friends. If you don’t know where your child is going, or who they’re meeting, ask.
  • Be sure your student is in school every day. Your student is missing out on an important lesson when absent. If you know your child will be out for a doctor’s appointment, contact the attendance office (363-4857) and help your child plan ahead by having them get the assignment in advance.
  • Set goals. Sit down with them and set realistic goals for high school. Goals should be both academic and personal ones.
  • Encourage your child to get involved. Show your support by attending their activities (clubs, sports, music concerts, plays, etc).
  • Help develop good study habits and organizational skills. Try to provide them with a kills. quiet place to study. Encourage them to use a planner. Help them develop a schedule (daily timetable) that includes sports practices, club meetings, music lessons, etc. Periodically review homework assignments, and check for completion.
  • Find a balance. It’s easy for students to get caught up in the social aspect of school. Please monitor time spent on the phone, on the computer, watching T.V., and out with friends.
  • It’s important for your student to get a good night’s sleep. Have a set curfew / bed time on school nights. Please do not allow internet usage/phone calls late into the night—this interferes with his concentration the next day.
  • Communication/support. Remain interested and enthusiastic about their school. Your positive attitude will help your child’s transition be a successful one. Ask questions, listen. Remind them that you’re available when, and if, things go wrong. Call the Guidance Office (361-3434) for support, if needed.