Back to School Tips

  • Summer break must eventually come to an end and it's never too early to start preparing for the upcoming school year.  While students may wish that time would slow down, we know that there are parents desperate for it to speed up. As the countdown to the first day of school begins, we asked a few of our teachers to share ideas about what both parents and students can do to prepare for the start of the new school year.  Here are their notes:

    • Create an organization system that works for you at the beginning of the school year. Then, consistently use that organization system throughout the school year. This will allow you to stay on top of your schoolwork. Most schools will provide you a planner. Use it! Parents, check your child's planner when possible. 
    • Attitude is everything! Excitement and a positive attitude will take you far! Begin your school year feeling refreshed and ready for new experiences. Parents, talk about the positive school experiences your children can look forward to this school year. 
    • Establish a routine early. Before school begins, get used to waking up and going to sleep on a certain schedule. This will pay off during first period in three weeks. 
    • At the beginning of the year, establish relationships with teachers, counselors, and administrators. Students will work closely with these people all year. DPS employees genuinely care about students and want every one to succeed. As a teacher, I am here to empower and support you. I look forward to your questions, and I hope we can work together to make this year positive for all of us!
    • This goes to both parents and students: be comfortable asking questions! The smartest people in the room ask the most questions! The more comfortable you are asking questions, the more you can advocate for yourself or your child.  
    • Make sure your child reads for pleasure before the school year starts. Hopefully this has been happening all summer, but if not it’s never too late to start. Literacy skills are very important across content areas in any subject area. It is vital that your child is a critical reader; ask them questions about what they are reading, read with them and make connections to what is happening in the world and your own lives with the reading material. 
    • Instead of asking your student, “How was school?” ask them, “What did you learn today?” This will help parents get a better answer than “fine” or “good.”  It will also help your student think about what they actually did in school and be a much better conversation starter.
    • Monitor use of technology, paying close attention to social media accounts. 

    These are just a few ideas to help you and your student get the school year started on the right foot.