We know how important your involvement is in your child's education - we also know how difficult it can be to stay on top of all of the important steps in planning and preparing for college.  

Below you'll find this month's content - LEARN (info to know), DO (action to take), and TIPS (insights for success)


Less = More

Student involvement in school is directly linked to student success

When the National Survey of Student Engagement measures student involvement in academic and co-curricular programs and activities, it derived the positive effect it has on students. According to NSSE, the more involved students are in an institution (taking part in school activities and clubs and sports) the more invested they will be all around, resulting in higher grades and higher personal self-esteem. 

With student involvement being so important, it is vital for a school to be a culture, a community. When students are involved and engaged, they feel like they are a part of something important, something bigger than themselves. This sense of belonging fosters loyalty and pride in their school, as well as academic achievement, and community involvement. 

Student involvement should be tempered and monitored; there can be too much of a good thing. Students should not have so many activities that they find it hard to keep up with their studies or feel overwhelmed.

Instead, they should find one or two activities that they can be involved with and that allows them to grow as a leader and an expert. (Which, by the way, will look great on their resume for college and their career.) Any activity should enhance their experience and foster personal growth and an opportunity to grow as a person.


Help Them Prioritize

As a 9th grader, your teenager is probably a combination excited and anxious about all that high school has to offer. (You may feel the same way too!) With lots of opportunities to get involved in school activities, athletics, clubs AND the added importance of school work, it may be easy to be overwhelmed.

Take some time to talk with your 9th grader about their priorities related to school extracurricular activities. Help them create a calendar or schedule for this first season/semester. Doing so will help them (and you) relax and understand just how much time they have available to experience high school to the fullest.

TIP #1

Meet the teachers – Most schools have an Open House or Back to School Night, be sure to attend!  It is important to share with them a bit about yourself and your son or daughter as a student and more importantly as a person.

TIP #2

Homework – While it may not be very fun, it is important.  Remind your teenager that learning doesn’t end 3pm and that homework is just another way to increase learning.  Encourage your student to embrace the idea of self-directed learning by creating their own homework schedules.

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