H I G H
High School Edition
Get Ready to Get Educated
about High School and High
Middle School V.
High School• There is a LOT more work in high school than there is in middle school.
• Middle School schedules are usually fixed, whereas High School
schedules grant each student the personal freedom to choose
whichever electives he/she fancies
• In Middle School, students usually adjust to only three to four new
teachers, whereas in High School, students must learn to juggle their
relationships with eight to nine.
• Athletics in Middle School pale to athletics in High School
– Athletics in High School provide gateways to school spirit and
socialization amongst students
– Studies show that students who participate in High School athletic
programs are less likely to drop out of school.
• Psychologically, transitioning from eighth grade, the oldest grade
(aka, the “coolest”) in Junior High, to ninth grade, the youngest
grade in High School, can be demoralizing
• Often, high school is much larger in size compared to middle school
– In many cases, a number of middle schools are piled into a single
– This also means that high schools offer larger class sizes
High School is T O
U G H !• Peer Pressure Is Real: Clothes, eating, cheating, drug
and alcohol abuse, etc. will be new challenges your
high schooler will most likely encounter during High
• Transitioning into High School means buckling down!
More personal responsibility is places on High
Schoolers, which means teachers offer less “hand
holding,” or personal and individual attention to each
– The impersonal nature of the high school classroom and
emphasis on self-motivation can present a difficult
transition for many students.
• DID YOU KNOW that more students flunk ninth grade
than any other grade?
• Make sure your high schooler stays organized, keeping
stress at bay!
On a Positive
Note…• While bullying is a serious fear of many
eighth graders entering high school,
studies have proven that there is less
bullying in high school than in middle
– Seniors are more likely to ignore the
freshman class than they are to
participate in “Freshman Friday”
It is of UTMOST importance that your adolescent
maintain his/her academic planner– academic
planners teach students time management skills
that will help him/her out when he/she enters high
school AND college.
Three to Five Star
Notebook• Each “subject” should be reserved for a specific
class your high schooler is taking.
• Encourage diligent note taking
– Students who take good notes do a better job at listening
– Good notes give students a better starting point for
– Encourage your high schooler to read over the notes
he/she took everyday before class
Color Ball Pens Pens and
HighlightersColor-coding, hi-lighting, and underlining are
important habits for your high schooler to acquire
when reading important school-related material
-Benefits of color-coding:
-Improves study morale
-Studies show that students who study color
coded material score higher than students who
study conventional black and white formats
-Color coded material means fewer eye
fixations, which means that studying becomes a
much more fluid and enjoyable process
-So encourage your kids to hi-light and color
code their notes!
• To transport all of your high schooler’s
homework, creative writing brilliance, and
everything in between!
• It’s useful to color code your adolescent’s
pocket folders according to subject
– For instance:
• Green= Earth Science; Yellow=
Calculator• A graphing calculator is a necessity for students
who will engage in more serious math subjects like
algebra and trigonometry.
– Don’t let your high schooler convince you that the
graphing calculator apps on his/her smart phone are
acceptable. Most teachers find the usage of cell phones
absolutely unacceptable and insist upon graphing
Graph Paper and
• High schoolers will be asked to draw graphs
on graph paper and hand it as homework.
Graph paper is a necessity!
• Loose-leaf paper is essential to handing in
writing assignments too! If your child doesn’t
want to rip pages of his/her
notebooks, extra loose leaf paper will
always come in handy
Flash Drive• Flash drives are a crucial item for your adolescent to
own. Flash drives enable students to work on the
same project both at home and at High School.
• While online software systems, like Dropbox, provide
services that are similar to that of a flash drive, flash
drives provide extra assurance to your high
schooler, since it guarantees that all of his/her
assignments will be in on time.
• Pick a backpack that has
– Chest and/or hip straps and a padded back, to decrease
stress on the back and enhance comfort
– Has reflective material on the back, so that it can be seen
– Has many individual pockets, to distribute weight evenly
In the United States,
92% of students
that hold 10-22% of
their body weight
Never Forget #2
Pencils & Big Pink
Erasers!Standardized testing usually
requires the use of a #2 pencil.
Do NOT have your high schooler
be without one!
• Nearly 22 million days of school are missed
annually due to the common cold
• A case control study of 6,080 schools reported
that those who enforced classroom-dispensed
instant hand sanitizer at specific times
throughout the day experienced 20% fewer
absences due to illness
A Reusable Water
Bottle• Keep our pre-teens loving the planet! Especially
during hot months, a reusable water bottle makes
all the difference. Keep these facts in mind:
– In response to public concern, manufacturers
have developed BPA-free reusable water bottles.
– When you use a reusable water bottle, you help
reduce the production of bottled beverages and
therefore, the landfill and recycling burden of the
– Buying and using a reusable water instead of
bottled water saves you money over the long
• In fact, Greeniacs.com reports that bottled
water can cost up to 10,000 times as much per
gallon as tap water.
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