Preparing for Middle School (page 2)

By — American School Counselor Association
Updated on Jul 6, 2010

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Before you and your preteen head to the stores to conquer back to school shopping, gather some information first. More and more public schools are implementing uniform dress code polices. School uniforms are usually reasonably priced, available at many retail stores and are easy to wash and wear. Parents may find that they'll end up saving money on school clothes if their kids wear uniforms. You may only need to purchase four or five uniforms as oppose to many different outfits for your growing child. Check with your child's school, prior to stocking up on school clothes.

Middle and junior high schools without a uniform policy will still require a different dress code from elementary school. The tank tops and short shorts that your elementary school child wore are in violation of most secondary school dress codes. There will be other shoe, headgear, and clothes restrictions.

Something that has changed in most schools since we were in school is that most middle and junior high schools do not provide lockers for their students to visit between classes. This may require students to carry all of their belongings with them all day. A good sturdy backpack may be needed for carrying textbooks and all other school supplies. If you're going to be investing in a new one, you may want to consider purchasing a pack with wheels. Parents may want to check with the school first to see if there are any requirements or recommendations at for that particular campus.

For the first day of school, it is best to send your new sixth grader with just a notebook, a pencil and pen. Since your child will now most likely have several different teachers, it may be wise to wait to purchase specific school supplies until you learn what is required for each class. Make sure your child is prepared to take notes the first day of school. Students will have a lot to absorb the first week of school. As parents, be prepared to listen and ask questions about the transition.

Middle school can be an exciting time during the early years of adolescence. Most students handle the adjustment well and make the most of the experience. It is imperative to stay connected with your child, his or her fiends and the school. Daily communication with your child will aid the transition and will help your child achieve personal, social, emotional and academic success in middle school. Productive middle school years will prove to be an investment in your child's future.

(c) Copyright 2007 Louise Hajjar Diamond has been a school guidance counselor in Florida since 1990. She is also a freelance writer and mother of two. To order Counselor's Clips, school resource articles and newsletters, please visit

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