Stay calm when your teen is stressed out
If stress is making your teen act out, try these tips for reducing that stress: Start his day with pleasant words and calm routines. Stay relaxed when spending time together. Don't compare your teen to anyone else. Guide him to wise decisions by offering limited choices at first, and give him a chance to solve his own problems. Always, let your teen know you love him, even if you don't love his behavior.
Congratulations to HHS track athletes who will be advancing to the regional meet at Texas A&M Commerce on Friday, April 27. These students include freshman Mikeya Washington, junior Keshoyn Alexander, and the relay team of Alexander, Medford, Pollard, and Pryor.
Share the facts about drug and alcohol risks
Did you know that kids who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence during their lifetimes than those who start after age 21? Or that the most commonly abused drugs among teens are alcohol, marijuana and prescription medicines? Luckily, it's also true that kids who learn a lot about the risks of drugs from their parents are 50 percent less likely to abuse them.
Don't make these attendance mistakes
Research shows a strong link between students' attendance and grades. Do you insist that your teen be in class on time every day? Don't give her an "out" and let her miss school for an athletic event, or stay home to miss a test she's unprepared for. Don't use your teen as backup child care. And never make it a treat to stay home. Any teen who is too sick to go to school is also too sick to watch TV or chat on social media.
Pledge to make a difference to your teen
Remind yourself of your vital role in your teen's school success by taking this parent pledge: "I promise to make my teen's education a priority. I will monitor homework and talk about school. I will expect him to give schoolwork his best efforts. I will set an example by reading things I enjoy. I will accept my teen for who he is and tell him I love him. And I will care for myself, since that will benefit my teen as well."
The HHS Lionettes' annual Spring Show will be held on Saturday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Arp High School auditorium. Tickets are available from any Lionette or from sponsor Monica Hachtel.
The 10th annual Sarah Murphy Invitational Field Day will be held on Friday, May 4 at the Rusk County Expo Center from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Students from 11 area school districts will participate in this event. If you are interested in volunteering to help, contact Cinny Pike at email@example.com.
Encourage persistence with genuine praise
Praising teens can boost their spirits and help them persevere when things aren't going well. But when your teen is struggling, it can be hard to find something to praise. Kids always know when you're lying, so try to focus on whatever your teen has done right. You might say "That was a good try," or "This is difficult, but you've done other tough assignments and I know you can do it."
Buddy up to support your teen's studies
Having a "study buddy" as they work can help teens learn. To support your teen as she studies, you could help her gather and organize information for a report or quiz. Or show her how to break large tasks down into smaller steps. You can listen as she practices a speech, and make sure she understands homework instructions. And be sure to notice and praise her efforts and improvements.
As a part of Wylie Elementary's celebration of School Library Month, Mystery Readers have been sharing books with students. Today's readers included Northside principal Dea Henry, Northside assistant principal Shannon Dickerson, and HISD School Board member Jon Johnston.
Help your teen connect with reading
You know your teen should read more, but he just isn't interested in picking up a book. To encourage him, ask about a book he enjoyed. (Or that at least wasn't too bad.) Suggest that he check at the library or online to see if its author has written other books. You might also suggest a fast-paced mystery. Try reading one aloud to him. If you can get to the "good part," your teen may just read the rest.
If you have a child who attends Henderson Middle School, please complete the survey at https://goo.gl/forms/7BZaOdDprIU2ZYMH3 to provide feedback concerning the campus's student device program. Formulario disponible en español en https://goo.gl/forms/YEgLKnXuehHx5v4B2
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