2016-2017 yearbooks are now on sale. The cost is $40.00 until December 23rd. After December 23rd the cost will be $45.00. Order forms are located in the office or you can purchase a yearbook online at ybpay.com. Our school code is 8502017.
Listed below are several articles that may help you understand and assist your child in being more successful.
Below are links to brief publications in pdf format that can be viewed, downloaded and/or printed that provide valuable tips and information to help your child be more successful.
Make Sure Your Child Has…
Questions to Ask Your Child
Other Ways to Help
(Source: U.S. Department of Education - Office of Reform Assistance and Dissemination)
Determining What Is Important In Text
Using Prior Knowledge (schema)
Monitoring Meaning and Comprehension
Fix Up Strategies
Using Sensory Images
Is your child a good reader? Does your child use the strategies that good readers use to make sense of what they read?
Work with your child in using the chart below. Learning to ask questions before, while, and after reading helps to improve reading comprehension. Practice asking questions, making predictions, and summarizing what’s been read. Make reading a family affair!
15 Ways to Help Your Adolescent Succeed Better in School
1. Providing a consistent sleep schedule. (Young adolescents need eight hours of sleep.)
2. Providing a well balanced diet.
3. Establishing a schedule that permits ample time to get ready for school and results in a timely school arrival.
4. Encouraging him/her to set aside time for daily homework and reading.
5. Providing a quiet, comfortable place without distractions to study.
6. Encouraging him/her to make wise television viewing choices.
7. Asking in a variety of ways about daily homework assignments.
8. Comparing your child’s progress to his or her abilities, not to siblings or other children.
9. Praising your child when homework/responsibilities are completed.
10. Creating a homework Survival Kit. Assignment notebook, pencil, paper, pencil sharpener, eraser, scissors, dictionary, calculator, and ruler.
11. Telling your young adolescent you expect him/her to do homework independently, but you are available if help is needed.
12. Providing transportation to the library or other resource areas when assignments require reference materials.
13. Providing a place where completed work can be stored safely (a folder, a shelf, or a drawer).
14. Discussing homework assignments and providing hints when necessary.
15. Becoming actively involved in homework when teachers have requested family/student interaction.
(Source: Keys to Reengaging Families in the Education of Young Adolescents, NMSA)
One day your preteen locks herself out of the house. The next day she leaves her homework at home. What’s going on? According to memory researcher Charles Brainerd, it’s natural for children this age to be forgetful. With all their responsibilities—such as homework, activities and chores - it’s hard to remember everything.
These ideas may help:
(Source: Pam Carroll, "Preteen Space Cadets," Parenting)
Does your child put off big projects until the last minute? If so, he may not know how to plan ahead. teach him this skill with these guidelines:
(Source: Lee Canter and Lee Hausner. Homework without Tears, Harper & Row Publishers)
Taking Standardized Tests like the STAR Tests and the district benchmark tests can be a stressful experience for students. In order to reduce anxiety and better prepare for these type of tests, follow these simple tips:
Here are some things your child can do:
Get a good night’s sleep before taking any standardized tests.
A good breakfast on the morning of the test is important. Activities such as those on standardized tests use a lot of energy.
Listen carefully to the directions the teacher gives and follow them exactly. If you don’t understand what to do, ask the teacher to repeat the directions or to explain them again.
Do your best. You are not expected to know the answer to every question. Some of the questions may seem hard, but keep trying and don’t give up.
Here are some things the parent can do:
Help your child understand that Standardized Tests provide a chance to show what a student knows about a subject and how the teacher can best help the student to learn.
Make sure your child understands that the test scores simply give information about the student’s knowledge and skill level.
See that your child keeps up regular study habits, but don’t ask for extra study time. These tests cover more schoolwork than can be learned in a few extra hours.
Reassure your child about the test-taking experience. Students who are calm and sure of themselves do better.
There are three (3) steps you must do well in order to get the best grade possible on each test you take. They are:
The night before the test:
Do a quick review right before the test.
Execution (actually taking the test)
Having problems logging into the Infinite Campus Portal?
Once you are on the Infinite Campus Portal web page, parents and students who forget their Portal log-in or password can click on “Problems logging in?”, type in their email address, and they will be sent an email with their login information.
• Users must have a current email address
• If an email address is used for more than one person in IC this feature will not work.
NOTE: Students and parents are encouraged to make sure that their information, including email address, is correct in IC.
John Muir Middle School Administration communicates with our families via email / phone call on a weekly basis. You should receive an email / weekly phone call (usually on Saturday). If you are not receiving the emails / phone calls, contact the school to make sure we have your current information in the system. To see the latest message that was sent out to our families via email / phone call, press on the date below:
John Muir has several ongoing fundraisers that the Muir community is encouraged to participate in. Click the links below to access the online fundraisers. Scroll down to learn more about each one.
eScrip is proven to be a fantastic resource for fundraising where participating business partners contribute a percentage of your grocery loyalty cards, credit card, and debit/ATM card purchases to the school of your choice.
Here’s How it Works:
• You register any one or all of your existing grocery loyalty, debit and credit cards for use in the program.
• Participating merchants will make contributions to your chosen school, based on purchases made by you, just by using the cards you have registered.
• Your purchases are tracked and available to you online, allowing you to see just how much you are earning on your child’s behalf!
IT’S BOX TOPS SUBMISSION TIME!
It’s time to gather up all those Box Tops you and your family and friends have been saving, and send them off to your school. Help your coordinator by bundling Box Tops in groups of 10, 25, or 50 and place in labeled envelopes or small Ziploc® bags.
IMPORTANT REMINDER! When cutting the boxtops out, make sure that the expiration date is not cut off. BoxTops without expiration dates on them will not be accepted for redemption.
More information about this fundraiser program is coming.
This fundraiser, coordinated by the Muir Associated Student Body, allows you to access our online store. For each online purchase you make, John Muir receives a percentage of your purchase. It’s easy and only takes a few minutes! Click on the icon to the left and help Muir earn money while you shop online!
WHAT is John Muir SELAC?
WHAT: School English Learner Advisory Committee
WHO: Parents of students who are English Learners or parents of students who have been reclassified less than three years ago
WHEN: SELAC Meetings are once a month on Wednesdays from 10:00 - 11:00 am in the Library.
WHY: SELAC gives important information about John Muir Middle School.
• Gives parents the opportunity to make decisions about programs/activities at the school
• Gives information on how to help your child in school
• Provides guest speakers about various topics, including gangs, academics, study habits
Decades of research have shown that when parents are involved, students have:
• Higher grades
• Higher test scores
• Increased academic achievement
• Better school attendance
• Increased motivation and better self esteem
• Lower rates of behavioral problems
• Decreased use of drugs and alcohol
Please become involved in your child’s education!
Here are several useful web sites to help parents and their children
Websites to Help Parents Help their Children
This site provides multiple links to pages (including Spanish) of a variety of topics aimed at helping parentshelp their children. Also included are links especfially for kids.
Part of the Family Education Web Site which covers several topics dealing with homework.
Part of the infoplease.com web site, it provides tips on completing homework and a search engine to locate answers to homework questions.
Raising Student Achievement
This page, part of the PTA web site, gives ideas for helping to raise student achievement.
Talking with Kids:
This web site deals with how to discuss a variety of topics with your child.
The parent community dedicated to children’s learning.
Educational Resources for Parents:
Published by the Department of Education, it provides links to resources on a variety of educational topics.
This site is dedicated to providing information about online safety. There are many articles of interest to parents regarding online safety.
Welcome to the Parent Resources Page!
Included in this section are announcements of meetings and workshops for parents, web links to articles of interest for parents, and other pages containing information that you can use to help your child be more successful in school.
There are a wide variety of student support services available to help your child be academically successful and well adjusted to middle school life.
These resources are available at Muir, through SJUSD, and the city of San José.
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