Your Role As a Parent

Miguel Juarez Middle School Academic Expectations and Roles

Teacher Role

Student Role

Parent Role


  • Provide the objective and due dates
  • Write in agenda during class
  • Take it home
  • Review it at home
  • Break down long-term assignments
  • Check Agenda for deadlines
  • Supervise work completion
  • Match grades with IC Parent Portal
  • Help break down long-term assignments
  • Homework

    Assign homework with deadline

  • Provides information for proper completion
  • Check binder
  • Take it home
  • Look at it at home
  • Bring necessary materials home
  • Complete Assignment
  • Organize it in binder
  • Turn in assignment by due date
  • Allow 1-1.5 hours per day
  • Provide quiet space for homework
  • Provide feedback
  • Supervise work is completed
  • Match grades with IC Parent Portal

    (allow a week for new postings)

  • "I don't know how to complete the assignment"

  • Answer questions during class
  • Provide practice
  • Look at notes or examples
  • Call a friend
  • Connect with the teacher
  • Look for similar assignments online
  • It's okay if you don't understand the content
  • Direct student to go back to their resources
  • Help student find outside resources
  • Contact teacher for further clarification
  • Projects

  • Assign project
  • Provide rubrics and objective
  • Issue deadline
  • Answer clarifying questions
  • Write due date in agenda
  • Take home project guide
  • Break down project into smaller chunks
  • Create a completion timeline
  • Ask teacher for clarification
  • Turn in project by due date
  • Provide materials for project
  • Supervise break down timeline
  • Remind students when project is due
  • Syllabus

  • Provide copies of syllabus
  • Take syllabus home and show parent
  • Get syllabus signed by guardian
  • Keep syllabus in binder
  • Refer to syllabus when you have a question
  • Find teacher contact information if necessary
  • Ask questions to teacher if unclear
  • Grades

  • Update grades online regularly
  • Have recent grades posted in classroom
  • Know current grades for each class
  • Earn satisfactory grades
  • Check IC regularly
  • Contact teacher if grades aren't updated or are unsatisfactory
  • Conference with student when report card comes
  • Unit Newsletter

  • Provide a newsletter with unit objectives and assessments
  • Read the newsletter
  • Write any dates in agenda
  • Take it home
  • Show guardian
  • Read the newsletter
  • Ask student what they are learning
  • It's natural and common for a Middle School Student to not want to discuss school matters with their parent. Keeping the line of communication is very important for the relationship between a parent and child. Try to avoid questions that are a "Yes, No, I don't know" or shrug response.

    Here are some questions to ask your child when they come home from school.

    1. Tell me about the best part of your day.
    2. What was the hardest thing you had to do today?
    3. Did any of your classmates do anything funny?
    4. Tell me about what you read in class.
    5. What was the best thing you did today?
    6. Do you think math [or any subject] is too easy or too hard?
    7. What's the biggest difference between this year and last year?
    8. What rules are different at school than our rules at home? Do you think they're fair?
    9. Who did you sit with at lunch?
    10. Can you show me something you learned (or did) today?
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