Mrs. Elizabeth Baer - Counselor for the Class of 2025

                 WELCOME CLASS OF 2025!                 

What an exciting time is ahead of you!  You have just made a big step into your future by coming to WAMS!  I'm here to help you navigate these middle years so that you grow academically, career-wise, and emotionally. You are growing both inside and out - which can be a confusing process but also exciting.  We'll work together to make the most of your time at WAMS. That's what the staff of WAMS is all about - helping YOU become the BEST YOU possible! 

JUST FOR PARENTS - The Middle Years

1. When your student brings home a graded assignment or test, first ask what he learned rather than what grade he got.  You'll send the message that it's not just his grades that count-it's also the effort he puts into his education that is important.

2.  When asking your child about his or her day be specific.  Ask, "What kind of math problems did you do today?" or "Tell me about the science experiment you did in lab today."

3. Ask your child to make of list of homework or study assignments. WAMS provides a Planner to each student which is a great tool. Have your child start with the hardest task first and work his or her way to the easiest task.

4. Work with your child to consider what time slots are available for school work such as weekend mornings or Sunday night.

5. Ensure that your child gets to school EVERY day.  It is difficult to catch up and causes stress and anxiety for your child when they have to make up work.  Your child needs to be present to hear teachers explain concepts, to participate in group projects and class discussions, and to ask questions.  Try to schedule doctor outside of school hours as much as possible.

6. Your child will have an easier time getting up on time for school if they get NINE hours of sleep each night.  Make sure he or she puts away all electronic devices at bed time.

7. Teens needs a moderate amount of time alone in order to regroup and reflect on daily experiences. Having a technology 'time-out' every day will help provide this.  

7. It may help you and your child start the day off easier if you spend five minutes with your child right after the alarm clock goes off.  Five minutes filled with positive discussion can change the whole morning.

8. Encourage acts of kindness.  Ask questions daily like, "What kind act did you do today?" or "What's something positive you can do for someone else this week."

9. Help your child understand that learning is a lifelong process.  Practice a family study or work time each evening.  You can work on paying bills or reading and your child can work on homework or reading.

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