> The students, who are older than you were freshmen once. Try to remember that. > Everything counts -- chosen courses, extracurricular activities, service activities and, of course, grades.
> Make new friends -- your best friend might just be the one standing next to you in line.
> When in the halls, stay to the right.
> Be on time!
> Cell phones -- turn them off and tuck them away.
> Know where you are going.
> Use a planner to help keep your busy life organized.
> Take great notes and look over them the day you write them.
> Don't over schedule yourself -- be selective.
> Need help? Just ask!
> Talk to your student; be involved with their life in and out of school.
> All high school students have homework; check-in with their progress.
> Teach your high schooler to divide large homework projects in to smaller, more manageable pieces.
> Talk to your student's teacher if you are concerned about their homework.
> Encourage your freshman to get involved in activities offered at the high school.
> Get your student to set academic goals.
> Be supportive of new friendships. Check in with your freshman. This is a big life transition for them. They may just need someone to listen.
Source: Sikeston High School counselors