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GPS - Back to School Advice

From: http://www.greenville.k12.mi.us

Here are a few steps that parents can take to help smooth the transition back to school:

1. Before buying back-to-school clothing, check the school’s dress code to ensure that your child will be in compliance (see the
enclosed flyer).

2. If it’s a transition year for your child from middle school to high school or if your child is new to the district, visit the school
to familiarize them with the building.

3. Many new high school students are anxious about their ability to master the combination lock on their locker. When you
visit the school, have your child practice unlocking their locker.

4. If your child participates in sports, make sure that they have had a recent physical exam (after April 15, 2010), and that the
proper forms have been completed and returned to the school. The forms are available on the district’s website.

5. After the “lazy days” of summer, it’s important to re-establish a more structured routine during the week or so before school
resumes. Teens typically need 8-10 hours of sleep every day.

6. The beginning of each school year offers students an opportunity for a fresh start. Sit down with your student to set goals for
the new school year.

7. Start the first day ready to begin your classwork. You should plan for a total of about 2 ½ hours of homework per week. The
key to success is preparation.

8. Be positive and practice courtesy in all situations. Treat others as you would like to be treated.

9. Carefully review all information that is sent home throughout the school year. At the beginning of the school year, complete
and return all necessary forms on September 7, 2010. Put school phone numbers and email addresses in a convenient place.

10. Sit down and review the student handbook with your son/daughter.

11. Please contact the school in writing if your son/daughter has any special medical or diet requirements.

12. Finally, don’t be afraid to fill out the form for free and reduced lunch. This confidential information is only used to qualify
students and is treated with the utmost respect. This form can either be completed on line at www.greenville.k12.mi.us (online
meal application) or you can pick up a form in the high school office.