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Middle School

The Real Secret of School Success

Hilary Wilce | Posted 06.26.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

The journey through school is a long and winding road, and the only consistent thing along the way is you -- their loving, attentive, often long-suffering parent.

Mute in Middle School

Robin Hoffman | Posted 06.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Hoffman

He must have thought I was mute. Whenever I saw his sparkling smile and slightly-bowed legs coming down the junior high halls anywhere near my locke...

Outreach Key to Increasing STEM Student Population

Lisa S. Coico | Posted 06.24.2014 | Education
Lisa S. Coico

I eagerly await the opening of the City College Center for Discovery and Innovation, a 200,000-square-foot facility on our south campus that will hous...

Included, Everyone

Rachel Adams | Posted 06.18.2014 | Education
Rachel Adams

My son Henry, who has Down syndrome, goes to a school dedicated to inclusion, where students of many levels of ability learn together, and learning how to get along is considered an essential part of their education.

Why It's Never Too Early To Teach Kids The Skills They Need For Tomorrow

Eric Schwarz | Posted 06.12.2014 | Impact
Eric Schwarz

Some might think that middle school is too early to talk about preparing for the skills needed for tomorrow's technology, but at Citizen Schools we think that the middle years are the best time.

A Dress Code of Her Own: Teaching Our Girls Body Confidence

Lisa Sadikman | Posted 06.10.2014 | Parents
Lisa Sadikman

More than telling our girls what is and isn't appropriate to wear, we need to teach them how to love and respect their bodies and really own them

Be a Fool

Owen Egerton | Posted 06.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Owen Egerton

Be fool enough to be kind even when it gets you nothing. Be fool enough to do what you love. Be foolish enough to dream loudly! Be fool enough to dance. Be a fool.

Losing My Fears for My Gay Middle School Daughter

Sandy Roffey | Posted 06.11.2014 | Parents
Sandy Roffey

Middle school kids can be dramatic, and over-sensitive, but sometimes they get a bad rap. Sometimes what we expect out of them is far less than they are capable of, especially when it comes to empathy and compassion. Sometimes they even outdo the adults around them.

What a Middle School Swimmer Taught This Mom

Maria Rodgers O’Rourke | Posted 05.30.2014 | Parents
Maria Rodgers O’Rourke

She ascends the block, tugging her suit down in back. Daily practice has built her endurance and honed her strokes. Before hunching into the starting position, she places the goggles over her eyes like a superhero donning his mask, the edges of her lips dropping in determination.

Finding Her Tribe

Tara May | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Tara May

As I watch my eldest daughter trudge through these years of emotional ambiguity, forming friendships, losing friendships, fighting for friendships, and crying over friendships, I struggle with letting her figure out some of the intricacies of life on her own.

Trial and Error: The Gritty 21st Century Skill

Paula Golden | Posted 07.08.2014 | Education
Paula Golden

Trains, planes and automobiles are bringing thousands of competitors from over 70 countries to Los Angeles for the 2014 Intel ISEF, the world's larges...

How UVA's Elite Womens' Rowing Team and Jack Jouett Middle School Strengthen Each Other Through Care

Ben Kerschberg | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Ben Kerschberg

When student-run Athletes For Hope at the University of Virginia ("AFH-UVA") launched its Teams in School pilot program, it was received warmly by t...

Mommy, I Need a Gay Friend

Amy Arndt | Posted 07.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Amy Arndt

The fact my friend wasn't interested in girls really wasn't what it was about anyway. It was about a friendship that gave me confidence and helped me through really difficult and awkward times. It was a friendship that I will forever cherish.

The Positives of Uniformity: One Student's Opinion On School Dress Codes

Angelina Massoia | Posted 07.05.2014 | Education
Angelina Massoia

Even I, who did not suffer first hand from bullying, can remember being comforted by the fact that all of my peers would be wearing the same thing, regardless of how popular, fashionable, beautiful, or wealthy they may be.

Brainstorming Middle School

Allison Gaines Pell | Posted 06.22.2014 | Education
Allison Gaines Pell

If we want our children to help us preserve, sustain and re-imagine the world, we have to give them a chance to try it now.

My Son Only Read One Book in Middle School

Franchesca Warren | Posted 06.17.2014 | Education
Franchesca Warren

Great reading can be done in middle school if we take the focus off standardized testing.

A Positive Spin on Bossy

Amy Arndt | Posted 06.14.2014 | Parents
Amy Arndt

t 10, my daughter knew that there was something negative about the word "bossy," but she understood that a simple word choice could turn bossy into something powerful.

Contracting Instagram

William Lucas Walker | Posted 05.31.2014 | Parents
William Lucas Walker

We held our ground. For nearly a year. It wasn't easy. Our daughter's increasing anxiety, her distress at being tagged "a nobody with no Instagram" forced us to take a closer look at what was actually going on. We had to look no further than our own middle school years.

The Dumbbell Effect: Middle Level Education Falling Behind

Quentin Wilson | Posted 05.26.2014 | Education
Quentin Wilson

Money does not solve all problems but, in this case, more equitable funding and educational innovation for the middle grades will demonstrate our commitment to ensuring our children get the highest quality education for the entirety of their K-12 careers.

Bemused by a Math Muse

Len Filppu | Posted 05.25.2014 | Parents
Len Filppu

I do not hate math. I respect math. I did well in math. But because I've not used many math skills beyond the basics in my adult life, I've often questioned our education system's obsession with math and its dominance in our classrooms.

Why I Told My Kids About My Wild Teen Years

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 05.22.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

My high school years were a pot smoke-filled haze of bad decisions. For a variety of reasons, including a cross-country move at the age of 14 and the break-up of my parents' marriage, I was not a happy girl during my high school years.

Son Lies and Says He Has No Homework or Teacher 'Lost' His Assignments!

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 05.05.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

It is only when parents consider the why behind a child's upsetting behavior and then join with their child in a way that fosters safety and the sense that we're on their side that we can address their problems with them in a way that is clean and effective.

How Do I Tell My Son Everything About His Autism?

Carrie Cariello | Posted 04.27.2014 | Parents
Carrie Cariello

It was a Sunday morning in late September -- the day after my birthday. I was fuzzily turning pancakes on the griddle while Jack perched at the counter flicking the top to the syrup open and closed and open and closed. Out of nowhere, he asked, "Why was I born with autism?"

Candy Flavors Put E-Cigarettes On Kids' Menu

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 04.23.2014 | San Francisco
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By Jenny Lei Bolario Franco Phan, 22, blows smoke rings using a electronic cigarette at a restaurant in Oakland, CA. Photo Credit: Jenny Bolario/Yo...

Son's Grades Slipping: Is it ADD?

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

The transition to middle school is a big one. Some children get overwhelmed by the pace, the changing of teachers and the many social distractions.