Middle school is the best time to start making plans for what happens after high school. The sooner your child starts thinking about what they're interested in doing, the easier his/her choices will be later on. Take advantage of extracurricular activities, and participate in sports, clubs, music and community service projects.


Career Planning Checklist:

  • Be a good student and work hard to get good grades.

  • Develop good study habits -- be organized.

  • Do your homework.

  • Read books, magazines, and online publications for fun.

  • Get involved in extracurricular activities.

  • Identify several career areas that interest you.

Gear Up!

Gain early awareness and readiness for educational opportunities after high school. (WA State)


Be supportive and get prepared.

Informational guide to preparing middle school students for a career.


Let's Move!

Healthy youth -- website full of information on how to build physical activity into your family's routine.


Success Tips

Help your child succeed in middle school and beyond.


A positive parent-teacher relationship contributes to your child's school success. Your child's teacher is one of the most important people in your child's life. Help make their relationship a strong and rewarding one.

Communicating effectively with your teacher.


Good communication involves meeting with the teacher, being a positive and courteous partner in your child's learning, and keeping the lines of communication open in various ways throughout the year.


Meet the teacher. Go to your child's school open house. Even though time may be short, a few simple steps can show your interest and support:

  • Introduce yourself and your child.

  • Collect any information the teacher provides.


Request a SchoolView Account. SchoolView allows parents access to information about their child's schedule, attendance record and academic performance.


Go to Parent-Teacher conferences.

  • Write short notes and follow up.

  • Develop a plan.


Follow email etiquette. Email is often a convenient and helpful way to communicate with your child's teacher, but should follow the same guidelines for any professional communication.

  • Be aware that teachers get many email messages - and have many other responsibilities during their day--and may not be able to respond immediately to yours.

  • Identify your child and sign your name. Include a phone number where you can be reached if needed.

Be positive and courteous.

Be a partner.



Schools function best when they belong to communities of interested, involved individuals and families. You can bring a lot to our school in the form of your energy, time, ideas, or donations. Not only will Heritage E-STEM Magnet School reap the benefits of your involvement -- you will too! By interacting with teachers, administrators, and other parents on a regular basis, you'll gain a firsthand understanding of your child's daily activities. You'll also tap into trends and fads of school life that can help you communicate with your kids as they grow and change. Remember that not everyone is suited for the same type of involvement -- you may have to "try on" a number of activities before you find something that feels right.