Communicating with families
● Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled several times per
year. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend. If you are
unable to attend, feel free to contact your child’s teachers for a
phone conference. All middle schools also have Facebook pages.
● Each middle school maintains a website with information on
school activities and events. Many teachers have their own web
pages with news and information about their classes, including
class assignments. Teacher web pages are accessed through
the school’s website.
● Every middle school student receives a Student Planner. This
can be a great tool not only to help students be organized, but
also to communicate with parents. Students are expected to
record all their assignments in the planner and discuss them
● Parents/guardians can access a variety of data about their
students using a secure website called A-HConnect. User
names and passwords will be mailed to all parents before
school starts. For help call 763-506-HELP (4357).
● Teachers provide parent access to homework assignments
in a variety of ways, including A-HConnect, websites and
● Some middle schools have electronic newsletters. Subscribe
to these through the link on the school website.
● Get news and information about the school
district in a variety of formats. Visit the A-H
Newsroom for links to district news publications:
● Principals send Parent Link messages via the
phone to keep parents up-to-date on school
issues impacting students.
What can I do to help
my child adjust to
● Most students wonder what middle school will
be like. They may have questions and concerns.
Talk with your child about middle school. Ask
what he or she is most excited or concerned
about. Assure him or her that it is normal to be
a little nervous about starting middle school.
● Learn about typical behavior of middle school
age children so you will have realistic expectations and will know how to handle any bumps in
● Anoka-Hennepin Community Education offers
a variety of parenting classes and workshops.
Find course descriptions and online
registration in the Community Education
section of the Anoka-Hennepin website,
or call 763-506-1260 for more details.
● Excellent parenting books, audio and video
materials are available for loan at the district
Parent Involvement Resource Center, 2727
N. Ferry St., Anoka. Call 763-506-1567
for more details.
● Be involved in your child’s education. Research shows that
when parents are involved, their children do better in school.
Attending parent-teacher conferences, monitoring your child’s
homework, and attending school events are a few of the many
ways to show your child that school is important.
● Encourage your child to participate in after-school activities.
Middle school is an important time to try new activities and
explore interests and talents.
● If you suspect your child is having behavior problems or is not
completing homework, contact his or her teachers, an assistant
principal, or principal for help.