Core Values: Compassion, Integrity, Perseverance, Respect, Responsibility.
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Guidance
Mrs. Turner, Registrar

Mr. DeVary - 7th Grade Green Team 
Mrs. Parker - 7th Grade Blue Team
Mrs. Carlson - 8th Grade Red Team
Mrs. Scott - 8th Grade Yellow Team

   

 
Office Hours: 7:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Telephone Number: (302) 653-8308
Fax Number: (302) 659-6293

Help your child get organized for a successful school year.  One of the most important things you can do to help your son or daughter succeed in middle school is to help them with organization.  Now is the time that organization becomes critical.  With block classes, it can be hard to keep everything straight.  The agenda book is a great tool for students to use to keep themselves organized and parents informed of what is going on.  Take time  to read through the agenda book as it has a lot of valuable information in it.  
Here are some organization hints:
 
  • Make sure your child brings his or her agenda book home every day and look at it with them. Students are expected to write down all homework assignments daily.
  • Establish a homework routine. Studying in the same place at the same time every day makes doing homework a habit. You can access the classes/homework section on our website at anytime.  http://sms.smyrnak12.org/apps/classes/
  • Keep any supplies needed for homework in one location. That way no time will be wasted looking for what is needed to complete homework assignments.
 
R E S P E C T
 
At some point your middle school student will almost certainly challenge your authority.   One good way to hold on to it is to make clear you won’t put up with any disrespect.  You can win your child’s respect by:
  • Never accepting mean words or an attacking tone from your child.  No need to yell or punish.  Simply look her in the eye and say “You may not talk to me that way. 
    That was very disrespectful.”
  • Trusting your own judgment.  If your child wants to go to a concert and you feel he is too young, don’t argue with him.  Say, “I know you’re disappointed, but my mind is made up.”
  • Correcting your child in private, not in front of friends.
  • Displaying common courtesies to your child.  Say “please” and “thank you”.  Listen when your child talks.
  •  Following through on rules.  If you say, “No TV before homework”, be consistent in enforcing the rule.
  • Giving respect in return.  If your child has never given you a reason not to trust her, don’t go snooping in her room or listening to phone calls.
Source: Richard Sowienski, R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Raising polite kids in an indulgent culture,” Better Homes and Gardens, May 2002.

 


The Smyrna School District does not discriminate in employment, educational programs, services or activities based on race, color, marital status, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or any other protected category or status in accordance with state and federal laws.

Inquiries should be directed to the District Superintendent. 82 Monrovia Ave, Smyrna, Delaware 19977, or telephone (302) 653-8585