- Read and hold on to the handouts from teachers on grades and policies. Students bring these papers home in the first week. This information tells you about the types of homework, quizzes, tests, and projects your child will have in that class.
- Go to Back to School Night in September to meet the teachers face-to-face. Introduce yourself, even if you are shy or never liked school yourself. It always helps to meet your child’s teachers.
- If your child is having a problem in a class, follow the 1-2-3 rule:
- Ask your child how he feels about school, why he received a poor grade, or what is going on in class.
- Coach your child to talk with her teacher to understand the problem or resolve the misunderstanding, or to email the teacher and copy you. Sometimes it helps that a teacher knows that a parent is involved.
- If your child has spoken with the teacher and has not resolved the problem, you have the right and responsibility to email the teacher, ask the counselor for help, and if that does not resolve the problem, contact the assistant principal.
- Keep an eye on organization and homework. Ask your child to tell you what classes he had each day, and ask if he has homework.
- Check Edline with your child so you both know what is going on in the classroom.
- Make sure that your child is on time and attends school every day. Learning to be timely and organized leads to success.
- Middle schools expect children to act independently. That’s a good thing, but don’t let it make you feel disempowered. If there is something you don’t understand or your child needs help with, write the teacher or meet with the school counselor. Trust your feelings about your child.
How do I keep informed?
- Check out the TPMS PTA web site and the Takoma Park Middle School web site.
- Join the email lists.
- Attend PTA meetings, second Tuesday of each month at 7pm.
- Read the Official MCPS policy relating to students.
- Call MCPS Emergency Info Line for school closings due to snow, at 301.279.3673 or receive emails from MCPS quicknotes.
How does the TPMS PTA work?
- The PTA sponsors social activities (Books and Basketball, International Dinner), provides special treats for school staff during the year, organizes fundraisers for school purchases, brings in volunteers for school activities, runs email listserves and produces a phone directory of students.
- You and your child are part of the school community and can always come to any PTA-sponsored activity – even if you aren’t a member of the PTA. We want you to feel welcome at the school and with other parents and be active in school activities.
- PTA membership means that you have a formal role in participating in the school community. When you join the organization, the PTA will be able to share events and news with you, and it will be able to send requests for volunteers to help out for special events.
- Joining is free. If you choose to make a monetary donation, your money would contribute to our local school activities and to a local, county, state, and nationwide organization whose primary goal is to advocate for the educational needs of our children.
- You can join by filling out this online form, click here.