Chances are your family will be invited to attend orientation in case your child is going to middle school year. As well as meet the school staff, the principal and maybe even your child's teachers, a middle school orientation is a wonderful opportunity for both you and your preteen to learn about his or her new school. You will be asked to attend orientation or open house before your child begins middle school. This event will take place a few weeks or days before school begins. Parents and students can learn a lot from orientation. You may be offered the chance to take a tour of the school for starters.  A vital step to helping your child make the transition from elementary school to middle school is knowing where the buses load and unload, and where the gym and cafeteria are located. Be sure you also take the time at orientation to locate bathrooms, the library, the guidance counselor's office, the nurse's office, and the administration office. But there's more to orientation than learning where everything is. Orientation is also a time when teachers and principals communicate expectations for the year, or explain how the school has performed over the past year or so.

What to expect from middle school orientation

Your child may learn important rules and regulations at orientation, and you may learn how discipline is handled, or how teachers expect you to foster your child's classroom success. Your child will likely learn who his teachers are, and what his schedule will be, so many  schools distribute class schedules at orientation. This can be an exciting time for a student, and kids will likely want to see if they have any classes with friends. You may have the chance at orientation to meet your child's teachers. Teachers will often open up their classrooms at orientation so that you can see exactly where your child will spend the school day. You may also be able to review class textbooks at orientation, or review the class syllabus. Take the opportunity to ask about special projects that might be assigned throughout the year, as well as class field trips. e sure you have contact information for each teacher before you leave orientation. Ask for the teacher's e-mail address, or ask how they would prefer you contact them should have a question or encounter a problem during the school year. Furthermore be sure you have contact information for the principal and the guidance counselor of the school. Be sure you bring money or checks to orientation, because you may have the opportunity to purchase your child's gym uniform, school T-shirts, or mandatory school supplies such as calculators or science aprons. (Hint: if your budget allows, it's not a bad idea to purchase two gym uniforms, that way you can be sure there is always one that is clean and available.) It's also possible that you'll be able to pre-purchase lunches for your child at his school orientation.