Back-to-School Tips

Whether you’re child is a kindergarten student, an incoming freshman or a confident senior, heading back to school signals a time of transition: new classes, new teachers, new schedules and a new social scene. Hopefully these tips will make the transition from summer to school a bit easier.

Cough Cough, Ahh-Choo! Oh Goodness, what do I do?

Unfortunately, we all get sick from time to time. If your child is going to miss school because of illness be sure and contact his or her teacher (s) for homework assignments. This will prevent your child from falling behind.

Which way do I go? How do I stay on top of things? HELP!!

Never fear, LRSD is here to give advice on ways to stay on track for this academic school year and beyond.


Plan ahead

  • Students and parents should utilize the district-wide calendar to mark important dates such as exams and project due dates; extracurricular activities and the like.

Stay ahead

  • Make sure your child is keeping up with homework assignments. If your child falls behind, it could be an indication that he or she needs additional help. It’s the goal of LRSD’s teachers to make sure that each student understands the course work he or she has been given. Take the time to review the syllabus with your child for every subject and make note of test and assignment due dates. With your help, your child can avoid waiting until the last minute to complete assignments.

Listen up

  • Paying attention in class can truly pay off in the long run. Taking good notes can make it so much easier to recall information and perform well on exams. Students who don’t pay attention in class or miss classes are at a real disadvantage. Good listening and note-taking skills are essential to perform well in college and career.

Tips for getting the day off to a great start

The old saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” is so true. Students are more alert and perform better in class if they eat a good breakfast. (See LRSD's  Child Nutrition page on

  • Get enough sleep. Teens need anywhere between 8-9 hours of sleep each night to feel well-rested and be attentive. A recent study found that students who got adequate sleep before a math test were three times more likely to figure out the problem than those who stayed up all night. A good night’s sleep beats out an all-nighter any day of the week, so make sure your child is getting adequate sleep.
  • Encourage your child to participate in school clubs, sports teams and extracurricular activities. These activities can help build your child’s self esteem and a sense of community.