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I’m Moving; I Think My Life is Falling Apart!

07/09/2010 Published by: joan

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Categories: Moving to a New School, Your Child's Ages & Stages, Student 2 Student Programs Worldwide

Will I have any friends? How do I know which teachers to request? What are the latest styles? Am I going to fit in? These are just a few of the questions students like you ask yourselves when anticipating a move. Here are a few useful tips to make your transition to a new school less stressful:

  1. Use SchoolQuest.org™ to research the schools and districts near your new home. You'd be amazed what you can learn from this site and the schools' web sites, as well.
  2. Make an appointment to meet the new principal and tour the school.
  3. Mark your calendar with the new school's prep/orientation days so that you have a chance to familiarize yourself with your schedule, dress code, available clubs, etc.
  4. Find out what sports and activities are available either through the new school or neighborhood as a way to meet new people.
  5. Ask a family member to role play social situations you may encounter on those first few days of school.
  6. Look to see if your new high school has a Student 2 Student program or if your new middle school has a Junior Student 2 Student program. That's where you'll find kids like you who are willing to help you feel at home right away.

Be further prepared by looking at the web sites for the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)® and Military Youth on the Move .

What additional moving tips do you have?

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