Things to Do Before Middle School is Over

Make sure your tween makes the most of the middle school years.
Have your tween make a list of things he or she wants to do before middle school is over. Susan Chiang/Vetta/Getty Images

It​ may seem like your tween began middle school just a few months ago, but time has a way of passing us by. If your tween's middle school experience is coming to an end, there are a few ways you can help him or her remember their time and prepare for the high school experience. Here are a few things your tween should do before the final day of middle school approaches. It will be here before you know it. 

Attend a Middle School Dance 

If your child has avoided dances or other social gatherings while in middle school now is the chance to attend one before the year is out. Encourage your tween to go to a school dance, carnival, concert, or other school function before middle school ends. If he or she is shy about going alone, have him or her gather a group of friends to attend together. Take pictures and give them suggestions on making it through the event if they feel awkward or out of place. 

Take Pictures

Your tween thinks that he or she will remember everything from middle school forever, but that isn't the case. Encourage your tween to take photos of the school, friends, and even teachers. Also, have him or her go through their locker and school binders for notes, handouts or other items that would be fun to keep for later. If your tween is creative, he or she can combine photos and other items into a fun scrapbook to enjoy for years to come. Also, if your family budget allows, be sure to purchase a yearbook so that your child can have friends sign it and keep as a forever reminder.

Thank Those Middle School Teachers 

Chances are your child had a few teachers during the middle school years that he or she really liked and who had a positive impact on your tween. Now's the time to thank them for all they did. Your tween can write personal thank you notes for his or her special teachers, or just leave a simple "Thank You" on the teacher's white board as a surprise. If your child wants to do something special, he or she could bake brownies or find a special teacher gift for favorite middle school teachers. 

Make a List of Top Middle School Events

When your tween is older he or she will have fun looking back on the middle school experience. Encourage your child to make lists of middle school events, friends, etc. He or she could even get friends involved by asking them for their list of favorite middle school experiences. Tuck the lists away in his or her yearbook so he or she can enjoy reading them later. 

Visit Your New High School 

If middle school is coming to an end, that means that high school is just around the corner. See if your tween can visit the new school or attend a school orientation. Seeing a new campus will help your tween get excited about entering high school and it might even give him or her ideas on activities to join or try. Also, encourage your tween to visit the high school website to learn more about classes, clubs and other school events.

Plan an End of Middle School Party 

If you're up for it, allow your tween to have a gathering of middle school friends to bid farewell to middle school and hello to high school. You could invite a few close friends, or make it a large gathering, depending on your situation. Food, music and a slideshow of pictures from middle school will allow the children to appreciate their middle school days and get ready for high school.