What do I do if my student has a LOW GRADE​? 

Although your student is in middle school, and they may tell you they do not need your help… they REALLY DO! Here are 5 tips on how to support your middle school student behind the scenes while still encouraging their independence.

1. School Loop

2. Conversation with Your Student

3. Using Their Daily Planner

4. Organization

5. Reach Out and Communication

  1. Make sure you have signed up for your own account on School Loop​.  School Loop is the teacher’s way of communicating with you about how your student is performing academically. By clicking on “progress report” you can see what scores they have earned on assignments/tests, if there are any missing assignments and sometimes see upcoming assignments.

You can register for your own School Loop (parent) account via the Don Callejon School homepage (https://www.doncallejon.org/). On the top, right hand side, click “Register Now” if you do not have an account already. You will need your student’s 6 digit ID number to complete your registration.

  1. Have a ​conversation with your student​ about their grades. Make sure the conversation is not punitive but supportive. These questions can help guide the conversation:

  1. What do you think about your grades?
  2. What are you struggling with?
  3. Why do you think you are you not able to ________________________(turn in homework on time, do well on tests, focus etc)?
  4. What is your plan for bringing your grades up?
  5. Who do you think you need to talk to?
  6. What can I do to help?
  7. How are you keeping track of your homework and incomplete class work?
  8. What is your goal for this year?

  1. Make sure your student is organized and using their daily planner​. As a parent, we encourage you to check your student’s daily planner each night to see what they should be working on. If they are not filling it out please encourage them to do so! 
  1. A daily planner has been provided to ALL DC students as a way for them to keep track of their daily assignments. Students are expected to fill it out each day with their current and upcoming homework. Not all homework is posted on School Loop; it is the student’s responsibility to keep track of all assignments.
  2. Often, unfinished classwork becomes homework. It may not “officially” be homework, but it needs to be completed and returned the next day.
  3. Students typically have nightly homework in at least Math and should also be reading independently for at least 20 minutes.


  1. Help your student with their organization.​ Set a day each week to go through your student’s backpack with them.
  1. Check to see if the current organizational system is working for them:
  1. Are assignments easily accessible?
  2. Are they able to quickly file homework away?
  3. Are they able to quickly access work and supplies needed for their classes?
  1. Help them throw away anything they no longer need.
  2. Evaluate whether or not they need new supplies.
  3. See if there are any missing assignments they forgot to turn in.

  1. Reach out and communicate​ with your student’s teacher(s). All of Callejon’s teachers can be connected through School Loop via email. Send an email to the teacher of the class your student is struggling in and ask:
  1. What do you see as the factors impairing my student’s learning and/or academics?
  2. If my student is able to complete missing work, do you accept late work? If so, what assignments can/will you still accept?
  3. Do you allow test retakes?
  4. When are you available for additional support, outside of class time (before school, lunch or after school)?
  5. What can I do to better support my student at home?
  6. You can always request a meeting to talk in person as well. Make sure your student joins the meeting for it to be most productive!

Change takes time! Many struggling students need to learn new and healthy school habits. As school counselors, we are also here to help. Please let us know if you are struggling with any of the tips listed above or are having trouble contacting a teacher.

Mary Penix

Emily Achberger

School Counselors