Tips for Dodson Dolphins

Tips for Dodson Dolphins

Whether you’re a new student or an eighth grader preparing for graduation, everyone here at Dodson should be responsible and safe. If you keep track of all your assignments and turn them in on time, your middle school experience will be a breeze. However, for those who are new to our school, I’d like to give you some tips on how to make your Dodson experience much more enjoyable, and less stressful.

  • Be on time for class every day. Even though you may think that missing the first few minutes of instruction is insignificant, it is very important to attend your classes from beginning to end. If you aren’t in the classroom by the second bell, you will be marked tardy. Not only is it irresponsible to show up late to class, but it’s also kind of embarrassing to walk in after everyone else is already seated. It’s much more noticeable when you show up tardy than when you enter the classroom on time.
  • Don’t procrastinate when you know you have assignments due. Procrastination can be an ongoing problem for many students. It is easy to feel unmotivated to get homework turned in because many of us would much rather hang out with friends or play video games. However, this significantly impacts your grades and creates a lot of stress when you have overdue assignments. Sometimes, you can turn things in after the due date, but it is very nice of your teachers to allow you to do this! It would be much easier for teachers not to accept late work, so try to keep up with the class and talk to your teacher if there are any problems. 
  • Be respectful of school property. Having a school Chromebook is a privilege. Not all schools have free electronic devices, so we should be grateful for the fact that our school does have them. You should never drink or eat anything while using a Chromebook, because it may get damaged if you spill something on it. Never try to remove the keys from the keyboard, place stickers on the Chromebook, or draw on it! If you do any of these things, you may have to pay to get it fixed! Not only will you be in trouble with the school, but your parents will also be mad at you too. Make sure to take care of school property!
  • Make sure you pick up all trash around you and don’t litter! If you leave behind a mess, someone else has to clean up after you. It’s not fair that someone else should have to do the job that you should be doing automatically. The school staff already have enough to do; they don’t need others to be careless and not pick up after themselves.
  • Put your phone away during class. It is disrespectful and also very distracting when you have your phone out during instructional time. It is rude to ignore teachers and use your phone instead of listening to them. In addition, it is a distraction to your classmates as well as you. It is much harder to learn when you’re distracted by a cell phone. You may miss important directions or news from your teacher about upcoming projects, homework, and assignments. 
  • Make sure you get enough sleep each night and wake up at a reasonable time. It is scientifically proven that you do better in school when you get a good night’s sleep. If you stay up late, you will be tired the next day and it will be harder to focus in class! You may even fall asleep if you’re tired enough!
  • Try not to buy things from the student store daily because it can be unhealthy. Don’t get me wrong, I love the student store and buy things there often. However, they sell chips, ice cream, and drinks that may not be good for you if consumed every day. Instead of buying chips during nutrition each day, try buying once or twice a week instead. Your body will thank you!
  • Make good choices and don’t hang out with people who make you feel uncomfortable. If someone negatively affects you, you need to speak up. First off, you should tell them that you don’t like the way they treat you and kindly ask them to stop. If they don’t listen, do not hesitate to go to your counselor or to a Dodson staff member who may be able to help solve the problem. If you do nothing, then the issue will continue and may get worse over time. The problem may even cause mental issues and can make you feel unsafe at school.
  • Try to be positive and avoid negatively talking about others. Never say something about someone else that is untrue or private. If someone trusts you with their secret, don’t betray their trust by telling someone else! I know from experience that it can be embarrassing or upsetting to be made fun of by others for having a secret. If you can’t find something nice to say about someone, don’t say anything at all.
  • Act mature inside and outside the classroom! Saying or doing something inappropriate, violent, or aggressive can be distracting to others and will get you in trouble! Just because it’s popular on social media does not make it appropriate in a school environment. Since we are in middle school, we need to act like it!