It is important for parents of middle-grades students to take active roles education, asserts Katie Wester-Neal, a former middle-grades teacher. In this article, she lists and debunks four common myths about parent involvement in grades 6 to 8, including that students don't need their parents as much in middle school, middle-school teachers do not need parent volunteers and middle schools are hard to navigate. "When teachers and schools work to debunk these myths for parents, middle school can be welcoming and supportive," she writes.

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