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Parenting Tips

Get enough sleep! At least 9 hours per night,

  • If you are between the ages of 11 and 14, lights off by 10 pm
  • Sleep powers your brain and helps you learn and grow
  • No screen time at least one hour before bedtime
  • Put your phone and tablet to bed in another room (not your bedroom)
  • A bedtime routine that includes soft music and reading before bed will help you to relax and sleep well


Eat Healthy food! to fuel your body and brain

  • Breakfast is key to starting your day and learning off right
  • You need lean protein and whole grains at each meal and five servings of fruit and vegetables per day
  • Sugar causes people to crash and burn and is not a good breakfast choice
  • Students need 3 meals and 2 snacks per day
  • Martinez Junior High School Cafeteria serves healthy lunches and has a salad bar

Be active every day!

  • Being physically active every day helps your brain develop and makes you smarter
  • Participate in PE
  • Sign up for a Sport 

Get your schoolwork done!

  • Come to school every day
  • Write down all your assignments in your planner
  • Create a time and place for your homework
  • Ask your teacher if you don’t understand 
  • Teachers are available after school to help you
  • The library is open at lunch
  • Prioritize schoolwork over excessive sports and social activities
  • Read every day! Before bedtime is a great time to do this!