Principal, student offer back-to-school advice

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - One Grand Strand principal has a lot of advice to offer as students head back to school this week. Risen Christ Lutheran School is heading into the second week of school, and students and administration have a few tips for students and parents.

Principal Sean O'Conner says it is so important to be ready for the first few weeks, since that's the time teachers figure out exactly where students are and where they need to be. That's why it's so crucial to have your child used to going to bed early and eating breakfast in the morning, since research shows it turns the neurons back on in the brain in time for the first bell, O'Connor says.

It may take a little while, as O'Connor says it usually takes up to 2 months for students to really get back in the swing of the school routine, "of getting into the classroom atmosphere and not only recalling what you learned from the previous grade, but learning new material."

The principal also says that he sees the most success when parents have an active relationship with their child's learning, and also with the teacher. This means checking their homework and working with them at home, and constantly communicating with teachers.

The Risen Christ Lutheran School students also had some advice for students who have yet to go back to the classroom.

"It's not that bad once you get started," said seventh grader Elijah MacDonald. "Because it's sort of fun going back to school."

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