Back to School

Whether your family is starting at a new school after a PCS or at the same school as last year, MCEC wishes you a great school year. Explore these resources and tips to help every New Kid feel welcomed:

Just say Hello!

It seems pretty simple, but sometimes saying hello can be the scariest thing, especially when you are the New Kid… again! Use friendly name tags to help ease those first day jitters and make these certificates part of every welcome packet.

Hello Name Badge


Welcome Certifcate


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These tags are designed to be printed on Avery template #5895.

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Back to School Activity Sheets

Celebrate Back to School with MCEC! Give young kids a fun way to introduce themselves to classmates and set some goals for healthy routines to start the year off right.

Coloring Sheet


Code Cracker Tips for School Success


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Back to School Toolkit

Planning for the coming year can be overwhelming, especially for military families with multiple children in various grades or after a PCS move. We dove into many resources to provide you with tips and tricks to help you make this school year (and every school year) a success!

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Checklist for School Moves

School transitions can be one of the most stressful parts of a PCS for families. Use our checklist to help you keep the transition as smooth as possible.

Checklist for School Moves

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Parent Webinars:

MCEC offers new webinars each week and invite you to join us live. View what we have coming up here. Below, see a few we find helpful for Back to School season, and many more can be found on our YouTube channel.

Back to School Basics

Ready, Set, Go! It’s time to get ready to go back to school. In this webinar we will discuss strategies for setting up routines and getting organized so your children will have what they need to succeed this school year

What is a Purple Star School?

Want to learn about Purple Start Schools? In this webinar we will discuss the benefits of the Purple Star School program and how it mitigates the unique academic and social-emotional transition challenges of military-connected children. 

Where do I Sit at Lunch? Being the New Kid in Middle and High School

Research shows that students who feel a genuine sense of belonging at school, are more likely to do well academically, stay in school, and make healthy choices. Positive social connections are important for highly mobile military-connected students. In this webinar parents will learn strategies to help their students build new school and community connections to foster healthy social, emotional, and academic development.

Professional Development

Purple Star School Support Virtual Training

This training includes five unique modules three-hour sessions over two training days. Upcoming sessions are offered in August and September.

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Back to School Podcasts

We provide informal and conversational weekly episodes with military service members, professionals, parents, and military kids. Here are a few to begin the new school year with:

Hello, My Name is… Kendall

Kendall Harrison, Wylie High School History teacher and Student 2 Student sponsor in Abilene, Texas talks about supporting military-connected students and their families with a long-standing and successful student program.  She includes some tips on how to make new students feel welcome during the Back-to-School season.

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Hello, My Name is… Amanda

Amanda Najera talks about her experience as a military-connected child and how the Student 2 Student (S2S) program assisted her in feeling welcome as the new kid at school.

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Hello, My Name is… Jennifer

Jennifer Predny, the parent of four military-connected children talks about the impact of multiple transitions and how they have affected her family. She gives insight on how parents can help their children navigate being the new kid at school.

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Hello, My Name is… Lucy

Lucy discusses her experiences as a military child and how she navigates being the new kid at school (again!). Lucy is also the Middle School Spotlight Winner in the MCEC Call for the Arts contest, for her beautiful song, #Life of a Military Kid, and talks about her love of music, and how life inspires her songwriting.

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MCEC Resources

The Military Child Well-being Toolkit

The MCEC Military Child Well-Being Toolkit was created to provide accessible social-emotional supports and resources directly to parents, educators, and other youth-serving professionals working with military-connected youth. The toolkit provides evidence-based content to foster the emotional intelligence (EI), mindfulness, and overall well-being of military children. It also aims to support students of military families living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and other injuries. Additional topics include suicide prevention and awareness, diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and LGBTQIA+.

Military Student Consultants

Military Student Consultants (MSCs) are highly specialized education professionals who provide personalized concierge support directly to students, parents, or professionals who serve military-connected (Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve, ROTC cadre, recruiter, and veteran) families, no matter where they are located in the world. An MSC personally responds to every phone call or submission on our website. Call (254) 953-1923 ext. 1146 or connect with an MSC now.

Student 2 Student

Established in 2004, Student 2 Student® (S2S™) is a student-led, faculty-advised program that brings military and civilian students together to welcome new students, create a positive environment, support academic excellence, and ease transitions. S2S impacts the entire student body by fostering a culture of inclusion. Programs are for all three school levels: high school, middle/junior high school, and elementary school.


SchoolQuest is a free, interactive tool that is designed to support highly mobile military-connected parents and students with making the best choices before, during, and after a transition to improve academic success and social well-being. SchoolQuest includes an Academic Tracker, Student Profile, Reminders and Notifications, Personalized Checklists, School Search Capabilities, and Interactive Resources.

MCEC En Español

MCEC En Español is an initiative that delivers resources to those who serve the Spanish-speaking military community, such as teachers, administrators, school districts, military installations, and parents. The initiative provides interpretation services for parents seeking advice from MSCs, virtual educational workshops relevant to military families, translated MCEC resources to serve the Hispanic military community, and more.

Keep Resources Relevant

For 25 years MCEC has worked with families, schools, and communities to help mitigate the challenges of frequent transitions, helping military kids thrive. Your donation of any amount keeps MCEC relevant and responsive in support of the New Kids everywhere.

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