A good one and a bad one.
SS student - around the middle of the 9 week grading period I give students an in depth look at their current grades and how they can bring them up (if needed). Every child gets a progress slip from me aside from the school issued progress report that has to be signed and returned to me as a grade. If I have any students that are failing I also call home to speak to a parent.
This particular SS child is an SS because of the parent. Child huffs and puffs during the conference, parent huffs during the conversation, and as I was speaking to her reassures the child that she doesn't have to worry about it because my class is stupid anyway.
I teach reading intervention. As someone who is dyslexic myself I have a bag full of helpful strategies that will make a difference. Telling your 12 year old that learning to read better is stupid is why she is reading on a 3rd grade level now.
Good SS - another little girl who was not doing so well has bugged the stuffing out of me for help. The SS part is her insistence that every moment of my time should be spent helping her. The good part is that she continues to work on her own and is making remarkable progress.
I am really, really glad that I went back to middle school this year. The kids are much better listeners than high school kids.