Mark your calendars now
Oct. 30, 2012
The first Parent Teacher Conference Night of the 2012-13 school year is Monday, Nov. 19 from 6-8 p.m.
Parent-teacher conferences are designed to communicate a student’s educational program and progress to parents. Attendance is encouraged.
It is expected that parents and teachers will confer at other times during the year. If a problem/concern arises, parents are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher at the elementary school or their child’s guidance counselor at the high school. It is necessary to make an appointment for a conference.
Getting the most out of Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parent-teacher conferences are a good time to learn about your child's academic achievement. It also presents an opportunity to learn about school-based resources like academic intervention services (AIS) and counseling that can support success.
The following tips, adapted from the National Education Association, will help you make the most of parent-teacher conferences.
Talk to your children before the conference.
Find out which subjects they like best, those they like least, and why.
Ask your child if there is anything they want you to talk about with their teachers. Help your children understand that you and their teacher(s) are meeting together to help them.
Some questions for your child’s teacher:
How well does my child get along with others?
What are my child’s strongest subjects? What areas need improvement?
Is my child working up to his or her ability?
Does my child participate in class discussions and activities?
Has my child missed classes other than those I have contacted the school about?
Have you noticed any sudden changes in my child's behavior?
What kinds of tests are being given, and what do the tests reveal about my child’s progress?
How does my child handle taking tests?
Ask for specific suggestions on how to
help your child improve. Have the teacher explain any answers you
don’t understand. It’s a good idea to end the conference by summing
up decisions you’ve made together. If needed, ask to
After the Conference
Observe your child’s behavior and check your child’s class work and homework.
Keep in touch with teachers to discuss progress.
Building a strong parent-teacher partnership is necessary if you and your child’s teachers are to reach a common goal of helping your child get the best education possible.