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Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Monday, April 18, 2016. Thankfully, many parents talk to teachers on a weekly or even daily basis throughout the year as they monitor and support their child’s learning. Even though parent-teacher conferences are not the only time parents can talk with their child’s teacher, it is a pre-scheduled opportunity for a longer visit to discuss the progress of each individual student.
Students are best served when their home and school work together. Learning and behavior expectations are more likely to be achieved when parents and teachers communicate frequently. The benefits flow both ways. Parents and/or guardians should be fully informed of the school’s expectations. Teachers can better serve students when parents and guardians are partners in the learning process.
Here are some suggestions to help you prepare for, participate in, and follow-up your parent-teacher conference(s).
BEFORE the CONFERENCE
- Ask your child what is going well for them and what isn’t going well for them at school. Share details of your conversation with the teachers;
- Tell your child that you will be attending a parent-teacher conference. Students benefit from knowing that home and school are working together for them;
- Ask your child if they want you to ask anything specific or bring up any issues during the conference.
DURING the CONFERENCE
- What does my child need to know and do?
- How is my child learning what she/he needs to know and do?
- How do I know if my child has learned what she/he needs to know and do?
- What will we do if my child hasn’t learned what she/he needs to know and do?
- What will we do if my child already knows what she/he needs to know and do?
- Ask what you can do at home to support your child’s learning;
- How is my child doing socially at school?
- Does my child put forth appropriate effort in his learning?
- Share your own thoughts about your child, including his experiences in school and academic progress.
FOLLOWING the CONFERENCE
- Report on the conference to your child;
- Note any areas that need improvement;
- Note areas that desire special recognizing and praise;
- Make a plan for any at-home suggestions you and the teacher agreed upon;
- Schedule a phone call or visit to follow-up with the teacher on any ongoing concerns or goals.
Teachers in the Copper River School District invest a lot of time and energy preparing for parent-teacher conferences because they are committed to the success of every individual student. Finding the answers to the above essential questions is not always easy.
The answers to the above questions will be most effective for student success when home and school are working together and communicating regularly. If you have not received an invitation to your April 18th parent-teacher conference, please contact the school as soon as possible. Please respond promptly to the invitation and reschedule if necessary. Your attendance at parent-teacher conferences can make a huge difference in your child’s success. We greatly value your partnership.
At a work session and regular meeting on April 5th, the Board of Education adopted the CRSD Student Handbook for the 2016-2017 school year. Principals provide the Board Policy Committee with suggested revisions from each school community. The new student handbook will be available on the district’s web page this summer.
2016-2017 and 2017-2018 SCHOOL CALENDARS
The Board of Education adopted school calendars for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years at their March 1st meeting. Both calendars are currently available at http://www.crsd.us.
Most of the remaining Snippets for this school year will focus on each of our graduating seniors. We look forward to shining the spotlight on them so you can see their accomplishments and plans for the future. We are very proud of them all. Be sure and check out the Snippets article in the Copper River Record. You can also view the articles and pictures at www.crsd.us with a button for easy sharing with family and friends.