Fall conferences are just around the corner and we want to make sure everyone is well aware of the 2015 fall conference schedule. If you haven’t already, you will soon be receiving information about the opportunity to schedule a conference with your child’s teacher (elementary schools) or meet with your student’s teachers in an arena-style conference (secondary schools). We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher(s). If you need any additional information regarding conferences, please be sure to contact the main office at the school your child attends.
Additionally, as part of our 2015 fall conferences we will be asking you to participate in a short survey to gather parent/guardian feedback regarding the structure and value of conferences. We would greatly appreciate your insight and look forward to using the information we collect to ensure that our conferences meet your needs and provide you with helpful information about your child’s progress.
Conferences will begin on Monday, November 23rd – the schedule for the week is as follows:
- On Monday, November 23rd conferences will be scheduled starting at the end of the school day and will continue into the evening hours – Monday, November 23rd is a half-day for elementary students, while it is a normal school day for students at both DPMS and DPHS.
- Tuesday, November 24th and Wednesday, November 25th are non-student days in all buildings as teachers will be engaged in parent/teacher conferences or in student-led conferences throughout the day and into the evening.
- The fall conference schedule leads directly into Thanksgiving Break, which officially begins on Thursday, November 26th.
Here are some some strategies to maximize the value of your conference:
Conferences are valuable for students, parents, and teachers:
For students, the parent-teacher conference provides an opportunity to reinforce positive attitudes and behavior. The facts are overwhelming, students whose parents are interested and involved in the student’s school experience generally achieve at higher levels. For teachers, conferences create a unique and personal opportunity to establish a positive partnership in the student’s learning. Teachers often come away from conferences saying they learned a great deal by interacting with the child’s parents.
For parents, conferences offer the opportunity to sit one to one with the teacher and talk about their child. Conferences help parents build a better understanding of the daily routines and expectations in the classroom. This is an important opportunity for parents to get a snapshot of their child as a learner and ask questions about how to help at home. If you have a serious concern about an area of academic growth, be sure to let the teacher know. Your child’s teacher(s) will be happy to share strategies and ideas to increase success and self-assurance.
Teachers put a great deal of work and time into preparation for these conferences. They are eager to help your child be the best he/she can be. Your support is vital in creating the best possible educational experience for your child.
In order to make your conference experience the best it can be, we’ve provided some questions you might want to ask. Additionally, we’ve also suggested some things you might want to tell the teacher about your child.
Things you may want to ask the teacher:
- How is my child doing academically?
- Does my child participate in classroom activities?
- Does he/she show self-control in school?
- Can my child work independently, or does he/she need supervision?
- How does my child get along with classmates?
- How is my child handling grade level learning materials?
- Has my child shown any special interests or abilities?
- How can I help my child at home?
- Does my child express thoughts and ideas clearly?
- Does my child seem to be happy in school?
Things you may want to tell the teacher:
- Which school activities your child talks about most while at home.
- What responsibilities your child handles at home.
- If anything has happened lately at home that might affect your child’s performance at school.
- Whether or not your child willingly communicates and completes homework assignments.
- What you believe are your child’s strengths and weaknesses.