Greetings to FHUSD Parents, Guardians and Friends,
I have written earlier this year about ways to stay involved in your child’s education and establish effective on-going communications with your school and teachers. To continue on that theme, I hope that parents and guardians can attend Parent/Teacher Conferences for McDowell Mountain and the Middle School which are scheduled for next week.
Specific times for MMES are:
- Thursday, Oct. 3 from 1:00-8:00 p.m.
- Friday, Oct. 4 from 1:00-3:30 p.m.
- Teachers will also schedule conferences before and/or after school from Sept. 30-Oct. 4 if possible and necessary
Specific times for FHMS are:
- Wed., Oct. 2 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
- Thu., Oct. 3 from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
- Each team will also schedule individual conferences with students that need additional support
Several websites provide tips for parents as they prepare to meet teachers at conference time. Here are some suggestions:
Before the Conference
- Make a list of topics that you want to talk about with the teacher.
- What is my child expected to learn this year?
- How will the work be evaluated?
- What are my child's strongest and weakest subjects?
- Does my child hand homework in on time?
- Does my child participate in class?
- Does my child seem happy at school?
- What can I do at home to help?
During the Conference
- Be on time (or early) for the meeting.
- End the meeting on time. Other parents will probably have a conference after yours.
- Relax and be yourself.
- Stay calm during the conference.
- Ask the most important questions first.
- If your child receives special services, ask about your child's progress in those classes.
- Ask for explanations of anything you don't understand.
- Ask your child's teacher for ways that you can help your child at home.
- Thank the teacher.
For high school parents, while end-of quarter conferences are not built into the district calendar, I would encourage you to also find time to continue to review student progress on Powerschool, monitor homework assignments, and say in touch with teachers.
Robert Allen, Ed.D.