November 12, 2015 

Dear Parents,

As all of you are aware, Parent-Teacher Conferences are taking place on Thursday, November 19th (6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.) and Friday, November 20th (12:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.). The purpose of the conference is for the teacher and parents to meet and discuss a student’s academic and social progress. Students will be dismissed at 11:15 a.m. on November 20, 2015.

Here are some things to consider as you prepare the conference:

  1. Talk to your child before the conference.
    Ask your child what he/ she would like you to discuss at the meeting. One strategy is to say, "I'm going to be meeting with teacher; what will she tell me?" Your child's response will give you ideas for what to discuss with the teacher.

  2. Ask questions.
    Come to the conference with a list of questions regarding your child's academic and social issues, Some good questions to ask may include:
    • What can I do from home to extend my child's learning at home?
    • Is my child working up to his or her ability? If not, what can we do to change that?
    • How do you evaluate my child?
    • How can you challenge my student if he is excelling?
    • How can you support my child if he is falling behind?

  3. Share information about your child.
    Bring to the conference sample work that you'd like to discuss. The more you share about your child—both strengths and weaknesses—the better the teacher will successfully meet their needs.

  4. Raise issues of concern.
    Plan ahead of time how you will raise issues of concern.
  5. Take notes.
    Take notes during the conference so that you remember everything the teacher says. After the meeting, review your notes. If something is unclear, schedule a follow-up meeting with the teacher to clarify.

  6. Make the most of your time.
    Conferences usually take approximately ten to fifteen minutes for elementary students and three to five minutes for the middle school grades. Grade 6 conferences will follow the same schedule as grades 7 and 8. Conferences for students in grades 6, 7 and 8 are not scheduled, in order to best provide parents with options to meet with various teachers. Since these teachers have contact with over 100 students, it is difficult to schedule individual conferences. Teachers will be available in their classrooms throughout the allotted conference times. If you anticipate needing more time to discuss the needs of your child, please schedule an individual conference with the teacher at later date.


Eric M. Casale