Spring Conferences, a cornerstone of our working partnership, are set for Wednesday, April 13. Meeting with each child’s teacher(s) accomplishes several important pedagogical goals.
Conferences bring parents fully into the ongoing teacher/student dialogue. Only with parents as full partners can we support our students in doing their best work. Conferences also add a dimension to parents’ understanding of their children by describing the students as learners. It is our hope that parents leave their conference well equipped to support their student and the learning process in the home. Every student has challenges at school, but it is also important to celebrate successes. Both challenges and successes will be part of the conference conversation.
Lower School: These optional conferences are provided to talk about progress to date, both academic and social; to discuss third trimester and perhaps summer goals; and to consider the transition to a new grade.
Kindergarten-Grade 2: Spring conferences are optional, but highly encouraged. As was the case this past fall, these conferences are for teachers and parents.
Third-Fifth Grades: Spring conferences are optional, but highly encouraged. Students participate with their parents and homeroom teacher.
Preschool: Spring Conferences were held earlier in March, so no preschool conferences will be held on this date.
Middle School: Conferences are mandatory for all students.
Middle School conferences will include only the student’s advisor, the student and parents. Each advisor and student will be prepared to share growth this year and engage in dialogue about goals for the rest of the year, as well as summer.
Specialists Patty Hamilton, Pam Sprute, Lindsay Mahaffey, Elizabeth O’Neil and Harold Grytting can be available to join specific conferences, or families can meet with them individually during this conference day.
All other specialist teachers are also middle school advisors and will not be available on Wednesday, April 13. Please feel free to contact these teachers separately for a time to meet on another day, if desired.
Regular classes (Preschool through Grade 8 ) will not meet on Wednesday, April 13.
Instructions for logging onto the conference system can be found here. Your username and password are sent via email or can be recovered from the conference system website.