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Parent-Teacher Conferences

 

Parent/Teacher Conferences  

 

Parent-teacher conferences can be as helpful in high school as they were in grade school.  They put parents in touch with their child's world away from home and help parents to establish a relationship with their children's teachers.  Here are some suggestions to parents for making these meetings more effective:

  • Find out what your high schooler will be expected to do in each class (homework policy, tests, group projects, etc.)  All teachers have a syllabus for their course.  Be sure to ask your child/teen to see them.  
     
  • Ask how to get in touch with teachers if you have questions.  Visit teacher webpages on the school website.  
     
  • Make contact early in the grading period so that you will know early if students need help or if they are not performing up to your standards and expectations.  
     
  • Make it a priority that you inquire about their grades; don't wait for the teacher to call you.  Check your child's grades and attendance records by logging into to INow.  If you do not have an usernamer or password, contact Mrs. Gholston.  
     
  • Know when grading periods end.  For example, all students receive a progress report mid-9 weeks and a report card at the end of each 9-week grading period.    
     
  • If your highschooler says he/she never has homework, seldom brings  home a book, or you never see him/her studying, chances are you need to speak with his/her teachers.
     
  • Mention to the teachers any problems at home that may affect your teen's learning.  
     
  • Discuss questions you may have about such topics as your high schooler's attitude in class or the friends he/she hangs around with.  
     
  • Don't wait till the semester is nearly over to show concern or to get involved-it may be too late.

Parent Tool-Kit - This toolkit will help you navigate your child's journey from pre-kindergarten through high school. It is designed to help you track and support progress at each stage.

What High School Teachers Wish Parents Asked at Conferences