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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
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