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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Pioneer Pride: Parent-teacher conferences

  • As spring Parent-Teacher Conferences draw closer, it is important for school families to remember the valuable insight these conversations provide into the academic progress of students.
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  • As spring Parent-Teacher Conferences draw closer, it is important for school families to remember the valuable insight these conversations provide into the academic progress of students.
    Teachers are gearing up to share information with parents/guardians, but it's equally important for parents to prepare for these discussions. Below are some steps families can take to ensure a successful conversation with their child's teacher.
    Talk to your student. Have a conversation with your student about the way things are going at school to get a better idea of what your child's teacher may want to discuss. Reassure your student that the purpose of the conference is to help them in school and try to prevent them from worrying about the meeting. Ask your student if he or she has any concerns and be sure to address those with the teacher.
    Prepare any questions you may have. Write down topics you would like to discuss with the teacher so you don't miss something during the course of the meeting. Some topics to consider are what skills your child is expected to master by the end of the year, what areas your student needs to work on, and ways you can help your child learn outside the classroom.
    Write down relevant information to share with the teacher. Often times there are events that happen outside the course of the school day that can impact a child's behavior and learning at school. Write these things down and share them with your child's teacher. If a teacher knows about these things, it can help prevent problems down the road.
    Remember that teachers want to see every child succeed. Parents and teachers share this common goal, so it is important to remember that any feedback presented by your child's teacher is intended to help better their academic progress. This will help you put a better perspective on what the teacher says about your child.
    Take notes. Writing things down during the meeting is a good way to jog your memory about what you talked about at a later date. Share these notes with your student so they know what was discussed.
    Leave with a plan. Talk with your child's teacher about what needs to be done to ensure your child's academic success. Discuss what supports your child may need both in and out of the classroom. Talk about activities you can do at home to further the concepts the teacher is covering in class. Before the meeting is over, talk with the teacher about the best way to follow up with him or her afterward if you have any questions about the plan or your child's progress.
    The schedule for spring Parent-Teacher Conferences is as follows:
    Leavenworth High School and Warren Middle School
    Wednesday, Feb. 13, – 4 to 8 p.m.
    Page 2 of 2 - Thursday, Feb. 14, – 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 5 p.m.
    All Elementary Schools and West Intermediate School
    Wednesday, Feb. 13, – 5 to 9 p.m.
    Thursday, Feb. 14, – 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 5 p.m.
    As a reminder, there will be no school for students Thursday, Feb. 14, or Friday, Feb. 15.
    Submitted by the Leavenworth School District.

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