Parent Teacher Conferences to be Held on Oct. 10


English teacher Jani Wilkens speaks to a parent during Open House. (file photo)

By Leann Smyth

This Wednesday, Oct. 10, is parent teacher conferences. All parents are welcome to the large gym from 4-7:30 pm. Attendance is encouraged as this is an opportunity to check in with teachers on the classroom as this first quarter comes to a close.

“The conference [is] right before fall break, because that way we can kinda see how first quarter ended,” said English teacher Amy Stoker. “Then parents get good feedback for a more successful second quarter.”

Conferences are aimed at improving student’s learning both in and out of school. An in-person meeting with teachers is one of the best ways to keep progress positive.

“[Parents] can get an update on [their student’s] grades,” said Math teacher Patricia Bartell. “They can also get information about how their student is progressing in class and suggestions on how the student can improve.”

As well as general sessions, parents of seniors will be able to meet with counselors and advise on topics such as testing scores and college applications. Teachers that aren’t present for conferences will have a sign-up sheet for parents to leave contact information for further discussion.

“It’s all about giving them [students] the best chance to succeed,” said Stoker. “Giving positive reinforcement to those who are on the right track and some guidance to those that are having trouble acclimating to a new grade level.”

To make the most of a meeting, parents are prompted to ask questions and be candid.

“If we’re seeing any issues in the classroom with a student we’d love for parents to be open about any insights they could give us,” Stoker said. “So that we could work around any special needs the child has or be sensitive to anything going on at home that might be affecting their studies right now.”