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Why so early for parent-teacher conferences?

August 23, 2013
Dysart Reporter

Many of you are probably wondering why parent teacher conferences are being held just one week into the new school year. "What could my child's teacher possibly tell me about work completed and grades in such a short time?"

The fall parent-teacher conference at Union will see a change in the focus from the typical model where the teacher reports out to the parents about the student's work, grades and test scores to a new model that will be a proactive conversation with the teacher, parents, and student having an exchange of information. Parents will learn about upcoming classroom schedules, activities and expectations and will be able to share insight about their child thereby establishing what is, hopefully, an open avenue of communication that will carry on throughout the entire school year.

Research has shown that parental involvement is the most important factor in a student's success in school and it is the district's desire to kick off the new school year in a positive fashion by starting conversations, establishing relationships and working together as partners.

Parent teacher conferences are planned for Wednesday, August 28 from 2 to 6 p.m. and Thursday, August 29, from 3 to 8 p.m. There will be noon dismissals both days followed by a no school day on Friday, August 30. Reminders will be sent home with elementary and middle school students indicating the time of their scheduled conference. The high school staff will be available to meet with parents in the media center both days. Parents are encouraged to stop by at their convenience and meet with one or all of their child's teachers.



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