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Upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences—Why They’re Important and Other Helpful Information

Parent-teacher conferences are coming up!

Parent-teacher conferences are a really important opportunity for parents and teachers to forge partnerships in students’ education, helping to foster positive, ongoing communication with all stakeholders in our students’ academic experience. Research has repeatedly demonstrated that, when parents and community members are actively engaged with children’s education, the students reap significant benefits.

To get the most benefit from their conferences, we encourage parents to:

  • write down in advance any questions or concerns that they may have;
  • consider developing a plan with the teacher to facilitate the student’s learning; and
  • feel free to take notes.


Please note that parents are always welcome to contact their child’s school at any time to discuss any questions or concerns they may have—not just during parent-teacher conferences! We welcome and encourage your partnerships at all times.

As a friendly reminder, parents of students in grades 6–12 can view their children’s grades online using our PowerSchool system (and parents of students in grades K–5 will have that capability soon).

To further facilitate scheduling conferences for parents, both Colchester Middle School and Malletts Bay School are using an online scheduler called PickAtime. Step-by-step instructions for using the system provided by CMS are available here, and instructions provided by MBS are available here. Using this system, parents can print off their schedules and/or receive the schedules via e-mail.

Parents without access to the Internet or who would otherwise prefer to schedule parent-teacher conferences with CMS and/or MBS via telephone may of course do so; please call (802) 264-5802 to reach the CMS guidance office and/or (802) 264-5900 to reach the MBS main office.

Porters Point School will hold parent-teacher conferences from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 19 and from and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20. Parents who have not yet scheduled an appointment with their child’s teacher may call (802) 264-5920 to do so.

Union Memorial School will hold parent-teacher conferences from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 19 and from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20. Parents can call (802) 264-5959 to schedule an appointment, or they may contact their child’s teacher via e-mail or via a note sent along with the child.

Colchester High School will hold parent-teacher conferences from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 19 using a drop-in format (please note: CHS conferences will be closed from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. to provide faculty with a dinner break). For more specific information about the CHS parent-teacher conferences, please visit this issue of the Laker View.

Please also feel free to contact your child’s school with any questions or concerns.

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