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Why Are Parent-Teacher Conferences Important?

Parent-teacher conferences are coming up!

Parent-teacher conferences are a really important opportunity for parents and teachers to forge partnerships in students’ education. They help to foster positive, ongoing communication with all stakeholders in our students’ academic experience, and research has repeatedly demonstrated that, when parents and community members are actively engaged with students’ 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.

Porters Point School will hold parent-teacher conferences from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 25 and from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26. Parents are encouraged to call (802) 264-5920 to schedule an appointment.

Union Memorial School will hold parent-teacher conferences on Monday, November 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, November 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Parents are encouraged to call (802) 264-5959 to schedule an appointment.

Malletts Bay School will hold parent-teacher conferences on Monday, November 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday, November 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Colchester Middle School will hold parent-teacher conferences Monday, November 25 from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, November 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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. 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.

Colchester High School will hold parent-teacher conferences from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 25 using a drop-in format (please note: the second floor will break for dinner from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the first floor will break for dinner from 4:30–5:00 p.m.). For more specific information about the CHS parent-teacher conferences, please visit this issue of the Laker View.

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 encourage, welcome, and value your partnerships at all times, as is affirmed in the Colchester School District Vision and Strategic Plan 2012–2017.

As a friendly reminder, parents of students in grades 6–12 can view their children’s grades online using our PowerSchool system.

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

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