It's hard to believe, but we are already at the 1st mid-quarter of the school year and that means Parent-Teacher Conferences (PTC)! CMS will host PTC on Thursday, September 19th from 2-7 PM in the CMS Gym. CMS will have a 1:30 dismissal on that day. The rest of the district will have a regular schedule.
In an effort to reduce lines and minimize wait times, we are asking that parents try to attend at the following times:
2:00-4:00 - 5th and 7th grade parents
4:00-4:30 - Teacher Dinner Break
4:30-7:00 - 6th and 8th grade parents
That said, we welcome and appreciate parent attendance at any time and teachers will be available from 2 PM - 7 PM. Please note that shared staff (Art, Music and 5th/6th Spanish) will be available at CMS from 3:30-5:30 before they have to leave for CHS Parent-Teacher Conferences.
Middle School conferences are different from elementary school conferences in several ways.
- First, we hope that your child is able to attend conferences with you. Including your child in the conversation is a great way for your students to hear how they are doing in class and learn to advocate for their own educational needs.
- Second, the conference with each teacher should be brief (5-10 minutes). The intention of the conference is for teachers to provide information to parents about their child's progress in class, for parents to let teachers know of any concerns they have, and to share contact information to simplify communication. If there are issues that need to be discussed, it may not be possible to adequately problem solve during a 5-10 conference. Please set up a separate meeting or communication plan before wrapping up the conversation.
- Last, instead of meeting with one teacher about multiple subjects, you will meet with multiple teachers about multiple subjects. Ideally, you will have time to meet with all of your child's parents. However, we understand that everyone is busy, so if you are in a time crunch we recommend that you make contact with the teachers in the subjects that you have the most concern, or with teachers who instruct subjects that your student has struggled with in the past.
For more parent teacher conference tips, check out this article from kidshealth.org.
The school year is off to a great start and we are looking forward to seeing all of our parents and students on Thursday, September 19th.