Here are some tips to help you navigate the twice-yearly, fall and spring parent-teacher conferences.
How to Prepare
- Download your student’s schedule from TALOS – or ask them to print it out for you – and bring their class schedule to the conferences.
- Discuss classes and teachers with your student before the conferences. Ask them if they have any questions they would like you to ask a teacher. Bring your notes. You only have 3 minutes, so it will help if you are prepared.
- Read the report card which is available on TALOS.
- Prioritize the classes and teachers you wish to see before the conference day.
- Make sure you have your student’s home room number.
- Get the name of your student’s guidance counselor before coming.
At the Conferences
- Teacher’s room numbers will be supplied online before the conferences and printed copies will be available at school.
- Teachers of each academic department will be on the same floor.
- Teachers will have a meeting signup sheet outside their rooms. ARISTA students and Big Sibs will keep the schedule sheets and call time on the 3 minute meetings.
- Translators for Chinese Mandarin, Cantonese and Korean are available outside room 271.
- Students are welcome to attend the meetings with their parents – but most parents go alone.
- Sign up for teachers in an order that will allow you time to move from floor to floor.
- Check back to find out how fast the list is moving so that you don’t miss your time slot and have to sign up again.
- You will have 3 minutes with each teacher. If you need to follow up, do so via email or schedule another meeting, if possible.
- Take this opportunity to meet your student’s guidance counselor – but note that you can meet the counselor any time during the year.
- Elevators may be slow and crowded, use the stairs and escalators.
- Divide your visits between the two conference days or have more than one parent attend.
- Students will be selling baked goods and treats to raise money for their clubs and teams. Bring some cash to support them.
Why Go to a Parent-Teacher Conference?
- To show teachers you are involved in your student’s education.
- To get information about your student’s abilities and challenges
- To help the teacher understand your child’s special needs and talents.
- To find out how you can better support your hard working student.
- To better understand your student’s letter grade evaluations.
- So that you can talk with your student about their teachers.