As you know, on Tuesday of next week, we are going to have our first quarter parent teacher conferences. You may also know that for the first time this year, students will participate in these conferences. Students who are ready to do so, will even lead the conferences. They are busy planning for this now.
You may wonder why we are making this change. Simply put, we want students to be the "owner" of their education. If you are the parent of a young student, then you make most decisions for them. As they grow and mature, you will make fewer of their decisions. They will naturally grow into this role. You will be with them to advise them along the way. This is one step in the process of growth and maturity. In the same way students grow and mature in their education. That's why as a parent you increasingly make them responsible for the school work. It's a valuable part of the experience. We want our students to not just be passive learners but assertive leaders in their education process.
At the conference, depending upon their age, they will describe what they have learned, what they expect and hope to learn, and how their grades show this. As students are increasingly able to accomplish this, parents should get accurate reports on their progress from them in the future.
Although students are only present briefly on that day, it's an important part of their education and counts as a school day. I hope this helps explain why we are making this change. If you have any questions about it, please contact me. I love to hear from parents by email and especially in person.
In His Service,
Tim Miesner, Principal