Parent-teacher conferences set for Nov. 13 & 14

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 10/28/97.

With the first quarter coming to an end for Paynesville Area School District students, parent-teacher conferences havebeen set for Thursday and Friday, Nov. 13 and 14.

Students will be dismissed early on Thursday at 2 p.m. in the elementary school and 2:10 p.m. in the middle and high schools. Conferences will get under way at 3 p.m. and run through 9 p.m. on Thursday. There will be no kindergarten classes on Thursday. On Friday conferences will get under way at 8 a.m. and continue through the day until 3 p.m.

Conferences at the high school will end at noon and teachers will have an in-service in the afternoon.

Appointments have been established for elementary and middle school students. Parents of high school students will find their teachers in the high school gym.

ďWe again encourage students to take part in conferences as well,Ē John Janotta, high school principal, said. We feel it would be helpful to them. They do have the key role in learning. We hope you visit each of your son or daughterís teachers and discuss any concerns you have. We also ask you to spend some time discussing your studentís post-high school plans. It takes careful guidance by everyone to help students make important decisions about their future.Ē

The middle school will continue their student led conferences. Middle school parents will find new report cards this year.

ďWith recent advances in technology, computerized report cards become a way of doing business. The honor roll will be figured from the computer program. Classes will carry different values depending on whether they meet every day or every other day. Credit is related to hours the classes meet. For some of our students, this might make a difference as to whether they achieve the honor roll,Ē Deb Gillman, middle school principal, explains.

Elementary parents will have the opportunity see other teachers rather than just the home room teacher, should they desire. The last 15 minutes of each hour will be designated as an open time to see those teachers.

Gary Heineman, elementary principal, said by holding conferences at the beginning of the second quarter, it will allow the teachers to better know the strengths as well as deficiences of their students.

The middle school student council will be providing conference care for parents with younger children. Conference care will be held in room 126 (preschool room) at the elementary school starting at 3 p.m. on Thursday and ending at 3 p.m. on Friday.

Anyone in the elementary and middle school not receiving an appointment time, should contact the schools: elementary 320-243-3725 or middle school, 320-243-3724.

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