Principal's Corner

  • November 2017

    Dear Talbot Hill Families,

    Welcome to November! It’s already been an exciting year of learning and teaching and this month teachers will have the opportunity to share the progress that is taking place with your children. Parent-Teacher Conferences will begin on November 16th and go through November 22nd. Students will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m. each day in order to allow teachers the time to meet with families. We are looking forward to meeting with you and learning more about your child, how we can best serve their specific needs and for you to share your dreams and hopes for your child. In addition, this is a time for your child’s teacher to share the progress your child is making with academic standards and the growth they are making socially. Parent-Teacher Conferences are one more way we can partner together to help your child grow at school.

    Conference Preparation

    Before the Conference:

    • Talk with your child about school...Likes, dislikes, feelings, etc.
    • Write down your concerns...Academic progress, problems at home, behavior, peer
      relations, attitude, and questions about the teacher’s discipline plan or homework policy.
    • If needed, arrange or have the school plan for an interpreter to be present.

    During the Conference:

    • Discuss the concerns you have written down.
    • Be sure to ask clarifying questions if something does not make sense.
    • Ask for suggestions about how you can support your child with academics at home.

    After the Conference:

    • Talk with your child about the conference. Share any positive comments the teacher made.
    • Follow up with any suggestions you and the teacher agreed upon.
    • Be sure to call the teacher any time you have a question or concern.

    Understanding the Report Card

    During your student’s conference you will be looking at your child’s report card. Here is
    some useful information to both help you prepare for the conference and understand the report card.

    • What are standards? These are the specific skills or knowledge we want a child to have by the end of a school year.
    • Why are standards necessary? Having standards helps us to ensure that students are making progress all year long toward the same learning goals regardless of which teacher they have or which school they attend.
    • What is a Rubric? Rubric scores tell you only if your child is on target at this point in the school year.
    • What do the 4, 3, 2 and 1 really mean?
      4 means your child can do more than the standard.
      3 means your child can do what the standard expects at this point in the year.
      2 means your child cannot yet do what is expected for this point in the year.
      1 means your child cannot do most of what we would expect for this point in the school year.

    Enjoy the upcoming conferences and we look forward to seeing you all this month.
    Happy November!
    Holly Nielsen, Proud Principal