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New aim for STC High Parent-Teacher Conferences

February 3, 2010
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald
TOLEDO CHRONICLE - Parent/Teacher Conferences at South Tama County High School have a new focus in mind – to be family friendly. This family friendly focus will be evident at conferences for third term which will be held on Thursday, Feb. 11 from 4-8 p.m. at the high school. The new focus has also led to a new name, Family/Teacher Night, and some additional improvements. The improvements have been added to try to increase parental involvement by being more welcoming to families. These improvements will include the following: new procedure, free dinner, free child care, student displays, and discussion topics. The new procedure that will be used will hopefully reduce the “wait” time parents have experienced in the past when wanting to conference with their student’s teacher. This new procedure will have parents first reporting to the main office lobby where a set of appointment times and the teachers’ names will be posted on pull-off labels. Parents will then find the teacher’s name with whom they want to conference and pull off the 10 minute time slot of their choice. Both teachers and parents will honor the 10 minute conference time which will enable other parents to also meet with teachers in a timely manner. According to Principal Jim Tekippe, there have been complaints by parents in the past who have had to wait for a longer than usual time to conference with certain teachers. He said he feels that this system will allow all parents a fair amount of time to meet with teachers. Another improvement for Family/Teacher Night will be student greeters at the doors. These students will greet parents and give directions to the various classrooms. The SPIN (Sustaining Parent Involvement Network)Committee, whose goal is to make parents feel comfortable at the high school and increase parental involvement, hopes that by having the student greeters, there will be less confusion for parents. Although not entirely new improvements, the night will offer the following: •a free meal of chili and a baked potato bar that is funded by a grant to increase parental involvement. •free child care for families who have younger siblings •student displays of their classroom work •discussion of topics concerning raising teenagers today •Spanish translation Even though parents are busy with all of life’s demands, the high school staff is still hoping that more parents will take advantage of this night and all of its offerings to meet with teachers and discuss their students’ progress in classes.

Fact Box

What:’Family Friendly’ South Tama High school Parent-Teacher Conferences
When:Thursday, Feb. 11, 4-8 p.m.
Where:STC High School, 1715 Harding, Tama



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