‘Student-Led Conferences‘ are scheduled twice per year (in October and February) in the afternoons/early evenings of a Thursday and Friday (there is also time for parent-conferences set aside in April to be scheduled as needed). Our first Student-Led Conferences in the 2015-2016 school year are scheduled for October 29 & 30. We will be sending home an appointment sign-up form on September 25th on which you will circle all the times on the two days that could work for you. Scheduling individual conferences for 75 students in each school is a complicated task. That is why we will want you to circle as many time slots as are possible for you. Thanks in advance for your flexibility.
Student-Led Conferences provide opportunities for students to accept responsibility for their learning, evaluate their performance, take pride in their achievements and develop their leadership skills. This is a required activity for all PFFS students. If a parent absolutely cannot attend, we ask that they assist their child in finding another adult who has a meaningful role in their child’s life and who can be there in the parent’s place.
Here is an explanation of the purpose/role of all conference participants:
Students – Your conference gives you an opportunity to reflect upon your successes and struggles, set goals for the future, and provide evidence of what you have learned in each of your classes. We emphasize that these are student-led conferences. So students, you’re the leaders! But know that your advisor will be there as a “coach” to support you and you will have time at school to prepare.
Advisors – This is an opportunity to enhance the lines of communication between the advisor, the advisee and his/her family. It allows us to deepen relationships that have already begun to form. Finally it is a chance for advisors to share any serious concerns we have regarding student pro¬gress.
Parents – This is your opportunity to listen, to ask questions, and to provide praise, guidance and support. For those of you who get monosyllabic answers to your questions (i.e. “how was school?” “Fine”), this is your chance to get more information.
On both the Thursday and Friday of Student-led Conferences, students are released at 12:00pm. If you need to have supervision for your child, please contact us and we will help coordinate supervision with other families or provide it on site.