I need to talk to my A to Z friends after the evening I had. I know you can sympathize. We had conferences tonight. The board had left conferences off the schedule but the new superintendent decided each school had to have conferences. Ok I had 12 scheduled for tonight. Two of those ended up turning into TCP meetings for before tonight happened (so ended up having 7 out of my 19 before we got to tonight). Had the remaining 12 scheduled for tonight between 3:30 to 7:00 in 15 minute increments. Now to my vent: All 12 originally confirmed their times assigned were fine. I then get a message from one that she can't make it. (fine I will do a phone conference, read with her a little more and she will be fine) I have another one want a time much earlier than she first said was fine. Sorry can't do that since all my slots are taken. I will conduct a phone conference later with her. Fast forward to tonight and confernces: Parent # 1 doesn't show up (even though confirmed that she will be here) Parent #2 doesn't show up - ditto above comment Parent #3 doesn't show up - ditto above comment Parent #4 (and grandmama) show up for this one Parent # 5 shows up Parent #6 shows up Parent # 7 doesn't show up - even though confirmed Parent # 8 doesn't show up - confirmed time was ok Parent # 9 showed up and stayed 45 minutes (her child is a true piece of work- NEVER closes his mouth and then goes home and tells Mom I don't like him but fails to mention he talks from the time he hits the door until the time he leaves and I require silence on occasion in my classroom during tests) Parent # 10 doesn't show - confirmed Parent # 11 doesn't show - confirmed I told parent # 12 unless they wanted to meet I really had nothing to tell them that they didno know already the child is wonderful and I have recommended her for quest (gifted) Oh yeah here's the icing on the cake - child # 9 is out of zone and shouldn't even be in my class. Even better Mom pretty much told me that I would sign him up for quest. I told her that no I would not because even though her son is intelligent his behavior would not be taken by the quest teacher just as it isn't by me in my classroom.