how does your district do parent/teacher conferences?

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  1. lcluigs03

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    ok, this year we are doing parent teacher conferences differently than in previous years. here's the week's schedule:
    monday: normal school day
    tuesday: normal school day and PT conferences until 7
    wednesday: normal school day with halloween party
    thursday: early release and PT conferences for 4 hours after the end of the day (which should be around 5:30)
    friday: no school for staff or students

    in previous years we had one full day where we did conferences. the parents that could come early, came. the ones that couldn't, came in the evening. it was wonderful. we had time for lunch, dinner and to organize for the next conferences. this year it feels like we are rushed to get our 25 students' parents seen with only 28 slots available. when do we eat dinner? or pee? sheesh.

    anyway, just wanted to see what your conference schedule looked like.
     
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  3. terptoteacher

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    My children's school district has Wed. Thur and Fri off. They conference on Wed and Thurs all day. Friday is a day with no students, but teachers work and have any make up conferences for people who couldn't make wed. or thurs.

    My district has half days all week. Monday is prep for confernces, Tues, wed and Thurs are conferences. Friday is a green light friday, meaning we can go as soon as the kids are gone.....
     
  4. Emma35

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    We had conferences on Wednesday and Thursday from 5-8 and no time off and no time to do report cards at school. We had to do them all on our own time. It was awful!
     
  5. noreenk

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    Three days off in a row? That's amazing. We get one day off each semester. About half of my students' parents can't come during the day, so I spend the week before and after our official parent conference day scheduling appointments at 7:20 am and from 3-5:40 pm whenever I'm available. Staying until 7 sounds a little crazy to me, but I'm never happy when I'm required to work a twelve-hour day... I do that far too often of my own volition!
     
  6. MrsC

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    Our report cards go home on a Tuesday. We have parent conferences on the Thursday from 2:45 - 8:00 (kids go home at 2:35); we are able to block out an hour for dinner. On Friday, the kids don't have school and we can schedule conferences all day. If we are able, we can schedule conferences only for the morning and leave at noon (new in our contract this year).

    We only have this arrangement, with formal parent conferences, the first term. For the second and third terms, if we need to meet with parents it is arranged for after school.
     
  7. halpey1

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    Wow, I'm jealous of you all... we get NO time off outside of school hours - they are all before or after school for us... oh wait, we off for Veteran's Day and can choose to use that day off for conferences (which I am to get them over with).
     
  8. MissCeliaB

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    if parents want to meet with us they schedule a conference through the office. I wish we had set days for parent conferences.
     
  9. JaimeMarie

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    We have to schedule ours after school on Nov. 5th (until 7:30 pm or 8pm I can't remember).
    Here is my schedule (I couldn't fit everyone Thursday evening so have a few schedules in other places)
    Monday
    3:15 to 3:30
    3:30 to 3:45
    Wednesday
    My prep
    2:05 to 2:20
    2:25 to 2:40

    Thursday
    1:20 to 1:35 _______________
    1:35 to 1:50 _______________
    3:20 to 3:35_______________
    3:40 to 3:55_______________
    4:0- to 4:15_______________
    4:20 to 4:35_______________
    4:40 to 4:55_______________
    5:30 to 5:45_______________
    5:50 to 6:10 _______________
    6:15 to 6:30_______________
    6:35 to 6:50_______________
    6:55 to 7:10_______________
    7:15 to 7:30 _______________
     
  10. lcluigs03

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    half days all week? that would be AWESOME! then i wouldn't feel so rushed.
     
  11. Aliceacc

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    My district? There are FOUR conference days: last Weds, this Thurs, one date in November and one in early December. Two are afternoons, two are evenings.

    The killer is that the elementary schools have a "half day" each and every one of those days. (Translation: school starts at 8:30 and ends at 10:45 am EACH TIME.) Nope, no typo. They get dismissed at 10:45 each of those 4 days, even on the ones when the parent conferences begin at 6 pm. It's not exactly a working parent's dream schedule. A day off would be a whole lot easier to arrange than all those 10:45 dismissals. And I'm not sure who does their math, and I'm afraid to ask who thinks that 2 1/4 hours is half a school day.(Note to the Superintendent: You want scores to go up??? Try scheduling some SCHOOL!!!)


    As to my own school: We have parent conferences after each progress report and report card: October, right after New Years, the end of February, and right after Easter. Each time, they go from 7-9 pm, with appointments scheduled approximately every 7 minutes. If you have a lot of appointments, you talk faster.
     
  12. KinderCowgirl

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    We have early dismissal for students every Wednesday (1:00) for professional development. On report card day we can schedule parents who we feel we need to talk to from 1:00-4:00 that afternoon. Otherwise they come in during our planning time.
     
  13. Kangaroo22

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    At the middle school I worked at last year we had conference days right at the mid-point of every quarter. They were from 4-7 at night and parents didn't need an appointment (they just came and if there was someone there they waited off to the side or went to another teacher first). To make up for the time that it took for conferences we got two teacher release days during the year.
     
  14. Hoot Owl

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    We have our first Tuesday. Kids will go home about 1:00, parents will start coming at 2:00 and we'll close the school at 6:00. It counts as two contract days.
     
  15. bros

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    The district I am in does it like this:
    Monday: 5-7 PM conferences, half day
    Tuesday: 7-9 PM conferences, half day
    Wednesday: 1-3 PM conferences, half day
     
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    We have three nights scheduled for us a Thursday followed the next week by Monday and Tuesday evenings. Each evening starts at 3:00 and ends at 7:00pm. By contract, we are to put in 12hours of conference time. Personally, I have 4 conferences (1hr 20min) scheduled on that Thursday. On Monday, I go from 4:00-7:40 with one 20min break to eat quickly & use the facilities. On Tuesday, I conference from 3:00-4:20pm. I refuse to "write-off" three nights with my OWN family for conferences. So, I do one marathon night per conference period. We get "no real prep time" to get ready for conferences. Completing report cards is either done during prep time or on my own time.
     
  17. Rabbitt

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    DITTO
    Except ours are Thursday 4-8:00 and the follwoing week Tuesday 4-8:00. No time off for report cards. It does count as a 6 day week though.
     
  18. giraffe326

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    We have to create our own schedule and find time for it as well.
    This Friday is a teacher workday to work on report cards (Thurs is the end of the quarter).
    My report cards are done and I am doing my conferences from 8-3:30 with a 11-1 gap for lunch and in case I run behind.
    I was only able to fit 22 conferences in that day, so I also have 2 open slots per morning (before school) the next week.

    A lot of teachers do theirs after school.
     
  19. Isabella123

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    Parent-Teacher conferences

    We have parent-teacher conferences on Thursdays. This year we did things a little different. Our parent-teacher conferences are mid way through the nine weeks. Our district thought that would be beneficial for the students progress. Instead of waiting for the report card to come out and there be failing grades. About the third week we have parent-teacher conferences on a thursday. They begin at 3:30 and last until 7:30. It is a very long day, but we get to count it as 2 days. So for example if we miss that day we are docked two days of absence. Hope this helps
     
  20. clarnet73

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    Ours are the week of Thanksgiving...

    MOnday 4-7:30 and Tuesday 1-4 and 5-7:30.

    I THINK the kids come all day Monday (not positive on that, actually, I don't have kids on Mondays so I haven't been paying that much attention), it might be a half day. The kids don't come the rest of the week, so we work Monday-Tuesday and are off the rest of the week for the holiday.
     
  21. Yank7

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    We have school from8:20 to 12 Noon and Parent conferences are held in two sessions fron1-3PM and from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. Report Cards are Given out at these conferences. We are required to make special appointments, on our own time, to accommodate parents who don't show up.
     
  22. greengables

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    Just had ours last week. We went half day (noon) Thurs. with conferences running from 1:30-7:00. We then got Friday off. Lunch was on our own, but administration provided dinner: pizza and drinks. Teachers contributed salads and desserts.
     
  23. lindita323

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    Ummmm, how to say this? My school district is not having parent-teacher conferences this year. Crazy, I know... Our state no longer considers half days as counting toward our minimum number of school days and our district did not work the parent-teacher conferences into the contract.
     
  24. gottagoodgig

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    We stay after school 3 nights in a row (T, W, Th) from 4-8 p.m. Then, we get the Thursday and Friday of the next week off. Report cards go home the week after that. Like it!
     

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