Wetmore parent-teacher conferences to be held

Submitted by Seth Shumaker, WHS Student Correspondent

From 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7 and Thursday, Feb. 8, Wetmore Academic Center will host second semester Parent-Teacher Conferences. Parents may visit with their child’s teacher and pick up grade cards. Unlike fall parent teacher conferences, which are held in the old gym, parents may visit high school and middle school teachers in the teachers’ classrooms.

Many teachers at WAC look forward to these conferences.

“I always love it when parents come to talk about their kids. It gives me a chance to kind of brag on their kids, because it’s not all about grades,” said English teacher Linda Boyd.

Preschool/Kindergarten teacher Anissa Bloom said, “Parent-Teacher Conferences allow the parent and the educator to meet one-to-one and discuss both the positives and the challenges of their student. It gives us a chance to get a feel for what the parents might be struggling with or what they might be confused with as it concerns to the child’s education.”

There are certain questions parents should ask at these conferences. Many parents ask how their children are doing in the classes, but they may not ask specifically what their child needs to improve on.

Business/Technology teacher Connie Hutfles said, “I guess I’d ask if my kid was being respectful, and whether or not they’re turning their assignments in on time.”

USD No. 113 Guidance Counselor Briana Evans also gives some advice as to specific question that parents could ask. These include: “What do you see as my child’s strengths and weaknesses? In what types of careers do you see my child being successful and why?” And finally, “How can I help my child at home in this content area?”

“Often times I hear, ‘I wasn’t good at _____,’ which a child can translate into ‘I don’t have to do well’ or that the subject isn’t important,” Evans said.

Most teachers seem to agree that while grades are important, a child’s improvement is far more important.

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