February 29, 2016
Dear 8th Grade Families,
Our second round of family conferences will be the week of March 14th. What is new for this round of family conferences is they will be student-led. To prepare our 8th graders for high school, 8th graders with their advisor present will lead the conference with their families. Each student will lead a conversation using prepared pieces of work to show their progress and learning for this current marking period. This new format is student centered and empowers students to take ownership of their learning. Students will speak to their work and have an active voice in the conference. Student-led conferences help strengthen the close bonds between staff, students, and families as they continue to be a team during conferences.
As families sign up for conferences on sign up genius please remember:
Ø Student must be present for a conference to take place (a conference must be rescheduled if the student cannot attend).
Ø The student leads the conference.
Ø It is also a Chancellor initiative where conferences are student-centered, more inclusive, and support student accountability.
Ø Evening session conference is Wednesday, March 16th is the 5:30-8:00.
Ø Half day afternoon session conference is Thursday, March 17th 12:30-2:53. Students are dismissed at 12:00.
Please note the following information: Sign-ups are determined based upon each student’s advisory, which will be held in each advisory room (provided below). Please make sure to sign up only for your child’s advisory. The links are:
- Stephanie Advisory: Room 616 - http://tinyurl.com/8thGradeStephanie
- Dinko Advisory: Room 519 - http://tinyurl.com/8thGradeDinko
- Nichole Advisory: Room 600 - http://tinyurl.com/8thGradeNichole
- Erin Advisory: Room 618 - http://tinyurl.com/8thGradeErin
Parent/Guardian must sign up for a scheduled appointment online. If you cannot attend your allotted conference time, we ask that you contact Maxine at MWitherspoon2@schools.nyc.gov to schedule an alternate date/time. If you don’t have access to the Internet, contact Maxine at 212-222-1450.
During the 2015-2016 school year, we will continue to have 4 marking periods with a final mark for the year. Families will receive a STARS report card (Student Transcript and Academic Recording System) by April 15th.
We look forward to meeting with all of you.
Claire, Darlene, and Kerry