Clarke Central High School fine arts department teacher Jessica Shelden assists her advisee, junior Angel Diaz, with an assignment. With parent-teacher conferences scheduled for Oct.11-Oct.13, weekly advisement sessions have been geared towards advisers establishing contact with families. “(At CCHS), they give (teachers) three half-days and then after that, that’s when we hold our conferences. So, our school is a little bit different in that we are trying to reach everybody and make sure every parent has access to information and keeps track of their kids,” Shelden said. Photo by Bria Echols.
Written by OLIVIA RIPPS – Director of Audience Engagement
Written by BRIA ECHOLS – Audience Engagement Staffer
Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled to take place at Clarke Central High School from Oct. 11-13.
Beginning on Oct. 11, parent-teacher conferences will take place at Clarke Central High School. Fine arts department teacher Jessica Shelden believes conferences inform parents and guardians of their student’s academic performance and behavior.
“Many of our students aren’t going to go out and get resources for themselves, so allowing the parents to see what’s available often times kids actually end up going to tutoring or saturday school or whatever because kids aren’t going to sign up for themselves,” Shelden said.
Each school year, there are two parent-teacher conferences. The first is held in October and the second conference is held in February.
“For this first (conference, we just talk about grades). So, we look at their grades. We look at attendance. We talk about any issues that they have. If they need help with something, we get them signed up for tutoring after school programs 21st Century and all that stuff,” Shelden said.
Yahaira Cuevas, a junior, appreciates conferences and believes they are a great opportunity for students and parents.
“I feel like conferences are beneficial because people’s parents need to know how their kids are doing in school and they need to be their motivation,” Cuevas said. “Students can also know their grade, so that their parents and teachers can help them with it.”
According to Shelden, these conferences are extremely important to make sure that students make academic progress.
“(We) figure out what needs to be done if their (student is) not on track. We also help them maybe figure out ways to stay more organized,” Shelden said. “This one especially is our way of getting kids back on track, if they fall behind kind of working out a plan and making sure parents are aware of where their kids are in school.”