Message from the Principal
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November 1, 2016
This letter is to inform you that Parent-Teacher Conferences will be taking place on Thursday, November 17th (6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.) and Friday, November 18th (12:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.). Springs School will also conduct a “Go Home Early” Drill on November 18th. New York State requires all school districts hold a "Go Home Early" drill to ensure that students and staff know what to do in case of an emergency that requires school grounds to be cleared and students to be sent home or to another location. On November 18th, all students will be dismissed 15 minutes early. Instead of dismissing at 11:30 AM for Parent/Teacher Conferences, students will be dismissed at 11:15 AM. If your child takes the bus, please make sure you are at the bus stop 15 minutes earlier than usual. Car line students will be dismissed at 11:15 AM.
As you prepare for the Parent-Teacher Conference, here are some things to consider:
1. Talk to your child before the conference.
Ask your child what he/ she would like you to discuss at the meeting. One strategy is to say, "I'm going to be meeting with teacher; what will she tell me?" Your child's response will give you ideas for what to discuss with the teacher.
2. Ask questions.
Come to the conference with a list of questions regarding your child's academic and social issues, Some good questions to ask may include:
- What can I do from home to extend my child's learning at home?
- Is my child working up to his or her ability? If not, what can we do to change that?
- How do you evaluate my child?
- How can you challenge my student if he is excelling?
- How can you support my child if he is falling behind?
3. Share information about your child.
Bring to the conference sample work that you'd like to discuss. The more you share about your child—both strengths and weaknesses—the better the teacher will successfully meet their needs.
4. Raise issues of concern.
Plan ahead of time how you will raise issues of concern.
5. Take notes.
Take notes during the conference so that you remember everything the teacher says. After the meeting, review your notes. If something is unclear, schedule a follow-up meeting with the teacher to clarify.
6. Make the most of your time.
Conferences usually take approximately ten to fifteen minutes for elementary students and three to five minutes for the middle school grades. Grade 6 conferences will follow the same schedule as grades 7 and 8. Conferences for students in grades 6, 7 and 8 are not scheduled, in order to best provide parents with options to meet with various teachers. Since these teachers have contact with over 100 students, it is difficult to schedule individual conferences. Teachers will be available in their classrooms throughout the allotted conference times. If you anticipate needing more time to discuss the needs of your child, please schedule an individual conference with the teacher at later date.
We encourage our parents to bring a translator to the conference if they wish. This will allow for more precise communication. If you are in need of a translator because you are unable to bring one, please notify your child’s teacher so we may assist him/her in securing one for your conference.
Eric M. Casale
The 2016-17 school year is now well underway. Your children have been in school for almost a month now and seem to have settled in. We are very excited about this school year! The start of a school year provides new educational experiences for our children.
This year, the district will continue with its one to one device technology program with the use of Chromebooks in grades four through six. This program ensures that our children are gaining 21st century skills that will lead them to continued success.
We are also very excited about the revision of the Academic Enrichment Program (AEP). As the program now expands to include science, technology, engineering, the Arts and mathematics, students will be further exposed to areas of study in greater depth. The students in grades three through six will become engaged in activities that will enhance learning opportunities that exceed the minimum standards by deepening understanding of core concepts.
As I enter my twelfth year as principal of Springs School, I am excited about the potential this school year brings. I look forward to working with your children, our teachers and the community to continue to provide our children with a supportive and engaging learning environment.
Eric M. Casale