It is hard to believe that we are already in the fall season and the month of October. Important in the month of October is the close of our first grading period on October 18th and Parent-Teacher Conferences on October 19th and 23rd. These conferences are an opportunity to review your child’s progress, both academically and socially. These conferences also allow you to have time to check in on classes in which your child might be struggling or showing frustration.
Parent-Teacher Conferences will be on October 19th and 23rd. Because of the limited time on our school calendar to conduct conferences, we must limit the amount of conference slots teachers have available. This year, teachers will have eighty-four (84) 10-minute slots spread between the two days of scheduled conferences. In order to accommodate as many conference opportunities as possible, we are allocating a total of six (6) 10-minute slots to families who decide to register through our SchoolAppointments online system. This means that families need to prioritize their conferences with teachers who they really want to see due to concerns either in their child’s academic classes, arts major, or elective classes. Conferences will be scheduled through SchoolAppointments on a first-come, first-served basis. Again, we ask that you understand we can only accommodate 84 conferences per teacher. This amounts to about 48% of a teacher’s caseload of students.
SchoolAppointments will allow you to create an account and then sign up for 10-minute conference slots. Parents will be able to schedule conferences starting on October 4th at 6:00 p.m. Parents will have until October 16th at 6:00 p.m. to finalize any conference times. After 6:00 p.m. on October 16th, you will no longer be able to sign-up for conferences through SchoolAppointments.
During parent-teacher conferences we will make your child’s CMAS/PARCC test results available for you to pick up in the main office.
Below is the schedule for parent-teacher conferences for October 19th and 23rd respectively:
Conferences on October 19th are from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. except for the following times for breaks:
- 12:00 – 12:40 for teachers in 6th, 7th, 8th, VA, VCA, Stagecraft, GT, Theatre, Special Ed, and Counselors
- 12:40 – 1:20 for teachers in 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, CW, World Languages, Dance and Music
- 3:00 – 3:20 for teachers in 6th, 7th, 8th, VA, VCA, Stagecraft, GT, Theatre Special Ed, and Counselors
- 3:20 – 3:40 for teachers in 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, CW, World Languages, Dance and Music
Conferences on October 23rd are from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. except for the following times for breaks:
- 3:00 – 3:20 for teachers in 6th, 7th, 8th, VA, VCA, Stagecraft, GT, Theatre, Special Ed, and Counselors
- 3:20 – 3:40 for teachers in 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, CW, World Languages and Music
The link for parents to sign up for conferences is http://dsa.schoolappointments.com. Again, the online system will allow you to register and set up appointments starting on October 4th at 6:00 p.m. This information and instructions for using the website will also be posted on our school’s website.
We sincerely hope that you are able to schedule and attend conferences with your child’s teachers. At DSA we strongly believe that good school relationships and collaboration allow a child to thrive and succeed.