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Thursday, February 28, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Dr. Laura Sivadge, Principal and Rodney Martinez, Dean of Students Making Parent-Teacher Conferences Work for Your Child A parent-teacher conference is a time when important people in a student's life can talk about how that student is doing in school. It is a chance for you to ask ques- tions about the class or your child's progress. It is also a time for you and the teacher to work together as a team to discuss ways you both can help your son or daughter. Whether your child is in elementar middle, or secondary school, parent-teacher conferences are important. If your school does not schedule regular conferences, you can request them. Teachers need your help to do a first-class job. Together, you can help your child have a great school year. Before the Conference Schedule an appointment- A parent-teacher conference is not the only time when parents and teachers should make contact. Parents may want to schedule a special meeting with their child's teacher for a variety of reasons. If you need to set up an appointment with the teacher, make a phone call or write a quick note to the teacher and let him or her know if you have particular issues you would like to discuss. Talk to your child--Find out which subject your child likes the best and the least. Ask why. Also, ask if there is anything your child would like you to talk about with the teacher. Help the child understand that you and the teacher are meeting to help him or her. If your child is in middle or high school, you may want to inclle him or her in the conference. Gather input from others--If your spouse, another care-giving adult, or some- one with pertinent information or insight (doctor, counselor and other guardian). cannot attend the conference, ask for that person's concerns and questions before the conference. Make a list--Before you go to the meeting, make a list of topics to discuss with the teacher. Along with questions about academics and behavior, you may want to talk to the teacher about the child's home life, personality, concerns, habits and hob- bies, and other topics that may help the teacher in working with the child (e.g.,.reli- gious holidays, music lessons, part-time jobs and a sick relative). During the Conference Establish rapport--As an icebreaker, take notice of something that reflects well upon the teacher. For example, thank the teacher for having made thoughtful notes on your child's homework or for the special attention in helping your child learn to multiply. Ask questions-Questions you ask during the conference can help you express your hopes for the student's success in class and for the teacher. It is a good idea to ask the important questions first, in case time runs out. The teacher's answers should I q " SCHOOL AND'SPORTS PAGES ''" ' " SPONSORED BY *WENDY BORST MASSAGE, LMT 240-1075 *COMMUNITY BANK 285-4900 *FOUR SEASONS AUTO WASH 981-4454 *DR. DONNA GRANT FAMILY DENTISTRY 256-9000 *HASKIN CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC 981-0556 *EDWARD JONES INVESTMENTS Kevin Pearson - 285-1838 *JOHN PHILLIPS INSURANCE AGENCY, INC. 981-0434 or 981-4293 *NORWALK LIONS CLUB 981-0432 *OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATES 981-0224 *SCOTT'S FOODS 981-0606 *NEWTON STANDRIDGE STANDRIDGE GROUP 229-5310 *N/WARREN TOWN & COUNTY NEWS 981-0406 help you both work together to help your child. If your child receives special services (e.g., gifted and talented programs, speech or occupational therapy), be sure to ask about the frequency of services and your child's progress. What kinds of tests do you give? What do the tests show about my student's progress? How does my student handle taking tests? Addressing problems--Parent-teacher conferences are a good time to discuss any difficulties (either academic or behavioral) a child might be having at school. When problems arise, parents will want to: • Avoid angry or apologetic reactions. Instead, ask for examples. • Ask what is being done about the problem and what strategies seem to help at school. • Develop an action plan that may include steps that parents can take at home and steps the teacher will take 6zhen the problem comes up at school. • Schedule a follow-up conference and decide on the best way to stay in touch (phone, e-mail, or letters sent to the home). Develop an action plan--If the student needs help with a behavioral or an aca- demic issue, you and the teacher should agree on specific plans--that you both will work on--to help your child do better. Be sure you understand what the teacher suggests. If it is not clear, ask him or her to explain. Set up a way to check on your child's progress. You and the teacher can decide how best to stay in touch, such as through phone calls, notes, or additional meetings. Ending the conference--End the conference by reviewing what you discussed and restating your action plan. This is also a good time to set up your next meeting. After the Conference When discussing the conference with the child afterward, stress the good things that were covered and be direct about problems that were identified." If an action plan is in place, explain to the child what was arranged. When an action plan is in place, consider the following: Watch your child's behavior and check on classwork and homework. Ask how the student feels about schoolwork. Stay in touch with the teacher to discuss your child's progress. Expres appreciation as progress is made. A good way to promote a continuing relationship with the teacher is to say "thank- you" with a note or a telephone call. Continuing to keep in touch with the teacher, even if things are going well, can play an important role in helping the child do better in school. When a child knows parents and teachers are regularly wog together, the child will see that education is a high priority re.quiring commitment and effort: Questions to ask during the conference: • What subject does my student like most? Least? • what can I do to help my student with subjects he finds difficult? How can I help my student study? Prepare for class? Improve his work? A good time.to ask theserIuestiiwhn the-teacher gives you samples of your son's or daughter's work. • Is my student trying as hard as he can? • Does my student participate in class discussions and activities? • Is my student in different classes or groups for different subjects? Which ones? How are the groups determined? • How well does my student get along with others? • Has my student missed classes? • Have you noticed changes in the way my student acts? For example, have'you noticed squinting, tiredness, or moodiness that might be a sign of physical or other problems? • How are you measuring my student's progress? Through tests? Portfolios? Class participation? Projects? POLICE REPORT Concluded from p. 1 February 15 Officers responded to the area of Cherry Park- way and Norwood Drive for a vehicle driving in a reckless manner. The driver, Nicolas.Larkin, 24, Windsor Heights, was ar- rested and charged with OWI and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Case was sent to the Warren County Attorney for pros- ecution. February 16 Officer was dispatched to Scott's Food for a shop- lifting report. Christopher Byers, 20, Des Moines, was charged with one count of Theft 5th. February. 19 Officers responded to the 600 block of Orchard Hills Drive for a domestic disturbance. Richard Allan Huff, 37, Norwalk, was ar- rested for Interference w/ Official Acts. Officers responded to a Property Damage Acci- dent at Echo Valley Trail and Beardsley. Vehicle driven by Jesse Raymond Cowie, 15, Norwalk, was struck by a deer that had been hit by an unknown passing vehicle. February 21 While on routine patrol, an officer observed a sus- picious vehicle. Michael Wade Brennan II, 2t, Fort Madison, was arrested and charged with OWI (2nd) and Driving Wrong Side of Two-way Highway. I SERVING THE NORWALK AREA SINCE 1966 I We Repair All Makes & Models! • 1100,111€00=00111 802 Sunset Drive, Norwalk, IA 50211 ILI Phone: 515-981,649 -Residence: 5t5-287-6512 lr,..-"'""all I WE'RE A qlABI, AUTO CARE CENTER