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/ Thursday, October 28, 2010 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine NMS Seventh Graders Make a Difference Wednesday, Oct. 20, the seventh grade students from Norwalk Middle School participated in Make a Difference Day. The seventh graders were able to rake 16 yards in Norwalk. The students discussed in class the importance of helping out others and making a difference. The seventh grade team would like to thank Ken Foster, Brad Criswell and Eric Hoffman for picking up leaves. They would also like to thank Tim Hoskins for allowing us to haul leaves to the Public Works Facility. The day was a success. Pictured are Lizzie Roush and Kennedy Ellis. Photo submitted. Winfrey 00.)[hem00ty Superior Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Tile and Grout Cleaning Pet Urine Removal 24 Hour Water Damage Winfreycd.com : -" $30 Off any Servtc L I with The Natral : only from Chem-Dry* SCHOOL AND SPORTS PAGES SPONSORED BY: *COMMUNITY STATE BANK 285-4900 *FOUR SEASONS AUTO WASH 981-4454 *DR. DONNA GRANT FAMILY DENTISTRY 256-9000 *HASKIN CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC 981-0556 *JJ DESIGNS CUSTOM embroidery/screen print - 953-6306 *EDWARD JONES INVESTMENTS Kevin Pearson - 285-1838 *MAID RITE SANDWICH SHOP 981-1031 *NORWALK INSURANCE SERVICES 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 r OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Dr. Laura Sivadge Preschool-K Principal and Rodney Martinez lst-2nd Principal Making the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences By Jackie Glassman, M.S. Ed. Free-lance Education Writer and Former Teacher I'll never forget those anxious, nail-biting moments when Mom and Dad took off for parent-teacher conferences. Don't get me wrong...I was a good student, but I worried anyway. Would I get in trouble for passing notes in history class or forget- ting my math homework? Years later, as I prepare for my own child's first parent-teacher conference, I real- ize it's much more nerve-wracking to be the parent than the kid. What if my child isn't doing as well as I hoped? What if he's not making friends in class? Will the teacher think I'm a bad parent? If this sounds like you, relax! According to Francine Ballan, principal of Greenacres School in Scarsdale, New York, the purpose of these conferences is for the teacher to meet with you on a regu- lar basis to discuss how you can help your child do his or her very best in school. The teacher is not there to put you on the spot, but rather to make your child's school experience a positive one. Just as the teacher must prepare for the Conference, so should you. Here are some ideas for how you can get the most out of your parent-teacher conferences this year. 1. Talk to your child before the conference. Ask your child what she would like you to discuss at the meeting. One strategy is to say, "I'm going to be meeting with your teacher; what will she tell me?" Your child's response will give you ideas for what to discuss with the teacher. If your child responds, for example, that the teacher will say she is terrible in math, or that she talks all day long, then you should address these issues in the meeting. 2. Ask questions. Come to the conference with a list of questions regarding your child's academic and social issues, as well as questions about the teacher's philoso- phy. Some good questions to ask may include: What are my child's strongest and weakest subjects? 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 well does my child get along with classmates? 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? What is your homework policy? 3. Share information about your child. Teachers need your help as they educate your children. And no one knows your child better than you. Bring to the conference sample work that you'd like to discuss, or if it's an early-in-the-year conference, bring work from last school year. The more you share about your child-both her strengths and weaknesses-the better the teacher will successfully meet her needs. 4. Raise issues of concern. Plan ahead of time how you will raise issues of con- cem. When expressing concerns be tactful, but not so much that you don't communi- cate the problem clearly. Listen to what the teacher has to say in response to the problem. Then work together to find a solution. 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, sched- ule a follow-up meeting with the teacher to clarify. 6. Make the most of your time. Conferences are usually scheduled for a half- hour. Make the most of your meeting by arriving on time. Try not to bring babies or young children to the meeting as they can cause distractions. So, how much of the conference should you share with your child? Francine Ballan recommends only telling what is helpful, focusing as much as possible on the posi- tive aspects. It's essential that your child understand that you and the teacher are there to support him and to make his school experience the best it can be. Oviatt's Conference dates are as follows. If you need to check your time call the office, 981-1005. Nov. 9-Parent Teacher Conferences 5-8 p.m.; Nov. 10-No School-Parent Teacher Conferences 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Nov. ll-No School-Parent Teacher Conferences 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Nov. 12-No School. -, We have "No Problem" saving you money. I hen you insure both your car and home with us, through Auto-Owners Insurance Company, we'll save you mone)d. 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