Principals’ Post # 9

Dear SCIS Families,

This week students have been busy planning and preparing for a number of upcoming activities.  Middle School Student Council has been preparing for next week’s Costume Contest and Halloween Dance. High School Student Council has been busy planning a Spirit Week for Octover 29-November 2, Model United Nations (MUN) students are preparing for the upcoming conference, and the High School Volleyball team is preparing to make the most of our home team advantage when we host the ACAMIS championship beginning November 8th.  Preparations are also underway for Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences which will be held next Thursday, October 25th.  Please be sure to review the information below regarding important upcoming events.

Mid-Semester Progress Reports Posted Today

Progress reports will be posted to ManageBac today.  Mid-semester reports will include a progress designation (i.e. “progressing towards class expectations”) for each class along with narrative comments describing each student’s individual progress.  We encourage parents to review these reports with your students in preparation for Parent-Teacher-Student conferences on the 25th.  Reports will be released by 5pm TODAY and can be found in the Reports tab of your  ManageBac account.  You will receive an notification email to your SCIS email address when the reports go live this afternoon. 

In addition to reviewing student progress reports, this is an important time of year to review assignments and the feedback provided by teachers on individual assignments.  Teachers provide detailed narrative comments in ManageBac posted under the assignment or on the assignment itself.  Reviewing and learning from the feedback provided by the teachers is well-researched as one of the most effective ways students can accelerate their learning and improve their scores on the next assignment.  Reviewing feedback from teachers on individual assignments along with closely reading the mid-semester progress reports are the best way to prepare for Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences.

Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences October 25th

Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences are an essential opportunity, early in the school year, for parents, teachers and students to come together, discuss the progress already made and set goals for the months to come. 

Conferences are scheduled for all day Thursday, October 25. All conferences will be booked through our online sign-up portal, linked below.  You will build your own schedule of 10-minute appointments in the session most convenient for your family. Thanks to the many parents who signed up over the last 10 days. All teachers still have open slots, with most availability in the afternoon, between 2-5pm. Please note that students are expected to attend the conferences with their parents and participate in the discussion. Students must arrive and leave together with their parents, as there are no supervised activities or classes that day.   

Conference sign-ups went live Wednesday, October 10th and will close Tuesday, October 23rd at 3pm.  Detailed instructions for using the sign-up system can be found by following the link below.

Parent TIPS for Effective Conferences

 

Warm regards,

Frank Volpe, PhD                   Naomi Shanks

Upper School Principal           Upper School Vice Principal

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