Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences 10-29/30
We would like to welcome you to our upcoming annual parent/teacher/student conferences this October 29th and 30th. Please note that this year our conferences will be held in October instead of November due to a district-wide calendar change. Also keep in mind that the district calendar is a guideline for individual schools, but how and when conferences are scheduled is dictated by each individual school. Because we had our Special Invite Conference earlier this month, we will not have conferences or be open for school on Friday, October 31st.
Conferences are a great opportunity to establish better communication between students, parents, and teachers. It’s a chance to ask questions 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 to support your student’s academic success. So, we look forward to seeing you soon!
Wednesday, October 29th 9 – Noon, 1-4 pm, 5-8 pm
Thursday, October 30th 9 – Noon, 1-4 pm
Where: Check-in will take place in the main hallway of the school. Teachers will be located in the gym and library. If your student has any of the following part-time teachers, please note they will only be available on the following days and times:
Mr. Hakam: Wednesday afternoon & Thursday afternoon
Ms. Winokur: Wednesday afternoon & evening, Thursday Morning
Mr. Johnston: Wednesday morning & afternoon 1:00 – 2:30 only, Thursday morning
Ms. Quinn: Wednesday all day & evening
Ms. Nemeth: Wednesday all day & evening
Ms. O’Connell: Wednesday all day & evening
Who: Parents and students with teachers makes for the most effective conference.
How: Parent Conferences are “arena” style and on a first come, drop-in basis. Low traffic hours are during the day, 9 – noon and 1 – 4. The high traffic slot is always Wednesday night 5:00 – 8:00. If you need to take time off work during the day and need documentation of attendance, please save this form and have it signature stamped in the main office on the day you visit.
What: Parent, student, teacher conferences is an opportunity to discuss how your student is progressing in each of the classes. We have provided some pointers to help you have a productive & relaxed conversation with your child’s teachers.
Before the Conferences
- Use the 1st quarter report card to prioritize which teachers to visit. Visit the ones with the most concerns first. Note: It is not mandatory to meet with all teachers.
- Ask your children what they think their teachers are going to say about them—write down the answers so you can share them with the teachers.
- Please bring your child with you—that will eliminate any confusion after the fact.
During the Conference
- Ask about your child’s behavior and work habits. Are they turning in their work?
- Ask about how your child is progressing academically.
- If there are problems or weaknesses, ask what you can do to support your child at home.
- Ask to see examples of your child’s work.
- If necessary schedule a follow-up meeting.
- Let the teacher know if there is anything going on outside of school that might have an impact on your child’s success such as a divorce, death in the family or a recent move.
- Let the school counselor know of these challenges to gain extra support.
- Involve your child in the conference.
After the Conference
- Discuss what the teachers have said with your child.
- Set goals with your child for the next quarter based on their progress up to this point.
Spanish: Wednesday evening & Thursday afternoon
Karen: Wednesday afternoon
Maay Maay: Wednesday morning
Burmese: Wednesday afternoon
Child Care Available: Please ask for details at the check-in area.
Wednesday from 9-12 and 1-4 PM
Thursday from 9-12
Learn to use the Parent Vue online grade book:
The computer lab (room 126) will be open and a staff member will be available to assist during the following times:
Wednesday from 9-12 and 1-4 PM
Thursday from 9–12 PM
Pam Joyner, Hosford Principal
School of Excellence Family Survey
School of Excellence Survey Update
We are getting some great feedback on the survey, thank you! We are looking forward to hearing from as many of you as possible, so please visit click here or download a Word document in English or Spanish and let Hosford and the PTSA know how we can improve our school. You can also email Amy Chan at email@example.com and request a Word doc or paper copy in English or Spanish. In either case, you can email the survey back to Amy Chan at firstname.lastname@example.org, or print it out and return it to the school via your student's advisory teacher or to Ms. Amy Liu in the office.
This survey is to help Hosford and PTSA identify areas where we can improve the family-school partnership, to support our students. Questions include how well you feel the school is communicating with families, and how involved you feel in advocating for your student(s).
The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete. To thank you for your time, the PTSA is sponsoring a $50 gift card drawing from among the responses received.
Deadline for responding is this Thursday, October 30. Please let me know if you have any questions, thanks.
8th grade parent/PTSA Board Member
Picture Retake Day Nov 5
RETAKE DAY IS COMING!
If you have not yet been photographed this year, or are not pleased with your purchased photograph and would like another go at it, please come see us on November 5th. This is the last opportunity to have your school picture taken this year.
To pre-order for Retake Day CLICK HERE
click "order photos online"
PICTURE RETAKE POLICY: We want you to be 100% satisfied with your photos. This means that if you are unhappy for any reason we will retake your photo. If you do choose to have a retake session done, please be aware that the original photo will be deleted so you will not be able to order that photo.
WHO IS TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED ON RETAKE DAY:
1. Anyone who has not had their 2014-2015 school year school photo taken;
2. New students and students absent on the original picture days;
3. Students returning their purchased package who wish to have their photo retaken;
4. Students wanting to order for the first time (payment or proof of payment must be presented onsite without exception).
***Please note: We do not do retakes for students who are only wanting the yearbook photo redone and are not purchasing pictures.
Wondering About Anti-Bully Day Last Week?
Check out some of our staff wearing purple in support of Hosford's Anti-Bullying Day! For more pictures, go to our Facebook page here.
Please read Ms. Joyner's summary of what we experienced during Anti-Bullying Day on October 15th:
On October 15th Hosford staff and students spent the day engaged in
activities to raise awareness and discuss practical ways to reduce
bullying in our school. Advisory classes received instruction around
what bullying is, roles people play in bullying situations, and tools to
counteract bullying when it happens. We viewed a movie called,
"Courage in a Time of Fear" and had the students participate in
listening circles in order to share their thoughts and experiences. It
was very important to give students voice in this event and we built in
ways for them to express themselves and feel empowered throughout the
the day. Our drama students put on an excellent assembly on
cyberbullying. Their creative role plays drove home a strong message
about responsible, safe, and respectful use of social media. The day
ended with students examining the impact of bullying behavior at Hosford
and communicating ways that they personally can interrupt bullying
behaviors. This is symbolized by an anti-bullying chain that will be
displayed in our hallways. As principal, I was so proud of staff and
students as they navigated through a very serious topic with open hearts
and communication. I think it could be summed up best by the two
students who came by the main office at the end of the day and said, "I
wish every school had a day like this for their students."
Special Days Coming Up
29 Student/Teacher/Parent Conferences- no school
9-12pm, 1-4pm, 5-8pm
30 Student/Teacher/Parent Conferences- no school
31 No school or conference
2-4 Outdoor school- 1st group
3 School picture deliver/pick up
3-7 Spirit Week
5 Picture re-takes
6 Monthly Burgerville fundraiser 5-8pm
7 End of 1st Quarter
10 Teacher Grading/Planning Day- No school for students
11 Veteran’s Day Holiday- No school
12-14 Outdoor school- 2ND group
13 1st qtr. PBIS reward- for good behavior
21 Student Recognition Assembly*
27-28 Thanksgiving Holiday
4 Monthly Burgerville fundraiser 5-8pm
8-12 Pennies 4 Patients
15 Winter Concert- 7pm
17 Late Opening - First Bell 11:10 No breakfast served.
TBD- Geography Bee
22-31 Winter Holiday break