Parent-teacher conferences are an important time for communication and feedback on each child’s academic progress. Conference discussions include individual student strengths and triumphs as well as areas for extra work or improvement.
Please plan to attend Honey Creek’s parent-teacher conferences. Your participation is key to current and future academic achievement and progress. Students should accompany parents to the conference, as it is a valuable experience for everyone.
Here are some suggestions to think about and bring along as you prepare for conferences:
- Consider what you want to know or ask about your child’s progress.
- Write down questions so you can be specific when talking with teachers and staff.
- Ask your child for his or her input on what is working, what areas are challenging and what needs to be in place for future success. Write these concerns and bring them to conferences.
- Conferences are intended to be positive and offer an opportunity for good communication among the child, family and school. All students have strengths and talents as well as weaker skills. At Honey Creek, we affirm student accomplishments, address weaknesses and put the focus on future progress and growth.
- Ask for attendance and grade records. Consistent attendance in school is critical for school achievement.
- Please understand that we care. At Honey Creek, the entire staff works as a team to ensure your child receives a well-rounded education with the skills needed for life. Ask us about our own education, training, advanced degrees and teaching experience.
MPS Guidelines for Success
- Learn to be a good student.
- Use time outside of school wisely.
- Start thinking about the future.
- Get help when you need it.
- Learn about future choices and career options.
- Learn to take good notes.
- Take challenging courses.
- Sit close to the front of the classroom.
- Join in class discussions.
- Ask questions.
- Keep up with class assignments.
- Look for ways to sharpen basic skills.
- Learn keyboarding.
- Learn to correct/revise written work.
- Develop test-taking skills.
- Develop habits that will lead to success.
- Find a quiet place to study.
- Plan a daily homework schedule.
- Ask family or friends to read your written work.
- Use the local library.
- Read newspaper and magazines.
- Look up unfamiliar words in a dictionary.
- Talk with family and friends about career plans.
MPS Tips for Anger Management
- Learn to take deep breaths. Breathing deeply is a calming technique for the nervous system that allows clearer thoughts to surface.
- Talk to friends. Talking over a situation can defuse the emotional energy and prevent impulsive actions.
- Get plenty of exercise. Exercise is a great stress reducer.
- Find humor in situations. When you can laugh about a situation, you are able to release the negative perception and make room for a different point of view.
- Listening to music relaxes the body and mind (calming music recommended).
- Get more rest. Proper rest allows the mind and body to function best.
- Talk to an adult (parent, counselor, minister, etc.). There are many adults available to speak with children or parents. Don’t give up until you find someone you are comfortable to speak with about what concerns you.
- Learn how to channel anger into constructive actions. Participate in an activity, such as walking, biking, reading or singing to gain another focus.
- Learn to feel empathy and respect others. Empathy and compassion are learned skills. The more we understand and use these skills, the greater our capacity to respect ourselves and others.
- Learn to observe rather than overreact to situations or events. Observation requires one to think before taking action and can reduce impulsive overreacting.