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Sharing the Joy + Rigor with Families

October 19, 2022 | Shakeh Tashjian

In the first six weeks of school teachers and students work hard to establish habits that develop positive, caring classroom interactions as well as study habits and practices that develop good scholarship.  We look to develop Joy + Rigor.  Next week we take time out of the schedule in order to focus on your child and give feedback on their growth.  We also take time to listen to your concerns and questions about their work.  

Here are some things you can expect from Parent Student Conferences next Thursday, October 27 and Friday, October 28.

The goal of parent student conferences is to…

  • Hear from the teacher about your child’s academic goals
  • Provide context
  • Discuss ways to support your child’s progress

In early December, teachers will use progress reports to inform families of the progress students have made with regards to their own goals, as well as class standards. For grades 6-8, these narrative and learning continuum will be accompanied by letter grades.

Before the next progress report in March, parents may receive notification of a midterm notice. These are NOT sent to each student. They are intended to communicate where your child is in terms of developing towards the expectations we have been practicing. They are also not a part of their formal academic record. It is simply another opportunity to inform families of their child’s progress.

In the meantime, families are always welcome to reach out to teachers for more information. The best way to know what is happening in the classroom is to:

  • Read the blog
  • Visit your child’s Google Classroom
  • Join us for Exhibitions or presentations 
  • Email about a teacher or the director
  • Request an appointment

We truly appreciate the opportunity to work with you and your children and look forward to the chance to connect.


Shakeh Tashjian

Director of Grades Two-Eight

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