Communication between home and school is extremely critical towards providing an effective instructional environment for our children. As we prepare for Parent-Teacher Conferences, we look forward to your insights regarding your child’s education and input about the school year. As a parent, you provide valuable information for your child’s classroom teacher, so they are better able to address your child’s needs. Our teachers truly appreciate your support that you give to your child in his/her education while at home.
Annual Conference Day October 22, 2014
What’s the key to a successful parent-teacher conference? Here are some things to keep in mind:
• A two-way conversation. The parent–teacher conference is an opportunity for
parents to learn about their children’s progress in school and for teachers to gain
insights into their students’ home and community lives. Parent perspectives on
student strengths and needs, learning styles, and non-school learning
opportunities can help teachers shape their instructional methods.
• Emphasis on learning. Research shows that family involvement is most effective
when it is “linked to learning.” An important goal of the first parent–teacher
conference is to develop new strategies to support student learning at school and at
home. Teachers should be prepared to discuss the academic progress of their
students by using examples of student work and assessments during
• Opportunities and challenges. The tone of parent–teacher conferences should be
balanced so that all involved understand what the student is doing well and what
he or she can improve upon. Achieving this balance sends the message that your
school values student strengths and has high expectations for all.
Harvard Family Research Project
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Stay in regular touch with the teacher to discuss the progress your child is making. Meeting with your child's teachers should help build strong parent-teacher partnerships—partnerships that are needed if you and your child's teachers are to reach your common goal of helping your child get the best education possible.
Rosemary J. Nowotny, Principal
Assumption Catholic School is centrally located near downtown Jacksonville and adjoining to Bishop Kenny Catholic High School’s campus. Founded in 1923, Assumption is a thriving school with over 600 students in preschool through 8th grade. Assumption’s curriculum stresses academic achievement within a Christian community where children feel loved and respected by their peers as well as their teachers. United with each other in meaningful liturgy and prayer, the students can further come to an understanding of the Christian life.
The curriculum is marked by current content and fresh approaches to methodology. There is emphasis on principles rather than fact, on learning through problem solving rather than by precept. We offer our students an array of reading, research, multimedia resources, and technology options so that they may succeed in the rapidly changing world.
In addition to these formal studies, Spanish, art, drama, music, media research and technology, and physical education are woven into the curriculum. Students are also given the opportunity to participate in team sports such as basketball, soccer, volleyball, cheerleading, softball and cross country. Together, with the Assumption families, we strive to build the student’s character and Christian values, leadership abilities, and dedication to service through daily religious prayer and instruction by teachers, priests and sisters.