Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences Affirm School-Parent Partnership

Conferences took place Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week for all divisions. At conferences, parents, students and teachers have the opportunity to receive and give feedback on what’s going on in the classroom, keeping the lines of communication open and honest. Middle and Upper School parents and students met with teachers in the MAC, and Lower School parents met with their child(ren)’s teachers in their classrooms.

Brian Thomas remarked, “By design, the teacher-student-parent conferences emphasize what is quintessentially illuminating and effective about the MICDS experience. The partnership between home and school is important and sacred. Students lead their own conferences, in their own voice. If these fall conferences are about charting a course and setting sail, then the rest of the year often indicates how good those maps and plans have been. Parents tell us they value these conferences because – as one parent states, ‘The student-parent-teacher conference is a highlight of the year. It is so important for parents to meet and spend a bit of time with the teachers our children will spend the majority of their weekdays with.’ Like many of our parents, we believe that it matters not just what is taught but it matters just as much who teaches our children. It makes a difference when we spend the time to get to know each other well.”

Thank you to all those in the MICDS community – teachers, students, parents, staff – that put in time and energy to making these conferences such a valuable experience.