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Parent Outreach



Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher conferences present an excellent opportunity to find out how your child is adjusting at school year and to get to know his/her teachers. We want each student to be successful at Sam Rayburn Elementary. In order for that to happen, we all need to be on the same team.


The key to student success is the ability of parents to be partners in education with the teachers and the school. When a problem arises, please do not be too quick to defend the student before hearing both sides. If you are going to establish a partnership, you need to follow the communications pathways by going to the person you have a concern with, instead of going around them by talking to others about the situation or over them to an administrator. Every day administrators, teachers, and support staff make decisions that are made for the good of all children.


With that in mind here are some general hints on how to have a successful conference:

  • Ask your child if there is anything that he or she would like you to discuss with the teacher.
  • Jot down everything that you want to talk about at the conference.
  • Arrive promptly or a few minutes early.
  • Begin with positive comments about the teacher and/or classroom.
  • Avoid lengthy discussions on topics that are not related to the purpose of the conference.
  • Be open-minded to suggestions from the teacher.
  • Keep your emotions under control.
  • Take notes about what has been discussed to share with your child.
  • Express appreciation for the conference.
  • Do not stay beyond your allotted time.


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