Independent Study Week & Parent Teacher Conferences
September 24, 2020 -
Independent Study Week and Parent-Teacher Conference Information
|Parent-Teacher Conferences: October 12th-October 16th
Each year, we make a commitment to families to provide a fifteen-minute conference at the end of First Quarter. These days are very long for our teachers, as they are required to be on campus from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Nearly every teacher must attend at least four days of the week, while others attend double the number of conferences in a day because they teach two of the scheduled grades. I know you understand how we have asked more of our teachers in First Quarter than ever before. I appreciate you recognizing their sacrifice and also appreciate the gratitude so many of you have shared with me directly.Special Request
If you strongly desire a conference with your child’s teachers, we want you to have that opportunity; however, if you do not believe that a conference is absolutely necessary, we ask that you consider not signing up for a time. This will enable teachers to have a shortened day and a bit more rest before returning for Second Quarter, since many of them finish their evaluations during Fall Break.
Seniors are highly encouraged to attend, as their final conference serves as one of the capstones of their time at Glendale Prep, and is such a valuable occasion for them to reflect on their growth and goals for the year by leading their own conference.
Format for Conferences
Sign Up Instructions and the Schedule
The schedule for conferences is as follows (high school conferences are determined by Humane Letters teacher):
Please be sure to read your student’s semester evaluations carefully prior to conferences. Student evaluations will be emailed to parents before Monday, October 12th.
Please click the link to enter the Waiting Room for your Zoom conference 5 minutes prior to your scheduled conference time. Conferences are scheduled back to back; therefore, your timeliness is very important. We thank you in advance for your support in helping to make these important academic events a success.
Independent Study Week: October 12th-October 16th
6th Grade Lit/Comp: The Magician’s Nephew, ISBN: 978-0064471107
Middle school students will submit their Project Week assignment on the first day back in the class in which it was assigned (Please note, Monday, October 19th will be a Block A day, Tuesday, October 20th is a Block B day).
9th -12th Grade Humane Letters: O Pioneers! By Willa Cather, ISBN: 978-1593082055 See link here: (https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/o-pioneers-willa-cather/1005704522)
The assignment for high school students will culminate with the Humane Letters Symposium on Monday, October 19th, with a day-long academic conference that will feature seminars and a guest lecture. The school will provide lunch for high school students that day (please do not purchase a lunch online for your 9th-12th grader(s)). Students should bring their own lunch if they have dietary restrictions. The PSO will be providing snacks for breaks throughout the day.
All reading and writing for the assignment must be completed and brought to school on Monday, October 19th, and will be reflected in the Second Quarter grade. Students should expect to spend approximately 20-25 hours working on their assignments over the course of Independent Study Week. Please support your children in planning a reasonable study schedule for that week in order to ensure that adequate time and effort is devoted to the completion of this important assignment. Teachers will distribute the written assignment to students prior to Fall Break.
Because we stress the importance of building a personal library and annotating readings, we request families obtain their own copies of the required readings. However, if you cannot afford a copy, the school is happy to provide one. Please reach out to Mrs. Hayakawa by Monday, September 28th, so she can set a book aside a book for your child to borrow. Copies will remain the property of Glendale Prep and must be returned with no markings. All annotating must be completed on a separate sheet of paper.