KARMAN KENT, Program Support Manager
The colors are emerging, a cold wind blows as leaves of gold and red swirl in the air and the school bell rings. Marking the beginning of an extended weekend? Perhaps… but maybe it’s something much worse… yes, that’s right, it’s report card time. In actuality, for many students at the Emily Krzyzewski Center this is far from a dreadful time. To celebrate the strengths of each individual student after this first marking period, and promote accountability in areas of weakness, we emphasize the value of student-parent-Lead Tutor fall conferences.
The conferences consist of a student and Tutor presentation to share information with the parents about the daily experience of the child in the Pioneer Scholars program. The Lead Tutor discusses the logistics of how tutoring time is structured and reviews the student’s report card. In addition, the Individual Student Report generated from the Emily K Center staff, Lead Tutors, and Hill Center specialists who work with the students most directly is shared with parents. The final component of the conferences involve academic and character goal setting to encourage both Lead Tutors and parents to support students taking ownership of their education and becoming more aware of their strengths/weaknesses.
As the student-parent-Lead Tutor conferences wrap up and the wind gets colder, we look forward our Dream-Do-Achieve Team Celebration. This event brings together families, Lead Tutors, staff, volunteers, partners, and students to close out the fall semester and anticipate the warmer days and many successes we’re sure our students will find this spring.