James River held Fall Parent Conferences on Wednesday, October 19. These get-togethers are one of the many distinguishing characteristics of our school. Conference days, set at the midway point of each trimester, are so important that we take time off of school to conduct them. Appointments are set by the school between the homeroom (K-4)/advisory teachers (grades 5-8) and the parents. Every family is given an appointment for each child. It is rare at James River for parents to skip a conference, because parents and educators alike recognize there is nothing as effective as face-to-face communication. These conference days give teachers and parents an opportunity to sit down in person and discuss their child/student. Open and regular communication between parents and faculty is a keystone of our partnership with you.
Conference discussions obviously include academic progress, but these conferences are so much more. Academics are only one facet of each child. Each of these young people is much more than simply a student earning grades. For example, how is the student getting along socially? Does he or she have friends and do they get along with each other? If there are social concerns, they will likely impact academic performance. How is the child doing emotionally? Are there any factors at home or school that might impact how the child is feeling? And how is the child doing psychologically? Are there indications of depression or anxiety? If so, what is the best course of action to take?
At James River, we cherish and challenge the whole child. And it’s events like these parent and teacher meetings that ensure we can best help each student meet their challenges. Everything we do here at school is focused on the child--your child--and what is in his or her best interest. Thank you all so much for taking time out of your busy schedules to attend.