How to Do “Back to School Night” Right


Parents and guardians are the most influential adults in the student’s lives. Be sure to make phone contact with every parent during the first week of school. Listen!!! During the conversation, relate something positive about the child and state your interest in developing a positive teacher – parent relationship. Finally, invite the parent to attend the back to school night. Then follow the call up with a letter reiterating the invitation.


Include the following as part of the parent orientation process:

A description of the curriculum for the grade level.

An introductory letter about yourself that includes professional background and education.

A class schedule.

A handout describing the emotional and social characteristics of a child at that grade level.

A list of special projects that may require some parental assistance.

A statement of your classroom management procedures.

Materials that students will be reading throughout the year.

A parent resource form eliciting information about what parents can offer to the class.

Specific ways they can assist their child and specific student skills and behaviors that can be positively influenced by their assistance.

Encourage activism on the parents' part by introducing a "Volunteer Tree" in the school office. The tree in the office has leaves that contain directions as to where volunteers can go.






 Teacher Parent Conferences


  1. Share positive qualities about the student.
  2. Read student’s self-evaluation.
  3. Discuss the report card and examine samples of the student’s work.
  4. Discuss the student’s behavior and peer relations.
  5. Parents questions or concerns.
  6. Summarize the conference by discussing the student’s strengths and areas that need improvement.

If the student is involved in the conference, discuss the goals of the conference and encourage questions. Then have the child fill out the following report card on themselves.


1. Approximately how many pages of outside reading do you do each week?
2. Have you reached your personal goal for outside reading?
3. Have you kept up your daily assignments in your literature book(s)?
4. What grade do you deserve in reading? ____ Reason__________________.



  1. Have you worked hard to get your assignments done on time?
  2. Are there any multiplication tables that you are not sure of?
  3.  Are there any areas of math that you are not clear about?
  4. What grade do you deserve in math? ____ Reason ______________.



  1. Have you studied your word lists each week?
  2.  Have you been completing your word book assignments each week on time?
  3. Do you remember the words that you learn to spell each week?
  4. How well do you spell your words in your writing and on daily assignments?
  5. Superior    very good    fair    poor    (circle one)
  6. What grade should you receive for spelling this term? ____ Reason__________.


Science, Social Studies, Art

What grade would you give yourself in each of these areas this term?

Science grade:____ Reason_____________.
Social Studies grade: ____ Reason___________________.
Art grade:____Reason_______________.
What areas are you doing well in at school?
What do you need to work on?


Please evaluate your study habits and personal growth, using these ratings

+ = outstanding growth
= = okay or satisfactory growth
X = needs to improve in this area

Put the appropriate mark on each line below

Study Habits

____ Following directions
____ Completing assignmebnts on time
____ Working well in your group
____ Working well alone
____ Listening well to whoever is speaking
____ Showing neatness in your work and desk
____ Assuming responsibility for your work


Personal Growth Area

____ Considering other people’s feelings
____ Following school rules
____ Taking care of your personal belongings
____ Controlling your own behavior
____ Being able to accept responsibiliuty for your own actions
____ Being able to get along well with others

Thank you for your help!

Finally, take time to discuss the results with each student. Inform the student that this conference will allow them to discuss any discrepancies in the evaluations.


Reference: Jones & Jones, 2007.




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