MGE Student Involved Conferences

Maple Grove Parents & Guardians!
As conferences approach, we want to make sure everyone has an understanding of our student-involved conference format and our progress report statements. Please take time to review the information below. If you have questions, let your teacher or the office know. See you soon! 
He who laughs, lasts
Doug Barry, Principal


If you have 3 minutes now, read this…

  • Parent conference week begins on Saturday, November 16 and ends Thursday night, November 21.
  • Bring your child to conferences…they are THE most important part of the conference!
  • Conferences are divided in to three parts:
    • Parent-student-teacher (approx. 10 minutes)
    • Parent-teacher (approx. 10 minutes)
    • Parent-student (outside the classroom/conference time)
  • The related arts teachers’ schedules for conference can be found online. They would LOVE for you to stop by with your child to visit.
  • Kindergarten parents: We suggest you print your child’s progress report prior to your conference (you received login information at Curriculum Night or this week if you enrolled after the first day of school).
  • If you have not paid your registration fees, you will not be able to access your child’s progress reports. Please pay fees online or at district office.

If you have more time, read this…

As our teachers complete progress reports for our upcoming Student-Involved Fall Conferences, it is a good time to share information about our progress reports. First, and maybe most importantly, all of the statements parents will see on their child’s progress report reflect what we want students to know and be able to do by the end of the year. If a parent notes a “B” or “D” (see below) on their child’s progress report, it just indicates your child is not at the level expected by the end of the year and could be a piece of what is talked about or reflected upon during conferences.

Secondly, our website has added a plethora of resources and information to help parents (and teachers!) understand Standard Based reporting at the elementary and middle school level. Use the links below to help you navigate your child’s progress report.

  • The progress report rubrics provide a guide to teachers on how to mark students. This helps with consistency across teachers, although all grading involves some subjectivity. In addition to this broad look, more valuable ongoing assessments are utilized to provide detailed data regarding student progress.
  • An FAQ type page has been set up on our website to provide parents with general information.
  • K-5 Guide to Interpreting Progress Reports gives parents a specific math example. Note in this handout the number of objectives teachers take in to consideration for one progress report statement!
  • An overview of what parents can expect during conferences (Student Conferences Brochure)

Lastly, from our educational experience, we know what grades (A,B,C,D,F) are but forget or cannot locate Waukee’s standard based indicators so I have provided these below. Each indicator shows progress towards each specific learning targets for each progress report statement…that is expected by the end of the year.

  • E: Exceeds Expectations – Student demonstrates above grade level understanding for the targeted skill or concept.
  • S: Secure – Student can apply the skill or concept correctly and independently.
  • D: Developing – Student shows some understanding. Reminders, hints, and suggestions are needed to promote understanding.
  • B: Beginning – Student shows little understanding of the concept. Additional teacher support is needed.

Typical Conference Format

Conferences will be divided into three parts – all of equal importance!
  • The student-involved portion of the scheduled conference time will last approximately 10 minutes. During this time the student, parent(s), and teacher will meet together to examine student learning, in areas such as reading, writing, math, and behavior.
  • The parent and teacher conversation will be the remaining conference time (approximately 10 minutes). The parent(s) and teacher will meet to have further conversation about student learning progress. Answer any questions the parents may have while the child is not present.
  • The third part will allow students to share artifacts and student learning with parents in the additional content areas. This will occur outside of the scheduled conference time and involve only the student and parent. Classroom teachers will communicate with parents on how/when this can occur. Some teachers will be sending artifacts/portfolios home prior to conferences while others may have a table set up outside the classroom for the student to share their portfolio with the parent before or after the conference. Please be watching for information about this from your classroom teacher.

For the entire description of each part, please click here.

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Waukee, Iowa 50263
Phone 515.987.5161
Fax 515.987.2701