Parents / Guardians of RA:
Tips and Rules of the Road for SLCs: Student Learning Contract Conferences (SLC Conferences) holds an essential role in the collaborative educational process here at The Renaissance Academy. For our returning families, the SLC Conference is a familiar experience. For our newly enrolled families, it is a crucial step toward solidifying the success of your child’s academic year.
Please review the following details to ensure that you are informed, prepared, and excited about this important event in your students' school year. I encourage you to contact your child’s home base teacher with any additional questions about the SLC process and the expectations during the conference.
Expectations during the SLC Conference:
- Students: Be present and be prepared to discuss progress and your personal goals for the current and upcoming trimesters. Students will come with specific goals in mind and will be expected to formalize those goals during the conference. *Students MUST attend their meeting!*
- Parents / Guardians: Preview the student grades/grade report before the conference (This is available via Skyward). The primary focus is on assisting with student goals and looking ahead to make improvements during the remainder of the trimester.
- Teachers: Assist students in composing SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely) Goals. Teachers will guide students and take active roles in working on student goals, assessing progress, and communicating that progress to the parent/guardians.
The Key to success: Conferences are to be STUDENT LED!
Please note the specifics of your child's grade. You will be able to sign up for ALL children at once in the space below. Please scroll down to see both Thursday and Friday of SLCs.
*NOTE: If your child is in Kindergarten, 3rd or 4th grade you will be using a different method to sign up! You will want to review the email that came directly to you regarding this. If you have siblings in other grades, you will need to check times to ensure they correlate. This effort is a TRIAL to move to a new system in the future.*
Grades 1st-2nd: Please chose ONE slot for your child's Home Base teacher. If your child has a different teacher for math or ELA, you may also select a slot for that person as well. You will need to know the teacher's name to do this.
Grades 5th-6th: Please choose a minimum of one slot in a subject area for which your child has set a goal. This course could be an area of struggle or one in which they would like to challenge themselves. As these grades are departmentalized, you are not required to see the Home Base teachers; however, you are welcome to do so if the schedule allows for it.
Grades 7th-12th: Please choose a minimum of 1 slot, but feel free to select additional slots as your child has a departmentalized schedule and up to 5 academic teachers each day. *Note you may at times experience a line at the Upper School as each teacher may have up to 75 students on their roster. You are encouraged to drop in when your schedule allows. *Note: busiest lines are in the evening.
Fine Art (FA) Teachers do not require appointments. They will be available for 'drop-ins' during the SLC times on both days. Upper and Lower School FA Teachers will be in their classrooms. Lower School PE teachers will be available in the US Art Classroom 126 and Technology Teachers will be available in the library.
NOTE: If your family is not present during SLC conferences, it is expected that a Student-Led Conference his held via phone. Please contact your child's Home Base teacher to determine a day/time during the SLC conference window OR before the SLC Days that you may call in. This timeline will allow multiple teachers to speak with you/ your child if needed.
*NOTE: If your child is in Kindergarten, 3rd or 4th grade you will be using a different method to sign up! You will want to review the email that came directly to you regarding this. If you have siblings in other grades, you will need to check times to ensure they correlate. This effort is a TRIAL to move to a new system in the future.
Gina Guarino Buli
CEO, The Renaissance Academy
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