GBMS Parent-Teacher Conferences

GBMS Parent-Teacher Conferences

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IMPORTANT CALENDAR CHANGE

Wednesday, November 8th is now a SINGLE SESSION DAY.

Monday – Wednesday, November 6 – 8 are NOW SINGLE SESSION DAYS for Parent-Teacher Conferences.    STUDENTS ARE DISMISSED AT 12:43.  NO LUNCHES ARE SERVED ON THESE DAYS.

SCHOOL CLOSED for NJEA Teacher Convention on Thursday and Friday, November 9 & 10.


8th Grade Parents

Graduation Cap and Gown orders are due by October 30th.  We have a new vendor this year.  Please read for more information – Cap and Gown Parent Letter 2017-2018

8th Grade Yearbook Baby Booster picture/message submission is due by November 22.  Please read for more information – Baby Booster Form 2017-2018


Parent Teacher Conferences

PURPOSE of Conferences – A Parent-Teacher conference is an opportunity for parents and the teacher to discuss how best to support the student who are struggling to perform in class.  Because issues or concerns do not appear on a set schedule, a conference can be arranged anytime during the school year and not just during the scheduled date.

NOTE for 8th grade parents: 8th grade teachers will not have any information about high school placement.  

To assist parents in determining whether a conference is needed, parents should log into OnCourse to monitor their child’s progress.  In addition, since conferences are 10 minutes long, filling out a PRE-CONFERENCE form will assist in determining if a conference is needed at this time. It will also assist both the parent and teacher in preparing and organizing the conference.

PRE-CONFERENCE form – Complete if you WISH to have a conference.  Please complete by Friday, 11/3.

GRADE 6 – PRE-CONFERENCE FORM
GRADE 7 – PRE-CONFERENCE FORM
GRADE 8 – PRE-CONFERENCE FORM


CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Conferences are scheduled for Monday – Wednesday, November 6th – 8th. There are four sessions available for conferences. 

  • Monday afternoon – 1:45 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Tuesday afternoon and evening – 1:45 PM – 3:30 PM and 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM.
  • Wednesday afternoon – 1:45 PM – 3:00 PM

CONFERENCE STRUCTURE
Grade 5 – Teachers will hold conferences in their individual classrooms.  A Parent-Teacher Conference scheduling form was sent home last Friday.  

Grades 6 – 8 – As in the past, conferences are conducted in an open, round robin style.  Conferences are at most 10 minutes long and parents sign in and wait for specific teachers.

INSTRUCTIONS
Parents will sign in at the table and wait to be called by the teacher.  When the teacher is ready for a parent, the teacher will come over to the sign-in table and call out the name from the list.  After the conference, parents should go back to the waiting area until they are called for the next conference.

ROOM LOCATIONS
Grade 8 – Library
Grade 7 – Cafeteria
Grade 6 – Bengal’s Den
Grade 5 – Teacher classrooms

Related Arts
PE Teachers – GYM
ART – Mrs. Panico – Room 301
Performing Arts – Mrs. MacNamara-Ferrara – Room 302
Music – Mr. Alzaher – Room 309
Music – Mr. Sorensen – Room 307 (Band Room)
Humanities/Latin – Mr. Ellis – Room 205
Spanish – Mrs. Cifelli – Room 207
Spanish – Mrs. Villar – Room 209
Technology – Mrs. Vicendese – Room 206
STEM – Mr. Esposito – Cafeteria
Performing Arts – Mr. Fornale – Cafeteria

Because the following teachers teach multiple grades, they will be stationed in the following areas:
Math – Ms. Schaefer – Bengal’s Den
GATE ELA – Mr. Fornale – Cafeteria
Math – Ms. Truchan – Cafeteria
Math – Ms. Wetzel – Library
Math – Mr. Esposito – Cafeteria
ELA – Mrs. Lam – Room 325
Science – Mrs. O’Regan – Room 204
Social Studies – Ms. Lehlbach – Room 110
ELA /Math – Mrs. Santhouse – Room 107
Math – Mrs. Tufaro – Room 210
LEAD – Ms. Shangle – Room 113
LLD – Mrs. Yip – Room 102
Reading Support – Mrs. Flora – Room 111
ESL – Ms. Whalen – Room 111

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