Conferences

  • Hillview conferences are an opportunity for teachers to meet with families, discuss student progress, and set goals for improvement.

     

    When are conferences?

    Conferences for the 2019/20 school year will be held on the following days:

    • Tuesday, October 6-Wednesday October 7
    • Tuesday, October 13-Wednesday October 14

     

    Students will have shortened days and a special minimum day "bell schedule" on these days.  The schedule is below, regardless of whether a student is in an A week or a B week. You can also download a printable version of this schedule here.

      

    Time

    Tue, Oct 6

    Wed, Oct 7

    Tue, Oct 13

    Wed, Oct 14

    8:55-9:00

    Launch

    Launch

    Launch

    Launch

    9:00-9:35

    Period 1

    Period 1

    Period 1

    Period 1

    9:40-10:15

    Period 2

    Period 2

    Period 2

    Period 2

    10:20-10:55

    Period 3

    Period 3

    Period 3

    Period 3

    11:00-11:35

    Period 4

    Period 4

    Period 4

    Period 4

    11:40-12:15

    Period 5*

    Period 5*

    Period 5*

    Period 5*

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



    *Students without a 5th period class will use this time as a work block for at-home learning assignments.

     

    How do I sign up for a conference?

    Teachers who think a student will benefit from attending a conference will reach out to the parents in the weeks leading up to conference week. If you have not been contacted, you and your student are not required to attend a conference.

     

    What if I have not been contacted but still want to attend a conference?

    With typically around 100 students in each academy, it is not possible for teachers to sit down with every family during this time. If teachers have not requested a conference, and you still wish to meet with one or more of them, the Canyon Creek Online Scheduler will open to all Hillview families on Thursday, 10/1, at 11pm and will close on Sunday, 10/11, at 11 pm. Whatever spots remain after priority conferences have been filled will be opened up on a first-come, first-served basis.

     

    To request a conference please visit the Online Scheduler (CLOSED)

    You will need to know your student's Student ID or go to Student ID Lookup in the scheduler. Visit Conference Scheduling Instructions for details on how to schedule a conference. The password to the Conference Scheduler is menlopark (all lowercase, all one word).

     

    Who attends the conference?

    Both the student and a parent (or parents) should be present. We believe that a middle school student should be involved in discussions about their progress.

     

    How do I attend a conference?

    All conferences will be conducted via Zoom and your conference teacher or team will email you the Zoom link before your scheduled conference.

     

    If I don't have a conference, does my student have to attend classes that week?

    Yes. While conference days are early dismissal days that end at 12:15, students should still attend their classes.

     

    Should I be concerned that we have been contacted for a conference?

    While not all conferences take place because students aren't reaching their potential, many of them do, and this can be a set-up for all parties. Feelings of defensiveness and frustration can make the path forward hazy, and egos and insecurities can get in the way of fruitful dialog. For our part, empathy and the desire to create a plan that is best for your child will guide us, and we want to partner with you on solutions. 

     

    The conversations we have during the conferences have the potential to make positive change in the experience and learning of your child. By entering into these conversations - which can often be fraught with strong emotions - with positive presupposition and with a focus on solutions, we will have a more satisfying interaction. It may still be a hard conversation, but we won't lose sight of what is most important, and we can honor the perspectives and contributions of all participants.