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FCSD student-led conferences to begin

Fulton City School District students are ready to show their parents, guardians and other positive role models just how involved they are in their own education.

That will be accomplished through the district's inaugural spring student-led conferences (SLCs) for students in grades kindergarten through 10. SLCs don't replace traditional parent-teacher conferences, rather, they are designed to help enhance the child-to-parent-to school communication.

"This is the opportunity for your child to shine," said Deb Stuetz, FCSD school improvement coordinator. "We want you to come and support them. (SLCs) get students in the mode of advocating for themselves; they start to take ownership of their learning."

Throughout the past couple of months, students have added to their educational portfolios, worked on initial 2017-2018 school year goals and have taken initial steps to take charge of their own learning experiences. Students will review at least two academic, behavioral and/or social goals with their parents, who will then be encouraged by their child's teacher to set another goal with their child. During the conferences, students and parents will be offered dinner, breakfast or lunch, depending on when their SLC is scheduled on March 15 or March 16.

At the secondary level, Steutz said, SLCs also may help facilitate family conversation between children and parents about school and life. That increased engagement has been a focus of the Fulton City School District. As part of the school improvement process, Steutz said, parents will be asked to fill out the FCSD family engagement survey to help the district track progress and identify potential areas of improvement for the schools.

Those surveys will be available at the SLCs, the upcoming Parent University and other FCSD events.

After SLCs are completed, the initiative's task force will meet to review the whole process to determine if changes are needed for the 2018-2019 school year.

Granby Elementary first-grader Alexa DeForest shows off her
school portfolio that she has been working on to track her
goals for the 2017-2018 school year. She will use the folder
to showcase her progress during her upcoming student-led





Brian Pulvino, Superintendent
129 Curtis Street
Fulton, New York 13069
Phone: (315) 593-5500

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