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Parent-Teacher Conferences

Conference Schedule and Tips

Monday, November 25, 2019
12:00 – 4:00 PM

Tuesday, November 26, 2019
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Dinner Break 4:00 - 5:00 PM
5:00 – 7:00 PM

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Conference Information

The primary purpose of Parent–Teacher Conferences is to increase student success by promoting communication between home and school. We consider your involvement at McKnight and the role you play in your student’s education to be vital. We know from research and experience that students achieve at higher levels when parents/guardians are involved in their student’s school experience.
Our staff is excited and eager to meet with you and discuss your student’s achievement.

Conference Format

We will have two days of conferences, including both afternoon and evening opportunities to attend. No appointments necessary, please plan to attend either conference day at your convenience.

In order to conduct as many conferences as possible, each conference will be limited to 7 minutes.

Monday, Nov. 25th        12:00  – 4:00 PM 
Tuesday, Nov. 26th       1:00  – 4:00 PM 
                                      5:00 – 7:00 PM 
If additional conference time is necessary, we ask that you schedule an appointment with your student’s counselor in the respective grade pods.

If one of your student’s teachers is busy with another family, please wait patiently in the waiting area or meet with another teacher who is available. Please help us by filling out the climate and financial aid surveys. 

Administrators and counselors are available to assist parents/guardians with any additional questions or concerns you may have.

Contact Information Changes & Updates?

Please stop by the Attendance window if you have any changes regarding contact information or any other updates to your student’s records. You will be able to retrieve Skyward access information.
It is important that we have current contact information on file at all times. 

McKnight’s Administrative Team
Brian Teppner, Principal                                     
Shauna Briggs, Assistant Principal
Damon Harris, Assistant Principal                            
Andrew Stephenson, Dean of Students         

McKnight’s Counselors
Kurt Roper, 6th Grade                                                      
Cathy Sheridan, 7th Grade                                             
Keira Edwards, 8th Grade                                                 

GEAR UP: Jessi Traughber & Hong-Yen Chau

Communities In Schools of Renton (CISR): Adan Garcia

Suggestions for How to Have a Positive Parent–Teacher Conference

  • Communicate clearly about your concerns or questions.
  • Take a positive approach.
  • Actively listen, ask questions, and offer suggestions.
  • Take notes during the conference so that you can discuss relevant information with your student at home.
  • Identify successes as well as struggles.
  • Participate in problem-solving.
  • Establish attainable, short–term goals.

GOALS that we would like to achieve by the end of our Conferences…

  • Teachers and parents/guardians will have established a partnership that will support the academic success of students.
  • Teachers and parents/guardians will be more aware of each student’s areas of strength and challenges.
  • Teachers and parents/guardians will be better able to communicate with each other about student progress.

How To Help Your Student Be Successful at School

  • Contact teachers rather than waiting for   teachers to contact you.
  • Have students use their planner to record homework assignments, and check your student’s planner daily—be consistent.
  • Teach your student how to keep binders, backpacks, and assignments organized. 
  • Set aside a designated study time and a quiet place every night—be consistent.
  • Read together.
  • Talk in a non–judgmental way about school, friends, drug, alcohol, other substance abuse concerns, and anything else that might influence your student’s success.  
  • Know your student’s friends and friend’s parents. Communication is a powerful ally.
  • Watch for changes in personality, sleeping habits, eating habits, clothing, and grooming.
  • Have expectations and consequences related to your student’s behavior and academic achievements, and consistently enforce them.
  • Supervise your student’s “on–line” activities, as well as his/her free time before and after school.
  • Seek out appropriate resources if you are concerned. Our counselors and academic liaisons have many community related resources that they can share.