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VISITS

The Rochester Community Schools encourages parents and other citizens to visit all the schools. However, it is advisable to phone ahead to assure that school personnel are available for discussion when necessary. All school visitors are required to report to the school office on arrival.

MEET THE TEACHER/CURRICULUM NIGHT/OPEN HOUSE

Each building holds a September Meet the Teacher/Curriculum Night and a Spring Open House which allows parents to meet their child’s teacher. This does not provide for in-depth discussion about individual students but rather an opportunity to get acquainted with the teacher, the program and the school. Each building also plans numerous activities to communicate with and involve the parent community.

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE

While parents are always encouraged to confer with teachers concerning pupil progress, a framework for conferences has been established to ensure a discussion of a child’s progress in school. Conferences are conducted each year in Fall and Spring. Evening and afternoon conference times are scheduled by individual teachers.

Conference schedules are included in the District Information Calendar and will be further announced through school newsletters during the school year.

PROGRESS REPORTS

In addition to conferences, a child’s progress may be communicated to parents through the child’s class work, notes from staff, phone calls and regularly issued formal report cards.

COMMUNICATION

The PTA/PTO at each school produces newsletters for parents which often includes a calendar of events, achievements of students and other school or classroom happenings.

Parents are encouraged to review this information. Every effort is made to keep parents fully informed about school activities.

Cable Channel 15 or 59 also provides parents with upcoming district and school events.

PARENT VOLUNTEERS

The services donated to the Rochester Community Schools by parents and citizens are valued and appreciated. They are an important part of our total school program. There are many opportunities for parents to become involved in the school program--as classroom helpers, library assistants, tutors and many other capacities both during and outside of school hours.

If you have even a few hours to spend each week in the interests of our schools, please contact the office or your child’s classroom teacher. The rewards are mutually beneficial.

PTA/PTO ORGANIZATIONS

Parent Teacher Association/Organizations are very active in Rochester Community Schools from sponsoring events to coordinating fund raising activities. Members enjoy working toward the improvement and enhancement of the total school program.

The working relationship and cooperation among parents, teachers and administrators goes a long way in promoting the welfare of our children and youth.

OTHER SOURCES

Parents and interested community residents can get additional information about the Rochester Community Schools by reading the Information Calendar and Annual Report distributed in the summer and Growing Together, a publication that is sent to all district homes throughout the school year. Local newspapers also cover school news. These newspapers include: Rochester Clarion Eccentric, Oakland Press and Suburban Lifestyles.

The public is welcome to attend the Rochester Board of Education meetings at the Administration Center at 501 West University Drive. The Board meets at 7:30 p.m. on two Mondays of each month.

TEACHER ASSIGNMENT

Most parents understand that student placement is and always has been the responsibility of the school. This is not to exclude parental input in helping to determine the proper placement of a child.

Each spring parents are informed of the process to be utilized in providing information to teachers and administrators regarding placement of their children for the next school year.

Class placements are not finalized until late August and children learn of specific class placement just prior to the first day of school. This procedure is necessary for numerous reasons. There are times when teacher assignments are changed over the summer, enrollment at a grade level may cause for an added/reduced session or teachers leave the school unexpectedly, necessitating the reassignment of students. Parents have always been very cooperative and understanding in this regard.