Attending Parent-Teacher Conferences may help eliminate some of the surprises that pop up at the end of a student’s senior year. Staying on top of your son or daughter’s grades each quarter may reduce many last minute anxieties as your student approaches that final quarter of their senior year. I would like to see every parent take advantage of meeting with teachers and help develop a plan for your student to be successful. With the changing requirements of state tests, students falling behind will be placed in mandatory after school programs or in summer school to make up lost credits. I am seeing more and more students falling behind in accumulating required credits and failing to meet the grade to pass the required state tests. This is why it is so important for parents to get involved in their child’s education. Face to face conversations that take place at conferences remain the best means of effective parent and teacher communications. It is personal and allows the human connection that helps both the parent and teacher to better serve the child.