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GOING BACK TO SCHOOL: Parents encouraged to attend conference night

September 17, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Parents will fill the classrooms at Whitko High School as administrators open the doors for parent-teacher conferences Wednesday.

From 4 to 8 p.m. parents will have the opportunity to meet with their student’s teachers and get a first-hand look at their academic progress.

It’s an invitation not enough parents take advantage of, according to WHS guidance staff.

“We always encourage parents to get actively involved in their student’s education,” said Mark Rickerd guidance counselor.

“You can see a big difference in the students who have involved parents and those that don’t.”

Recently WHS has taken an aggressive approach at trying to propel some students toward graduation. For students who might slip through the academic cracks, a graduation coach is made available to help become a liaison and advocate for the student.

“Having the graduation coach has been a big help for some students,” Rickerd said. “There is hope for them to get to graduation when for some, that might not have been possible.”

Pointing out those students who need additional help may have made that student feel singled out. However, Rachael Brodbeck, a guidance counselor at WHS, said the opposite has happened.

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