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Posted April 22, 2010

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APS Middle Schools Hold Student-led Conferences

All 27 schools will take two days next week

Albuquerque Public Schools middle schools will hold their spring round of student-led parent/teacher conferences next week, April 26-30. Most will take place on Thursday and Friday that week and classes will not be held on conference days.

During the conferences, students will present a portfolio of their work and goals to their parents and an advisory teacher, showing their academic progress and plans for next school year and beyond. They also will go over student class schedules for next year. Conferences are designed to give students the opportunity to take charge of their own success and discuss their accomplishments, goals and interests in a formal, but intimate, setting.

“Having parents involved in their students’ lives and hearing about their accomplishments and their goals is critical to student success,” APS Chief Academic Officer Linda Sink said. “Students see that their opinions and interests matter, and their future success is in their hands.”

All middle schools will hold conferences on April 29-30, with the exception of Kennedy, holding theirs April 26-27, and Desert Ridge, scheduled for April 28-29. There will be no classes on conference days.

Parents should contact their schools if they have questions about the process.

“We got overwhelmingly positive feedback from parents and principals about how well conferences went last fall,” Sink said. “This is a very beneficial process for students and their families.”

Every child has a right to a quality public education and APS is committed to providing that education. For more information about Albuquerque Public Schools, visit

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