Parent and Teacher
Ongoing communication and cooperation between parents and teachers is necessary for your student's success in high school. You are encouraged to attend parent-teacher conferences. They are held once each term at mid-term. Real-time access to grades, missing assignments, and attendance is available when you establish a Campus Portal Account.
If you feel your student has been treated unfairly by a teacher, the first step is to talk to the teacher to make sure you have all of the facts.

Tips for Successful Communication:
  1. Contact the teacher by e-mail or phone. Because teachers are in class for most of the work day, an initial contact through e-mail is often the best course of action. Be aware that all teachers do not have immediate access to their e-mail account or phone messages. Allow at least one day for the teacher to respond. The format for teacher e-mail addresses is lastnamefirstinitial@davenportschools.org. For example, John Smith's e-mail address would be smithj@davenportschools.org
  2. Ask for information regarding the situation in question. Building connections through non-confrontational communication usually gets the best results. Remember, the goal is to work together to help your student achieve his/her highest level of success. Students and teachers may interpret the same situation differently. Often, the student and teacher have a simple misunderstanding that can be easily handled through "talking it out". Accusing, blaming and threatening comments escalate the situation making this more difficult.
  3. Counselors can facilitate a face-to-face meeting between your student and the teacher. Being able to resolve the situation on their own can help your teen gain confidence in their ability to communicate with adults and handle their own problems.
  4. If problems persist, and you continue to have concerns about a teacher, report your concerns to an administrator. Guidance counselors do not have the authority to handle personnel issues.

Student and Teacher
High school teachers expect that students will let them know if they are struggling in class or if they need extra time on assignments due to unique circumstances (hospitalization, death in the family, or other personal difficulties). To get the best results when talking to your teacher, follow these tips:
  1. Do not assume your teacher doesn't care. Your teacher cannot help you if he/she does not know you are struggling.
  2. Talk to your teacher one-on-one. The best time to do this is usually before or after school.
  3. If you require extra time on an assignment because of a personal situation, explain the situation briefly. While teachers don't like to hear excuses, they are often willing to give you an extension on an assignment when you have a legitimate reason for needing additional time.
  4. Try to be non-confrontational and work WITH your teacher to improve the situation. Blaming your teacher for your difficulties rarely gets the desired results.
  5. Be willing to come in before or after school to get additional help. Always make prior arrangements with your teacher.
  6. Try to be specific about what part of the material or instructions is giving you trouble. "I don't get this" doesn't give your teacher the information she/he needs to help you.
  7. Try to use your class time wisely, and treat your teacher respectfully. When you do this, you will find that asking for extra help is almost always met with a positive response.

If talking to your teacher and going in for extra help does not solve the problem, see your counselor for additional suggestions.