Important Information About Upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences
Jonathan Oglesbee

For Upper School Parents, Guardians and Host Family Parents:

Parent-Teacher conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 15th and Wednesday, November 29th from 2:45- 5:00 pm in Westview Dining Hall.

If you are a returning family of the SSFS Upper School, you may recall that in the past these conference times were unscheduled, and those desiring a conference had to wait in line to see the teachers they wanted to see. Informally referred to as "speed dating" conferences, this approach offered the chance for a more casual atmosphere. However, frustrations also arose when some conversations extended longer than expected. Additionally, faculty were not able to prepare in advance for specific students. As a result, this quarter's conferences will be "scheduled."

These conferences are designed as an opportunity to have a quick check-in with your child's teachers and are limited to a seven-minute time slot, with a three-minute transition. While these may seem brief, if a longer conversation is needed, please contact that teacher directly to schedule an additional time on a mutually convenient date.

Please note that we will not be able to accomodate any "walk-ins."

For our families that are not located locally, we will offer "virtual conferences" on Monday, November 27th. Separate information will be sent to those families with instructions on how to sign up.

In order to access the PTCFAST system, please click here. Should you have any questions regarding the online scheduling system, please contact Meredith Shankle at 301.774.7455 ext. 109 or via e-mail at

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