LMS has new plan for parent-teacher conferences
Fisher Elementary School Construction
Coach Roper in the Hall of Fame
Summer Professional Development
Fisher Playground Construction
Portable additions make for busy summer of maintenance
The makings of the Lynden PTA fair food booth
VanderYacht reflects on new assistant superintendent role
Summer school a chance to get ahead
Getting to know new Isom principal Patrick McClure
Introducing Cyndi Selcho at LMS
LHS Back to School Day on Wednesday
Fisher and Middle School construction update
Jim Frey: A message from the superintendent
Nilsen brings counseling background to LHS admin
Scott Vandenberg leading Lynden Academy
Designing the FFA corn maze
Welcoming new Lynden School District staff
LHS ASB president embraces ‘We Are Here’ mantra
A first-grade perspective on life at school
The new role of Dean of Students
A first-year teacher's perspective
Math takes center stage at LMS
Playground the first ‘treat’ of new Fisher Elementary
Finding inspiration at LHS
Both Lynden school projects moving forward
Isom students put HERO into action
Building literacy at BVE
Making a move: Lynden Academy, preschool to fill City Bible Church
Substitute Bus Drivers Needed
LMS has new plan for parent-teacher conferences
LHS hosting community Multicultural Night
Be the One needs volunteers
When students lead
LHS holds first-ever mock election
Talking safety at Lynden Schools crosswalks
LHS Drama preps new musical while still accepting accolades from last year
Family Community Services welcomes new coordinator
The growth of the Lynden Scholarship Foundation
Extended day learning helps English Language Learners at elementary schools
How Blessing Bags have taken off at Fisher Elementary
LHS SOCK Club making Christmas special
LMS Counselors ‘Start the Ripple’ with sixth graders
Lynden Spotlight: Larrin Weidenaar at LMS
How Lynden handles decisions when the snow comes
Lynden Spotlight: Teacher Tawnee Parcher
LHS honoring 2006-07 State Champions
Lynden Spotlight: Librarian Lori Hortegas
Using robotics for hands-on learning
Lynden Spotlight: Teacher Christy Maberry
Curt Kramme named to football Hall of Fame
Getting excited about writing at BVE
Counselors focus on meaningful skills K-12
Lynden Schools forming Planning Committee
Building Forward: Progress at both Fisher and Lynden Middle School projects
Lynden Spotlight: Feeding LHS with Jill VanderGriend
Watch the Fisher Construction progress
How Lynden will handle missed school days
Lynden students shine at Technic Training Center
Changes may come to LHS schedule
The power of cross-class mentorship
Lynden Spotlight: Living science with Dan Cichowski
Jake Locker adds a bit of pizzazz to Fisher Reading Night
LHS students embracing college on the high school campus
Lynden Spotlight: The outdoors and fifth graders power Nate Hoch
LMS has new plan for parent-teacher conferences
Posted on 10/25/2016
Lynden Middle School staff knows the importance of parent-teacher connections, so in the ever-evolving landscape of parent-teacher conferences the middle school this week announced a new way for parents to schedule conference times with seventh and eighth grade teachers using the Skyward online system.

Already used by parents to check on grade and attendance status, LMS principal Molly Mitchell-Mumma says the middle school will use the system’s ability to schedule conferences for the four November conference dates at LMS.

“The feedback we are getting from parents is they want to have the ability to schedule a conference with any teacher they are needing to talk to,” she says. “We changed so that was our model this year, being really responsive to parent feedback.”

Starting now, parents can log into Skyward and schedule a conference. Conference days this year are scheduled for Nov. 16, 17, 21 and 22 during daytime hours with additional evening slots on Nov. 17. For help logging onto the Skyward system, call Diane Marsh at 354-3760 extension 4116.

The most recent model for conferences has been for teachers to first schedule priority conferences with parents of new students or students with special learning needs. Once those were all scheduled, then parents could come in and schedule times. “The parents wanted an opportunity early on to schedule a conference regardless of their child’s needs,” Mitchell-Mumma says.

As middle school staff continues to search for ways to increase communication between home and school, Mitchell-Mumma encourages parents to send messages to teachers via the Skyward system or the Remind app that many teachers are using, which offers a way to send a secure text message.

“We see a drop in communication (between parents and teachers) in middle school, but middle school students still need parent involvement and teacher-parent communication is still really important,” she says. “Kids are getting more challenging work and projects are spread out over time. If parents and teachers are communicating about those new tasks the students are exposed to, it really helps kids navigate the new ways of learning and the new types of assignments.

“It is not just during conference time, but we are encouraging more contact with teachers.”

For the upcoming November conferences, Mitchell-Mumma encourages parents to log into Skyward and sign up early for their preferred slot, especially those evening times. LMS will use the Skyward system only for seventh and eighth grade students. Sixth grade teachers will still work with parents to schedule as many conferences as possible.