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Students lead parent teacher conferences at Colorado River Schools


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Fourth Grade Student Jesus Rosales (l) Explains To His Mother Margarita Rosales (c) The Mathematics Tables He's Been Studying With Teacher Grecia Galaviz (r) At Coyote Canyon School. All Nine Elementary, Junior High And High Schools In The Bullhead City Elementary And Colorado River Union High School Districts Held Student-led Parent/teacher Conferences Thursday, Designed To Increase Parental Involvement And Student Ownership Of Their Education. Galaviz Was Raised In Bullhead City And Was A Coyote Canyon Student When The School Opened In 1995. Photo Courtesy Lance Ross/Colorado River Schools

All nine schools in the Bullhead City Elementary and Colorado River Union High School Districts had their first parent-teacher conferences of the school year last week and once again, students led the process.

Students had a short day of school last Thursday, followed by the student-led parent/teacher conferences in the afternoon and early evening.  Hours and formats varied slightly by school.

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Fourth grade student Jesus Rosales (l) explains to his mother Margarita Rosales (c) the mathematics tables he’s been studying with teacher Grecia Galaviz (r) at Coyote Canyon School. All nine elementary, junior high and high schools in the Bullhead City Elementary and Colorado River Union High School Districts held student-led parent/teacher conferences Thursday, designed to increase parental involvement and student ownership of their education. Galaviz was raised in Bullhead City and was a Coyote Canyon student when the school opened in 1995. Photo courtesy Lance Ross/Colorado River Schools

“Every parent has been notified well in advance,” said Superintendent Riley Frei.  “The goal is always 100 percent participation.  If a parent is unable to attend Thursday’s conference, they can still meet with the teachers next week, even if it’s by phone.”

The students shared what they’ve learned in class, and the teachers explain goals and curriculum with parents.  Teachers will also go over students’ individual AzMERIT state-mandated standardized test scores, as well as answer parents’ questions.

“We changed the format of the traditional parent/teacher conference a few years ago,” Frei noted.  “Student-led parent/teacher conferences are incentives for the students and their parents to take ownership of their education process.  We’ve seen the positive results as our test scores and graduation rates continue to improve, and the number of our graduating students attending college remains higher than both the statewide and regional averages.”

Additional information about Thursday’s student-led parent/teacher conferences is available from the four elementary, two junior high and three high schools in the Bullhead City Elementary and Colorado River Union High School Districts.

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Second grade student Yesenia Mata-Velasco (l) reads “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” to her mother Veronica Velasco (r) in Angie Richardson’s class at Coyote Canyon School. All nine elementary, junior high and high schools in the Bullhead City Elementary and Colorado River Union High School Districts held student-led parent/teacher conferences Thursday, designed to increase parental involvement and student ownership of their education. “She really enjoys the attention she gets from her teacher,” Veslaco said. “Yesenia is teaching me!” Photo courtesy Lance Ross/Colorado River Schools

The Colorado River Schools comprise nine schools in two districts.

The Bullhead City Elementary School District traces its history to what’s known as “The Little Red Schoolhouse,” which opened in 1947, and now has six schools serving students pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

The Colorado River Union High School District was created in 1989 following the division of the former county-wide Mohave Union High School District, and a high school opening in Bullhead City 20 years earlier.  Its two brick-and-mortar and one non-traditional high schools serve students in grades nine through twelve, offering dual enrollment programs through Mohave Community College.