Nov 1, 2017 IPS Student Led Conference Letter

Parent Letter


Student Led Conferences:    Wednesday, November 1, 2017


Dear IPS Families,                                                                                                                  


We would like to invite you to meet with your child and teacher on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 8 - 12:15 pm and 1 pm - 3:45 pm.  The conference will be in a true student led format. A student led conference for G4-12 means a student will lead and share their academic goals for the school year, artifacts of work to date that represent exemplary performance, baseline academic performance data, formative and summative assessment samples to date, and verbalize their academic progress with their parents.  The teacher will be a facilitator or “guide on the side” during the conference.  Parents wanting one to one time with a teacher will need to make an appointment outside the conference time to discuss with the teacher their child’s individual performance.  Students in Kindergarten through Grade 3 will share their learning with their parents in authentic ways suitable to their level..


Please take an a few minutes to preview these video examples of student led conference examples

·         Upper Elementary: Student Led Conferences Example

·         Middle Grades: Student-Led Conferences: Empowerment and Ownership

·         Secondary: Student Led Parent Teacher Conference

·         High School: High School Student Led Conference


We would like to emphasize that conferences are focused on learning rather than grades or marks.  Children should ALL be aware of their achievement and ready to lead their parents in a discussion about their strengths, areas of improvement and progress towards their learning goals while using examples from their work samples.  


  • STUDENTS must attend all conferences with their parents - we want the voice of students to be heard and understood throughout this entire process! There will be no regular classes on this day.  We will take attendance and record attendance data using the appointment sheets.
  • PARENTS it is possible that multiple student led conferences will be taking place in the teachers classroom at once. Parents should not expect to have 1:1 time with the teacher, but rather 1:1 time with their child.  A typical student led conference may last about 10 minutes.   
  • PARENTS if further dialogue is desired specifically with the teacher about a student learning issue, please work directly with teachers and our office to schedule times on other days after conferences.


We continue our focus on student achievement with an emphasis on developing our student learner profile.  Every day at school is an important opportunity for learning and we thank all families for using the school calendar to plan holidays.  These are exciting times to be a part of IPS as we are implementing PYP and DP as part of the IB program.  We are developing instruction around the collaborative tools in Google Applications For Education. Furthermore, we are in the midst of constructing a brand new building of 50,000 meters square.  Again, exciting times at IPS!  We look forward to welcoming you on campus as we celebrate learning.  Thank you for being with us this year.




IPS Administration and Staff


…..on the following  pages you will find how to set up schedules and teacher locations for the day.



ATTENTION:  Elementary Student Parents for Grades K through Grade 6

  1. If your child is in Elementary School (KG thru G6) please contact Ms. Nesreen Al Dimerdash in our IPS office starting on Monday, October 23, 2017, by telephone (013-857-5603) to arrange a convenient time with your child’s homeroom teacher. (e-mails will not be accepted for this).  
  2. The deadline to make an appointment is on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 12:00pm - schedules will go home with the oldest elementary child in the family on that day.
  3. Please take a moment and complete the Parent Feedback form on our Conference Format.  (LINK coming)


ATTENTION:  Secondary Student Parents for Grades 7  through Grade 12


  1. Grade 7 through Grade 12 will meet with subject area teachers in their classroom areas. (see chart below)
  2. Booking sheets for teacher appointments will be brought home by students.  Important to note ONLY appointments with teachers will be honored for student led conferences. Drop ins might be possible if the teacher is available).
  3. Conferences are about 10 minutes in length.
  4. Conferences are from 8 am - 12:15 pm and 1:05 pm - 3:45 pm.  Teachers have 1 hour lunch from 12:15-1 pm.
  5. Please take a moment and complete the Parent Feedback form on our Conference Format.  (LINK)
  6. Boys’ Counselor Bill Cooke and Girls’ Counselor Ms Sadia Hassan will be available for drop in or specific appointments in respective offices.
  7. Samantha Wood  our IB Primary Years Program Coordinator/ K-6 Curriculum Coordinator will be available for questions.  Ana Leahy our IB Diploma Program Coordinator / 7-12 Curriculum Coordinator  will be available for questions.


 International Programs School   -   Location of teachers

November 1, 2017

(Maps will be available and posted upon arrival and hosts will assist parents/students)

Subject Area



KG - G6  Teachers with Homeroom Partners

And homeroom partners (unless specified differently below)

LINK to Homeroom Partners 2017-18

KG - G6  

Homerooms or breakout areas as designated

G7 -12 Math, Science, History, and English Teachers and homeroom partners (unless specified differently below)

LINK to Homeroom Partners 2017-18

 G7 - G12  

homeroom classrooms

Specialists NOT in Homeroom

Mr. Marek, Ms Heba

Ms Cheryl, Ms Xiaoou


Ms. Asma

Ms Souad


Mr. Bassam

Ms. Larissa

Ms. Jo

Ms. Christy


Ms Lina Muiny

Ms Hayat

Ms. Faten Al Sharmani

Ms. Souad Eid

Ms. Nancy Hanna

Ms. Lina Mourad

Ms. Rafif

Ms Rita Moulaf

Ms. Mai

M.s Salam Awad

M.s Somaya

Ms. Nahla


Ms Rana Naaman (KG2)-Ms. Sarah Al S,

Ms. Marwa,  Ms. Amani,

Dr. Al Kadri, Mr Amor, Jihad

Art Room

Art Room



R24 (Boys Computer Lab)


R18 (with Mr. Bogey)





Rm 61

Rm 61

Rm 10









Rm 41


Islamic Office  R12

Islamic Office  R12

Reading and Writing Support

Ms. Merriam

Rm 56


Boys’ Counselor Mr.  Bill Cooke


Girls’ Counselor Ms Sadia  

Counseling Office + high school area

ES Breakout Area


Ms. Fatimah Al Hilal

Ms. Cendrella Tanios