8th Grade Planning Conferences

Planning Today for Tomorrow's Success

Now is a great time to start thinking about high school...and beyond!

8th grade students are coming to the pivotal point in their academic year where they start to think about the transition to high school. They've also had the opportunity to do some foundational career exploration and future planning through the ACP (Academic and Career Planning) course.

Schedule A Planning Conference

Friday, Jan. 29th 2016 at 7:45am-3:45pm

Black Hawk Middle School

What information is discussed?

Planning conferences are not like a typical academic Parent/Teacher conference. The focus is on the student's personal learning about career exploration, goal-setting, and plans for the high school transition. The student is present at this conference and is able to reflect on his or her learning while showcasing an important portfolio artifact.


Here's what parents had to say about Planning Conferences:

"It's great to see a proactive approach to our child's future."

"I really enjoyed learning about what my child is interested in, sometimes he does not tell us much info at home. This was very helpful."

"I appreciated knowing about what students learned in their career class and learning how to use the Career Cruising website."

"I'm impressed with the depth of information my child learned about career planning."

Conference Format

How long is the conference?: Planning Conferences are about 30 minutes in length.

What will we focus on?: The focus is on your student's personal learning experience.

Who should attend?: Parent/Guardian, Student and any other trusted adult.

Who else will be there?: The conference will be facilitated by an 8th grade staff member.

What Can I Expect to Learn About?

1) Hear your student talk about his or her personal learning, interests and strengths.

2) Learn about high school options.

3) See your student's Career Cruising account and hear how your student is using this resource to explore education and work options for after high school.

For More Information or to Schedule Your Conference

Please contact:

Amanda Dyer, School Counselor

Black Hawk Middle School