Parent-teacher conferences can make anyone nervous, especially in the final quarter of the school year, but Roll Hill Elementary created an environment that was just the opposite for teachers, parents and students through “Grippo’s, Groovin’ and Grades” on Thursday, April 5, 2018.
“We wanted our parent-teacher conferences to be an opportunity to come together as educators, after-school staff and volunteers, as well as our community partners to open our doors to parents and students,” said Kyle Reiser, school resource coordinator at Roll Hill.
Students who accompanied their parent(s) to the school received a bag of Grippo’s and could select a book to take home with them from the mini library set up by community partner The Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati. As parents met with respective teachers, students had the chance to burn off energy in the bouncy-houses set up in the gymnasium.
After talking with their student’s teacher, parents were invited to meet with community partners set up in the main hallway to better understand what resources were available to them. Community partners present included Cincinnati Works and the Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), out of the OSU Extension Office of Hamilton County, which provides food and nutrition materials, resources and classes. Also present was Allied Construction Industries, which offers an array of educational and enrichment opportunities for students of all ages around construction. One of those opportunities is an annual summer camp at Gamble Montessori in Westwood this June.
Keep up with Roll Hill Elementary, a Vision 2020 School focusing on Technology-Based Learning, at rollhill.cps-k12.org.