Conference format changed in Hancock

Photo Hancock High School is conducting parent/teacher conferences differently this year, streamlining the process for the convenience of parents, faculty and staff.

HANCOCK — Hancock High School’s parent/teacher conferences (PTC) are scheduled for Thursday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and Friday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. This year’s PTC will be set up differently from past conferences, said Ezekiel Ohan, middle school and high school principal.

“You will find most of us in the gym,” he said. “There will be plenty of seating, arranged in the middle of the gym, and the gym will be set up in quadrants. You will have your own computer with teachers lining up all the information you are most interested in. You will sit next to the teacher, not across a desk, and you will be shown how to access your child’s information online, rather than having to take the time to call the school to find things out.”

Progress reports will be waiting for the parents as they sign in, and they will make their way to all of the professionals who teach the students. There will be no more walking around the school, trying to find classrooms, Ohan said, or looking for the the athletic director, or the school counselor.

“The Hancock Public Schools Library will available and staffed,” Ohan said, “so parents with small kids can drop them off at the library.”

There will be activities for them to enjoy while the parents attend the conferences.

“For parents who have students graduating in 2018,” Ohan said, “this is the perfect opportunity for them to get all the information available for financial aid packages (FAFSA), which can eliminate or reduce the cost of college.”

In the commons area of the high school, Finlandia University, Hancock Police Department, Houghton County Sheriff’s Department, and Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) Booster Club will have informational booths. Michigan Tech and Gogebic Community College have yet to be announced.

Those interested in vocational education are invited to tour the Industrial Arts Department as well as the Music Department.

After the parents have completed the conferences and visiting the staff and principal, there will be dinner.

“We will dine our households with spaghetti,” Ohan said, “then donuts for dads and muffins for moms, while their kids play in the library.”

There will also be a local history demonstration by Hancock Middle School students conducted in the Middle School gymnasium.