Schedule Fall Conferences Beginning 11/10/14

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 11:54am

Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for November 24-26, 2014. Parents and Guardians of Patapsco Middle School students will once again use the web-based program PickATime to schedule conferences on-line, print a schedule of appointments, and opt to receive email reminders of appointments.  To access the program and begin scheduling, click on the PickATime link found on our school website (pms.hcpss.org) or the school systems main webpage (www.hcpss.org) anytime from Monday, November 10 at 6am through Wednesday, November 19 at 11:59pm. After the scheduling window has closed, you will need to call our Student Services Center at (410) 313-2850 to cancel or reschedule appointments.

The purpose of this conference window is to allow parents/guardians the opportunity for a quick meet and greet with staff to discuss student progress.  Accordingly, each conference slot is ten minutes long.  If you have a pressing concern, you are strongly encouraged to contact the teacher to discuss it outside of the conference window.  PickATime does not allow for the scheduling of group conferences.  If you would like to meet with all of your students’ teachers at one time, please contact the grade level team leader to schedule an appointment.  When scheduling conferences, be certain to build in travel time from one conference to the next, as it is important to stay on schedule. To permit access to our staff by all parents with interest, each parent may initially schedule appointments with three teachers.  After November 18 at 3:00pm, the limits will be removed and parents may schedule as many additional conferences as desired provided staff availability.

In order to access the program, you will need your child’s Student ID number.  The Student ID number can be found on the top of a student schedule, report card, or progress report.  You can also locate the Student ID (aka ‘Local Identifier’) and scheduling information by accessing the HCPSS Parent Portal under the ‘My Info’ top tab. 

Directions for how to use the program can be found on the school system website by downloading “Parent Directions for Using PickATime.”  Video tutorials will also be available for those interested.  Look for the link on the left hand side of the webpage.  

Unfortunately, a Student ID number cannot be given over the telephone.  If you need this number, and are unable to access the Family Portal online, please send in a note or email Vanessa_hooks@hpcss.org for a written copy.  We look forward to seeing you during conference week.  Should you have any questions or require assistance, please contact Vanessa Hooks, Student Services Secretary, by calling 410-313-2850 or via email at Vanessa_Hooks@hcpss.org.