Tips for Parents
Dover-Sherborn High School: Guidance Tips for Parents
A major component of Dover-Sherborn's High School philosophy is helping adolescents achieve independence and maturity. Parents are urged to encourage and to guide their children in the process of problem solving and decision-making around personal, social and academic issues. The classroom teacher is the primary resource for providing academic help and direction. High school students are encouraged to approach their teachers for such support. The school counselor is also an important resource in helping students deal with personal and social adjustment issues. We suggest that parents encourage their sons/daughters to first seek out appropriate supports within the school before contacting the school for a conference.
When and how should parents set up a conference?
You may discuss your son's/daughter's progress in a particular course by scheduling a meeting with an individual teacher. The most efficient means to connect with a teacher is by emailing the teacher directly. Address your email to: last name, first email@example.com (example:firstname.lastname@example.org). You may also wish to call or email your child's school counselor to discuss general concerns or if your child is having difficulties in more than one subject area.
When and whom to telephone?
How can parents decide if a conference is necessary?
Contact the counselor and ask for a conference if:
What is considered bullying and how does my child report an incident?
Bullying, as defined in M.G.L. c. 71, § 37O, is the repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal, or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination thereof, directed at a target that:
Cyber bullying, is bullying through the use of technology or electronic devices such as telephones, cell phones, computers, and the Internet. It includes, but is not limited to, email, instant messages, text messages, and Internet postings. See M.G.L. c. 71, § 37O for the legal definition of cyber bullying.
There are a variety of reporting resources available to the school community and to students to report bullying incidents. Students can speak with a school counselor, a teacher or staff member, or an administrator. Incident Report Forms are available on the school’s website at:
When should you ask to confer with the Principal?
Ask for a conference with the Principal when:
Where do we get current information about what is going on at the high school?
How does the high school telephone system work?
How does a student/parent arrange dismissal?
What if a student is absent or tardy?
Where do parents go for questions related to athletics?
What are the parent organizations?
Who are the guidance counselors? When and how are 9th graders assigned guidance counselors?
What if parents/guardians have a question about their child's progress in a particular class?
How much homework is expected of 9th grade students?
What is extra help?
Can backpacks be carried in the high school?