Dear Southmoor Families and Friends,

October, 2013 

Parent Tips for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences can be a bit intimidating, especially if it’s your first one or your first with a new teacher. Remember that a teacher is probably as nervous about meeting you as you are about meeting with him or her. Here are some things to think about to help you get ready for the conference.

Have I decided on specific questions to ask the teacher? For example, is our child doing as well as expected in reading, math, etc.? Why are certain procedures followed in the classroom? What are the policies regarding homework?

Am I prepared to answer questions that might be asked by the teacher about my child’s hobbies and interests? Special health problems? Provisions for study at home?

Have I expressed interest in the conference with my child? Have I noted an especially good experience or problem area my child has had in school to relate to the teacher? Have I asked my child if he or she has questions or complaints?

After the conference, it may be helpful to note the important points of the conference and share the results with your child. Together, design a definite action plan that will promote improved academic growth for your child. You may also wish to arrange for additional conferences to monitor progress of your child.

August, 2013

I am proud to be Principal of Southmoor Elementary.  I admire Southmoor’s reputation as a dynamic institution embedded in the Southeast Denver Community.  This school is noted for a powerful academic program and a rich array of co-curricular offerings. The students can boast a range and depth of accomplishment and achievement.  From a personal perspective, I am excited to become a part of a community that models success in Denver for all students.

I have been working in DPS for the past two years as an assistant principal and have been a principal in both Littleton and Jefferson County.  I am excited to begin my work with the Southmoor staff and community.  Over the course of the 2013-14 school year, we will spend approximately 165 days together – at a very conservative estimate of 8 hours a day (we won’t even consider after school activities), we can count on more than 1,300 hours to make our students and ourselves better, kinder, smarter, and generally more useful human beings.  Over the course of this time together, I hope we all embrace this adventure from a position of strength.

I look forward to working with all of you this year.  Southmoor has extraordinary talent in the staff, volunteers and community.  We are all dedicated to the success of our kids.  And, that makes anything possible.

Please feel free to stop by or email me at if you want to talk further.

With warm regards,
Sarina Compoz