Parent-teacher conferences will be a little different this year at St. Clair Junior High.

Principal Eric Lause said the first half of the conferences will be student led. Students have the ability to check their grades, assignments, attendance and lunch accounts online, which they will show to their parents during conferences.

“We want the parents to realize that it doesn’t have to be a conference. If you want to check out what your child is doing at any time, they can do this at home with their child,” Lause said.

Parents will still be able to meet with teachers after viewing grades, he said.

On a weekly basis, students have the opportunity to check their grades during advisory periods. If students are missing an assignment in a certain class, they can visit with teachers during advisory to complete it.

By having online access to grades and assignments, eighth-grader Caitlyn Janson said she is able to keep her mom informed. To improve her math grade, Janson said she has continued to work hard by meeting with her teacher for extra help.

“That’s what it’s all about — just having students really take ownership in their learning,” Lause said.

Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 3:30-6:60 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 28, from 4-7 p.m.