Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A Few Updates for This Week and Back to School Night

We are looking forward to welcoming our high school parents and guardians to our annual Back to School Night this Thursday evening, September 29th. Our Back to School Night is one of my favorite events of the year as it is filled with positive energy, opportunities to meet and get to know one another, and even sometimes finding ourselves temporarily lost in the halls, all of which are what make it a fun and memorable evening. It feels particularly timely this year that we have the opportunity to be together and to connect as a community.

Just a few things to keep in mind: parking is definitely at a premium for this event. So far, it looks to be a lovely evening weather-wise for a bit of a walk in case you need to park in one of the other lots on campus. We will follow Day D on the schedule cycle. During free periods on your child's schedule, please feel free to visit the Counseling Center, the Library, the School Store, and the Commons area where we will serve light refreshments.

The evening begins with my brief opening remarks at 6:50pm, which are geared toward parents/guardians of 9th graders and those new to the school this year. However, all are certainly welcome to attend.

A reminder that the purpose of Back to School Night is to get to know your child's teachers and gain an understanding of the goals and content of our courses. Our teachers spend considerable time preparing for Back to School Night to give you sense of your child's experience in the course. Our teachers are happy to communicate with parents/guardians via email, phone, or a meeting regarding the progress of individual students or specific concerns.

And just a reminder that our counselors and psychologists remain present and committed to supporting our students this week. You may recall that we have brought therapy dogs into school in the past, and the dogs have been a wonderful source of comfort for many. In our continued efforts to support our students, we will have therapy dogs with us for part of the day on Thursday in the upper gym.

We hope to see many of you on Thursday evening~
JoAnn