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Nationwide tradition updates parents

When a student reaches high school, their overall knowledge increases, however, their communication seems to decrease. In an effort to enlighten parents on teacher curriculum and student progress, schools nation wide host Back-to-School Night. The campus will host the event from 7-9 P.M., on Aug. 27.

“We have Back-to-School Night because we can have the parents and teachers connect,” Jon Endicott, associate principal, said, “having this will help improve communication between teachers and parents.”

Each class is reduced to 10 minutes and parents have three-minutes to transfer to the next period.

“I think Back-to-School Night is a good idea,” Scott Falk, campus pastor, said. “As a parent I always looked forward to Back-to-School Night because parents get to see what the school and the teachers are like. They will see what the kids go through everyday and what is going on in their kid’s life.”

Teachers handed out class schedules and a map of the campus for students to take home for convenience. Although most parents find Back-to-School Night informative, some students do not recognize the significance of the evening.

“I think Back-to-School Night is all fine and all, but personally I think it is pointless,” Amanda Weber, ’10, said. “Now a days at Fresno Christian, everything is online. If my parents want to see how I am doing, they can just log into PowerSchool.”

Teachers will discuss their objectives for the year, major projects and individual assistance for students, if necessary; they are also on hand to answer questions at the end of the evening. However, each adds their personal touch and presentation style.

“For the last three years I showed parents the technology we use is the class room. They all seemed to enjoy and like it,” Mike Fenton, math teacher, said. “This year I am going to emphasize the resources and how things work. I want to open up the communications from parents to teachers.”

Debbie Siebert will talk about academic issues and Lori Grossman will talk about the Learning Resource Center (LRC), the Discovery Program and tutors and Parent Support Network (PSN) will explain their purpose and ask for volunteers.

Endicott will close the evening with a PowerSchool presentation, which enables parents to review their children’s grades and attendance.

“I think Back-to-School night is a good idea because I get to see the parents behind the students. It is nice to see what the parents look like and who their kids are,” Fenton said. “I meet 100-120 parents at Back-to-School Night. Meeting the parents helps with communications and they can see that I have a great rapport in my classes.”

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