Par­ents Visit Cam­puses For Back To School Events

Riverbank News - - NEWS - BY RIC McGIN­NIS

Last week, River­bank par­ents got their own taste of back to school, as lo­cal cam­puses in town each hosted a back to school night.

On Tues­day, both ele­men­tary schools, Cal­i­for­nia Av­enue and Mesa Verde, opened their class­room doors to par­ents, who were able to get a taste of the cour­ses their stu­dents would be study­ing.

Each cam­pus hosted an open­ing as­sem­bly, where prin­ci­pals in­tro­duced the teach­ers. It was a tricky evening for one of them, though.

Brand new mu­sic teacher Jeremy Clifton needed to be both places at the same time. He teaches class­room mu­sic at both schools, as well as be­gin­ning band for fifth graders.

The so­lu­tion was for him to go first in in­tro­duc­tions at Mesa Verde, then hus­tle over to take a turn at Cal­i­for­nia Av­enue.

Par­ent-Teacher Or­ga­ni­za­tion lead­ers in­tro­duced their pro­grams to the par­ents, then stu­dents and their fam­i­lies broke off to their in­di­vid­ual class­rooms.

Visi­ta­tion pe­ri­ods were bro­ken into two, at least at Mesa Verde, so par­ents with more than one stu­dent could visit each class­room.

On Wed­nes­day, Cross- roads Ele­men­tary School hosted its own Back to School Night, with sim­i­lar op­por­tu­ni­ties for fam­i­lies to dis­cuss the work of their stu­dents.

One dif­fer­ence, where Mesa Verde and Cal­i­for­nia Av­enue had prin­ci­pals ad­dress the gath­er­ings in the multi-pur­pose rooms, at Cross­roads, par­ents went di­rectly to their stu­dent’s class­rooms, where the teacher pre­sented a video of the prin­ci­pal and vice prin­ci­pal, who ex­plained some of the pro­ce­dures unique to their classes.

On Thurs­day evening, it was River­bank High’s turn, with sim­i­lar ac­tiv­i­ties on its cam­pus.

Mesa Verde’s prin­ci­pal, Kim Ott, takes the stage at the be­gin­ning of Back to School Night on the ele­men­tary school cam­pus. She in­tro­duced the teach­ing line up as well as mem­bers of the par­ents club be­fore turn­ing at­ten­dees loose to find their stu­dent’s classes on cam­pus.

NEWS PHO­TOS BY RIC MCGIN­NIS

Stu­dents and their par­ents visit in Miss Bracken’s first grade class­room dur­ing last week’s Back to School event. Fam­i­lies learned what was in store for their stu­dents in the 2018-19 school year.

Par­ents who have more than one stu­dent at Mesa Verde Ele­men­tary School tran­si­tion be­tween class­rooms as part of Back to School Night ac­tiv­i­ties. The event in­tro­duced par­ents to the teach­ers and staff for the 2018-19 school year.

Some stu­dents couldn’t re­sist the al­lure of the Cross­roads Ele­men­tary play­ground while their par­ents were vis­it­ing their class­rooms dur­ing the Back to School night ses­sion.

River­bank High School Span­ish teacher Pete Perkins goes over his cur­ricu­lum with par­ents of some of his 2018-19 stu­dents dur­ing the re­cent Back to School Night. The Aug. 16 pro­gram saw fam­i­lies shut­tling be­tween class­rooms that evening, just as their stu­dents do dur­ing the day.

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