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Meet the teachers! During the Open House, parents and students were walking the halls and going through the green and white day schedule. The parents had a chance to meet their student’s teachers along with learning about each class. They got to see what it’s like to live the life of a Yorktown High School Tiger.

YHS principal, Ms. Brewer said, “The main thing that we like to convey to them at the open house is that we want to partner with them in order for their child to have their best experience at the high school, and we want them to know all the resources we have available and how we can provide additional support, whether that’s staying after school for homework help or coming in early to meet with a teacher.”

Teachers welcomed families into their classrooms and introduced them themselves and briefly explained their courses. 

Biology teacher, Mr. Hess said, “It’s nice to introduce yourself. Let [parents] know how the class works and normally they have questions with their kids. Open house is more about trying to say how you run things, but it’s also nice to put a name with a face. But generally, just let them know how the class works so they feel comfortable and they feel like they can reach out to you if they need to.” 

This year, YHS welcomed several new teachers who also experienced their first YHS open house including Molly Mangels, Meghan Zick, Brady Stout, and Leah Chandler. 

Ms. Mangels said, “It was exciting to be a new teacher at Open House! I was not sure what to expect, since I had never done it before, but it was fun. I enjoyed conversations with students and families about the work we are doing in Speech and English 10.

Based on observations, there were around 40 parents and students who attended the event. Eventually the goal is to find a date to entice more parents to attend.

Brewer said, “I think that when kids get to be at the high school level it becomes this dance that parents have to figure out. How much responsibility do I have to put on my child to take ownership as they’re getting older? And we want to foster that growth into adulthood rather than, how much do I still need to be there circling to make sure things need to be done? That’s a tricky one and that’s where the conversation between the student and the parent”

Those who attended benefitted from being able to faces to names, walking the halls, and learning the complicated Green and White day schedule.

Brewer said, “I absolutely love it whenever we get to see parents and students outside the school day.”

 

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