On Thursday, Sept. 29, parents had their turn to experience a school day at Foothill’s annual Back to School Night. Throughout the night, the parents got to meet with and talk to their students’ teachers.
Each teacher prepared a short presentation. Some went over syllabi, others talked about students learning goals, among other topics.
“I have ten minutes. My goal is to tell parents really quickly what some of their resources are, how they can get help and how they can contact me if need to,” math teacher Rick Villano said.
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Students and parents alike were treated to dinner and music. Alongside the entertainment, several organizations had booths set up. Some of these were connected to the school such as Foothill’s drama department, but others like Casitas Rowing were not affiliated with the school.
Students coming with their parents had their own experience at Back to School Night. Senior Justice Harris reflected on his time at Foothill.
“It’s kind of emotional as I see freshmen that are taking their classes for the first time. It feels kind of nice knowing that I’m done with it,” Harris said.
After parents had their fill of food, they moved off to their child’s seventh period to meet their child’s teacher. If the student did not have a seventh period they got to stay in the quad and relax for a little while longer.
Then, parents moved to their child’s first period class and then to their second and third period classes, as if they were the students.
During the third period, announcements were broadcasted. Along with a quick word from Ventura Unified Superintendent Michael Babb, principal Joe Bova, Foothill’s PFSO president, and ASB President Courtney Corbett, everyone was asked to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. Afterwards, parents went back out to the quad for refreshments and a short break.
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Once the break was finished parents went directly to their child’s fourth period class and then proceed to their child’s fifth and sixth period classes. When sixth period was over, parents were free to go home.
Parent Charlie Turville’s favorite part of Back to School Night is “the connection with the teachers.”
“The teachers know who we are as parents, what’s important to us. The teachers in turn have a chance to express what’s important to them in the best interest of our kids,” Turville said.