Back to school night gives parents a first-hand Foothill experience


Credit: Abigail Massar / The Foothill Dragon Press

Jill Vallance

During the annual Back to School Night at Foothill, parents had the opportunity to walk the same halls and visit the same teachers as their kids have since the end of August.

Assistant Principal Eva Perez directed the event. She describes Back to School Night as a chance for the mothers and fathers to “feel confident that when [they] drop [their children] off, […] there is a sense of home and comfort” waiting for them at Foothill.

Superintendent David Creswell made an appearance at the event because he believed the “connections” between students, parents and the school are vital to the success of a student.



After being treated to barbecue, cookies and music, the familiar school bell rang and parents were off to their students’ classes.

Different teachers took varied approaches to aiding to the adults’ queries. While others reserved the presentation to introducing their wiki pages and requesting donations, English teacher and Associated Student Body(ASB) adviser Melanie “Captain” Lindsey decided to color outside the lines.

“Instead of doing a presentation on my philosophy and the expectations, […] I’m teaching a ten minute lesson to the parents and giving them a ten minute experience into AP lit,” Lindsey said.



Lindsey concluded that the goal of immersing the parents into a day in the shoes of their children was a success, joking that the adults, no matter how much older, “get the same look of confusion as their kids get.”

After three class presentations, adults got a chance to buy Foothill spirit wear, support Design Academy (D-Tech) and enjoy assorted beverages provided by ASB at the 25 minute break.



Freshman parent Jeanine Murphy aimed to “get the know the teachers and how to access their information,” and after seeing Foothill, she “feels more confident that the education they’re getting is really good, [and that the] teachers are helpful and supportive.”

Math teacher Wayne Powers ended the night talking about the importance of retaining responsibility as a student.

“They have to be responsible of their education,” Powers said. “it’s on them, and all we could do is support.”

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