Welcome to "Back to School Night" at Yosemite High School.
Row by row the gym bleachers began to fill with students and parents anticipation and curiosity ran through the crowd Sept. 5, a hot summer-like night. For returning students and parents who passed by teachers and old friends, you could feel the excitement of coming back to a new school year. As for the the new students and parents, this event provides insight into how their student is being educated and exactly just how hard they are going to have to work to receive a high school education.
Yosemite High School parents and students came together to meet the the school's new principal, Randy Seals, and hear from teachers what will be expected of students in order to secure a better education.
This is the night for students to show their parents who their teachers are, where there classes are being held and where their interests are for parents its like going back to the future.
As Seals welcomed everyone to the 2013-2014 school year, he stressed the importance of hosting Back to School night.
"One of the primary purposes of Back to School Night is to build bridges between our classes here at Yosemite and the home," Seals explained.
Seals is a firm believer that YHS should be supporting what mom and dad are doing in the home, thus creating a reciprocal relationship between parents and the school.
"Tonight is the opportunity for us to build these bridges between faculty and the parent/student relationship," Seals said. "When the adults are all working together on the same page and share the same goals, magic happens and that magic is the education of our children."
For Nimai Black who is a mother of three boys, two who graduated from YHS and Nararyan, who is a sophomore th`is year, attended the event to find out more about the new principal and show interest in Narayan's educational experience.
"I think it is important to show your interested in meeting their teachers and seeing what they are learning," Black said.
Then the bell rang and parents are off and running from the gymnasium with only five minutes to find their student's first period classroom. For ten minutes teachers explain their curriculum and what exactly a student will learn in that particular class. Then the bell rings and its of to next class and the next teacher.
Thomas, a freshman this year whose mother feels that this is a big step for her son, believes the event gives a parent insight to their child's everyday school routine.
"It's critical for parents to be involved and you can see that those are involved, have students that are the successful ones in school," said Thomas' mother,