by KIA HARLAN
Parents and students are invited to Back to School Night Sept. 22 from 6-8 p.m., as well as Freshman Orientation in the auditorium at 5 p.m.
Parents are encouraged to meet teachers to understand what is expected in their classes. Students should share their classroom schedules with their parents or print the schedule in library.
Back to School Night, “opens a line of communication for home and school to connect,” said Assistant Principal Elizabeth Rodarte. There will be 15-minute rotations between classes, and USB members will help guide parents to the classrooms. Project Director Valerie Diaz, Testing Coordinator Denise Quan and Bilingual Facilitator Carmen Patlan will help all families to set up Schoolloop accounts in the library between 5:45-7:45 p.m.
“I think it’s valuable to come to meet your child’s teachers because it gives parents first-hand information on grading and discipline policies,” said Blanca Cuevas, vice president of fundraising for the PTSA. “[It’s the] perfect opportunity to ask questions. It’s important for your children to know you care enough to be involved at school and be part of the process.”
At Freshman Orientation, counselor Beatriz De La Rosa will speak about A-G requirements for college, as well as graduation requirements.
“It gives an opportunity for parents with ninth graders to get acquainted with teachers, the school and the A-G requirements,” said Rodarte.
The PTSA will be selling pizza for $2 a slice, water, Capri-sun and chips for $1. They will also be selling a limited supply of black, green and pink Spartan T-shirts, one for $12 or two for $20. All profits from the T-shirts will go towards scholarships for Schurr students and student outreach. They will also host a Fill-a-Bucket booth, where parents and students can give back to the teachers by donating office supplies, or money to purchase them, to individual teachers.
“I think parents should donate because, unfortunately, schools don’t get everything. As a parent, I always give Lysol wipes as well as a little gift for the teacher. It’s more about providing stuff for your kids when they’re away from home. My favorite thing [to receive] is Kleenex boxes, because we never have enough Kleenex, and they’re directly for the kids,” said Choir Director Angela Chong.
The cafeteria staff will also have a table where attendees can pick up lunch forms to see if students are eligible for reduced or free lunch, and also answer any questions on the menu.
Students can also preorder the 2017 yearbook for $65 at Back to School Night; after Sept. 22 the price will be raised to $75. The four-year bundle, including books from 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, costs $175. Students can go to Room C-214 for more information, or to place ads in the yearbook.