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Truckee High School changes Back to School Night format

Staff report

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Truckee High School is changing from its traditional Back to School Night format on Monday, Sept. 24, to a Parent-Teacher Conference model, the district announced Wednesday.

According to a press release, Truckee Highand#8217;s new principal, Greg Dettinger, believes this will provide a more effective way for parents and their students to meet with teachers individually, which will ultimately help to increase student achievement.

Because more time will be needed for the conferences, students will be dismissed at noon on Monday, and the parent-teacher conferences will take place between 1-4:30 p.m., and then continue from 5-7 p.m.

and#8220;After listening to teachers about the benefits of Back to School Night, Dettinger learned that 90 percent of parents of AP and other advanced students come, but hardly anyone else does,and#8221; the press release reads. and#8220;Dettingerand#8217;s experience has been that AP students are going to perform and be successful no matter what, so he proposed to (Truckee High) teachers through their PLCs that they move to a more individualized approach that has proven effective in Dettingerand#8217;s last two schools.and#8221;

Teachers are making an extra effort to encourage parents and students to attend these Parent-Teacher conferences this coming Monday. All regular education teachers will be at a table surrounding the outer edges inside of the schooland#8217;s large gymnasium with a small table and chairs for the parents and their student to sit.

Tables will be spread around so departments are close to each other with their names hanging on the wall behind them so they can be easily found. Waiting chairs will be set up approximately 15 feet away from tables toward the center of the gym so parents donand#8217;t have to stand in lines and can wait comfortably until their turn.

An advantage of this format, according to the school, is that parents can see all of the teachers when they walk in, and quickly assess which teachers have the shortest lines. At their request, Special Education teachers will meet with parents in the cafeteria to provide confidentiality.


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