Parents head back to high school for a night |

Parents head back to high school for a night

Tahoe-Truckee High School had a large parent turnout for “Back to School Night” last Wednesday.

The evening kicked off with a lively performance by the TTHS high school jazz band. They even played “Happy Birthday” in honor of Principal Mike Finney, who was celebrating his 50th birthday that day.

“I’ve been reminded of [my birthday] all day long and there’s still a few hours left,” Finney told the audience that had filled the auditorium.

He quickly shifted gears to recap the school year and discuss upcoming events.

“Overall, it’s been a pretty good year,” he said. “There’s definitely been some high points, but there’s also been a few bumps in the road.”

Finney said despite the bumps, the school is still a family.

“It’s really a pretty darn good place to be,” he said.

Finney also used his speech to announce that 53 TTHS students would be receiving $1,000 from the state to put toward college or some other form of post-high school education because of their SAT-9 test scores. TTHS could also receive as much as $30,000 as a result of student scores.

The presentation also featured a teaser performance of the upcoming TTHS spring musical, “Oklahoma,” which will be performed the first three weekends in May.

The audience went crazy as three students performed a musical number from the play in perfect southern drawl, all decked out in cowboy boots, hats and hiked up jeans.

Afterwards, parents split up for a mock school day, visiting each of their child’s classrooms for a brief presentation and question and answer period by their teachers.

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