Eisenhower High School English teacher Mark Urban talks with parents at Meet the Teacher Night. | Supplied Photo
Updated: October 24, 2012 6:04AM
Without looking at the passing crowds at Meet the Teacher Night in District 218, one might guess it was Friday afternoon.
Laughter and excited chatter filled the hallways as people walked from class to class. Some lingered a bit to say, “Hello” to people they recognized.
And that almost made them late for the next period. Indeed, people scurrying to avoid a tardy is a scene that plays every school day.
Parents, however, comprised the crowd at Meet the Teacher Night. They came to Eisenhower, Richards and Shepard high schools to follow an abbreviated form of their student’s schedule, learn about curriculum and expectations, and get all their questions answered.
Simply, it was the best way for any parent to start the school year.
“This is a college prep course, so I have high expectations. You’ll see me push them,” Shepard teacher Tierney Smith told parents of her honors physics students.
Even if their teenagers don’t pursue careers in science or engineering, Smith explained that enrolling in physics would help their students in any field.
“Physics makes you a problem-solver, and that’s helpful regardless of your career,” she said. “Physics students also get to do some really interesting things. Already, they’re looking forward to our year-end field trip to Great America.”
Richards math teacher Kari Vanderjack also addressed parents of college-bound students from her advanced placement calculus course.
“It’s very important for parents to stay active in education in high school,” Vanderjack said. “Parent involvement is a key to student success for all ages, not just young children.”
Richards Principal John Hallberg said parental involvement directly affects student achievement.
“When a student knows that his parents and teachers are communicating and have built a trusting relationship, it leaves the student no choice but to rise to the level of expectations that has been set for them,” Hallberg said.
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