Open House Moves to Mid-Year

Colette Wright, Design Editor

New this year, Campolindo will combine Open House and an annual information meeting for parents of 8th graders on February 6 from 6:45-8:00pm.

According to associate principal Sharon Bartlett, Acalanes combined the two events last year and it was a success. “Parents will get a better sense of what the school is like before students have solidified their schedule. They could check out classes before the students sign up,” said Bartlett.

However, some are skeptical about the date change. “I prefer the old way of having Open House, at year end. I like to see projects students have been working on through the course of the year,” said parent Cindy Redinger, who has attended Campolindo’s open house the last 13 years.

“My favorite part about Open House is seeing the projects the students have been working on. I also like talking briefly with the teachers. Each teacher has their own personality,” said Redinger.

“I think the date change is a little strange because open house is taking place after only one semester has passes instead of at the end of the year. We (students) don’t have quite as much to show after one semester,” said senior Elyssa Campo.

“I generally enjoy Open House. It lets me see everything we’ve accomplished throughout the year, which I normally don’t get a chance to focus on. My favorite part of open house is showing my parents around so they get to know who I’m talking about at home and what my typical day is like,” said Campo.

Bartlett hopes more students will come out to preview courses. The evening has been revamped so that various course offerings, clubs and sports teams can showcase their programs and solicit participation while students still have time to make choices about next year’s schedule.

“I’m having a meeting for math placement in my room,” said teacher Ken Ingersoll. According to Ingersoll, presentations will allow parents and students to have a better sense understanding of course offerings as they make plans for the following year.

“Open House is going on to show off students’ accomplishments, give people a chance to see Campo, and meet parents and teachers,” said Bartlett.