Campolindo Holds Informative Virtual Open House

Campolindo held its 2nd virtual Open House since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic on January 27. Although a large part of the community has been vaccinated, due to the wavering number of cases the event stayed on Zoom.

The evening event was a short 45 minutes long, and included discussions from staff, students, and parents of the Campolindo community. Information was provided about school initiatives, curricular programs, clubs, and athletics.

The event included several parent speakers and supporters of the Moraga Educational Foundation (MEF), who provided information about the different programs the donations go to.

Additionally, several student speakers were able to share about different campus opportunities available to students, including the Leadership program and the Leadership Equity Council (LEC).

Freshman Keira Verprauskus, a member of LEC, spoke at the event and said, “I think Open House went really well. I think that our point got across to all of the parents and students [watching], and I hope [the information] brings more people into the LEC program.”

The event also focused on giving prospective students a look into their future at Campo with brief videos about the courses offered to students and their pathways.

Freshman Maggie Mandell, a member of the Leadership program, attended the event and said, “I thought all of the videos were very informative. It was interesting getting to see the students from those classes share about their experiences.”

For some, the virtual open house came with obstacles. “I was a little nervous when I was speaking, because I was able to see the viewer count of [the webinar] and it was around 400 people. But, the actual talking portion was pretty manageable, and I made it through,” noted Verprauskus.

A separate session was held for 8th graders joining the Campolindo community next year. The session included a brief overview of things offered on campus, as well as different resources available to the class of 2026.

Violet Ludwig, an 8th grader at Joaquin Moraga and incoming Campolindo student, participated in the webinar and said, “I thought the webinar was set up really well. I learned a lot from each club and group that got to speak, which was great. I also got to see how many classes there are to choose from. The webinar definitely made me excited for next year when I come onto the [Campolindo] campus.”

Students stay hopeful about the fate of next year’s Open House.

”I obviously hope next year’s [Open House] will be in-person, and have a few more things to offer, but I think the organizers [of the event] did the best they could have done,” said Mandell.

Although some students may be missing the on-campus tradition, the virtual event provided a great deal of information to existing and upcoming students looking for some future guidance.