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Meet the Teacher Night

Last Monday, hundreds of parents went back to high school for a night at the DSHS Meet the Teacher event on September 12.

Meet the Teacher is an annual event at Dripping Springs High School that allows parents to go through their child’s schedule and interact with all their teachers in person.

Jacqueline Glenn, a mother and educator herself, says that events like this are very insightful for parents.

“I attended the Meet the Teacher night because I think it’s important to be part of my children’s education,” Glenn said.

Glenn is a Learning Specialist at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School and uses the Meet the Teacher night at her own school to gain a better understanding of not only the parents, but her students as well.

“I think it is important to meet the parents so that you get an understanding of which parents are more available and make school and events like this a priority,” Glenn said. “It helps me know which kids may need more support as a result of parents who are frequently not available for these events due to a busy work or social calendar.”

Glenn believes that events like Monday night where the parents get to interact with their child’s teachers create a connection between school and home you can’t quite get from anything else.

“It’s important to be part of my children’s education. Meeting the teacher is one way for me to let my child know that I support them and am concerned about what they are learning and how they are learning,” Glenn said. “It provides a valuable connection between school and home.”

Allison Schmidt, mother of senior Natalie Schmidt, attends the event each year.

“Meet the teacher night provides you with a brief snapshot as to what your child goes through on a daily basis at school,” Schmidt said. “I think one of the main things I took home from the evening is how hard it is to get to get from class to class on time!”

Schmidt enjoys attending this event each year because she sees it as a way to connect with her student’s teachers and gain a better understanding of what the atmosphere of the class is like.

“I find it beneficial being able to meet my daughter’s teachers and to learn more about the classes she is taking,” Schmidt said. “You’re able to get a feel for their teaching styles and philosophies.”

Her husband, Rodney Schmidt, attended the event as well to try and get a better feel for the new block scheduling implemented in the high school as well as get to know the teachers his student sees every day.

“It may be the only opportunity to meet your child’s teacher,” Mr. Schmidt said. “You get an introduction to the teachers and first impression of their personalities.”

Meet the Teacher night has been a successful tool for teachers, parents, and students at DSHS to help streamline communication and inspire a friendly and good-natured relationship between a student’s home life and their academic careers.

“It’s important for every student to know that their parents are invested in their education,” Glenn said. “Showing up for back to school night is a way to let your children know that you are connected and aware of what’s happening at school.”

Written by Olivia Fletcher

Staff Writer

PTSA makes cookies for teachers

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PTSA member with all the baked goods they made for teachers.

After hours upon hours of teaching, the best way for teachers to feel that all their effort has been appreciated is to walk in to the teachers lounge and see that an array of foods and gifts have been made in honor of them.

These gifts vary from cupcakes, to cookies, to cake pops. All of which are there to say “we appreciate all the hard work you do” and to celebrate the upcoming holiday of Valentine’s Day.

On Wednesday February 10th, the PTSA put together a cookie caper in the teacher’s lounge in order to demonstrate how they are grateful for all they do for their kids.

“We want to thank our great teachers and staff for all the hard work they do,” PTSA member Sally Beggs said. “It’s just a way to do a sweet thing for them and break up the winter months.”

The PTSA values all that the staff does to better their children and they work hard to make sure teachers know how much they are appreciated.

“We aimed to make 70 dozen goodies,” Beggs said. “We have chocolate dipped oreos, chocolate dipped strawberries, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, lemon cupcakes, and sugar cookies. You name it, we’ve got almost everything here.”

This didn’t just happen without a delicate system however. There was a set process that allowed everything to flow so perfectly, and we wouldn’t have been able to do it without our strong volunteer team.

“For people who work and volunteer at the school, it helps us put faces to the teachers of our kids,” Beggs said. “And it’s a great way to give back.”

The cookie caper was successful in that teachers and staff enjoyed all the treats and felt the full appreciation of the PTSA. The team of parents is looking forward to emulating this in the future and for years to come.

Written by Kerry James

Staff Writer

Upcoming: meet the teacher night

Jules Peterson
Jules Peterson: Editor-In-Chief

Meet the teacher night, an annual event put on by Dripping Springs High School, will be held on Monday, September 13.

Principal Joe Burns explains that this meet-and-greet night gives the teachers and parents a chance to meet face to face at the beginning of the year.

“Meet the teacher is really just an opportunity for our parents to put a face with the name,” he said. “It is also a good way for parents to hear the basics about the class and ask any questions they might have.”

Dripping Springs High School parents tend to be pretty involved with their students and the school has an impressive turnout each year.

“We get a pretty good turnout, even at the high school level,” Burns states.

Written by Jules Peterson

Editor-In-Chief