Curriculum Night A Success
by Adam Garner, 2014 (posted 1-12-12)
On January 12th the cafeteria packed numerous students representing the myriad of clubs, sports and activities. In the commons teachers displayed student work and course information promoting all the disciplines in the school. Other student volunteers took groups for tours around the school. Curriculum night is an opportunity for incoming freshmen to get a glimpse of high school.
According to Assistant Principal Maureen Reed, Curriculum Night is an opportunity for incoming freshmen to visit CHS and see the building, as well as the classes they can take and the clubs they can join.
Reed says Curriculum Night is successful because of the hard work that people at the school put into it, including students, staff, and club advisors.
“Everybody puts a lot of effort into making it a nice place for kids to come to (so they) can see what’s available to them,” says Reed.
Reed feels that for incoming freshmen to succeed in the CHS curriculum, they have to take it seriously right from the beginning.
“[Incoming freshmen] have to realize that [high school] is a different setup than middle school,” says Reed.
An example of this is moving away from the team setup.
“In high school, you have six or seven teachers that you have to report to, and those teachers don’t usually talk to each other about a student, so there’s a lot more the student has to do in order to be successful,” says Reed.
Some students feel more comfortable with CHS after leaving Curriculum Night.
“I felt more comfortable because I knew more about the classes I was going to be taking, [as well as] what my teachers were going to expect, so it wasn’t as nerve-racking,” says Rachel Feldman, 2014, who has fond memories of her experience.
In her opinion, the most positive aspect of the night was meeting the teachers and seeing the kinds of classes she was going to take. However, she does admit that when she took her first tour of the building, it seemed very large.
“I had no idea how I was going to get around (on) the first day of school, but after (being in school for a few days), I got used to it,” says Feldman.