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Open house set for GHS

September 29, 2012
By LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - The Gloversville High School's Welcome Back Night open house, scheduled for Monday from 6:30 to 8 p.m., will feature a new format.

Matt?Sherman, a high school family facilitator, said the new format will allow parents to roam among high school classrooms. The event also will include refreshments, live music and bus transportation from the district's elementary schools to the high school.

The high school was designated as a school "in need of improvement" by the state of New York and was asked to form committees to come up with a building improvement plan, Principal Richard DeMallie said.

DeMallie said part of that plan was to increase parental involvement. One of the ways the school thought it could accomplish this was to change the format of the open house.

"We felt we had to do something different to increase our attendance," said DeMallie. "We recognized that everybody is busy and juggling several things in the course of a day, so we changed it to a true open house format."

The format has been changed to an actual open house setting where students and families can roam and visit different classrooms as they please. The previous format was set up where students would take their parents and family from class to class in a bell format, much like the way classes work during the usual school hours.

Previously, every teacher had only 10 minutes to talk to every parent and family within a class. DeMallie said if parents wanted to talk to a specific teacher, they had to stay until that time came up on the student schedule.

"This format gives parents flexibility to come at the start, middle or end," said DeMallie.

Also, for the first time, the district will provide transportation for all families that don't have personal transportation available.

Buses pick parents up from the elementary schools and transport them to the high school.

"I think it will benefit the teachers because the new format will allow them to touch base with more of their students' parents and make a connection without a time restriction," said DeMallie.

The open house will have free refreshments and feature live music from the school's Jazz Band, Sherman said. There also will be an art display on exhibit during the event.



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