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Parents Visit Campuses For Back To School Events
Students and their parents visit in Miss Bracken’s first grade classroom during last week’s Back to School event. Families learned what was in store for their students in the 2018-19 school year.

Last week, Riverbank parents got their own taste of back to school, as local campuses in town each hosted a back to school night.

On Tuesday, both elementary schools, California Avenue and Mesa Verde, opened their classroom doors to parents, who were able to get a taste of the courses their students would be studying.

Each campus hosted an opening assembly, where principals introduced the teachers. It was a tricky evening for one of them, though.

Brand new music teacher Jeremy Clifton needed to be both places at the same time. He teaches classroom music at both schools, as well as beginning band for fifth graders.

The solution was for him to go first in introductions at Mesa Verde, then hustle over to take a turn at California Avenue.

Parent-Teacher Organization leaders introduced their programs to the parents, then students and their families broke off to their individual classrooms.

Visitation periods were broken into two, at least at Mesa Verde, so parents with more than one student could visit each classroom.

On Wednesday, Crossroads Elementary School hosted its own Back to School Night, with similar opportunities for families to discuss the work of their students.

One difference, where Mesa Verde and California Avenue had principals address the gatherings in the multi-purpose rooms, at Crossroads, parents went directly to their student’s classrooms, where the teacher presented a video of the principal and vice principal, who explained some of the procedures unique to their classes.

On Thursday evening, it was Riverbank High’s turn, with similar activities on its campus.