LV Middle High School Parents Go ‘Back to School’

Middle and high school parents and their children assembled in the Sgt. Brian L. Walker Memorial Gymnasium at Lucerne Valley High School for the annual “Back to School Night” on August 23.
“The Lucerne Valley Unified School District truly embraces the concept of being a small school district,” said new principal Nate Lambdin. “Every student we know by name. They’re not just a number.”
After the principal’s welcome and greetings by new Assistant Principal Kelly Boeing, FFA chapter advisers and officers, AVID teacher Naomi “Ms. O” Oyadomari, Mrs. Nancy Monson of Lucerne Valley Adult Education and others, Mr. Lambdin invited attendees to visit their students’ classes. The school bell would ring, just as students would hear throughout the day, he explained, but families would visit all of their student’s classes in only one other rather than an entire school day.
Once in classrooms, teachers gave parents a brief explanation of what occurs every day. English teacher Mrs. Linda Schlenz explained about homework and other project. She said that the school uses the Cornell Notes process, which includes dividing a piece of note paper into three sections, writing the course name and date at the top, writing the notes, and then reviewing an clarifying what you have written.
“We want this to be good for your kids, and for them to be the best they can be,” Mrs. Schlenz said.
Ms. O, who teaches middle school U.S. History and serves as an AVID adviser, explained how the class uses planner binders and how homework is posted. She also explained that the class uses Cornell Notes and an AVID technique know as “W.I.C.O.R.,” which stands for Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading. Besides touting the benefits of AVID, she inviting attendees to learn more about the 2020 DC/East Coast Tour.
“It’s a great learning experience,” she said, “and it is U.S. history based.”
Mr. Troy Van Bavel greeted families who visited the Ag Science/FFA class. Going into his 25th year at the high school, Mr Van Bavel talked about the opportunities for leadership development. Just weeks after the new school year began, FFA is in full swing attending conferences and learning leadership skills.
Many other teachers greeted parents during the Back to School event.
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