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St. John Bosco staff aim to make good 1st impression

School hosting Meet the Teacher night to alleviate 1st-day jitters

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Posted: Sunday, August 17, 2014 6:45 am

St. John Bosco Catholic School (SJBCS) is gearing up for the 2014-15 school year by hosting its annual Meet the Teacher night on Monday, Aug. 18.

The school will break up the evening into two parts: the first hour is for new families of the school and the second hour is geared toward families who are familiar with the campus.

For new parents and students of SJBCS, they’ll have a chance to meet with instructors, have their questions answered prior to the first day of school, and allowed to explore the school’s facilities.

Student ambassadors will host tours around the campus for parents and students who are interested in getting acclimated with their new surroundings.

Seventh- and eighth-grade teacher Maureen Sullivan said the event was designed for parents and students to get rid of any anxiety that comes with the first day of school. It gives students a chance to interact with their teachers and familiarize themselves with the classroom they’ll be in for the school year.

“They get to meet their teachers in a much smaller, intimate environment,” Sullivan said.

To make her new students feel more at ease, Sullivan tries to meet each of her students individually to make them feel welcomed. One tactic is to have their names on their cubby, have their desk identified and introduce them to their fellow peers to find common ground within the classroom.

“It’s all about communication and making the kids feel that they’re really welcomed here,” Sullivan said.

Throughout her 10 years at the school, Sullivan has seen immense popularity from parents and students for Meet the Teacher night.

“For the lower grades, somehow 103 percent turn out; I don’t know where we get the extra people from,” she said. “Even the middle school kids who have gone together since kindergarten still like to pop back in to meet their teacher and see their homeroom.”

Ryan Watson, vice principal, said Meet the Teacher night was an opportunity for teachers to make a good impression upon the parents and students.

“I think it alleviates a lot of stress,” he said. “They’re feeling connected to the school, to the community and they know what to expect for the first day of school.”

Meet the Teacher will occur from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday.For more information about on the event or the school, visit

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