Parents scurried through the hallways on Back-To-School-Night much like their children did a week earlier, trying to find classrooms and anxious to meet teachers.
The evening began with an introduction by Mr. Klebez, who filled the attendees in on changes at the high school.
Mr. Klebez mentioned the fact that Boonton would be paperless and encouraged the use of RealTime and students portals. He indicated that the district is ordering less and less textbooks, opting to go online.
“Instead of sending home a book, we figured out ways to do it electronically,” said Mr. Klebez, referring to the glut of paperwork that used to mailed out every year in mid-August. “This will be much better.”
Mr. Klebez also spoke of the upgraded facilities at the high school, noting that lighting had been replaced and that bathrooms and teachers lounges had undergone improvements (painting, a sink in the one near the student cafeteria, a new microwave and refrigerator). More new lockers will be installed later in the school year, likely during a lengthy break.
It was announced that the perfect attendance program will return. Ten students who did not miss a day during the 2016-17 school year were entered in a drawing for prizes that included Apple watches and Smart TVs. Once again, students will be recognized on a monthly basis for perfect attendance.
Rebecca Kipp-Newbold, supervisor of instruction, humanities, and Ray Sawyer, supervisor of instruction, STEM, were introduced during the session held in the auditorium.
Gabrielle Bohon, the head of the Boonton High School Home & School Association, took a few minutes to speak about the association which offers scholarships, pays for assemblies and offers teacher grants.
Finally, athletic director Dave Hughen was given the microphone to extol the benefits of participating in athletics.
“Why participate?” Hughen said. “Individual and team success. It’s an exciting time. Sports build character and help students get better grades. We won our first group title for track in the spring. We’re moving up.”
From the auditorium, parents and guardians followed their child’s schedules and went to eight-minute classes, where teachers handed out a syllabus and discussed expectations.
“Back-To-School-Night was excellent,” said science teacher Jacob Reichman, who came to Boonton High School from Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy inn Elizabeth. “It was great to connect with some parents and open up lines of communication to help ensure a successful school year for all.”