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American High School Holds Annual Open House for Students and Incoming Freshmen

Shruthi Kumar

Staff Writer

    This week, American High School held the Open House Night to welcome incoming freshman and present to students, current and future, the types of classes they can expect to see in the curriculum, as well as the different clubs the school has that the students are able to join.

    Open House Night took place on March 6, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  The rotunda had spaces for different classes offered at American High, while the library was designated for school clubs.The proceeds made from the taco truck sales are utilized as support for the AHS Athletics Department.OpenHouse2

     The classes offered at the school were set up as individual stands in different areas of the rotunda categorized by subject, such as Social Science, Foreign Languages, and the Arts.  The several stands were each uniquely tailored to the types of classes they represented.

    “All of the stands in the rotunda are completely different.  For example, you can see the Social Science Department has a collaborative presentation with a projected Powerpoint, while Art has a museum thing going on,” librarian Mrs. DiFranco said.

    Previous or current art students displayed vestiges of their work to give people who visit the stand an idea of the type of work they can expect to learn in the class.

    “What’s cool about displaying student paintings is that people can see the kind of talent they can get, all of the cool things they can learn, especially if Art is something they are really into,” Karen Ku (12) said.  “I put a couple of my own works out there for people to see, and then I can take my work home with me, I’m very happy and appreciate the stand the Art Department has set up for tonight.”

Although technically all students and parents are invited, Open House Night places more of the focus on the upcoming freshman class because it gives them an opportunity to ask students, teachers and other staff members all of the questions they have about high school courses, clubs and requirements.  Many aspects were added to this year’s Open House that set it apart from previous years’.  “This year is going to be a little different actually, we usually have the classes going on in the rotunda, but this year we are also going to be having the clubs  set up in the library, with the student club advisers there to talk about their club’s purpose, and answer questions as well,” Assistant Principal Mr. Reibenschuh said.
Although technically all students and parents are invited, Open House Night places more of the focus on the upcoming freshman class because it gives them an opportunity to ask students, teachers and other staff members all of the questions they have about high school courses, clubs and requirements. Many aspects were added to this year’s Open House that set it apart from previous years’. “This year is going to be a little different actually, we usually have the classes going on in the rotunda, but this year we are also going to be having the clubs set up in the library, with the student club advisers there to talk about their club’s purpose, and answer questions as well,” Assistant Principal Mr. Reibenschuh said.

Student club advisers were in the library, and set up various trifolds that gave the essence of the club’s purpose.

    “We make these poster boards on our own time, and we’re thrilled every time a student or parent comes by and asks questions,” Health and Medicine Officer Anisha Salunkhe (12) said.  “That’s why we’re here, to clarify anyone’s doubts and encourage people to join the club!”

    Every corner of the library was filled with elaborate trifolds and posters, each with a corresponding group of student advisers who present the poster in their own way.  Students and parents toured the different clubs and received answers to all of their questions.

    “This was my first Open House, and although I’m not an incoming freshman, there are a lot of clubs that are new to me and I would like to [join],” Nina Krishnan (10) said.

    The school advertised an early dinner before Open House on the campus website.  Three taco trucks were parked in the back parking lot and people were able to purchase any food of their choice, complete with menus, prices and music.

    “The taco trucks are pretty neat, I know a lot of people who have tried the food, so I’m curious to know how popular it will be with all of the students and parents that result in buying that food,” Niki Menon (12) said.

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