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Back-to-School Night a Pleasure for Some, a Burden for Others


Each fall, dozens of directionally challenged parents can be found haplessly wandering the halls on Back-to-School night. For some, Back-to-School represents a tedious chore that requires them to get takeout for their kids and hire a babysitter. But for others, the evening represents a chance to get a peek at what their child does for 182 days a year.

“I like Back-to-School Night because it builds my confidence in my son’s education,” said Raphe Elkind P ’14. “I get to meet all his teachers who make me excited about the possibilities for my son in the upcoming school year.”

Elkind added that it allows him to finally put faces to the teachers who his son comes home talking about, allowing him to have a more educated discussion when it comes to his son’s education.

For some students, this enriched parental knowledge of their academic lives is welcomed.

“I love Back-to-School Night because it gives my parents a better idea of what I’m dealing with academically,” Ben Foster ’15 said. “They’re much more likely to empathize with me complaining about math after listening to my teacher lay out the syllabus for them and use words like ‘Quadratic Formula’ and ‘Imaginary Numbers.’”

For others, the evening is yet another tool for parents looking to give their kids a hard time.

“After Back-to-School Night, if I complain about a teacher my parents always respond with ‘Oh, but he or she seemed so nice, maybe the problem is on your end,’’’ Lazaro Alvarado ’14 said.

Whether a student or a parent, the consensus appears to be that Back-to-School Night provides parents with a sufficient knowledge of their child’s education – it is up to the parent to decide what they decide to do with said knowledge.

“I’m a teacher, so if I go to a presentation that’s really good, I can steal some of the material for my Back-to-School Night,” Elkind said. “On the other hand, if the teacher’s talk is boring, this way I can commiserate with my son if he doesn’t like the course.”


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At first glance, one would never know the special title senior Will McDonald holds in the Inklings room. “Ms. McNamee says I have the worst handwriting she’s seen in 20 years,” McDonald says. He admits this with pride, and from the look of his notes, with confidence that he will maintain that reputation. McDonald also lives with the struggle of sharing his name with a school janitor. Between receiving email requests to fix pipes and teachers frustrated by a lack of response to their emails, the situation has become a big mess. McDonald wasted no time getting involved with Inklings as a freshman and now along with his impressive handwriting title he is the current managing editor. Before his current position he had been a sports and news editor. His favorite pieces of work would be his article “When Stealing’s Not A Crime” and his front-page graphic for the Sandy Hook edition. On top of his position on the Inklings staff, McDonald is also the captain of the boy’s cross-country team. He spent his summer working at the Sherwood Island Nature Center. Outside of work and school McDonald likes to read, watch movies, listen to music by Mumford & Sons and enjoy pancakes at his favorite restaurant, Chips. As McDonald approaches this year at Inklings he shares, “knowing that this is my final year is saddening, but at the same time exciting because of all of the great things that I know are still left to be accomplished”.

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