9 Tips for Maximizing Back to School Night

9 Tips for Maximizing Back to School Night

Back to School night at Merion Mercy Academy is an invaluable opportunity for parents to connect with their child's school and teachers, and gain insights into their teen's academic journey. This event can provide parents with essential information, build a strong partnership with educators, and support their daughters effectively throughout the school year. 

  1. Preparation is Key

Before attending back-to-school night, take some time to prepare. Gather any relevant materials, such as your child's schedule (which will be provided when you arrive at school), and a notepad or tablet for taking notes. You may want to reacquaint yourself with the Student/Parent Handbook (or read it for the first time). Review your teen's grades to date (if applicable), past assignments, and any concerns you may have. This preliminary research will help you ask informed questions during the event. Also, plan on being on time for welcome remarks from Head of School Marianne Grace.

  1. Attend All Sessions

You will have 10 minute class sessions following your child's daily class schedule. Be sure to attend all of the sessions. This comprehensive approach ensures that you don't miss out on any important information and demonstrates your commitment to your daughter’s education.

  1. Ask Questions

Don't be afraid to ask questions during each session. Teachers are there to help you understand their expectations, grading criteria, and classroom procedures. Some essential questions to consider:

  • What is the best way to communicate with you if I have concerns or questions about my child's progress?

  • How do you handle homework assignments, and what is your late work policy?

  • Are there any upcoming projects, exams, or important dates parents should know about?

  • Can you provide some insights into your teaching style and methods?

  1. Learn About Support Services 

Back to School night is an excellent opportunity to learn about the support services available to students. Ask about tutoring, counseling, Math Lab, Diploma with Distinction, or other programs that could benefit your daughter. Understanding these resources can be crucial in case your teen encounters academic or personal challenges throughout the year.

  1. Talk with Administrators 

During what would be your daughter’s study hall, lunch and/or free period, join the Administrative team in the Dining Commons. Beyond enjoying refreshments, take the time to meet the Dean of Students; Director of Teaching, Learning and Innovation; Assistant Head of School for Academics, and others. They will provide additional insight into expectations, programs, and activities beyond the classroom. 

  1. Network with Other Parents

Building a supportive community of parents can be beneficial throughout your child's school years. Take the time to meet other parents during the event. Exchange contact information and consider joining the Parents’ Association where you can share experiences, tips, and support.

  1. Respect Teachers' Time

Remember that Back to School night is a busy event for teachers as well. Be respectful of their time and stick to the schedule. If you have specific concerns or need a more extended discussion, arrange a separate meeting with the teacher at a later date.

  1. Set Realistic Expectations

Keep in mind that Back to School night is just the beginning of the school year. While it's essential to get off to a good start, understand that challenges may arise along the way. Be prepared to adapt and communicate with your teenager and their teachers as needed.

  1. Follow Up

After back-to-school night, review your notes and the information you've gathered. Discuss what you've learned with your daughter and establish clear expectations for the school year. Maintain open lines of communication with your teen's teachers, reaching out when necessary to stay informed about their progress.

We look forward to seeing you on September 20 from 6:00-8:40 p.m. 

And parents of seniors, be sure to join us for the Senior Parent College Meeting from 5:15-6:00 p.m. in Room 203.