Free hot dog barbecue, band performance start evening's actvities

Taft Union High School officials are inviting parents and community members to join them for a free hot dog barbecue as partners in educating students at Back-to-School Night on Monday, Aug. 29.
The event begins at 6 p.m. in the quad. The school band will perform from 6 to 6:25 as parents eat dinner in the quad.At 6:25 p.m., Superintendent/Principal Mark Richardson will welcome parents, introduce school board members and give an overview of the evening’s events during a five-minute orientation.
“We want to emphasize that parents are our partners in education and give them a chance to see what their children are doing at school. They will get to see the positive accomplishments of their children,” Superintendent Richardson explained. The format is designed to make the school more open to parents so they feel comfortable. “We want parents and guardians to be involved in their child’s education. Without their help, the education of the child cannot happen to the fullest extent.”
The week beginning Aug. 29 has been designated MyCats Week by school officials. Parents will have access to the library from 5 to 7:30 and may sign up for a MyCats account. A Verification Pass Code or VPC code will be  mailed home Tuesday. The account allows parents to check their child’s grades.
From 6:30 to 8:10, the evening will follow the traditional format where parents follow their child’s class schedule from Period 1 through 7. Each class visitation with teachers will last 10 minutes. Passing periods are five minutes each. Period 1 will be from 6:30 to 6:40; Period 2 from 6:45 to 6:55; Period 3 from 7 to 7:10; Period 4 from 7:15 to 7:25; Period 5 from 7:30 to 7:40; Period 6 from 7:45 to 7:55; and Period 7 from 8 to 8:10.
Teachers will provide a course overview including expectations, goals and objectives, textbook and materials, and grading and homework policy. Parents with specific questions about students are asked to contact the Guidance Center in the main administration building to make an appointment. Counselors will be available in the Guidance Center.