BY SOFIA PLAZ
The annual Open House on Sept.9 attracted more than 8,600 parents to the Bay. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the school functioned on an eight period bell schedule, yet this time the students weren’t the ones scurrying off to different classes.
“Parents were able to come out and experience a day in the life of their students, meet their teachers and find out about the curriculum and clubs,” Assistant Principal Kassandra Fried said. “They experienced what students experience in a little snapshot.”
Those in attendance met with teachers, who had 10 minutes to give insight on their courses. They also had seven minutes to change classrooms and get to the next class.
“[My mother] got to see my perspective, the teachers, the work load and understand what I have to go through,” senior Nicole Arrieta said.
“I couldn’t believe all the things that you do in the amount of time that you are here,” said Andrea Diaz-Valdez, mother of junior Thomas Diaz-Valdez.
English teacher Margarette Marchetti said she looked forward to Open House because it serves as a great opportunity to inform parents on what their kids are working on, so they can make sure students are on track.
“I tell them a little bit about the class, especially about grades, so they are not so scared,” Mrs. Marchetti said.
Students that attended the event were able to either go to the classrooms or learn about the different activities the clubs offer.
“We had a chance to present the club to the upcoming freshman, show them why we love the club so much and expose them to all the opportunity that the club provides,” said Luiza Texeira, Vice President of Finance for Cypress Bay T.V.
Over the summer, the Bay updated the library with new computers, chairs and tables for students to study. The Wave was open for guests to check out while passing through.
“A lot of parents came in and viewed the new cyber lounge, the Wave, and they thought it was fantastic,” Mrs. Fried said.
Mrs. Fried said as the student population grows, more people come to Open House each year to be informed about the school’s new programs and classes. Furthermore, parents were able to get to know and understand the difference between middle school and high school, and some had a chance to visit the school possibly for the last time.
“It is great that freshman, sophomore, junior and senior parents are represented at Open House,” she said. “I think it is something that impresses us administrators and teachers all the time: how involved and active our community is.”