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Dobbs Ferry HS Encourages Parents to Stay Involved

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – Back to school season continued with the Dobbs Ferry High School's annual reception on Wednesday night. Parents gathered to hear new high school principal John Falino share his thoughts on the new year before they broke off to get a taste of their children's curriculum.

"It gives them a real sense of all the teachers and people that are working with their children, it gives them a sense of what their schedule looks like," Falino said. "The biggest benefit, of course, is that they get a real sense of what the course is all about—who the teachers are and what the expectations are."

Falino said high school is a critical time for parents to remain involved in their children's lives.

"Oftentimes when we get to the high school level we start to see some withdrawing," he said.

To avoid this withdrawing, Falino encouraged parents to attend meet-and-greets because they're a great chance for them to get to know teachers and staff better.

Lynne Black, the president of the Dobbs Ferry Board of Education, also addressed the crowd and reminded parents how difficult high school can be for students.

"There is no one stage in your child's life that is more important than the other, but this probably is the hardest," she said.

A goal that Falino has made a priority for the high school since becoming principal is to create a family atmosphere. The first step towards that transformation is getting parents on the same page as the faculty.

"Building a bridge and providing a link between the parents and our teachers, that's the most critical thing because it really needs to be a partnership," he said.

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