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Parents Go Back to School Too at Pleasantville High

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – For Dawn Bartz, Wednesday marked her first back-to-school night as principal of Pleasantville High School.

"I'm very thrilled, I think that there are a lot of things that are happening in our school and I'm very excited for the parents to come and see those various areas of the school," Bartz said.

Parents gathered at Pleasantville High School Wednesday evening for the school's annual back to school night. The parents had the opportunity to meet Bartz and experience their child's school environment and daily schedule.

Parents were not the only ones in attendance Wednesday night. Many students from the school volunteered to assist the parents in finding their way around the building. Jack Doddy, a senior at Pleasantville and the president of the student government, was volunteering with other students to hand out schedules to the parents. Overall, Doddy said he believed the event was a success.

"With a new principal, I wasn't sure what things were going to be changed and whatnot but it has been very well organized and structured," Doddy said.

The night began with the parents being ushered into the auditorium, while the school's band performed, before Bartz briefly addressed the crowd. Parents then went through each class period, one through nine, spending about 10 minutes in each class.

Like Bartz, parent Jennifer Cahill was taking part in her first back to school night at Pleasantville High and was slightly displeased with the scheduling of the event.

"I wish that there was a way that they could omit things like the students' lunch and other free periods so that it could make it a little shorter," Cahill said.

For parent Bill Buckstine, who was attending the event for his 10th grade daughter Hannah, he said it was the same as every other year.

"I've had a daughter graduate from here so I've been through these and they don't usually surprise you," Buckstine said. "But I suppose that's why you need to keep coming, to see if they do surprise you with anything."

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