Eastern Greene High School parents will have a rare opportunity later this week.
The school will host its first Showcase Night on Thursday, which will allow parents to get an up-close look at what their students have done throughout the school year.
Instead of worrying about grades, parents can talk with their child and other students about what they learned throughout the year.
"I'm really excited about parents seeing everything their child has done," Lori Vandeventer, Eastern Greene High School librarian, said.
The former senior English teacher is helping organize the event.
Showcase Night is not an elaborate Parent-Teacher Conference. It's about parents seeing what their student has accomplished, and a chance for the students to show off their projects.
Teachers have volunteered their time to attend Showcase Night, and they will welcome the parents. After that, it's all up to the students to showcase their work.
"They (teachers) won't talk about grades that night, and they won't talk about attendance that night," Vandeventer explained. "It's a night to stand back and shake hands and welcome (the parents) into their area. ... They will welcome the parents and then stand back."
Showcase Night is a spin-off of the former Portfolio Night. That was an evening when the senior English students showed off their English portfolios.
The idea for Showcase Night came from senior Ruth Hamm.
"This is her marketing plan," Vandeventer said of Hamm. "She's done a lot of the legwork getting it organized ... find out what a teacher needs, a table, projector, anything like that."
The event will be from 5-8 p.m. The first hour is for parents who have students in junior high band. The band has a concert that night. The final two hours is for everyone else, including anyone from the community who wants to learn what the students have accomplished.
Showcase Night will also shine a spotlight on Eastern Greene's many clubs.
Clubs and classes currently signed up to take part are Science Club, Biology I, Poetry Club, U.S. History, Diversity Club, the guidance office, statistics, geometry, all levels of English, economics, government, FFA, Super Mileage Club, National Honor Society, Writing and Reading Academic Center, art, agriculture classes, and orchestra will all be represented.
"As a student, I have taken an interest in this project as my marketing plan for the Writing and Reading Academic Center," Hamm stated in a letter sent to Eastern Greene High School parents. "I am excited to help plan this event, and I hope you will be excited to participate."