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High schools hold the first Back to School Nights since pandemic
• Central Valley & Ceres highs host Aug. 25 events
back to schoo at CCHS
Ceres High School staged its Back to School Night outside on Aug. 25.

A year ago at this time, Ceres High and Central Valley had to hold its Back to School Nights virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Students and families attended meet-and-greet events outdoors on campus for the 2021-22 school year on Aug. 25.

“It was our first time doing it that way,” Ceres High Activity Director Amanda Casas said. “We had a lot of positive feedback from faculty, staff and parents. Our main mission was to connect with our families and build a relationship.”

“It was a very positive night,” Central Valley Principal Carol Lubinsky said. “I would call it a success. The previous year was all done virtually. It was nice to see people enjoying being at our school.”

The Kick’n Taco catered Ceres High’s Back to School Night, which was staged from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Students received family food tickets after meeting with all of their teachers.

“We had a great turnout,” said Casas. “It was nice to see families and students. Everyone likes the format,” Casas said. “The plan is to continue to do this regardless of COVID.”

Central Valley dance and cheer teams and student musicians performed during Back to School Night, which lasted two hours (6-8 p.m.). 

Dinner was also served.

“Everyone was spread out so we didn’t have clusters of people together,” Lubinsky said. “Many people had masks on.”

Amanda Casas
Ceres High School Activity Director Amanda Casas said the school received a lot of positive feedback about in-person Back to School Night.
Mike Rodriguez
P.E. teacher/coach Mike Rodriguez answers questions during Central Valley High School’s outdoor Back to School Night on Aug. 25.