Parents Month Topples the Weekend

 Elie Aoun ’21

 The age of COVID-19 has forced many events to change, and Western Reserve Academy’s cherished Parents Weekend tradition was not spared. This year, Parents Weekend was transformed into Parents Month and held online for almost all of October. WRA parents had the opportunity to peer into the many aspects of student life in the crazy age of COVID-19.

A significant part of Parents Month focused on the dreaded college admissions process. Parents were able to tune into virtual webinars about the college admissions process to listen to representatives of many prestigious institutions like Case Western Reserve University, The University of Chicago and Vanderbilt University. The chance to hear college advice from admission officers helped resolve some of the anxiety and confusion surrounding the college admissions process.

Parents also had the opportunity to connect with the advisor of their children to receive an update on how that student had been faring so far in the year. The Academic Awards ceremony was also streamed and recorded for pioFARS and parents to see the many impressive accomplishments of the senior class.

Finally, parents of both in-person and online learners were able to meet online with the four teachers who educate their children to discuss what goes on in the classroom whether that classroom is on campus or online. Many parents tuned in and it was useful to teachers and parents alike. It is great that the school was able to set up an alternative to the typical in-person Family Weekend to accommodate the challenges of the ongoing pandemic.

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