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Face time for parents, teachers at Sierra

Husband and wife Paul and Kirsten Koniezzka listen attentively to Sierra High English teacher Daniel Dolieslager during Back to School Night Wednesday. The Koniezzkas’ youngest son, Dylan, is in Do...


POSTED August 29, 2013 10:59 a.m.

Paul and Kirsten Koniezzka appeared visibly relieved after their talk with Sierra High School English teacher Daniel Dolieslager.
Their youngest child, Dylan, is in his junior year. And like any concerned parents, the Koniezzkas wanted to hear from Dolieslager what their son needs to do to be a better student in his English class.
“He sounds really nice. He seems very upfront with the kids and puts in a lot of extra effort with them,” commented Paul Koniezzka after their brief conference with the Timberwolves’ English teacher.
The Koniezzkas were among the hundreds of anxious parents who took advantage of Wednesday night’s Back to School Night at Sierra High who took advantage of the opportunity to have face time with their children’s teachers. The couple’s three older children – two daughters and one son – are all Sierra High graduates but none of them has had Dolieslager as a teacher before. So the annual parents-and-teachers’ meet-and-greet session afforded them the opportunity to get to know their son’s English teacher.
On the other hand, the event also gives the teachers a chance to meet with the parents of their students and “talk about the class” and “what to expect,” explained Amy Rosendin, Sierra High’s yearbook adviser and English teacher.
“It’s our first opportunity to meet the parents,” added Rosendin, who has been a teacher for 19 years including three years at Manteca High.
Parents and teachers were not the only ones who were busy during Wednesday’s Back to School Night at Sierra High. Student and parent groups also took advantage of their captive audience by conducting fund-raisers and sign-ups. The sophomore class, for instance, hawked cold Starbucks drinks with classmate McKenna Doyle as their barker, to raise money for their Junior-Senior Prom. In another table, Sober Grad board of director Laura Scarborough, first vice president, and vice president Mindy Kuhnle manned the information table where they accepted sign-ups and distributed informational flyers about the organization. The Sierra High FFA offered Fagundes Meats barbecued dinner plates to guests in a section of the quad just in front of the band room where band director Rick Hammarstrom and his class entertained and socialized with the parents in incoming students.
To accommodate the big crowds and to facilitate the parent-teacher conferences in an orderly and quick manner, the event was spread out in the gymnasium and in the cafeteria.

Contact Rose Albano Risso at or at (209) 249-3536.

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