by Maryjane Finne
RAHWAY — On Thursday, Sept. 27, Rahway High School welcomed parents with a chance to experience a day in the life of their son or daughter.
Principal John Farinella greeted parents in the gym, making them aware of exciting changes taking place this year. Construction under the Referendum Project is proceeding with new science and home economics classes already in use, while music and dance facilities, the auditorium, and more science classrooms will be completed later during this school year.
In addition, Rahway High School was named one of the “Top 10 Most Improved High Schools” by New Jersey Monthly, moving the school to a rank in the middle of New Jersey public high schools. Also, tenth grade students this year will be the first to have the opportunity to join selective “Academies” for Science and Technology, Teaching, or the Arts. Finally Rahway has added two more Advanced Placement (AP) courses in French and Spanish. PTO President Sam Weakland also greeted parents and encouraged their participation in the PTO.
After the introductory remarks, parents followed their child’s daily schedule, moving from class to class with the help of uniformed Marine Corps Junior R.O.T.C. cadets stationed throughout the building to guide lost parents. Teachers presented the curriculum taught in their classes and had an opportunity to get to know parents. During lunch periods, parents were able to meet with yearbook representatives and enjoy snacks from the PTO and French Club members stationed in the cafeteria. Like students after a busy day at school, parents ended an evening of learning and building new relationships tired and ready to return home.