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Brien McMahon Draws a Full House

Many of the parents at Tuesday night's open house at Brien McMahon High School looked as confused as first-day freshmen trying to find their next classes. But some, like Alyssa Nollman and Sally Cordovano, were zipping through crowded corridors like seasoned veterans. "This is the seventh year I've been to one, so I've got the school pretty well figured out," Cordovano said.

Parents didn't have much time to relax as they raced through a mini-version of their children's schedules, with each class period lasting 10 minutes, barely enough time to learn teachers' names and contact information. Norwalk High held a similar program Tuesday night but just for freshman families.

"I was really impressed by the level of technology," said Nollman, whose son, Miles, is a junior. "Many of the classrooms have Smart Boards, and a lot of the teachers have their own websites. ... It's extra work for the teachers, but the added communication makes a difference."

Cordova, whose daughter Carly also is a junior, said, "It's great to be able to put a face with a name, and see who your kids are listening to during the day."

Nollman had been at the school the night before for the Parents Club's first gathering, which also drew a large turnout. One of the highlights of that meeting was principal Suzanne Brown Koroshetz' Power Point presentation of her vision for the school's growth plan. "She's incredibly energetic and a great leader for the school," said Nollman. "She's absolutely tireless."

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