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Parent Academy

Giving parents tips and tools to help their children succeed in school


Spring 2016 Parent Academy Workshops

April   |   May

APRIL WORKSHOPS

College and Career Preparation Expo

SATURDAY, APRIL 9 1:00-4:00 P.M.

Attention: 6th through 10th grade students and parents! Now is the time to start planning for life after high school. Attend the College and Career Expo to meet representatives from universities and different careers and learn about financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

Montgomery College-Bioscience Education Center, 20200 Observation Dr., Germantown 20876

Mastering Encouragement

MONDAY, APRIL 11 7:00-8:30 P.M.

en•cour•age (en kėr׳′ ij) v.t., 1. To inspire with courage, spirit or confidence. 2. To stimulate by guidance, approval. Are you looking for alternatives to using threats and bribes with your children? This workshop will help parents develop positive strategies for building cooperation and setting limits with respect. Facilitated by YMCA Youth & Family Services.

Newport Mill Middle School, 11311 Newport Mill Rd., Kensington 20895

Power Tools for Power Struggles

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Frequent power struggles between parents and children can seriously hurt relationships. Battles over chores, homework, television, and internet use can take away from family time. Learn better ways to handle these common problem areas. Presented by the Parent Encouragement Program (PEP).

Tilden Middle School, 11211 Old Georgetown Rd., Rockville 20852

Understanding the Student Service Learning Requirement-An Opportunity to Learn and Serve

THURSDAY, APRIL 14 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Explore the service learning requirement for high school graduation that provides students with knowledge, skills, and career exploration opportunities that lead to good citizenship. This interactive workshop will help parents understand the MCPS Student Service Learning (SSL) guidelines and how to find meaningful SSL opportunities. Parents of rising 6th grade students, as well as middle and high school students are welcome to attend this session. Facilitated by MCPS staff.

Gaithersburg Middle School, 2 Teachers’ Way, Gaithersburg 20877

Cybersafety and Social Media

MONDAY, APRIL 18 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Learn about common websites, applications used by children, and safety issues related to computer and cell phone use. In addition, hear strategies for monitoring the use of social media in your household. Presented in collaboration with the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring 20910

The Clock is Ticking…Create a Successful Path from High School to College

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Is your child college ready? Come and learn useful tips and strategies that will help you and your child prepare for college. In this workshop, parents and their high school students will learn the importance of establishing a four-year high school plan to prepare for college, hear the do’s and don’ts of college essay writing, and learn the key differences between the SAT and ACT. Facilitated by BREAKTHROUGH Test Prep, Education in Action, and Advanced Placements.

Thomas S. Wootton High School, 2100 Wootton Pkwy., Rockville 20850

Understanding the PARCC Assessments

THURSDAY, APRIL 21 7:00-8:30 P.M.

In spring 2016, students in Grades 3-8 will take the PARCC assessments in English Language Arts (ELA)/Literacy and Mathematics. Come and learn about the assessments and strategies to prepare your child. Facilitated by MCPS staff.

White Oak Middle School, 12201 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring 20904

Korean Parent Workshop: The Parent Café (Presented in Korean)

MONDAY, APRIL 25 6:30-8:30 P.M.

Join us for a Parent Café to share and have conversations about challenges that parents face. This workshop will provide an opportunity for parents to network and build strong connections to support one another. Dinner will be provided. Facilitated by MCPS staff.

Herbert Hoover Middle School, 8810 Postoak Rd., Potomac 20854

Transition Services: Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) Moving from Middle School to High School

MONDAY, APRIL 25 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Do you have a child who is turning 14 or older? Does your child receive special education services? If the answer is yes, please join us for an introductory session on transition services. Learn about what transition services are and how you can help your child succeed in high school. Presented by the MCPS Transition Services Unit.

Argyle Middle School, 2400 Bel Pre Rd., Silver Spring 20906

Destination College: College Admissions Boot Camp for Parents

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 7:00-8:30 P.M.

This workshop will help parents navigate the college admission process. The presenter will address what admissions officers consider when evaluating college applications and discuss what the “right fit” means with respect to college choice. This session is recommended for parents of middle and high school students. Facilitated by Achieva Educational Consulting.

Cabin John Middle School, 10701 Gainsborough Rd., Potomac 20854

Active Parenting Now (Part 1 of 5)

THURSDAY, APRIL 28 6:30-9:00 P.M.

Learn effective ways to communicate with your child, discuss positive discipline techniques, and how to handle power struggles. This is the first of a series of five workshops developed by parenting expert Dr. Michael Popkin. Presented by the Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. Recommended for parents of students in grades K-6.

Parkland Middle School, 4610 West Frankfort Dr., Rockville 20853

 


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MAY WORKSHOPS

Communicating with Teens

MONDAY, MAY 2 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Is it difficult to interact with your teen? Learn how to strengthen and enhance family communication, and explore techniques to establish age appropriate expectations for behavior and consequences. Olga Bloch, licensed family therapist, will present the tools you need to effectively communicate with your teen.

Redland Middle School, 6505 Muncaster Mill Rd., Rockville 20855

Recognizing and Reacting Responsibly to Child Abuse and Neglect for Volunteers

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Effective early intervention is essential to ensuring that an abused child or adolescent develops into a healthy and productive adult. During this workshop, volunteers for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will learn early identification signs of child abuse and neglect, and system-wide procedures for recognizing, reporting, and reacting responsibly to child maltreatment. Facilitated by MCPS staff.

Sherwood High School, 300 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Sandy Spring 20860

Active Parenting Now (Part 2 of 5) **Cancelled**

THURSDAY, MAY 5 6:30-9:00 P.M.

See APRIL 28.

Parkland Middle School, 4610 West Frankfort Dr., Rockville 20853

An Overview of MCPS Elementary and Middle School Special Programs

MONDAY, MAY 9 7:00-8:00 P.M.

Parents of Grade 2 students, come learn about special programs available to your child in Grades 4 and 5 and also middle school. Hear from a parent and student in the program who can offer their personal experience as well. An overview of the following programs will be shared:
-Center Program for the Highly Gifted (Grade 4 and 5 program)
-Middle School Programs:
Science, Math and Computer Science (Takoma Park and Clemente)
Humanities and Communications (Clemente and Eastern)
Digital Design and Development (Argyle MS)
Aerospace Technology (Parkland MS)
Creative and Performing Arts (A. Mario Loiederman MS)
Facilitated by MCPS Staff.

Gaithersburg Middle School, 2 Teachers’ Way, Gaithersburg 20877

ACT vs. SAT

MONDAY, MAY 9 7:00-8:30 P.M.

This workshop will help parents understand the difference between the two college entrance exams in terms of content, question types, length, and skills tested as well as what schools prefer. Unique to this presentation will be the sharing of a one-of-a-kind one minute assessment to determine which test is best for students. Facilitated by BREAKTHROUGH Test Prep.

James Hubert Blake High School, 300 Norwood Rd., Silver Spring 20905

Helping Your Teen to Manage Stress

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Is your teen feeling overwhelmed with daily demands and anxious about managing classwork, school life, and extra-curricular activities? During this workshop, you will learn how to identify signs of anxiety and depression and the appropriate steps for seeking help. Effective techniques to help manage stress and promote mental wellness will also be presented by Dr. Pavan Segal, child & adolescent psychiatrist from Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services.

Quince Orchard High School, 15800 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg 20878

Active Parenting Now (Part 3 of 5)

THURSDAY, MAY 12 6:30-9:00 P.M.

See APRIL 28.

Parkland Middle School, 4610 West Frankfort Dr., Rockville 20853

Special Education Summit

SATURDAY, MAY 14 8:15 A.M.-1:00 P.M.

This is a free conference for parents, educators, and community partners to learn practical strategies, access community resources, and network with other parents. There will be over 30 workshops on various topics related to parenting a child with a disability.

Gaithersburg High School, 101 Education Blvd., Gaithersburg 20877

Families, Faith, and Your School

SUNDAY, MAY 15 2:30-4:30 P.M.

Parents and families are invited to an afternoon of learning facilitated by Montgomery County’s Faith Community Working Group (FCWG) and the MCPS Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships (OCEP). Parents will receive helpful information about religious diversity in the school system and tips on how to communicate with teachers and counselors regarding your concerns, how to deal with and report bullying, and how to self-advocate within the MCPS school system.

Islamic Society of Germantown, 19825 Blunt Rd., Germantown 20876

Understanding the PARCC Assessments

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 7:00-8:30 P.M.

In spring 2016, students in Grades 3-8 will take PARCC assessments in English Language Arts (ELA)/Literacy and Mathematics. Come and learn about the assessments and hear strategies to prepare your child. Facilitated by MCPS staff.

Shady Grove Middle School, 8100 Midcounty Hwy., Gaithersburg 20877

Active Parenting Now (Part 4 of 5)

THURSDAY, MAY 19 6:30-9:00 P.M.

See APRIL 28.

Parkland Middle School, 4610 West Frankfort Dr., Rockville 20853

Recognizing and Reacting Responsibly to Child Abuse and Neglect for Volunteers

MONDAY, MAY 23 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Effective early intervention is essential to ensuring that an abused child or adolescent develops into a healthy and productive adult. During this workshop, volunteers for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will learn early identification signs of child abuse and neglect, and system-wide procedures for recognizing, reporting, and reacting responsibly to child maltreatment. Facilitated by MCPS staff.

Clarksburg High School, 22500 Wims Rd., Clarksburg 20871

Positive Discipline

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Are you having difficulty addressing inappropriate behaviors? Hear strategies to encourage, set limits, and establish consequences. Learn about a discipline approach that promotes cooperation and self-restraint. Presented by a family therapist.

Rosa M. Parks Middle School, 19200 Olney Mill Rd., Olney 20832

An Overview of MCPS Elementary and Middle School Special Programs

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25 7:00-8:00 P.M.

Parents of Grade 2 students, come learn about special programs available to your child in Grades 4 and 5 and also middle school. Hear from a parent and student in the program who can offer their personal experience as well. An overview of the following programs will be shared:
-Center Program for the Highly Gifted (Grade 4 and 5 program)
-Middle School Programs:
Science, Math and Computer Science (Takoma Park and Clemente)
Humanities and Communications (Clemente and Eastern)
Digital Design and Development (Argyle MS)
Aerospace Technology (Parkland MS)
Creative and Performing Arts (A. Mario Loiederman MS)
Facilitated by MCPS Staff.

A. Mario Loiederman Middle School, 12701 Goodhill Rd., Silver Spring 20906

Active Parenting Now (Part 5 of 5)

THURSDAY, MAY 26 6:30-9:00 P.M.

See APRIL 28.

Parkland Middle School, 4610 West Frankfort Dr., Rockville 20853

 


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