Parent Academy

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Winter 2015 Parent Academy Workshops

January   |   February |   March 

JANUARY WORKSHOPS

Social Skills and the Student with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14 7:00-8:30 P.M.

For some students with ADHD, social interactions can be problematic. The combination of impulsivity, immaturity, and difficulty reading the social cues of others can lead to difficult and painful peer relationships. Learning to get along with others is a challenge, whether at school, in sports, or with friends. Learn how you can support your student to be more successful at navigating social settings. Facilitated by Children/Adults with Hyperactivity/Deficit Disorder (CHADD).

Ridgeview Middle School, 16600 Raven Rock Dr., Gaithersburg 20878 

PSAT Scores…Now What? 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 15 7:00-8:30 P.M.

PSAT scores can easily be misinterpreted and misunderstood. This workshop will provide parents with an overview of the PSAT exam and show parents how to interpret PSAT scores. Additional topics that will be discussed are college admissions and testing timeline, and strategies for improving SAT and ACT scores. Presented by staff from The Princeton Review.

Robert Frost Middle School, 9210 Scott Dr., Rockville 20850 

The MCPS Code of Conduct 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21 7:00-8:30 P.M.

This workshop will provide information about the MCPS Code of Conduct. Come learn about the MCPS philosophy to discipline, expectations for student conduct, and the range of consequences students could face for violating various policies, regulations and rules. Facilitated by MCPS staff.

Neelsville Middle School, 11700 Neelsville Church Rd., Germantown 20876 

A Parent’s Guide to Gangs 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 22 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Increase your awareness of gang activity in the community. Staff from the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office will help you recognize signs of gang involvement, and learn what to do if a child is involved in a gang.

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

Understanding the PARCC Assessment 

MONDAY, JANUARY 26 7:00-8:30 P.M.

In spring 2015, students in Grades 3–8 will take PARCC assessments in English Language Arts (ELA)/Literacy and Mathematics. These assessments will replace the Maryland School Assessments, the current reading and mathematics state assessments. The PARCC tests will assess students’ critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, and will provide timely information about whether a student is on track to be college and career ready by the time they graduate from high school. Come and learn strategies to prepare your child for the PARCC assessment. Facilitated by MCPS staff.

Seneca Valley High School, 19401 Crystal Rock Dr., Germantown 20874 

Board of Education Chat 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28 7:00-8:30 P.M.

The Montgomery County Board of Education provides leadership and oversight for Montgomery County Public Schools by setting goals, establishing policies, and committing resources to benefit our diverse student population. Come and meet members of the Montgomery County Board of Education to find out about the roles and responsibilities of the Board members, learn about the Board’s functions, and ask questions of the Board members.

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

 


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FEBRUARY WORKSHOPS

Making Connections with Your School Library 

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

How can you access high-quality online resources to enhance your child’s school experience from the comfort of your own home? Learn about the online tools available to your child which support their academic success. This workshop will address how to access the library media center from any computer or mobile device. In addition, you will receive tips and strategies to assist your child in searching for information. Facilitated by School Library Media Programs staff members.

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

Homework and Study Skills for Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 

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

For some kids studying comes easy, but for many it can be quite a struggle - especially if they are prone to getting distracted or feel unmotivated. How can we as parents support our students as they are facing the increasing scholastic demands in school? In this workshop, we will explore how we can help our students find effective strategies to build solid study habits. We will discuss how we can improve executive functioning skills - the cognitive skills that we need to use to get organized, keep track of time, start and finish projects and use our memory.

Silver Spring International Middle School, 313 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring 20910 

The MCPS Code of Conduct 

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

This workshop will provide information about the MCPS Code of Conduct. Come learn about the MCPS philosophy to discipline, expectations for student conduct, and the range of consequences students could face for violating various policies, regulations and rules. Facilitated by MCPS staff.

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

Screen Issues: Taming Electronic Monsters in Your Home 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Many kids, given the opportunity, would spend hours in front of a screen---either on the computer, playing games, messaging friends, battling video games, or passively watching television. Because they will not set their own limits, parents need to do the job. Learn how to bring these “screens” under control. Facilitated by the Parent Encouragement Program.

Earle B. Wood Middle School, 14615 Bauer Dr., Rockville 20853 

Mastering Encouragement 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18 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 threats and bribes? This program will help parents develop positive strategies for building cooperation and setting limits with respect. Facilitated by YMCA Youth & Family Services.

Briggs Chaney Middle School, 1901 Rainbow Dr., Silver Spring 20904 

Choosing the Right College 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19 7:00-8:30 P.M.

This workshop will walk parents through the college process. Come and learn strategies for choosing the right college and preparing for college. Presented by staff from The Princeton Review.

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

Understanding the PARCC Assessment 

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

In spring 2015, students in Grades 3-8 will take PARCC assessments in English Language Arts (ELA)/Literacy and Mathematics. These assessments will replace the Maryland School Assessments, the current reading and mathematics state assessments. The PARCC tests will assess students’ critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, and will provide timely information about whether a student is on track to be college and career ready by the time they graduate from high school. Come and learn strategies to prepare your child for the PARCC assessment. Facilitated by MCPS staff.

John F. Kennedy High School, 1901 Randolph Road, Silver Spring 20902 

Active Parenting Now (part 1 of 5) 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25 6:30-8:30 P.M.

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

Benjamin Banneker Middle School, 14800 Perrywood Dr., Burtonsville 20866 

Summer Opportunities Fair 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Explore summer opportunities for your children in kindergarten through Grade 12. Local and regional providers will be on hand to talk about summer camps, programs, and volunteer activities. Meet program staff, pick up applications, and get information on financial assistance.

Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Dr., Rockville 20852 

 


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MARCH WORKSHOPS

Active Parenting Now (part 2 of 5) 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4 6:30-8:30 P.M.

See February 25.

Benjamin Banneker Middle School, 14800 Perrywood Dr., Burtonsville 20866 

Montgomery College Support Services for Immigrants and Adult Students 

THURSDAY, MARCH 5 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Montgomery College offers a variety of student services and support programs to help students succeed. Join us to learn about the offerings and meet college representatives. During this workshop, information will be provided about the Maryland Dream Act and deferred action for childhood arrival requirements. Obtaining required documents for an F1 student visa, and financing college tuition and expenses for individuals with non-immigrant status or Maryland Dream Act students will also be discussed.

Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee Street, South Campus Instruction Building, (SB), Room 202, Rockville, MD 20850
(Parking for this event is permitted in student or white-lined spaces only.)

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

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

Is your child moving from middle school to high school? 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.

Col. Zadok Magruder High School, 5939 Muncaster Mill Rd., Rockville 20855 

Active Parenting Now (part 3 of 5) 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11 6:30-8:30 P.M.

See February 25.

Benjamin Banneker Middle School, 14800 Perrywood Dr., Burtonsville 20866 

Teen Substance Abuse: What Parents Need to Know 

MONDAY, MARCH 16 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Teen substance use does not discriminate by race, socioeconomic status, or talent. Every child is at risk! You can play a key role in preventing your teen from using alcohol and other drugs. Studies show that children who learn about the risks from parents are 50% less likely to use (The Partnership for Drug Free Kids). In order to have effective conversations, you need to know the latest trends, because the drug landscape has changed significantly. It is far more dangerous than when you were a teen. This workshop will include an interactive discussion about substance use trends in Montgomery County, as well as strategies, and resources available for parents to help their children, elementary to high school age, stay substance free.

Northwood High School, 919 University Blvd., West, Silver Spring 20901 

Active Parenting Now (part 4 of 5) 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18 6:30-8:30 P.M.

See February 25.

Benjamin Banneker Middle School, 14800 Perrywood Dr., Burtonsville 20866 

Understanding the PARCC Assessment 

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

In spring 2015, students in Grades 3-8 will take PARCC assessments in English Language Arts (ELA)/Literacy and Mathematics. These assessments will replace the Maryland School Assessments, the current reading and mathematics state assessments. The PARCC tests will assess students’ critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, and will provide timely information about whether a student is on track to be college and career ready by the time they graduate from high school. Come and learn strategies to prepare your child for the PARCC assessment. Facilitated by MCPS staff.

Springbrook High School, 201 Valleybrook Dr., Silver Spring, MD 20904 

Active Parenting Now (part 5 of 5) 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 6:30-8:30 P.M.

See February 25.

Benjamin Banneker Middle School, 14800 Perrywood Dr., Burtonsville 20866 

Korean Parent Workshop 

(Presented in Korean)

THURSDAY, MARCH 26 6:00-9:00 P.M.

Korean parents are invited to a special evening of learning facilitated by the MCPS Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships and the Division of ESOL/ Bilingual Programs. Parents will receive helpful information about navigating the school system and supporting student learning.

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

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