Parent Academy

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


Spring 2015 Parent Academy Workshops

April   |   May |   June 

APRIL WORKSHOPS

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

MONDAY, APRIL 13 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.

Tilden Middle School, 11211 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville 20850 

Understanding the PARCC Assessments 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15 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.

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

Teen Substance Abuse: What Parents Need to Know 

THURSDAY, APRIL 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. Presented by Many Voices for Smart Choices.

Walter Johnson High School, 6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda 20814 

Internet Safety 

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

Learn about common websites and 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 by Family Services, Inc.

Kingsview Middle School, 18909 Kingsview Road, Germantown 20874 

Social Skills and the Student with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22 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 and Adults with Hyperactivity/Deficit Disorder (CHADD).

Shady Grove Middle School, 8100 Midcounty Highway, Gaithersburg 20877 

Choosing the Right College 

THURSDAY, APRIL 23 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.

Northwest High School, 13501 Richter Farm Rd., Germantown 20874 

Financial Preparation for College 

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

Learn how to plan for the rising cost of college through a range of options. In addition, learn about the financial aid application process and current loan programs. Presented by the Foundation for Financial Education.

James Hubert Blake High School, 300 Norwood Road, Silver Spring 20905 

Why Don’t My Kids Listen to Me? 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Do you find yourself giving in to your kids' demands and/or yelling at them? Are you tired of saying the same things over and over? Come to this workshop and learn how to gain their cooperation without nagging, bribing, or yelling. Presented by the Parent Encouragement Program (PEP).

Fields Road Elementary School, One School Drive, Gaithersburg 20878 

The MCPS Code of Conduct 

THURSDAY, APRIL 30 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 Road, Germantown 20876 

 


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MAY WORKSHOPS

College Preparation and Scholarship Fair 

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SATURDAY, MAY 2 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 Preparation and Scholarship Fair to meet representatives from universities and different careers, tour the Universities at Shady Grove facility, attend informational breakout sessions and learn about financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

Universities at Shady Grove, 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville 20850 

Families and Libraries Go Together 

MONDAY, MAY 4 6:00-7:30 P.M.

Your Public Library is a great resource for events, activities, materials and summer reading programs for children. Our library offers Early Literacy resources for young ones, books and music for all ages, and Homework Help, too. We have Family Storytimes, free WiFi, and public access computers. We can teach you to use applications to download free music, e-Books, or eAudiobooks, and language learning tools from our website. All of these resources are available with a library card. Presented by Montgomery County Public Library staff.

Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Road, Rockville 20853 

Raising Responsible Teens 

WEDNESDAY MAY 6 7:00–8:30 P.M.

You can’t make a child be responsible, but you can provide plenty of opportunities for the child to learn how to be responsible. Discover new ways to encourage responsible behavior in your children and to lay the groundwork for successful adulthood. Presented by YMCA Youth & Family Services.

Sligo Middle School, 1401 Dennis Avenue, Silver Spring 20902 

Active Parenting Now (part 1 of 5) 

THURSDAY, MAY 7 6:30-8:30 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. 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.

Rosa Parks Middle School, 19200 Olney Mill Road, Olney 20832 

Breaking the Bullying Cycle 

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

Teasing, rumors and exclusion are defined as bully behaviors. Learn how to recognize the signs and effects of bullying, along with tips and strategies to help your child deal with these behaviors at school. Presented by Family Services, Inc.

Col. E. Brooke Lee Middle School, 11800 Monticello Avenue, Silver Spring 20902 

Understanding the PARCC Assessments 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13 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.

William H. Farquhar Middle School, 16915 Batchellors Forest Road, Olney 20832 

Active Parenting Now (part 2 of 5) 

THURSDAY, MAY 14 6:30-8:30 P.M.

See MAY 7.

Rosa Parks Middle School, 19200 Olney Mill Road, Olney 20832 

Preventing and Reacting Responsibly to Child Abuse and Neglect 

MONDAY, MAY 18 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, learn early identification signs of child abuse and neglect, evidence-based treatment practices and skills to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child maltreatment. Facilitated by the Tree House Child Assessment Center of Montgomery County, Maryland.

Francis Scott Key Middle School, 910 Schindler Drive, Silver Spring 20903 

Mastering Encouragement 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20 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.

White Oak Middle School, 12201 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring 20904 

Active Parenting Now (part 3 of 5) 

THURSDAY, MAY 21 6:30-8:30 P.M.

See MAY 7.

Rosa Parks Middle School, 19200 Olney Mill Road, Olney 20832 

Advocating for your Child 

(Presented in English and Spanish)

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

Are you unclear about next steps regarding your child’s academic progress? Learn how to speak up to help your child succeed and communicate with school staff to support your child’s learning. Presented by MCPS staff.

Redland Middle School, 6505 Muncaster Mill Road, Rockville 20855 

Active Parenting Now (part 4 of 5) 

THURSDAY, MAY 28 6:30-8:30 P.M.

See MAY 7.

Rosa Parks Middle School, 19200 Olney Mill Road, Olney 20832 

 


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JUNE WORKSHOPS

The Summer Challenge - Maintain Your Child’s Reading Skills 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3 7:00-8:30 PM

Join us to learn about the Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL)—2014 Summer Reading program. Learn how to find age-appropriate books for your child or teen. Use tools and resources in the Children’s Room to increase your child’s literacy skills. Explore the MCPS website to find award winning book lists by grade or series. Visit with librarians and discuss your child’s needs and check out books, videos, music, and more. Presented by Montgomery County Public Library staff.

Germantown Public Library, 19840 Century Boulevard, Germantown 20874 

Active Parenting Now (part 5 of 5) 

THURSDAY, JUNE 4 6:30-8:30 P.M.

See MAY 7.

Rosa Parks Middle School, 19200 Olney Mill Road, Olney 20832 

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