High school presents a unique set of opportunities and challenges for students and parents.
To meet the needs of our school community Westhill High School has developed Parent University, a forum for experts to share their knowledge and wisdom and provide resources and answers to families from Stamford. Parent University is for current and future parents to help guide them through these exciting and challenging years.
School and community experts will present practical and crucial information to support parents and guardians in a small setting.
Parent University: Spring 2016
Tuesday, May 3rd 5:45 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Dinner Provided | Child Care Offered
Registration Deadline: Friday, April 29th
Is your child feeling the pressures of high performance at school? Are you concerned about their transition to High School or College? Parent University wants to provide you with the tools to help your child succeed academically and social emotionally. Cloonan MS, in cooperation with Westhill HS, is inviting all Stamford Public School parents to its spring forum, Parent University. School and community experts will present practical and crucial information to support parent and guardians through the exciting (but often challenging) adolescent years.
Spring 2016 Course Offerings
- Surfing Safely & Other Internet Issues - The influence of technology can be a catalyst for negative behavior at home and in school. As teens become more and more connected to the internet and cellphones, new issues emerge. Experts will discuss safety issues including safe-surfing, cyber-bullying, cyberstalking and appropriate postings.
- Building Resilient Teens - As teenagers develop their own identity, life can become complicated. First loves, bullies, friends, increased responsibilities, and peer pressure are just some of the challenges that teenagers face daily. This session discussed bullying and how to get help, anger management, and how to identify and choose healthy coping behaviors
- Healthy Relationships and Teen Sexuality - A panel of experts will provide valuable pointers on how to communicate with your child about sex and how to set healthy boundaries in relationships.
- How to Manage Your Anger Effectively while Defusing your Teen’s - Can present themselves as adults, yet developmentally, teenagers still cannot foresee or predict future consequences, impacting their ability to make rational decisions. This session will provide strategies and skills to help parents control their temper and disarm their child’s aggression while encouraging fairness and consistency in parent the most challenging of teenage behaviors.
- How to Organize your Teen for Success -
- The Resilient Mindset: Understanding the brain to make more mindful choices - This interactive session uses four characters to understand the brain's response to challenge. This model is simple enough for a 6- year old to understand and can be applied to any challenge, from the playground to the board room. Come learn practical strategies for using everyday challenges to build your child's (and your) resilience.
- Cloonan Middle School
11 W. North Street
Stamford, CT 06902
Child Care Offered
- Registration/Dinner 5:45-6:40
- Session A 6:45-7:45
- Session B 8:00-9:00
Parent University was held on Saturday the 24th of October at Westhill High School. Ginger Katz of The Courage to Speak Foundation delivered the Keynote address and set the tone for a wonderful morning of learning. The response was overwhelmingly positive and we are excited to begin planning for the Spring.
They knew EXACTLY what they were talking about!! They were experts in their fields with REAL LIFE knowledge and experience; and you learned! They conveyed their startling and knowledgeable facts with seriousness and focus as a teacher. I never dreamed Parent Univ would be what it was - so educational and affect me the way it has (the pressures of today's youth). This presentation enabled me to continue the conversation of this day/these topics outside of the classroom with my daughter several times. I still have a lot to talk about! The shine and topics of Parent Univ have still not worn off. I'm constantly reminded of the topics discussed and have not finished the conversation with my daughter. I plan to definitely attend next session of Parent Univ and spread the word.
Parent of a 10th grader at Westhill High School
Each of my sessions were extremely informative, and I learned something from each one. I could even have spent more time asking questions and interacting with the presenters in one of them. In addition, the keynote speaker's presentation was powerful. My fist session (after the keynote presentation) was Drugs and Alcohol, so I was concerned that it might be a bit too much of the topic, but I was wrong. While Ginger's speech was informative in one way, the breakout session was informative in a more small-group way.
Parent of 9th and 12th grade students at Westhill High School
Ginger Katz very powerful - really reinforces need to keep a continuing dialog re: drugs/drinking. A Day in the Life was very enlightening and Mr. Sapia a wonderful speaker. Healthy Relationships provided important information. Thank you very much for the opportunity.
Parent of a 10th grade student at Westhill High School
Presentations help me understand what to look out for my child. And it served as a warning against enabling.
Parent of a 9th grade student at Westhill High School
Fall 2015 Course Offerings
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Building Resilient Teens (Sessions A, C) As teenagers develop their own identity, life can become complicated. First loves, bullies, friends, increased responsibilities and peer pressure are just some of the challenges that teenagers face daily. This session discusses bullying and how to get help, anger management, how to identify and choose healthy coping behaviors.
Overcoming Rigors of High School w/ Good Study Skills (Sessions B, C) As workloads and expectations increase, students can become overwhelmed. This panel will discuss organizational and study skills that will empower students and help parents and guardians help their child. Identifying and choosing healthy coping strategies will also be discussed.
Special Education – Freshman & Sophomore (Session A, B) This session is specifically designed for parents and guardians of freshman and sophomore special educations students. Learn about the transition to high school, the supports that are available in the school and resources that are available in the community.
Special Education–Juniors, Seniors & Transition (Session C) This session is specifically designed for parents and guardians of junior and senior special education students. Begin preparing for the transition out of high school. An overview of the PPT transition process will be given along with information on school and community resources.
Healthy Relationships and Teen Sexuality (Sessions A, B, C) An expert will provide valuable pointers on how to communicate with your child about sex and setting healthy boundaries in relationships. This session is recommended to ALL parents, but parents of seniors are highly encouraged to attend
A Day in the Life: Understanding the 21st Century Connected Classroom (Sessions A, B) From blackboards to whiteboards to smartboards to BYD to 1:1, there is no doubt that technology has changed the classroom and methods used by teachers to engage students. Presenters will discuss new learning software, hardware, apps and learning management system used by highly effective teachers, students and parents to meet the new expectations of a well-educated 21st century citizen.
Mental Health – 211 (Sessions B, C) Teens face many new pressures in high school. Learn how to identify and cope with teenage anxiety and depression. Signs, symptoms and treatments will be discussed. Suicide education and prevention will be addressed.
Immigration and Trauma (Sessions A, B) Immigration can be a traumatic experience for children and families. This session deals with post-traumatic stress disorder associated with traumatic immigration and the behaviors that may develop.
Surfing safely & Other Internet Issues (Sessions A, C) The influence of technology can be a catalyst for negative behavior at home and in school. As teens become more and more connected to the internet and cellphones, new issues emerge. A panel of experts will discuss safety issues including safe-surfing, cyberbullying, cyber-stalking, and appropriate postings.
How to Manage Your Anger Effectively While Defusing your Teen (Sessions A, B) Teens can present themselves as adults, yet developmentally, teenagers still cannot foresee or predict future consequences which impacts their ability to make rational decisions. This session will provide strategies and skills to help parents control their temper and disarm their child’s aggression while encouraging fairness and consistency in parenting the most challenging of teenage behaviors.
Signs & Symptoms of Drug & Alcohol Use (Sessions A, B, C) Learn how to identify the signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol use. Examples of how to communicate and talk to your child will be shared along with information on rehabilitation and community
Universidad de Padres de Westhill
La escuela secundaria (escuela superior) representa una serie de desafíos tanto para los alumnos como para los padres. La Universidad de Padres de Westhill es un evento de suma importancia para padres actuales y futuros para ayudar a guiar a los padres a lo largo de estos años estimulantes y desafiantes. Expertos sobre las escuelas y las comunidades brindarán información de apoyo práctica y crucial para padres y tutores. La mayor parte de los paneles incluirán personas expertas como padres con el propósito de que proporcionen percepciones sobre experiencias reales. Se va a dar a los padres la oportunidad de hacer preguntas a los paneles en todas las sesiones.
Ofertas de materias
- Un día en la vida: Cómo comprender el aula del Siglo XXI (A.1)
- Inmigración y trauma en español (A.2.SP)
- Cómo navegar con seguridad y otros problemas del Internet (A.3)
- Cómo controlar su enojo mientras calma el de su adolescente (A.4)
- Señales y síntomas del uso de drogas y alcohol (A.5)
- Cómo criar adolescentes resistentes (A.6)
- Educación Especial – Alumnos principiantes y de segundo año (A.7)
- Las relaciones sanas y la sexualidad de los adolescentes (A.8)
- Un día en la vida: Cómo comprender el aula del Siglo XXI (B.1)
- Inmigración y trauma en español (B.2)
- Cómo controlar su enojo mientras calma el de su adolescente (B.4)
- Señales y síntomas del uso de drogas y alcohol (B.5)
- Educación Especial – Alumnos principiantes y de segundo año (B.7)
- Las relaciones sanas y la sexualidad de los adolescentes en español (B.8.SP)
- Salud mental - 211 (B.9)
- Cómo superar el rigor de la escuela secundaria (escuela superior) con buenos hábitos de estudio (B.10)
- Cómo navegar con seguridad y otros problemas del Internet (C.3)
- La intimidación y estrategias de adaptación sanas
- Señales y síntomas del uso de drogas y alcohol (C.5)
- Cómo criar adolescentes resistentes (C.6)
- Educación Especial – Alumnos de tercer y cuarto año y la transición (C.7)
- Las relaciones sanas y la sexualidad de los adolescentes (C.8)
- Salud mental --211 -- en español (C.9.SP)
- Cómo superar el rigor de la escuela secundaria (escuela superior) con buenos hábitos de estudio (C.10)