Parent University

Parent University logoParent University is a community collaboration led by the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District. Through Parent University, Broadalbin-Perth partners with community agencies and organizations to offer free courses, family events and activities that will equip families with new or additional skills, knowledge, resources and the confidence to become full partners in their children’s education.

The goal of Parent University is to increase parent involvement in B-P schools and empower parents to raise children who are successful in school and in life. Research has shown that parents can increase a child’s academic success through their involvement with schools and communities. Parental involvement improves student morale, attitudes, and academic achievement across all subject areas.

Parent University events take place in the evening and on weekends, making them convenient for working parents. Many events are appropriate for the whole family, while free child care is available at other events. Advance registration is requested for some events to assist with planning.

Parents who participate in multiple Parent University events during the same school year are eligible to receive prizes!

Upcoming 2019-20 Parent University Events:

Color Run
Saturday, Oct. 5  | 10:10 a.m.- 1 p.m.  | BPHS |
A 5K run around the high school campus. Wear red, white and blue!!!! All proceeds go to benefit the BP Backpack program.

Financial Aid Night
Tuesday, Oct. 8  | 6:00 p.m. | Virtual AP Room  |  
BPHS counselors Jennifer Grimmick and Charla Simonson team up with financial aid advisors from FMCC to help parents and students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). They also provide information about scholarships, loans and grants, including the New York State Excelsior Scholarship, which provides free college tuition for eligible students. Participating parents will learn how to best finance college for their children. *If parents have laptops, they should bring them

Prevention Council-Vape Escape Challenge
Thursday, Oct. 24 |  6:30 p.m. | Virtual AP Room  |  Program Length: 1 hour | REGISTER HERE

Addiction, lung disease and even death: these are some of the horrific consequences of a trend that studies show 1 in 4 high school students nationwide are participating in. Parents and students are invited to help fight the vaping epidemic sweeping our nation through a sequence of activities, puzzles and clues at Broadalbin-Perth High School.

Join HFM BOCES prevention counselors in the VAP room at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 for a hands-on learning experience to discover the dangers and facts about vaping. An informational session about the serious risks associated with vaping and e-cigarettes will follow the small group activity. HFM BOCES experts will discuss local community concerns and what parents should know regarding the sale of vapes and e-cigarettes.

This Parent University event is designed for attendees ages 12 and older. There will be a child care option.

How to help motivate your child with Dr. Gina Cosgrove
Wednesday, Nov. 13 |  6:30 p.m. | Location: TBD  | 
Why kids often give up too easily, lack grit and fail to take initiative. Join Dr. Gina Cosgrove to learn HOW parents can change this by nurturing grit & motivation. This event is intended for parents with students in grades 3-12.

More than sad, suicide prevention- TBD
TBD |  Time: TBD  | Location: TBD  | 
The “More than Sad” program has taught communities across the country how to be smart about mental health. During this session, parents will learn how to recognize signs of depression and other mental health issues in their children, how to initiate a conversation about mental health, and how to seek help. Marianne Reid Schrom, a 1996 B-P graduate and former BPHS teacher, will lead the discussion. Schrom is a member of the National Loss & Healing Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Junior Parent Night
Wednesday, Jan. 8 |  Time:TBD. | Location: TBD  | 
Juniors and their parents will receive information on colleges, military and careers as well as how to navigate the college admission process. 

Sophomore Parent Night
Wednesday, Jan. 15 |  Time:TBD. | Location: TBD  |
Sophomores and their parents will explore options for college courses, the career and technical center, and how to begin the college search process.

Grade 8 Parent Night
Wednesday, Mar. 11 |  Time:TBD. | Location: TBD  | 
8th grade students and their parents will gain information on high school, graduation requirements, activities and clubs, course offerings and how to prepare for college and careers.