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 Parent University Events

Oct. 4, 2019: Financial Aid Night

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.

Oct. 6, 2018: COLOR RUN- POSTPONED (due to low enrollment)

Oct. 10, 2018: Financing Your Child’s Education. BPHS, Virtual AP Room, 6:30 p.m.

Ben Blowers from Thrivent discusses how to finance your child’s education. Find out what to expect as your child transitions to college, tips about the FAFSA, cost of attendance, out of pocket expenses, expected family contribution, need met and gift-aid ratios and how they apply to you. Target grades 8-12

Oct. 24, 2018: Prevention Council-High Disguise (Program Length: 1 hour)

This program is geared toward parents and other caring adults in the community. The presentation gives participants the opportunity to explore a mock teen bedroom. Participants will search for hidden drugs and paraphernalia, while learning about concealment methods and drug culture references. This will be followed with an in-depth discussion about the room and current trends. An opportunity for questions and answers will follow.

Nov. 6, 2018:

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.

POSTPONED- Nov. 8, 2018: Senior Citizens Technology Fun

A second-grade student and a senior citizen will be paired up to use exciting new technology that the students have been using for learning and fun. The partners will each be given crayons, a coloring sheet and an iPad. After coloring the page, the partners will use the iPad to make the image come to life. This technology is called Augmented Reality. Augmented means to add something to your real world, therefore making your experience more enjoyable. Students have been able to learn more about the solar system and the human body through this new technology.

Nov. 8, 2018-Veterans Day breakfast: 9:00 am10:00 am
Broadalbin-Perth Middle School, 1870 County Hwy 107, Amsterdam, NY 12010

Nov. 15, 2018: “Parenting in the Digital Age and Social Media Awareness” (At Mayfield High School)

Thanks to an invitation from Mayfield High School, B-P parents and staff are welcome to attend “Parenting in the Digital Age and Social Media Awareness” from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Mayfield High School Auditorium. Child care will be provided for school-aged children in the high school cafeteria. The presentation is facilitated by Melissa J. Straub, Private Investigator, social justice advocate and founder of High Impact Youth Training Solutions.

Straub’s topics will include:

-Social Media Trends and Dangers
-The New Definition of Bullying/Cyberbullying
-Social Networking: Age Restriction, Privacy and Security Settings
-Psychological Fallout from Constant Connectivity and Exposure
-How to Talk to Your Kids About the Internet.
-Websites and Apps
-Teens and Social Media Technology 
-Connectivity and Devices
-Digital Footprint and Detox

Jan. 8, 2019: The Dangers of Vaping

Sarah Cope, a graduate of BP and a Physician’s Assistant who practices locally will be on hand to present the dangers of vaping. This is the latest dangerous behavior our children are engaging in and many are not aware of the effects.

Resources on e-cigarettes from New York State Education Department Commissioner, MaryEllen Elia and New York State Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker M.D, J. D.

E-cigarettes and Vaping Webinar

E-Cigarettes Learning Page

NYSDOH Get the Facts Website

Jan. 16, 2019: Sophomore Parent Night

Sophomores and their parents will explore options for college courses, the career and technical center, and how to begin the college search process.

Jan. 30, 2019: Snow. Much. Fun- A Family Literacy Event, 6 p.m.

This is a free literacy event for early learners grades K-2 and their families! This event will take place Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the TLC Media Center. RSVP slips are due by Jan. 18.

This event will bring teachers, families, and students together as partners to support your child’s reading development. During the event, you and your child will join other families in an interactive group read-aloud and a variety of activities that help reinforce your child’s reading skills. You’ll also learn about ways you can build and strengthen your child’s love of reading at home. All of the activities are focused on one goal: to give families opportunities to see and experience their child’s literacy learning in action. There will also be cocoa, cookies and prizes.

Feb. 7, 2019: Coffee Talk 

Do your mornings consist of tears, arguing, yelling, nagging, or lolly-gagging? You are not alone.
Parent University is hosting Coffee Talk at 9:00 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 7 in the TLC conference room. The topic will be managing the morning routine and tips/tricks for helping the mornings go more smoothly. Light refreshments will be served. 

Feb. 12, 2019: Gina Cosgrove

She’s back, after great success in her last workshop, Dr. Gina Cosgove is returning to B-P to help parents and students understand and work through stress/anxiety. Stress and anxiety are two modern day conditions that have a huge impact on happiness and performance in life, school and work for children. If left unchecked they can effect our children’s health and wellbeing. Learning to meet them head on with acceptance and even humor, however, means we can start to build a lifelong toolkit to keep them at bay. In this session, we will explore the effects and causes of stress and anxiety, and most importantly, what we can do as parents or ourselves to counter them. This workshop covers:

  • What Stress & Anxiety do to us
  • Fight/Flight vs. Rest/Digest
  • Noticing Triggers, Emotions & Core Beliefs
  • Skills & Tools to Beat Stress & Anxiety
  • Meeting your resistance/Sitting with what is/Taking action/Cultivating a relaxed future 

Feb. 13, 2019: Junior Parent Night

Juniors and their parents will receive information on colleges, military and careers as well as how to navigate the college admission process.

CANCELED- Feb. 26, 2019: State Testing Game Show Night

Parent University presents State Testing Game Show Night from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday Feb. 26 in the middle school computer lab. Eighth-grade ELA teacher Briana Nedler and BPMS math teacher Ana Ventre will be hosting a game show style informational session about the grades 6-8 math and ELA state tests.

Parents will gain valuable information about how the state tests have changed (number of days) and information on the new learning standards. Parents will learn the benefits of opting in to the test and some myths about the test and how data is used.

This night is geared toward middle school parents, but could be beneficial for anyone with children in grades 3-8. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

April 10, 2019: S’cool Moves and the Power of Play- 6:30 p.m., BPHS Media Center

You’ve heard about how movement and activities that cross the midline of the body can help your child focus, decrease anxiety, help with self-regulation and body control, and improve reading, math and visual skills. Now, come see why it works! Join physical therapist Jessica Sargalis and occupational therapy assistant Kristen Miller to learn about the S’cool Moves program used in pre-K through grade 12 at B-P, and leave with some strategies you can use at home to help your child improve their ability to perform in school.

April 16, 2019: Grade 8 Parent Night – 6:30 p.m., BPHS Auditorium

Join B-P high school counselors Jennifer Grimmick and Charla Simonson at Eighth Grade Parent Night at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 in the BPHS auditorium. Eighth 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. RSVP for the event here. There will be no child care provided.

April 17, 2019: Pre-K Information Night

Incoming pre-K students and their parents are invited to meet some of the key people who will help them start their educational journey, and take home information and resources to help them prepare for the start of school in the fall.

May 1, 2019: The Dangers of Vaping – 6:30-8:30 p.m., BPHS Auditorium

Register here

Sarah Cope, a graduate of BP and a physician’s assistant who practices locally, will be on hand to present The Dangers of Vaping in partnership with Advancing Tobacco-Free Communities. This is the latest dangerous behavior our children are engaging in and many are not aware of the effects. BPHS SADD members will be presenting an exhibit on vaping and tobacco use in our community as told through their own words and images.

Resources on e-cigarettes from New York State Education Department Commissioner, MaryEllen Elia and New York State Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker M.D, J. D.

E-cigarettes and Vaping Webinar

E-Cigarettes Learning Page

NYSDOH Get the Facts Website

CANCELED- May 8, 2019: Essential Oils. BPHS, Virtual AP Room, 6:30 p.m.

Learn how to safely and effectively use essential oils to support the emotional well-being of kids and parents. The workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Virtual AP room at Broadalbin-Perth High School.

During the workshop you will learn an evidence-based technique to become an ‘emotion coach’ for your child, discover new effective ways to help you and your family live a healthier life and tap into your own sense of calm and centeredness to support your ability to cope with your child’s emotions and your own.