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. 1, 2018:

During this special panel discussion, Nic Pfenning, Chris Gabriel and Carrie Pfenning will share their personal stories and relationships with addiction. After experimenting with prescription pills and illegal street drugs in his early teens, Nic Pfenning is now a substance abuse counselor in Portland, Maine, and has been sober from narcotics for more than seven years. Chris Gabriel was an NCAA Division II collegiate athlete who, during high school, began experimenting with prescription pills and illegal narcotics including heroin. He has now been sober for more than seven years and has helped many young men and women who are struggling with addiction. Carrie Pfenning, Nic’s mother, will share how she navigated her son’s addiction and how Nic’s abuse of drugs affected his family. Participants will come away from this session with local resources to help both parents and youth who are struggling with addiction.

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.

Nov. 8, 2018: Senior Citizens Technology- Noon

Augmented Reality is technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world. The second grade students will lead the Senior Citizen’s in a color page then using a tablet, will bring the image to life. Lunch for seniors will follow.


Veteran’s Day breakfast

Jan. 8, 2019: Sarah Cope, 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.

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. 23, 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.

Feb. 6, 2019: Eighth grade parent night

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.

Feb. 12, 2019: Gina Cosgrove

She’s back, after great success in her last workshop, Dr. Gina Cosgove is returning to BP 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 v’s 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 .

March 20, 2019: Essential Oils

Learn how to safely and effectively use essential oils to support the emotional-well being for kids and parents

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.

– Tap into your own sense of calm and centeredness to support you to be able to cope with your child’s emotions and your own.

– Connect with other parents

March 27, 2019: S’cool Moves and the Power of Play

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 17, 2019: Pre-K Information Night

May 8, 2019: Career Pathways night

Discuss Education and Computer Programming pathways available to students in high school. This night will include career talks from professionals in the field as well as post secondary representatives from community colleges and four year schools as well.