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The GHS PTA works to provide our members with important and relevant information for their student's high school years. Special programs are presented at GHS PTA Membership Meetings as well as at 9th and 12th grade meetings. When possible we provide videos or meeting notes for your reference.


TEEN ANXIETY: THE HIDDEN CRISIS
(March 26, 2019)


We hosted two expert speakers from the The Southfield Center for Development, Behaviorist, Rebecca Strang and Psychologist, Dr. Lindsay Blass.  Together with our own GHS school psychologist, Jeff DeTeso, they spoke candidly about the growing epidemic of anxiety in our 21st century youth. Two articles that prompted our interest, from Greenwich Magazine (4/28/18) - The Anxious Generation and The New York Times (10/11/17) - Why are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering from Severe Anxiety?

 
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THE TEEN VAPING EPIDEMIC: WHAT EVERY PARENT NEEDS TO KNOW 
(January 31, 2019)


Lorraine Termini, GHS Dean of Students, Dr. Paul Sygall, Greenwich Hospital and  Dennis Bludnicki, Liberation House and GHS teacher all talk about vaping and our GHS teens.  Links to program highlights and handouts below.

BATTLING TEEN BOREDOM:
HOW TO HAVE A HEALTHIER, HAPPIER (AND PRODUCTIVE) SUMMER
(May 30, 2019)


GHS school psychologist, Jeff DeTeso, Alison Lockridge, College and Career Counselor and Judith Nedell, Guidance Coordinator, talk about thoughtful academic and non-academic options for students over the summer months.

Past GHS PTA Parent Workshop Videos:

THE COLLEGE PROCESS (November 8, 2018)

A panel presentation led by members of our GHS Guidance Staff. Learn about creating a college list, standardized testing and the SAT vs the ACT, the timeline of tasks to prepare for applying, and an overview of all of the resources available at GHS.
Materials that were distributed at this meeting can be downloaded from the GHS Guidance web page Collge Process / Post High School and Transition Planning as well as the two related sub pages "Junior Folder/Senior Packet" and "Financial Aid Info".

Youtube

LIFE-HACKS FOR A HAPPIER TEEN (March 27, 2018)

We live in a world that has never been more technologically connected, yet our teens are feeling more disconnected than ever. Here are practical life hacks for healthy parenting to not only help your child navigate current social challenges and develop more meaningful relationships, but empower them to emerge from school as happier and more resilient young adults.

Life Hacks For a Happier Teen

LIFE-HACKS FOR A HEALTHIER TEEN (February 1, 2018)

Learn how to best 'hack' the basic biochemistry of teenagers with simple, easy to do approaches. Use food to promote better focus, better energy and blood sugar balance and even improve sleep. Snacks, napping and how to balance proteins, carbs and fats are all discussed.

Dr. Kurt Waples is a Functional Medicine Doctor and owner of Bluestone Health Group, a Functional Medicine and Kinesiology Practice.

Healthy Body & Mind Meal Structure for Your Kids to Enjoy!

Healthy Snack Info Guide

HELPING YOUR TEEN COPE WITH STRESS (March 7, 2017)

Our panel took a holistic approach in its discussion, providing important guidance, tools and coping strategies for parents to help their teens successfully navigate the high school years. Handout links are below.

Links to additional information.

TECH OVERLOAD: How to Manage Screen Time (January 26, 2017)

Liana Slater, NY Regional Director from Common Sense Media, and Marcella Moran, MA, LMHC, a licensed psychotherapist and President of The Kid Organizer gave us tips and tools to help us be mindful of and better manage our screen time, and to help our students manage theirs as well. Handout links are below.

Common Sense Media Family Tips

Common Sense Presentation

The Kid Organizer Presentation

THE COLLEGE PROCESS (NOVEMBER 17, 2016)

A panel from the GHS Guidance Department provided insight into "The College Process."


CONCUSSIONS: Best Practice Medical Plan & Academic Strategies (March 9, 2016)

Concussions can be serious injuries and require unique and specific attention. A panel of local experts address ways to be more aware of how to recognize and handle concussions.


THE TEEN BRAIN...WORK IN PROGRESS (JANUARY 28, 2016)

A panel of GHS professionals discuss the how, what and why behind teen brain development, decision making, and risky behavior.