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.
(September 5, 2019)
We hosted our new Superintendent of GPS, Dr. Toni Jones and our new interim GHS Headmaster, Ralph Mayo,
BATTLING TEEN BOREDOM:
HOW TO HAVE A HEALTHIER, HAPPIER (AND PRODUCTIVE) SUMMER
(May 30, 2019)
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?
- THE TEEN VAPING EPIDEMIC: WHAT EVERY PARENT NEEDS TO KNOW (January 31, 2019)
- THE COLLEGE PROCESS (November 8, 2018)
- LIFE-HACKS FOR A HAPPIER TEEN (March 27, 2018)
- LIFE-HACKS FOR A HEALTHIER TEEN (February 1, 2018)
- HELPING YOUR TEEN COPE WITH STRESS (March 7, 2017)
- TECH OVERLOAD: How to Manage Screen Time (January 26, 2017)
- THE COLLEGE PROCESS (NOVEMBER 17, 2016)
- CONCUSSIONS: Best Practice Medical Plan & Academic Strategies (March 9, 2016)
- THE TEEN BRAIN...WORK IN PROGRESS (JANUARY 28, 2016)
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.
Chasing the Dragon (video)
How Juul Made Nicotine Go Viral (video)
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.