Wednesday, October 28: Metrowest Adolescent Health Survey Results – Wednesday, October 28 in the LS Cafe

Where do LS students report bullying takes place at school?  How many LS students report using marijuana?  Is being on a sports team correlated with higher rates of substance use?  These questions and more are addressed by the Metrowest Adolescent Health Survey, which monitors trends in health and risk behaviors among youth.  We administer this survey every two years and the 2014 survey is the 5th administration of this survey by the Metrowest Health Foundation.  The questions on the survey cover topics ranging from substance use to violence to mental health, and the results from the 2014 test will be shared in a World Café format.

Proms, Parties and Parked Cars – Tuesday April 29th at 7:30 in the LS cafe

Sarah Greeley, David Bloom and Connections met on  Tuesday April 29th at 7:30 in the LS cafe for a discussion geared towards helping parents plan for the upcoming proms with their children.  This event was open to parents of all grades as you may have a ninth or tenth grader who is attending the Junior or Senior Prom.  We went over key logistics for Prom night (Bus, Limo or Car to the prom?) as well as sharing tips and strategies for handling last minute changes in Prom plans (that will come up!).  This was an opportunity to brainstorm with other parents how to handle the myriad issues that come up around Prom (Like parties and parked cars).  Participants left the cafe with a Plan B sheet, a list of questions to ask your students and other parents and the realization that you are not alone in struggling with these issues. Senior Parents where welcomed to join us.

SADD Presents: What’s Really Going On? A Q&A with Our Teens – Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 at 7:00 LS Cafe

SADD students compiled a panel of LSRHS students to give honest and candid responses to questions regarding what teens at LS are doing. The evening was set up with students in one room and parents in the other. A voice altering microphone enabled parents and student to remain anonymous to one another. The evening featured a mutual education of both parents and students as to what is really going on out there and what we as parents are wondering about. It discussion will provided our community with an opportunity to gain a better understanding of what challenges face our community and our kids.

Transitions: Us and Them – Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Connections discussed the many changes our children go through as they move through their years at LS.  Parents and Facilitators, David Bloom and Sarah Greeley, discussed issues such as: Do we call the Parents of our kids’ friends when they to out during 9th grade year? Junior Year?  Discussions were geared towards helping families explore the choices made parenting teens and how these decision impact the actions of our growing children.

New Year, Old Worries  – September 23, 2014

Connections hosted a night designed to have parents hear about and discuss some of the difficulties all families face in and around issues of substances and teenagers.  We were joined joined by the Lincoln (Kevin Kennedy)  and Sudbury (Scott Nix) Police as well as the LS athletic director who shared facts about social host laws, issues facing the two communities and research on how substance use impacts all forms of performance.  The night gave parents a chance to learn more about Connections and to think about conversations families may want to have in and around substances.

Behind Closed Doors – March 4, 2014 at 7:30pm

In this session parents and families were encouraged to explore and interact with a display designed to resemble a teenager’s bedroom. Throughout the exhibit were items that may indicate a teen is involved in some high-risk behavior such as substance abuse, underage drinking, eating disorders, sexual activity and more.

Parents in attendance at this awareness program were able to get an up-close look at the items in the room and were shown how they can be used. The presentation  reviewed the latest drug and alcohol trends, provided an overview of slang terms, highlight the “synthetic highs” that are readily available to youth and included an imperative prevention discussion regarding what we can do to protect our youth.

Traci Wojciechowski from the Caron Center Student Assistance Program (www.caron.org) gave the presentation.  Contact Connections for a copy of the presentation.

This COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS SERIES was facilitated by SADD advisors Sarah Greeley and David Bloom.

How risky is too risky? When do you know if substance use is a problem or “typical use?” December 3, 2013 – 7:30PM LSRHS Cafeteria

A presentation from Sarah Greeley and David Bloom and a round-table interactive discussion with  other parents in the community to find the answers and to discuss  5 key risk factors.

MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey, October 16th at 7:30 in the cafeteria.

Connections presented the  MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey: A World Cafe event to discuss learn about our results and discuss their impact with other parents and students.

Maximizing the Teen Brain – September 17th, 2013

A parent to parent conversation on how we can maximize the teen brain and keep our students safe. We discussed the Life of an L-S Warrior program and what it means to our:

– student actor – student artist – student athlete – student musician – student scientist – all of the above!

The Life of an L-S Warrior program is based on the work of John Underwood’s Life of an Athlete.  John presented his program to the athletic community at Lincoln-Sudbury on September 9, 2013

Lions and Tigers and Prom, Oh My!! – April 9, 2013

A Night by Parents for Parents. Sharing strategies for a safe Prom season – not just for parents of juniors and seniors! Discussion and ideas for talking to your teens about Prom.

Suggestions for communicating with other parents
Tips for hosting an after-prom party
Strategies for dealing with unexpected situations

Handout: Places To Go For Things You Should Know

Herren Project – December, 2012

Chris Herren, a basketball legend from Fall River MA, shared his story of addiction and his rise to sobriety with LS Students and the LS Community.

  • Metrowest News Article on the presentation at LS.
  • http://www.theherrenproject.org/ -Founded in 2011, The Herren Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation established by former NBA basketball player, Chris Herren, that assists individuals and families struggling with addiction.

All My Children Roundtable – October 10, 2012

Community members joined Lincoln-Sudbury teachers Sarah Greeley and David Bloom for a discussion on sharing our experiences and strategies on how to keep our teens safe.

Understanding the Teen Age Brain with Dr. Marisa Silveri – taped April 11, 2012