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Raising Resilient Teens
Monday, April 8, 2019 7:00 pm Two River Theater 21 Bridge Avenue Red Bank, NJ 07701 (free parking behind theater) 

The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide invites you to attend a presentation for parents and caregivers to discuss some of the difficulties of parenting a teen in challenging times. The evening will be lead by one of the nation’s leading experts in youth suicide prevention and feature an interactive panel of community experts for you to learn from. The opportunity to ask questions in a comfortable environment is an invaluable aspect of this night. Are you unsure how to bring up the topic of suicide, mental illness or substance use with your child? This presentation will help you to dispel common misconceptions, address the importance of talking to your child about identifying a “Trusted Adult”, provide information on the warning signs of suicide and local resources, discuss the potential impact of current events, social media and more.

Moderator Maureen Underwood, LCSW SPTS Clinical Advisor
Expert Panel Danielle Gaspirini, LCSW CPC Behavioral Healthcare Division Director, Children’s Services Children’s Mobile Response; Chad Majczan Monmouth Cares Manager of Community Relations & Resource Development; Artemis Mazzini Into the Light Co-Founder; Kate Okeson Make it Better 4 Youth Program Director; Kenneth Pecoraro CPC Behavioral Healthcare Division Director, Addiction and Co-Occurring Services

Registration Appreciated or (732) 410-7900

Warning Signs of Suicide (FACTS)
Feelings- Expressing hopelessness about the future.
Actions- Displaying severe/overwhelming pain or distress.
Changes- Showing worrisome behavioral cues or marked changes in behavior, including: withdrawal from friends or changes in social   activities; anger or hostility; or changes in sleep.
Threats- Talking about, writing about, or making plans for suicide.
Situations- Experiencing stressful situations including those that involve loss, change, create personal humiliation, or involve getting into trouble at home, in school or with the law. These kinds of situations serve as triggers for suicide. 

If you notice any of these warning signs, you can help!
1. Express concern about what you are observing in their behavior
2. Ask directly about suicide
3. Encourage them to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline- 800-273-TALK (8255)
4. Involve an adult they trust
Remember, if you have IMMEDIATE concerns about someone's safety, call 911 right away!
*This is an updated version of the FACTS handout available in the Lifelines Curriculum and "Making Educators Partners"
For more information and resources

PARCC has released a five-step checklist that will help parents get their kids ready for testing. The checklist features links to a host of assessment-related resources from both PARCC and partners such as the National Parent Teacher Association, Learning Heroes, Raise the Bar, and Great Kids, that will provide both parents and teachers with information about when the assessments will be given in their child's district, what will be expected of them when they are testing, and much more.
PARCC Practice Tests Here

PARCC Testing 2018 - 2019
*Algebra I- Graduation Requirement: Pass; (State/Federal Requirement)
Algebra II- (State Requirement)
Geometry- (State Requirement)
ELA Grade 9 (State Requirement)
*ELA Grade 10- Graduation Requirement: Score 750 or above (State/Federal Requirement)
ELA Grade 11 (State Requirement)
*Graduation Requirement

If a student is permitted extra time or any other accommodations by their IEP/504, parent/guardians should contact the school counselor office for additional details on accommodations and accessibility options. 

2018-2019 PARCC Test Dates
Regular (BTHS, HTHS, MAST): April 8 - May 28; Results Available TBD
Fall Block (AAHS, ALPS, CHS, CLASS): November 26 - January 15; Results Available TBD
Spring Block (AAHS, ALPS, CHS, CLASS): April 22 - June 7; Results Available TBD

Testing will be scheduled throughout the school day. Contact the school for a specific schedule.
Testing Time Allotted per student: Three 90 minute units. Total time 270 minutes per subject.
Testing Mode: Computer-based
Subjects: ELA 9-11, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry

NJSLS-Science (NJSL-S)
Grade 11 (State/Federal Requirement)
May 6 - June 7, 2019
Students will test in the AM

PSAT 10/11
Check with the school for a specific schedule.

AP Exams
May 6 - 17
Check with the school for a specific schedule.

IB Exams
Check with the BTHS for a specific schedule.

High School Portfolio Appeals
January 7 - May 10 (As necessary)

Graduation Requirements
Class of 2020, 2021, 2022 (DOE Updated June 2019) Here
2019 Here


Some Myths and Facts About Assessment and PARCC

A Guide to Parent and Educator Conversations about the PARCC Score Reports ‚Äč

Understanding the PARCC Scores – Resources for Parents

Guide to Finding and Using PARCC Test Questions

Parents Make a Difference!

Our School-Parent Compact:

  • Working cooperatively with parents to provide for their participation in the successful education of their children agree to:
  • Provide high quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment;
  • Give student the help needed to meet the State’s performance standards;
  • Describe and explain the curriculum and proficiencies;
  • Provide for parent-teacher meetings;
  • Provide reports on student progress.
  • Parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning
  • Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school
  • Parents are full partners in their child’s education

You can help your child succeed by:
  • Providing a home that encourages learning and get your child the help he /she needs
  • Providing a home that supports your child’s physical, mental, and emotional development
  • Having positive values about education serves as an important perspective for your children
  • Work with the school and other community groups that have an impact on your child
  • Talk with your child about school, activities and friends. Be sure to listen to what they say
  • Make sure your child attends school and gets there on time
  • Set high but realistic expectations for success
  • Keep your child healthy
  • Communicate with the school about how your child learns and about other things that might affect learning or behavior at school
  • Encourage your child to develop his/her interests and help him/her find opportunities to learn more about them
  • Help your child to develop good relationships
  • Keep your child safe and help him or her understand the consequences of behaviors.
Support for Families from the New Jersey Department of Education:
The NJ Department of Education has created a family-focused web site with resources to help you support your child's education, and navigate your school system. The NJDOE has also opened a "Help Desk" which can be reached through the parent menu option of their toll-free number: 877-900- 6960.

Electronic Communication Between Teaching Staff Members and Students Policy 3283 (PDF Format)
MCVSD Parent Involvement Policy Letter to Parents (PDF Format)
MCVSD Right to Know Letter to Parents 9/2015 (PDF Format)
MCVSD LEP Statement (PDF Format)
District Parent Involvement Policy (PDF Format)
Parental Rights in Special Education 2016 (PRISE) (PDF Format)
Title I Entrance and Exit Criteria 9/2015 (PDF Format)
School/Parent/Student Compact 9/2015 (PDF Format)

Updated (November 2015) Graduation Requirements from the NJDOE for Classes of 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 (PDF Format)