Mr. Anthony P. DeMarco
It is hard to believe that we are entering the second half of the school year. This is a time to prepare for the end of the year transition to the next grade level for sixth and seventh grade students. And for eighth grade students it is a time to prepare for and to start thinking about high school course requests.
The middle school developed an Action Plan for 2019-2021 which is aligned with the school district’s Strategic Plan. One of the goals of the Action Plan is to foster positive relationships with parents. I spoke to the middle school’s PTO parents to get discussion topics that they might like to see over the course of the school year. Once we had a direction from the PTO on topics, we reached out to Community Action for Safe Teens (CAST) to assist us in developing these topics for parent discussion groups.
To date we have held two presentations based upon these requests. In October 2019, we held a discussion group on the new Responsive Advisory program that has been implemented this year. This month, at the beginning of January, along with the MMS PTO, we sponsored a presentation by Breathe NH called Vaping Unveiled. That presentation was followed by a panel lead question and answer period.
In the coming months we will be holding four more parent groups in the middle school’s library & media center presented by the New Hampshire Teen Institute.
February 13, 2020: 6:30PM to 8PM: Understanding Adolescence: A presentation for parents on the amazing changes that young adolescents are experiencing physically, socially, and emotionally. The talk will focus on the unique developmental needs of adolescents and how to help them (and us) through this time in their lives.
March 12, 2020: 6:30PM to 8:00PM: Communication with Preteens and Teens: This discussion will focus on positive communication between parents and Tweens. The presentation will focus on strategies to communicate with adolescents so that they and you feel supported.
April 2, 2020: 6:30PM to 8:00PM: Empowering Teens and Giving a Voice: Sharing Power: This presentation will provide talking points on how best to cope with young adolescents as they begin their journey to find out who they are. This talk will provide ways to approach situations which may arise as our children begin to find their own independence, while still being a part of the family.
May 7, 2020: 6:30PM to 8:00PM: Prevention at Home: This workshop will look at what helps young people navigate a tricky time of development most successfully and how parents can play a positive role.
I would like to remind you that the Milford School District’s Deliberative Session is Thursday, February 6, 2020 at the Milford High School cafeteria. The session begins at 7:00PM. It is during this time that discussion concerning the proposed school budget and warrant articles take place. Amendments to the warrant articles and the proposed school budget are proposed and voted on during this session.
New Hampshire’s First in the Nation Presidential Primary has been scheduled for Tuesday, February 11th here at the middle school from 6:30AM to 8:00PM. There will be no school for students throughout the district on that day. All staff members will be having a professional development day.
The March 10th town voting will be held here at the middle school from 6:30AM to 8:00PM in the gymnasium. Please use the Gym Lobby entrance at the rear of the school for voting. Students do not have school on that day. This too will be a professional development day for staff