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"Let's Keep Talking" Parent Night Draws Close to 200

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20-October-2015 (HCS) - Close to 200 Hoover City Schools parents turned out this week to hear a wide range of topics related to our district's student intervention efforts for the "Let's Keep Talking" Parent Night.

Substance abuse, anxiety, bullying, digital ethics and college readiness were some of the topics discussed at the October 20th forum, which featured expert panelists from a variety of backgrounds.

The event was parent-driven. District counselors and interventionists, which form the district's "Student Assistance Program" (S.A.P.), surveyed Hoover parents, receiving more than 1,500 responses, devising topics of interest for the "Let's Keep Talking" night.  The evening guided parents on a variety sensitive topics.  Angela Camp, the National Coordinator of Adolescent Marketing, served as the keynote speaker for the evening, with a presentation titled Parenting with Purpose: Building Resilient Families.  Other panelists included Cindy Bond, Hoover High School College and Career Specialist; Natalie Noble, HCS Career Coach; Jeff Richardson, HCS Instructional Technology Coach; Alice Churnock, LPC, Covenant Counseling Center; Katie Smith, LCSW, HHS Student Assistance Counselor; and Margaret Kneisley, EdD, BMS Assistant Principal.

"We were pleased to offer such valuable information from speakers who are dynamic and experts in their fields. The information equipped parents with just what they need to talk with their children about some very timely topics. We hope this was an educational night for parents," Marion Kellough, Hoover City Schools District Intervention Counselor, said.

As a part of her keynote presentation, Mrs. Camp brought drug paraphernalia/drug paraphernalia concealment items to show parents the latest drug trends.  If parents have questions throughout the school year with regard to any of the topics discussed at Parent Night, they are urged to contact their S.A.P./Intervention counselor housed at each middle and high school.

The Hoover City Schools' Student Assistance Program hopes to be able to offer similar events in the spring.

Jason Gaston/HCS


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