Series on mindful parenting

mindful-parentingMany of the parents who attended December’s Mindfulness Workshop wanted more, so Bernadette C. Smith M.Ed (Strath Haven Middle School Teacher) and Gloria Shephard M.Ed are pleased to offer two sessions on how to bring mindfulness into parenting. Sessions will cover deep listening, paying attention, developing a better understanding of the teenage brain, and changing our relationships to our own thoughts and feelings.

WHEN:  7-8 PM on Jan 25th and Feb 8th (both Mondays)
WHERE:  Strath Haven High School Library (2nd floor)

Please RSVP to Bernadette Smith ( by 1/22/16 so we can arrange for seating. Please plan to attend both sessions; however, one is better than none!

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We need a treasurer!

SHHS Home and School Association is looking for people interested in serving as treasurer. If you might be, please should email Suzy Hoyle no later than Monday, January 4th. Applications will be reviewed by the SHHS HSA Board early January and a new treasurer appointed at the February HSA meeting. Thank you!maxresdefault

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Photos of seniors as babies due Dec 11

baby photoThis is the last week to submit a photograph of your little angel for inclusion in the yearbook. Once you have a scanned image, follow the instructions on this Google doc page. It costs $45 (make check payable to “SHHS Activities – Yearbook”).

Also, if you have any photos of seniors (and their friends) when they were in elementary school, email them to Please include in the email the names and positions of all the students in the photos. We can accept these candids until around Valentine’s day.

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Files for October HSA meeting

Presentation (PPT) and minutes (PDF) from the October Home and School meeting. Sample graph from Dr Yannacone’s slides is below.



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Files for September HSA meeting

For those of you who missed it, here are Dr Yannacone’s “State of the High School” presentation slides (PPT). And here are the minutes (PDF).


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If you need Guidance, come to Nov 12th H&S meeting

At this Thursday’s Home and School meeting, members of the Guidance Office will provide details on the services they provide (for all years, not just Seniors) and an overview of curriculum and standardized test schedules. After this presentation, parents are invited to stay for the business portion of the meeting (we’ll be voting on Wish List items for teachers, groups). We’ll be starting at 6 pm sharp so that we can wrap up the meeting in time for people to attend Handbag Bingo event.


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Updated schedule for Home and School meetings

11/12- Guidance: Members of the Guidance Office will be present to provide non-class specific services and an overview of curriculum and standardized test schedules.

12/10 – State of the District: Dr. Pladus will be with us to present his view of the district mid year. Be sure to take a break from the busy holiday season and come out to welcome him!

No January Meeting: (rest up)

2/11 – The Ins and Outs of Course Selection and Scheduling: Assistant Principal Andrea LaPira will delve into the intricate process of course selection. It is a complicated process, and attending this event will help you understand how to map out the four years and help your student live up to their greatest potential (and have the required credits to graduate!).

3/10 – Finding the Right Balance in Raising a Teen (plus strategies for looking ahead to Summer): High school age children can be a challenge for a parent. They no longer exist in the world of the child, yet they are not yet ready in the world of an adults. What is the responsible way for parents and guardians to guide and mentor their teens and give them the independence they so often crave? A member of the school Guidance Office will share insights on the teenage years through an informal discussion and provide some ideas as you look ahead to summer and wonder about internship and employment opportunities for your teen.

4/14 – Responding to Diverse Needs—Mental Health Issues in the High School Years: Many mental health issues become emergent once children reach high school age. Attend this meeting to learn about the mental and social challenges faced by students in the school and how Strath Haven staff provides assistance and resources to students in crisis.

5/12 – End of the Year and Preview for 2016-2017 – Dr Yannacone will share her end of the year report, provide reflections on the school year, and share the 2016-2017 calendar.

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