�Parents Matter Too� in parent-teacher conference
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Nov. 9, 2005 - Generally, when someone indicates a parent teacher conference has been scheduled the session represents a teacher’s difficulties with a child or the need for special services.

In short, a parent-teacher conference normally instills the same bit of stomach rumblies a child would experience upon getting sent to the principal’s office for disciplinary reasons or at the least the parent-teacher session begets a bit of nervousness for news and results of the upcoming meeting.

But that is in no way the design for Region VIII Education Service Center’s 2005 Parent and Teacher Conference “Proudly Serving You: Parents Matter Too!” In fact, the whole intent of the session is to better arm parents with information during 20 “fun and informative topic sessions.”

The upcoming conference will be held from  8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Region VII Education Service Center, located at 2230 North Edwards St. in Mount Pleasant.

The free workshop begins with registration and exhibits from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and is followed from 8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. with a welcome. Three break out sessions lasting 45 minutes each with a 15 minute break between begin at 9 a.m. 

Topics to choose from for break out sessions will include behavior basics, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder — what you should know, Brain Gym, helping children learn, “make and take activities,” Parent Power,  Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills preparation, technology in the home, childhood development, and gaining insights: understanding your kids. There will also be sessions offered in Spanish for those non-English speaking parents. Among the presenters will be Sulphur Springs Independent School District Head Start staff.

Beginning at 11:45 a.m. will be the general session, which includes the free lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., entertainment by Sulphur Springs Gymnastic & Cheer, and the keynote speech by Jack Brown, teacher of the year, at 12:30 p.m.

Those in attendance could also win such door prizes as a Dell printer, software, DVDs and other miscellaneous items.

The workshop is free to all Sulphur Springs Independent School District parents, but in order to attend parents must register by Nov. 11. 

For more information or to register, contact Natasha White at Region VIII ESC at 903-572-8551, or Rita Taylor or Della Robinson at Early Childhood Learning Center at 903-439-6170.

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