School Offers Free Parent Sessions On Crucial Topics


Worried about people bullying your kid at school?

Concerned about how to protect her from online predators?

Trying to figure out whether your child should be reading by now?

Frightened that your child is struggling with depression?

Wondering what the heck ‘beyond textbooks’ is all about?

Don’t sweat — the Payson Unified School District wants to explain everything.

So the district will offer parents workshop sessions on all that and more from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 13 at Payson High School. The event includes free childcare and lunch, thanks in part to a grant.


PUSD Director of Student Achievement Brenda Case

People can just show up and take their pick of three, hour-long sessions on an array of topics.

“I’m very excited; I’m hoping for a good turnout,” Director of Student Achievement Brenda Case told the school board on Monday.

“You’ll see there are any number of programs in direct response to the concerns or issues that the board or public has,” said Superintendent Greg Wyman. “We are listening.”

“We’ve just got lots of topics — understanding bullying, different levels of child development, emergency preparedness, community resources, depression and self injury, cross cultural education, education safety for parents, raising kids who are technology natives … Beyond Textbooks, also Edline 101 for parents,” added Case.

The board members responded enthusiastically.

“It does show you’re listening to us,” said board member Jim Quinlan. “You’ve got some great topics here.”

Wyman noted the district has surveyed parents to determine what they want to know. “We’re not just randomly picking topics we think are interesting. This is our first iteration — so please, give us comments back on how it’s going. We’re trying to help parents out and trying to help our staff out.”

Case noted that the district also snagged a $16,000 grant intended to improve teacher training in rural schools.

“We submitted the application at 3 and got funded at 5 in the afternoon. This will allow our staff to be more educated in the technology we have and utilize it in the classrooms. We have classes like Googledoc, Edline, building a web page, the paperless classroom.”

District employees will conduct most of the Saturday morning classes.

“I’m really asking our principals to push this with their teachers. We had only a couple of days notice, but already have 30 signed up for the first session,” Case explained.


Robbin Flowers 2 years, 4 months ago

Interesting, Now if we can get the adults in leadership positions to stop bullying the parents and children (they feel superior to because their religion or Koch tells them to) in town we may actually get somewhere.


Pat Randall 2 years, 4 months ago

Robbin, Could you please go one day with out posting religion. If you are the great religious person you seem to claim to be you wouldn't always be harping about the rest of us. Get a life !


Pat Randall 2 years, 4 months ago

The people that are teaching the classes, a few questions. Do they have kids or have raised any? What qualifies them to tell parents how to raise their kids? Only grandparents can do that. (: Were they ever bullied?
The first three questions the parents should have already figured out. If they don't know how to turn off a computer they shouldn't have one. If the kid isn't reading by seven then the parents haven't been paying attention. The kids should know how to count and know their ABC's when they start first grade and I don't think they need to have pre school and kindergarten. That is just state paid baby sitters. The parents should have taught them and how to print their name. You don't learn how to raise kids by reading books or listening to a speech. It is a on going learning experience. Teachers are doing and teaching to many things besides the 3 R's.


Robbin Flowers 2 years, 4 months ago

Pat, Like me you are making assumptions and I will try no to do that anymore. What makes you think that all the parents are capable of teaching their children the 3R's. I personally am aware of adults who do not know how to read, much less know how to teach math. I taught a undergraduate class into a third year bachelorette program - most of the people in the class didn't even know how to work with complex fractions!!! Things like 3/4 x 5/6 or 120/50 / 7/8.

As far as religion goes, I consider this more "ethics" than discussion of Religion, so I will cloak my references of the word "religion," because, I guess I am not cryptic enough. I find it amazing that people fear the topic of Religion when it effects absolutely everything about our culture/society. I really don't get WHY it is so Taboo. What is the purpose of NOT talking about Religion? WWJD?


Pat Randall 2 years, 4 months ago

Robbin, Since you know every thing and I don't, there is no sense in responding to anything you post anymore. I am done with something so hopeless.


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