Parent University

  • Parent University provides parents and caregivers of students at MES the opportunity to get together and listen to guest speakers present topics of interest. Below is a tentative list of the topics for this year. Handouts for past presentations may be found below.

    Friday March 8, 2019 | Georgia Milestones (GMAS)
    This session focused on the Georgia Milestones assessment.  Mr. Paul Lister, Assistant Principal and School Testing Coordinator, and Mr. Brian Baron, School Business Manager for MES, reviewed the structure of the test, delivered parent resource information, reviewed the practice website, and answered parent questions.
  • Tuesday, October 24, 2017 | Student Technology at MES
    Chromebooks, Google Classroom, Drive, the Google Suite and My Backpack: Making sense of the various resources your students and their teachers will be using in class and at home for the 2017-2018 school year. Presented by Mr. Jimmy Stapp, MES Educational Technology Specialist.  Mr. Stapp reviewed the online resources your student will use this year, with plenty of time for parent questions.
    Tuesday November 14, 2017 | Standardized Testing at MES
    This session focused on school, district and state assessments that are administered at Morningside. We reviewed GKIDS Readiness Check, GKIDS administration, District Benchmarks, STAR Screeners, ACCESS Testing for ELL learners, Overview of gifted testing, NAEP, Reading and Evidence Based Writing, and GMAS. The presentation focused on why the assessment is administered, how the data are used, and what access the parents have to their child's results (if any). Presented by MES Vice Principals Jay Bland and Holly Brookins.
    Friday December 1, 2017 | Accelerated Math
    This Parent University focused on the criteria that students must meet to be placed within the accelerated math curriculum in 4th-6th grade.  We reviewed the Scope and Sequence of the lessons, and how Accelerated Math is different from General Education Math. Attendees heard from teachers about expectations, work load, and instructional techniques. Presented by MES Vice Principals Jay Bland and MES math teachers.
    January 23, 2018 | How to Raise Brave and Confident Children: Parenting Strategies to Help Children with Anxiety
    8:10 to 9:30am
    The talk was provided parents with strategies to help children cope with worries and anxiety. Discussion topics on (a) avoiding parenting pitfalls, or ways in which parents contribute to or maintain children’s anxiety, (b) helping sensitive children, and (c) dealing with behavioral issues that sometimes come with anxious children were covered. A brief background on anxiety and anxiety disorders was provided. Presented by Dr. Noriel Lim, who is an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University School of Medicine, where he directs Emory’s Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Pre-Doctoral Internship Training Program and the children’s anxiety treatment program.
    February 6, 2018 | Savvy Cyber Kids: Educating and Empowering Your Children with Technology
    8:10 to 9:30am
    Parents prepare children for the physical playground at an early age, offering safety and social lessons that are the building blocks for the future. Yet, our children may be unprepared to play safely on the digital playground -- where they can very easily make bad and potentially dangerous decisions. This Parent University will help you start “The Tech Talk,”  -- a conversation that emerges at the youngest of ages and simply never stops. When your child encounters something they have not seen before and may not understand, they need to know that they can come to you. Even if your kids are older and have been immersed into screens, virtual worlds, and all that technology has to offer for years, it is not too late to have the Tech Talk. Your children are entering adulthood in a world defined by technology and parents must be prepared. Presented by Ben Halpert, President, Savvy Cyber Kids.
    February 27, 2018 | Georgia Milestones Testing
    8:10 to 9:30am
    This Parent University will focus on the Spring administration of the Georgia Milestone assessment.  Samantha Clay from the office of Testing and Assessment office will review the test, deliver parent resource packets, review the practice website, and answer parent questions.
    April 18, 2018 (date has been updated)| Executive Functioning and Student Success
    8:10 to 9:30am
    Executive functions are cognitive skills that help students “get things done” – such as organizing and prioritizing ideas, materials, and tasks; managing time effectively; and making good decisions. This Parent University will provide an overview of proven techniques to support your students as they manage increasing academic demands, develop effective study habits, and grow into an independent and successful student. Presented by Rachael Barron of W3 Connections.
    March 27, 2018 | Heathy Eating Habits
    8:10 to 9:30am
    A healthy relationship with food and healthy eating habits is best started young! This Parent University will discuss children’s nutritional needs and ideas to help them meet their daily requirements.  Presented by Anne Brendle, who holds a Masters Degree in Nutrition and Integrative Health, and is a Certified Nutrition Specialist.  She is parent to a third grader at MES and has a Nutrition and Pilates Practice in Kirkwood.
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