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DVHS PTSA Parent Education Presentation - November 6

Stress FreeSave the Date

DVHS PTSA Parent Ed Night

November 6 at 7pm - DVHS Commons

"Happy, Health, Almost Stress-Free College Planning for Parents & Students",

presented by Harlan Cohen, New York Times Best Selling Author.

OVERVIEW: College planning can be stressful and overwhelming! For most high school students and their parents, the process is all about being the best so you can get into the best school. But once students arrive on campus, millions of them struggle while navigating the social, emotional, physical, financial, and academic changes in front of them. There is a different and better way to approach college search and selection. It's a fresh approach that gives students control over the process and reduces stress. It sets them up to be successful before ever arriving on campus.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: "Happy, Healthy, Almost Stress-Free College Planning" applies a new lens to an old process that shifts the power from the college to the student. Mr. Cohen walks attendees through a step-by-step approach that helps high school students (and their parents) focus more on what they want and less on being wanted. It saves time, emotions, and money.

About the Speaker: Harlan Cohen gives attendees a framework that can be applied to life in high school and during the college years. This new approach turns college search into an exciting and positive experience. Harlan uses his trademark humor, stories from students, personal anecdotes, facts, stats, and audience interaction. He takes questions via text message during his event.

Co-Sponsored by DVHS PTSA and the College and Career Center

DVHS Parents and Students are invited to this event.

PTSA Special Needs Committee

Special NeedsWho We Are

The San Ramon Valley Council of PTA’s Special Needs Committee fosters collaboration among parents, teachers, schools, and the community to support children with special needs. Many schools have a Special Needs Committee Representative on their local PTA/PTSA who represents the school on our Council Committee, provides information back to the school, and may plan programs or get-acquainted gatherings for the school site. Your Dougherty Valley High School Special Needs Committee Representatives for 2017-18 are Sanjog Kaur and Anita Kant.

What We Do

  • Provide information and support to parents and staff so they can help children with special needs succeed.

  • Help ALL children and adults understand and appreciate challenges faced by children with special needs.

  • Work legislatively to secure and retain adequate laws and funding for children with special needs.

As part of our educational outreach, we are planning a valuable array of programs to provide support for parents and educators of children with special needs for the 2017-2018 school year, including:

  • Evening Programs:  Several evening programs will be offered throughout the year, on various topics related to children and youth with special needs.

  • Annual Parenting Conference:  We will arrange a variety of breakout sessions for the annual Parenting Conference in late February/early March of 2016.  Please look for conference information later in the fall.

  • Ability Awareness: We will provide and support ability awareness workshops and simulations to students, parents and staff.

Be sure to bookmark the SRV Council of PTAs Special Needs webpage, on which you can find information, resources and links. In addition, be sure to bookmark the SRVUSD Special Needs page, where information on Special Education in our district is available.

Join Our email Distribution List

We email information about our upcoming programs, as well as other local programs of interest to the community, through the SRV Council of PTAs. Please click on the Join Email List button to receive the monthly council newsletter which typically includes a Special Needs article. Also, during school registration, please select “Special Needs” on your interest form and you will receive information about campus events throughout the year. The Special Needs Committee also maintains a web site. Go to the SRV Council of PTAs Special Needs page. Our site includes information about our events as well as events and resources from other organizations dedicated to special needs issues in our community. To receive the quarterly Special Needs newsletter, please click on the Join Email List on this webpage.