There’s a sense of excitement in the air as our 8th grade students prepare to leave middle school and transition to high school. It’s a time of joy and excitement, but also of apprehension for students and parents. There are schedules to fill out, decisions to be made, and a realization as parents, that our kids are making a major step towards adulthood.
There’s no field guide to this transition, and every child experiences the process differently. What’s normal? What’s not? How can parents help their kids succeed?
This free panel discussion for Middle School parents was held Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00 p.m. at the Edgewood Middle School Auditorium, 929 Edgewood Road, Highland Park and was sponsored by District 112 PTO/A President’s Council.
The discussion, led by experts with first-hand experience, including the head of the counseling center at HPHS, a former DHS counselor, a practicing psychiatrist, social worker, and a middle school principal, addressed issues kids encounter as they transition to high school and help parents identify resources that can help ease the transition.
Teens and Transitions is sponsored by the District 112 PTO/A President’s Council. The program is developed by Rebecca’s Dream, a 501 (c) 3 Foundation which promotes awareness and compassionate understanding of depression and bipolar disorder as real diseases.