Parent University – EWHS

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Planning has begun for the 2018 Parent University – March 7, 2018

We are starting to plan for the 2018 Parent University.  Some ideas that have already been suggested are:  Junior Parents – Getting Ready to Apply to College,  Disaster Plan for EWHS – What Parents need to know, and Talking About Internet Choices and Safety With Our Kids. Do you have a topic you would like to see on the list?  Send us an email with your suggestion to

The Edmonds Woodway High School Administration and PSO presented our second Parent University on Feb. 9, 2017.  The night began with refreshments and school tours lead by EW parents.  There was a brief welcome and then parents went to the breakout session of their choice.  This was a chance for parents to engage in discussion about topics that are potentially impacting their students and to gain new insight and resources.  Below are the titles and a brief description of the breakout sessions which were available.

Breakout Sessions 2017:  

Parent University Schedule

Getting to know EWHS:  8th Grade Families:  Tania Maxfield, EWHS Counseling Dept.;     Are you an incoming 8th grade family or new to the district?  Get the answer to essential questions about EWHS, including information about when and how to register.   

Making the Transition to High School:  Angelia Nivens, EWHS Counseling Dept.;   What might help make the leap to high school easier?  Ms. Nivens and a panel of EW students will give helpful tips and answer questions to help make a smooth transition.

Study Skills 101:  R. Evan Hatch, EWHS Counseling Dept.;  The new academic challenges in high school often mean a new approach to studying.  Discover different strategies and teacher tricks you can use to help your student be successful.

Technology Support:  Understanding Chromebooks, Skyward, Google Docs and more:  Lauren Wolter, ESD tech support;      There are a lot of technology platforms being used at the high school, come and discover how to navigate the different systems.

Alternative High School Programs:  Rebecca Brennan, EWHS Counseling Dept.;      This session will discuss off-campus complimentary programs to high school – Running Start, Sno-Isle and E-learning.  Discover how your student can expand and enrich their high school experience through these alternative programs.

College Bound Scholarship Program:  Anna Fulford, WASAC;        The College Bound Scholarship program is an early commitment of financial assistance to eligible students who sign up in middle school and fulfill the scholarship pledge.  Hear about new state requirements and ask questions about the program.

Life Skills Program:  Success for Students Receiving Special Education:  Joy Lohnes, ESD VOICES Program Manager;     Discover the support and opportunities available to your student as they progress through high school and beyond.

Life Skills Program:  Charting a Life Course – Person-Centered Planning:  Kathie Davis, ESD Behavioral Specialist;  Creating a plan for your child’s success.

Tutorias in Espanol:  Patty Cortez, EWHS Spanish Tutor;  Patty Cortez hablara y contestara preguntas sobre el nuevo programa de Tutorias en Espanol y la escuela en general, para nuestros estudiantes y apoderados de habla hispana.  Discover the resources and new after school support available for Spanish speaking students.

Learning in the U.S. School System: Support for Immigrant Families:  Sally Guzman, Family and Community Engagement Specialist for ESD;  Information will be provided to help families better understand the U.S. school system and how to support their student.

Social Media Responsibility and Digital Citizenship:   Detective Stacie Trykar, Edmonds Police Dept.;     Get advice and tips for helping your student stay safe and avoid risky behavior online.  This will include learning about the laws regarding sexting and other risky behavior online.  She will discuss some of the most popular social media apps students are using.

Helping Teens Manage Stress:  Debbie Tonkovich, LMHC, MA and Ron Defoe, LMCHA, MHP, MA ;   The teenage years can be a stressful time for families.  Pressure for academic success, planning for the future, and changing social expectations can put increased pressure on students.  Finding strategies to identify and cope with stressors will be addressed.

Making the Transition from High School:  Rebecca Brennan and Angelia Nivens, EWHS Counseling Dept.;  Doesn’t it seem lately like 25 is the new 18?  What does a successful transition from high school look like?  Gain insight into how to support your older student’s transition from high school to independence.  A panel of EW graduates will be available to add their insight.   

College and Career Planning:  Molly Challman, EWHS Counseling Dept.;   Explore options available to your student after high school.  What do you need to keep in mind to prepare for a two or four-year college?  What about alternative options like internships, apprenticeships, gap years and technical careers?  Discover the many paths to success for your student.

Financial Aid for College:  Shana Lipscomb; College and Career Specialist and Michelle Platt, Edmonds Community College partner;   Need help navigating the financial aid process, deciding which forms need to be completed and each forms deadline?  What about scholarships?  Join us for an overview of basic financial aid information you need to know.

Career and Technical Education/Electives Fair:  Meet Edmonds-Woodway teachers who offer electives like Digi-tools, Microsoft Academy, Chef School and more.  In addition, information about electives in Science, Tech, Marketing and Business disciplines will be available.

School Tours:  Take a school tour with an EWHS parent.  Do you feel like EWHS is a bit of a mystery, do you get lost every time you go inside.  Come take a tour and discover the things you need to know from a parents’ perspective.  Meet in the Cafe.

Parent University Schedule