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Overview: How to Best Support Your Child Grades 6 - 12

PCEF's Educator and Student Wellness Speaker Series event convened a panel of six of PCSD's own caring and trusted counseling and administrative educators as well as a private practice therapist to address How to Best Support Your Child Grades 6 - 12.

Educator Panel

  • Roger Arbabi, Principal | Park City High School\
  • Caleb Fine, Principal | Treasure Mountain Jr. High
  • Amy Jenkins Principal | Ecker Hill Middle School
  • Niko Jensen, Counselor | TMJH
  • Rebeca Gonzalez, Teacher | EHMS
  • Amanda Wissler, Therapist | Amanda Wissler Counseling
  • Moderator: Mary Christa Smith | Founder & Principal of Conscious Coalition Consulting

The series is a cornerstone of PCEF’s Educator and Student Wellness Signature Initiative.

Question 1 →
How do I help my student be their best self in school?  

Students must know their rights...

Question 2  →
What are the developmental changes in grades 6-12 - and how can we use that information to set appropriate expectations and provide support? 

Natural consequences are critical. 

  • White brain matter (executive functioning, emotional regulation, impulse control) is not fully developed until age 23. 
  • Parents must let children “fly or fail forward” - if kids don’t figure it out now, they won’t have the tools to do so (and succeed!) later in life. 
  • Failing forward = a mistake with a solid support system in place. 
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Question 3 →
What mental health services exist in our schools & how do kids access them? 

Parents ARE part of school support tiers - which exist for ALL students.

  • Parents are a crucial part of the support & learning team - stay involved! 
  • Students at all levels  - which means ALL students - need support. 
  • Share information with educators.
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Question 4 →
What signs will help parents know if an issue is something more than typical developmental struggle?

Watch for red flags & create tech-free family time.

  • Red flag → direct statements of desire for self-harm.
  • Red flag → extreme changes. 
  • Keep responses open-ended to encourage continued sharing.
  • Call 9-1-1 for immediate help (additional resources here).
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Question 5 →
How can I track my child’s academic progress throughout the week?  What are the tools I should be aware of?

Give yourself permission to be a learner of school tools. 

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Question 6 →
Who do I contact if I have a concern – academic, social, emotional - and what if my child is struggling in more than one class?

PCHS students should have ownership over many issues.  

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Question 7 →
Where can students turn for help if they are experiencing bullying or are concerned about the welfare of classmates?


Question 8 →
What support does PCHS offer for college & application prep - and how can I best support my child in this process?

PCHS has incredible resources & students get into top universities.

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Audience Question  →
At what point does the student relationship with their counselor become engaging and important? 

As you talk to your kids - ask them if there’s one adult in the building that they have a relationship with - and if they can count on them if they need help. Every parent of children of all ages should immediately ask their kids this question. 

It may be a counselor or coach or teacher - that gives them a baseline of feeling safe. Research suggests that this is VERY significant for kids’ wellbeing in school. If you’re not utilizing the counselor you're missing out on an advocate in school.

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Student Wellness Resources | Grades 6 - 12 

Park City High School 
Counseling Department
Outside Resources for Mental Wellness Support 

Treasure Mountain Jr. High 
Counseling Department 
Outside Resources 

Ecker Hill Middle School 
Counseling Department

2022/23 Educator and Student Wellness Speaker Series events: 

  1. Are the Kids Alright [after the disruption of COVID]?; Dr. Michael Thompson 
  2. Tripping through Adolescent Substance Abuse/Experimentation: What Parents Need to Know; Dr. Jason Rafferty 
  3. How to Best Support Your Child Grades 6 - 12; PCSD Educator Panel 

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