PRSD Parent University

Workshops on Topics of Concern for Today's Parents

Programs Completed for the 2015 - 2016 School Year:

Tuesday, April 12, 2016  7:00 PM
What You Need to Know About Campus Safety When Looking for a College
Presented by Michael Murphy, President of Ironmen Consulting Company, Assistant Director of Security at Rockefeller University, and former NYPD Lieutenant
This presentation is a guide on what you should be asking, and what information is available to you, in regards to student safety on a college campus.  After attending this Campus/University Safety Program (CUSP), parents and perspective students will gain a better understanding of safety and security concerns that are effecting our campuses today.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Hoop Dreams with Chris Herren - Substance Abuse Prevention
Presented by Chris Herren, former NBS basketball player and professional motivational speaker
In this presentation highlighting Chris’s basketball career and journey to sobriety, Chris will touch on such topics as drunk driving, gateway drugs, peer pressure, bullying and cutting. He draws on his own history to convey the message that it is never too late to follow your dreams and overcome setbacks.

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Anxiety & Depression - How it Effects Teenagers
Presented by Dr. Randi Newman, Psy.D and Norma Canals, LMSW, School Social Worker, Pearl River School District
This presentation is a guide on what to do if your child is sad or anxious.  We will review how to talk to your teenager
about their emotional well-being and when to know your child needs professional help. 

Programs Completed for the 2014 - 2015 School Year: 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Sweet Talk Your Children
Presented by Rebecca Meyerson, Certified Nutrition Counselor and founder of Simply Healthy Living
Tired of wafflers and sugar-filled cereals for breakfast?  Do you have a child that won't touch anything green?  Come and learn the nuts and bolts of raising happy, healthy eaters and improving their meals with nutritious and delicious foods.  We will discuss recipe modification and realistic meal planning. 

Programs Completed for the 2013 - 2014 School Year:

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Warning Signs of Heroin and Prescription Drug Addiction
Presented by the Orangetown Police Department (OPD) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
Learn the warning signs and "lingo" associated with drug addiction. Let's protect our children. Many parents and caregivers are not familiar with drug street names and how to deal with a child who may be using drugs. Please join us as our panel discusses the dangers and warning signs of heroin and prescription drug addiction. Be in the know! Let's work together to keep our children and commmunity safe from this growing epidemic!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mom & Dad, Can You See What I Feel?
Presented by Turning Point Behavioral Health Center

Depression, Anxiety, Self-Esteem, Social Anxiety, Self-Harm. These are words we have all heard before but do we really know what these emotions "look like" in our teenagers. Many parents or caregivers may not recognize when their child is struggling. We explore these emotions and behaviors through the eyes of today's teenagers.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013 and Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Program held at the Pearl River Middle School Auditorium and Pearl River High School Auditorium, repsectively.

What You Don't Know About Your Child's Social Networking

Presented by Det. Joseph Sullivan, Orangetown Police Dept. and Det. James Davis, Computer Crimes Task Force
Back by Popular Demand!  Come and learn the facts, dangers, and precautions regarding some of the popular websites/apps that your child may be using such as Snapchat, Instagram, ooVoo, Ask FM, and more


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Common Core Learning Standards Math K - 4
Presented by Sue Wheeler, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

Ms. Wheeler will present an overview of the Common Core Focus Standards for each grade level. She will highlight
some of the related instructional strategies
and demonstrate how to access and utilize available parent resources.

Programs Completed for the 2012 - 2013 School Year:


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sending Your Child Off to College
Presented by Dr. John Morgano, Superintendent and Dr. Frank Auriemma, Former Superintendent 
Topics include adjusting to college academic rigor, roommate issues - boyfriend/girlfriend issues, fitting in issues, solving problems on their own, calling home too much or not enough, having a car on campus, co-ed dorms, campus safety, returning home to visit – “Who is this person?” academic transitions, changing majors, changing schools and much more! There will also be time for a Q and A.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Dangerous Teen Drug Trends

Presented by Ms. Judy Mezey, MS and Ms. Andrea Fallick, LCSW,CASAC,CCP

Student Assistance Services Corp.

Get informed on the changing drug environment affecting our youth today.  Presentation includes a "Show and Tell" of current drug paraphernalia.  The discussion focuses on current drug trends including new information on "old" drugs, updated information on "illicit" street drugs, and legal substances being abused by teens.


Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sweet Talk Your Children

Presented by Ms. Rebecca Meyerson, Certified Nutrition Counselor

Tired of waffles and sugar filled cereals for breakfast?  Do you have a child that won't touch anything green?  Come learn the nuts and bolts of raising happy, healthy eaters and improving their meals with nutritious and delicious foods.  We will discuss recipe modifications and realistic meal planning.


Thursday, October 11, 2012
APPR: What it Means for Your Children
Ms. Sue Wheeler, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
What is an "APPR" and what does that mean for my child?