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Guest Post – Keeping Your Teens Safe and Sober When School’s Out – By Frank Lawson

Keeping Your Teens Safe and Sober When School’s Out

By Frank Lawson,


Summer is the time for fun and relaxation for your teens, but it can also be the time for engaging in risky behavior. Thanks to the ample free time and minimal supervision that teens enjoy over the summer months, many adolescents find themselves in troubling situations they don’t encounter during the school year.

Every day during summer vacation, 11,000 teens drink alcohol for the first time, 5,000 have their first taste of nicotine, and 4,500 try marijuana. This is a huge jump from school year rates, so make sure you talk about the dangers of drugs and alcohol before the last school bell rings. You might feel like your words of caution will have little impact, but statistics show that teens who believe their parents disapprove of substance use are less likely to experiment.

Summer break is also the most dangerous time for teen drivers — teens get into 16 percent more accidents and eight teens die every day during the 100 days following Memorial Day. Since nearly 60 percent of those accidents involve a distracted teen behind the wheel, institute strict rules for your teen drivers. Restrict them to one passenger at a time and take a zero tolerance approach to texting and driving.

One thing you shouldn’t take a zero tolerance policy on is underage drinking: While you don’t want your kids drinking before it’s legal, it’s more important to ensure they don’t drink and drive. Explain to your children that, despite your disapproval, you’ll pick them up if they ever need a safe ride home. That way, you can keep your teen from joining the 23 percent of teens who admit to driving under the influence of alcohol or marijuana.

The good news? Teens are less likely to be a victim of assault during the summer months. However, physical violence against teens peaks when the school year begins, so summer break is a good time to talk to your child about conflict resolution, de-escalation, and when to turn to an authority figure.

Conception rates among teens also plummet during summer vacation. This makes summer the ideal time to broach the talk with your teen, since they’re less likely to be on the defensive. Be sure to cover consent, contraception, and healthy relationships so your child is prepared for what the next school year throws at them.

With these numbers, you’re probably wondering how you can keep your kids safe this summer without resorting to locking them indoors. The best strategy? Keep them busy. Teens who are occupied with fun extracurriculars and family activities are less likely to find themselves in trouble. However, getting teens busy over the summer can be a challenge. Teens can be restless, and toys and trips to the pool don’t quite entertain them like they used to.

Get your teens involved in summer camp for a structured activity and positive role models in the form of college-aged counselors. Camp will help regulate your teen’s schedule so they’re not staying up all night and sleeping all day, and it also keeps them learning so they face less of a struggle when classes resume. Whether you choose drop-in camp sessions, day camp, or sleepaway camp will depend on your family’s summer schedule and budget, but any option is a great way to keep your teen happy and out of trouble.

Volunteering may not be the most appealing option for your teen at first, but volunteering at the right organization can help your teens make friends, learn about potential careers, and build a resume that will impress college admissions officers. Look for opportunities with other engaged young people, like a nature trail clean-up day or peer tutoring program.

Plan family vacations. Time away and free from distractions can help you reconnect with your teen. Building a strong parent-child relationship is central to keeping your teen on the right path. It may also alert you to concerning behavior changes that you hadn’t noticed in your busy everyday life.

No matter what approach you take to keeping your children safe this summer, make sure you find time to talk to your teens about risky behavior, peer pressure, and how they can protect themselves.

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Navigating Parent-Teacher Conferences Workshop – Sun. Oct. 16

pt-conferencesEstablishing a rapport with your child’s teacher is a crucial partnership. When having limited time at a parent-teacher conference of 10 or 15 minutes you must prepare to get to the heart of the matter.

Join Felisha Parsons, Ed.D., for a few hours of unlocking the keys to a more meaningful parent- teacher conference. Learn to effectively navigate through the conference:

* Key questions that lead to answers
* Claim your presence and power
* Be an engaged participant
* Communicate your expectations
* Seal the collaborative partnership

When: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Where: Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster Street Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: Free & Open to Public
Light Refreshments Served

Youth Job Center Fall Job Fair – Tues. Oct. 11

The Youth Job Center is hosting a Fall Job Fair open to all job-seekers 16 and up. Come prepared to interview as participating employers will be interviewing on the spot. Most employers will be representing Evanston or Skokie locations. Please bring resumes and wear interview appropriate attire.

Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Time: 3:30PM-6:30PM
(Please arrive no later than 6PM)
Location: Levy Senior Center
300 Dodge Ave, Evanston, IL 60202

Participating Employers Include:

  • Best Buy
  • Cinemark Theaters
  • CVS
  • Forever 21
  • Home Depot
  • Jewel
  • Macy’s
  • Mariano’s
  • Misericordia
  • Starbucks
  • TJ Maxx
  • UPS
  • Walgreens
  • Walmart

For more information, please view the flyer here.

Programs at Autism Family Center

Autism Family Center

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STEM/STEAM Summer Programs for High School Students

There are still several summer opportunities for your high school student to participate in STEM/STEAM programs at Northwestern. Graduating seniors are still welcome! Please contact with any questions.

STEAM Summer Design Teams — Two and a half weeks of shadowing and team-based design projects. July 18th-Aug. 3rd. All grade levels and experience levels! Apply at

–STEAM Student Research — One week working on computational design projects with NU grad students.July 25-29th. Need some minimal computer coding experience. Apply at

–WiSTEM Shadow Day — June 6th — Girls in all grades and experience levels, shadow with NU Women in STEM fields! Sign up at:

–Psychology Internship with Dr. Jennifer Tackett — 8 week unpaid internship in a psychology development lab at NU. Download the pdf for more information: TackettLab_Internship

–Brave Camp! — This camp is one week (various times during the summer). Held in Chicago, but run by NU students and industry partners. Girls ages 14-18 learn leadership, design thinking, and coding to solve community problems. Financial aid is available and generous!

ETHS Cyber Security Camp for Grades 9-12

CyberEvanston Township High School – 2016 CYBERSECURITY SUMMER CAMP

A non-credit hands-on exploration of cybersecurity for students grades 9 – 12

Monday, July 11th – Friday, July 15th 8AM – 1:35PM

One session only — space is limited to 15 students – no experience necessary

We will explore the field of cybersecurity using the Air Force Association’s CyberCamp program, which is organized as a 5 day hands-on experience. Students will learn about: basic cybersecurity principles, the use virtual machines, Windows security policies and account management, file protections, auditing and monitoring, Windows Server 2008 and Linux, Ubuntu terminology and concepts, graphical user interface & command line security on Ubuntu. We will also discuss cyber ethics, online safety, cyber threats, and explore career opportunities. Students will also be introduced to the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition (which is held during the school year) and campers will participate in a mock competition on the final day of camp. No student experience is necessary – just a serious interest in learning about the field.

Key Information

  • Not a Credit Course: This camp is being offered by ETHS’ CTE department to interested students for exploration and enrichment. It is NOT a credit earning course and does NOT count towards a student’s graduation requirements.
  • Location: The camp will be held at Evanston Township High School in Room A335. This is a computer classroom and each student will have their own computer to work on.
  • Cost/Registration: Complete the form below and return it with the $200 camp fee. A limited number of fee waivers are available for families in need of financial assistance.
  • Refunds: Registration fee is refundable for requests received through Friday, July 8, 2016. If the camp has a low enrollment, it will be cancelled and a full refund will be issued.

Questions: Contact Gary Haller at or 847 424-7985

More information and a registration form available at

Managing Adolescent Stress and Anxiety – Mon. Dec. 7

ETHS AnxietyDear Parents and Guardians,

I am pleased to invite you to the first Welcome Center Parent Education Program of the 2015-16 school year, “Managing Adolescent Stress and Anxiety,” on Monday, December 7, 2015, at 7:00pm in the ETHS Welcome Center, Room E112.

The event will feature Danielle Black, Ph.D., David Hauser, Ph.D., and Brittney Bolden, MSMFT, three expert clinicians from The Family Institute at Northwestern University who specialize in treating teen stress and anxiety. They will each give a short presentation, and then lead a group discussion and Q&A.

The Welcome Center staff surveyed parents during parent-teacher conference sign-up about topics relevant to your student’s academic, social, and emotional needs. Teen stress/anxiety had the highest rate of interest, so this is where our parent education efforts will begin.

Taya Kinzie, Associate Principal of Student Services, and I will also be present to answer questions about services offered through ETHS to students coping with stress and anxiety.

Please note that if you are unable to attend, the event will be videotaped and posted on the Welcome Center Parent Programswebpage for later viewing. In the meantime, I encourage you to join me on December 7 for this informative and lively evening — it’s a great opportunity to meet other ETHS parents. I hope to see you there!

Marcus Campbell, Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendent/Principal

Pathways to AP Forum – Weds. Dec. 9

Current ETHS Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors as well as 7 and 8 grade students and their parents or guardians are encouraged to attend to learn more about the Advanced Placement (AP) program at ETHS onWednesday, December 9 at 6:30pm.
Learn about pathways to AP courses, college & career planning and the supports that are in place to ensure success in AP courses from current AP students, school leaders and college admission representative, Anne
Team ASAP Flyer

Private School Open Houses

Thursday, November 12

Saint Athanasius
Open House, 7-8:30pm
2510 Ashland Ave., Evanston, IL 60201 | (847) 864-2650

Saturday, November 14

Baker Demonstration School
Family Open House 2-4 p.m.
201 Sheridan Rd., Wilmette, IL 60091 | (847) 425-5800
Please contact the Admissions Office (email) to RSVP or learn more.

Beacon Academy
Admissions Open House 1:00-4:00PM
622 Davis St., Evanston, IL 60201 | (224) 999-1177
Register online or call the admissions office

Badminton Classes Start Nov. 9

Badminton Winter

Come have some fun playing and learning all the badminton shots from the serve to the smash!

Session 1:   Nov. 9–Dec. 28
Session 2:   Jan. 4–Feb. 26

Mondays and/or Fridays @ ETHS

Middle School Students
Download the Middle School Registration Form

High School Students
Download the High School Registration Form

C2 Education Ribbon Cutting – Thurs. June 25

C2Please join the Evanston Chamber, Mayor Tisdahl, the City of Evanston, and 3rd Ward Alderman Melissa Wynne for the Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting of C2 Education!  C2 Education offers subject tutoring, test prep and educational support centers.  Come by at 4:00 for the ribbon cutting, which will be followed by a seminar comparing the new, harder SAT to the ACT.  Event festivities include snacks and a complimentary academic assessment for students.  View the full press release here.

Grand Opening of New Tutoring/Test Center – Sat. May 30

C2C2 Education is proud to announce the opening of a new tutoring and test prep center in the Evanston community. The tutoring center provides local Cook County students with access to fully personalized academic programs, including SAT prep, ACT prep, K-12 subject tutoring, and college admissions counseling.

Grand Opening
Sat., May 30
10am – 12:30pm
745 Chicago Ave., Evanston

Stuart Little @ ETHS – May 8 & 9

Freshmen and sophomore students at Evanston Township High School will present E.B. White’s classic story “Stuart Little” on May 8 at 4:00pm and May 9 at 7:00pm in the high school’s Little Theatre. Tickets are available at the door – $7 for adults; $ 1 for students on May 8 and for $5 for students on May 9.
The play, directed by Anne Lefkovitz, is based on the tale about a mouse named Stuart Little who is born into an ordinary sized human family. The production continues ETHS’s “frosh-soph” tradition of offering a children’s theater production for families each spring.
ETHS is located at 1600 Dodge Ave. The Little Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Parking is available in the front lot, directly across from the main entrance on Dodge Avenue, or in the rear lots (enter off Church or Lake Streets).

etc. Music School Summer Registration

All of us at Evanston Mayor’s Award for the Arts winner etc. Music School welcome your family to join us for summer fun this year!

We have multi-modal, welcoming, exciting offerings for young artists aged K-12 this summer, including private lessons in piano, voice, guitar and songwriting, summer musical theatre camps for K-12, and a summer choral program for students going into gr. 8-12 in Fall ’15.

Check us out at the link below, find our past performance videos on YouTube, or feel free to e-mail us anytime with any questions at!

Presentation by Frank Bruni – Thurs. April 9


“It’s OK” presentation by Frank Bruni, author of Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be:  An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania (sponsored by Family Action Network)

Thursday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m.

New Trier High School, Northfield Campus
Cornog Auditorium
7 Happ Rd., Northfield
For more info, visit

ETHS Engineering Information Night – Tues. Dec. 2

Evanston Township High School hosts an Engineering Information Night on Tuesday, December 2, 6:30-8:00pm in room N112. Students in grades 8-11 and their families are encouraged to attend to learn about Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering courses offered at ETHS; hear about college credit and scholarship opportunities available for students completing PLTW engineering courses; meet current students and see their projects; and meet ETHS engineering faculty.
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing the quality and quantity of science and technology graduates in the United States. The PLTW program at ETHS integrates national academic and technical learning standards and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics (STEAM) principles into a comprehensive curriculum. ETHS is a certified PLTW high school, offering five pre-engineering courses that provide students with in-depth, hands-on experience and reality-based knowledge of engineering and engineering technology careers. More information is available online at
The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department at ETHS provides a variety of rigorous academic courses and certification programs that serve as a launching pad to college and careers. For more information, please contact the CTE office at 847-424-7660 or email CTE Department Chair Shelley Gates at

Meet Candidates for Evanston Cradle to Career Executive Director Position – Weds. Dec. 3

Evanston community members are invited to meet and provide feedback on the three final candiates for the first Evanston Cradle to Career Executive Director Position at a Community Meeting. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 3 at Evanston Township High School, Room N112, 1600 Dodge Avenue, Evanston, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.Attendees will be asked to fill out a feedback form on all of the candidates; these forms will be used in the final selection process. The voice of our community matters, and the organizations which are part of the Evanston Cradle to Career initiative hope you will be able to attend.

Over the last several years, representatives from all different parts of the community have joined together to financially support and develop the launch of this exciting, new, citywide, collective impact initiative.

The goal of this work is that by the age of 23, all Evanston young adults will be leading productive lives, building on the resources, education, and support that they and their families have had to help them grow into resilient, educated, healthy, self-sufficient, and socially responsible adults. The Executive Director will lead this work going forward. For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311.

Beacon Academy Open House – Sat. Nov. 15

Beacon Open House

We are pleased to be hosting our second annual Admissions Open House on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 1:00-

4:00PM at Beacon Academy. Come see our beautiful facility, meet our incredible teachers and staff, and learn about Beacon from some of our founding students. Register here to sign up for the event.

We look forward to seeing you at Beacon!



ETHS Black Male Mentoring Program

ETHS Black Male Mentoring Program seeks to connect Black male students with positive adult male figures. Students and mentors will meet 3 to 5 times during the school year for two hours per session during school hours. Students and adults will be paired primarily on the bases of career interest and background. All mentors must be willing to do the following:

  • Commit to attending at least three 2-hour mentee meetings per school year
  • Lead meetings with a small group of mentees, not to exceed four students
  • Attend one of three mandatory volunteer training dates in October
  • Complete a fingerprint background check
  • Willingness to help and learn with Black male students
  • Work collaboratively with other mentoring groups

Click here to complete the mentoring program application.

If you have any further questions please contact Ahmadou Drame or (847) 424-7165.

Teen Summer Reading Program @ EPL – June 1 – July 31

Create: Build Your Dream: Teen Summer Reading Program

Everyday from June 1-July 31, All Evanston Public Library Locations

Read, make and write your way to summer reading prizes! Teens entering/completing grades 6-12 can sign up at any of the Library’s branches. Each time you complete 3 tasks, you’ll be able to check in (3 times total) for prizes like bookmarks, smencils, buttons and weekly raffles tickets for gift cards to crazy great places. The grand prize is a $100 gift card to Old Orchard Mall , plus two runner up gift cards for $50 and $25. Get signed up for a summer of fun!