Clark Public School’s 'Parent University' Continues January 25


CLARK, NJ – Helping to Understand and Prepare for Testing Transitions is the focus of the second installment of the Clark Public School district's "Parent University" adult education series.  The next session will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 25 (snow date of Wednesday, Febr. 1) from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in various classrooms throughout Arthur L. Johnson High School. 

According to school officials, the adult education events are designed to help the district "cement already strong home/school connections."

The evening will consist of three 30-minute sessions (7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.).  Participants can attend any one or up to three individual sessions that evening.

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To enroll in “Parent University”, parents should email their course selections to Terri Rodrigues in the district office by email at or by calling her at 732-574-9600 ext. 3337 ASAP.  

The ALJ Key Club offers free babysitting during the meetings. Those in need of babysitting services should include the ages of the children who will be attending in their email to Rodrigues.

Tentative themes for future evenings are Health and Safety and Summer Programs and Transitions.  A "graduation" for participating parents will take place at the end of the program year. 


Title: Understanding the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Score Reports

Presenters: Mallory Applebaum, Assistant Principal of Elementary Schools

Target Audience: Parents/Guardians of Students in Grades 3 to 12

Description: Participants will gain an understanding of how to make sense of the score reports for the relatively new PARCC testing.  Both the English language arts and mathematics score reports will be addressed during this session.


Title Writing Is an Adventure: Strategies to Empower Our Children as Writers

Presenter: Christine Casale Broski, Supervisor of Educational Initiatives

Target Audience: Parents/Guardians of Students in Grades 4 to 10

Description: Embark on a wonderful journey to learn how to help your child become a stronger writer.  Writing can be an empowering means of communication for our children if we provide them with the tools necessary to be successful.  In this session, participants will learn several writing strategies to help their children develop their craft.  A variety of genres will be explored, and every stage of the writing process will be covered from brainstorming to publishing.  In addition, information on how to apply these approaches in different contexts including standardized testing will be discussed.  Learn how to help your budding author grow in the classroom and beyond!


Title: PARCC Readiness Resources

Presenter: Yuri Diaz, Grades 6-12 Content Area Supervisor of the Humanities

Target Audience: Parents/Guardians of Students in Grades 3 to 11

Description: This session will provide parents with a wide variety of online resources that can be of assistance in terms of preparing for the PARCC testing.  These resources will also be useful in strengthening students’ language arts literacy and mathematics abilities in a more general sense.


Title: The Effects of IQ on the Learning Process

Presenter: Nicole Arpino, Michelle Gonzalez, and Lauren Camera, School Psychologists

Target Audience: Parents/Guardians of Students in Grades Pre-K to 12

Description: IQ is a commonly misunderstood concept.  Participants will gain an understanding of the impact that IQ has on the learning process.


Title: Preparing for Mathematics Assessments

Presenter: Anthony Emmons, Grades 6-12 Content Area Supervisor of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)

Target Audience: Parents/Guardians of Students in Grades K to 12

Description: Participants will be given guidance on how to assist their children with preparing for mathematics assessments.  Readiness for both classroom and standardized tests will be addressed.  The usefulness of such online resources as Khan Academy and practice test sites will also be examined.


Title: How to Study 

Presenter: Bonnie Mingin, Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services/Guidance

Target Audience: Parents/Guardians of Students in Grades K to 12

Description: Often time is misspent when students study at home.  This session will provide parents with suggestions as to how to optimize this home time.


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