PLAINFIELD, NJ — Maxson Middle School is partnering with the Plainfield Education Association and the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, a federally funded program supported by the New Jersey Department of Education, to host a series of parenting workshops throughout the year.  The goal is to increase communication to benefit students, and to increase the students' academic performance.

School officials and teachers consider it important to connect with the students' parents because communication between home and school helps a teacher to know a student better, which in turn allows the teacher to teach the student more effectively. 

The first of these workshops is a one-day parent education conference that will be held at the middle school, 920 E. 7th St., on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Maxson Middle School Principal Kevin Stansbury said, “Effective communication requires a two-way flow of information, and the goal is to implement efficient structures for getting information to parents. The workshop being offered on Saturday will assist us in our continued effort to develop a successful parent-school partnership that is aligned with the school's overall vision and mission.”

Topics to be covered at the conference include:

  • Immigration rights
  • Managing daily stress
  • How to identify potential special needs
  • Social media, sexting and how parents can help prevent school violence
  • How to listen, so young people speak

The aim for Saturday's presentations is to make the information understandable for all parents who attend.  Spanish and Quiche interpreters will be on hand. 

The Quiche Language, spoken in over 25 percent of the Plainfield schools' homes, is being used more and more by the district during large assemblies to ensure all parents are able to participate in the conversation.

During October's Hispanic Heritage Month celebration and the 2018 UndocuPlainfield conference Quiche was spoken at Plainfield High School for the first time.  K’iche or Quiche is a Mayan Language and it is the second-most spoken language in Guatemala.

The conference is free and open to the public.

For more information call 908-731-4333 or email

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