Smith Sessions (March 29 from 6-8 pm)

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope this email finds you doing well. I am writing to formally invite you to our Smith Sessions community evening. This event is intended to provide meaningful information to parents/guardians with school-aged children. Our first hour will include a brief overview from each panelists followed by break-out workshops/info. sessions. Parents/guardians will need to select from one of the two 1-hour sessions as they will be offered simultaneously. The evenings schedule will be reviewed/explained prior to the start of the event. The Smithsonian Chowder House will provide a light fare to those in attendance. In addition, the Class of 2019 will offer a bake sale in our lobby. We will also provide childcare for young children.

For planning purposes, we need to collect some pertinent information pertaining to the numbers for food, childcare and interest in specific workshops. Please fill out the following form: SMITH SESSIONS SIGN-UP (will close on Tuesday 3/27 at 2 pm).


Our panelists will provide the following workshops (BROCHURE BELOW): 

Title: Cybersensibility

Presenter: Laurie Loisel

Affiliation: Northwestern District Attorney's Office

Objective: Engage audience members in an interactive discussion concerning the digital lives of our young people.

Duration: 30 minutes


Title: The Common Application and The Path to College Enrollment

Presenter: Miguel Santiago

Affiliation: Associate Director of Admissions and Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment and Retention at Hampshire College.

Objective: The Common Application is accepted by more than 750 colleges in the U.S. and abroad. The Common Application is more than an application, connecting students with resources ranging from virtual mentoring to financial aid support. In this session, you will learn about the different parts of the application and the tools available to support you and your child through the college admission process.

Duration: 30 minutes


Title: When Worrying Takes Over: Managing Anxiety in Teens

Presenter: Sharon Saline, Psy.D.

Affiliation: N/A

Objective: Is your child worried and stressed? Today’s kids are more anxious than ever before. This session will help you understand the causes and symptoms of anxiety and what really works to help reduce worry. Learn easy, effective tools to help your child worry less and feel more competent and confident.

Duration: 1 hour


Title: Trends in Teen E-Cigarette and Marijuana Use


  • Melinda Calianos, Director (Tobacco Free Community Partnership for Hampshire and Franklin Counties) Hampshire Council of Governments
  • Heather Warner, MPH (SPIFFY Coalition Coordinator) Collaborative for Educational Services

Affiliation: Multiple

Objective: E-cigarettes and marijuana use among youth has increased dramatically in Hampshire County and across the nation. Yet many youth and adults don't fully understand the risks associated with these products, and the impact on young developing brains. Find out what youth are telling us about their vaping and marijuana use. Experience a hands on "museum" of e-cigarette and vaping products. Identify ways to prevent youth use. Explore resources to help guide the conversation with your kids.

Duration: 1 hour


Title: Addiction Services

Presenter: Jordana Willers

Affiliation: DPH/Bureau of Substance Addiction Services

Objective: Provide information and resources for the treatment of adolescents with substance use disorders. In addition, provide whole-family recovery resources.  

Duration: Information Table


Andrew Berrios, Ed.D.


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