OLCHS hosted its first-ever Parent & Coffee Conversation on February 22. This new quarterly series welcomes parents into the high school to chat and learn about issues facing modern teens and the people raising them. The objective is to serve as an additional connection between staff and parents. Coffee, of course, and light refreshments will also be served at each.
The inaugural session, entitled “Hazards Our Teens Face Today,” was presented by Jamie Hernandez, Dean of Students, Thea Meierkort, counselor, and Jeff Pastiak, counselor. Dean Hernandez discussed forms and dangers of electronic smoking and how families can work with the school to keep all students safe. The counselors presented on peer conflict and cyberbullying. Superintendent Michael Riordan and Principal Jeana Lietz were also in attendance to answer questions.
The event was the brainchild of the Social and Emotional Learning Committee, a committee comprised of staff and students aimed at improving and monitoring social emotional trends at OLCHS. The committee is co-chaired by Jamie Hernandez and Jessica Nickless, English teacher.
An abridged screen capture of the presentation is posted on the Oak Lawn Community High School Facebook page.