• PTC Meeting Dates and Program Information
     
    Upcoming 2018-19 PT Council Meeting Dates and Program Information

    PTC Annual Meeting (Officer Elections) and Program:
    "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"
    Positive Psychology with SMS Psychologist and District-wide Director of Psychology Elliot Cohen*
    Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 9:30 am (please note change from original date)
    SHS Auditorium
     
    Topic Overview: Positive psychology, the scientific study of human flourishing, provides parents, educators and students highly effective ways to build well-being and achievement. Come learn how Scarsdale Schools employ this strengths-based model and how parents can use it to foster their child’s (and own) well-being and achievement.

    *Elliot Cohen received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University. Dr. Cohen did his clinical internship at St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital (now Mount Sinai West), where he also completed a fellowship in pediatric disabilities, served as a supervising psychologist and directed the Behavior Disorders Clinic of its Pediatric Disabilities Center. For the past 24 years, Dr. Cohen has been employed by the Scarsdale Schools where he currently is the director of psychology and middle school psychologist. Committed to teaching psychologists, educators, parents and children in the fostering of well-being, he has held appointments at several graduate schools and has trained many psychology graduate students. Dr. Cohen also maintains a private clinical practice where he integrates positive psychology, cognitive behavior interventions, and other approaches to foster well-being.


    Earlier This School Year
    21st Century Learning for GenZ

    21st Century Learning for GenZ with Arthur Levine
    Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7:30 pm
    SMS Auditorium



    PTC Legislative Breakfast
    Friday, February 1, 2019


    It was a full cafeteria on Friday, February 1, 2019 when the PT Council hosted Scarsdale’s elected officials for the 2nd annual PTC Legislative Breakfast. 

    Included in attendance was US Representative Elliot Engel, State Senator & Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, State Senator Shelley Mayer, Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, Regent Judith Johnson, Westchester County Legislature Chairman Ben Boykin, and Mayor Dan Hochvert.  Federal, state & local representatives discussed issues impacting the Scarsdale school community while mingling with parents, teachers, staff, administrators, and representatives from other Scarsdale civic organizations.  Village Trustees & Scarsdale Board of Education Members attended the breakfast as well and were able to discuss issues one on one with other attendees during the mingling portion of the event.

    Scarsdale Superintendent Thomas Hagerman introduced each panelist before they explained their efforts as it relates to education and Scarsdale.  Some of the topics addressed included:  the new Federal SALT law that impacts local tax deductibility, recently passed legislation reforming State election laws & decoupling APPR with State test scores, common sense gun legislation efforts, and the importance of arts and SEL in education.  Several Scarsdale High School students were in attendance and were able to interact and also ask questions of the representatives.

    Being Comfortable with the Uncomfortable: How to Cope with Anxiety
    Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 7:30pm
    SMS Auditorium

    This joint PTC/C.H.I.L.D. event will be a panel discussion addressing the topic of anxiety in school-aged children. Panelists will include psychologists from the Scarsdale School District, a youth outreach worker from Scarsdale/Edgemont Family Counseling, and a private clinical social worker with expertise in anxiety.

    To submit a question, please follow this link to the "How to Cope with Anxiety" Questions for Panelists Form.

    Screen Smart Parenting: What You Need to Know About Raising Kids in the Digital Age
    Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 7:30pm
    SMS Auditorium
     
    Please join us for an informative presentation by Dr. Jodi Gold, a nationally recognized expert in parenting in the digital age. Dr. Gold has a unique understanding of the mind-boggling benefits and serious downsides of technology. Dr. Gold weaves together scientific knowledge and everyday practical advice to help parents and educators foster a healthy relationship with technology from birth to adulthood.  
     
    Please follow this link to submit a question for Dr. Gold to address at the program.

    The program is now available for viewing on SPS-TV Cablevision Ch. 77 and Verizon Ch. 27.  Please follow this link to watch the video on demand or follow the link to the Scarsdale Public Schools TV webpage to check upcoming air dates.

    Prior PT Council Programs

    2017-18:

    Social Media PTC Program on Social Media Featuring Laurie Wolk and Jerry Crisci
    Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 9:30am
    SHS Little Theatre

    What's "Like" Got to Do With It?
    Learn how to help your child be responsible and confident in this digital age. Please join us to hear Laurie Wolk* (SHS class of '87) talk about raising confident kids in the digital age. She will discuss the challenges that both you and your kids face in today's 24/7-connected world and show you that by creating simple rules, role modeling the behavior you want to see and developing social and emotional skills we can help our kids to make confident and compassionate decisions. Her presentation will provide you the tools to take charge of your family's digital life.

    Look Before You "Like"
    Jerry Crisci, Director of Instructional Technology and Innovation and Co-Director of the Center for Innovation, will explain Scarsdale School's existing policies concerning technology, including the soon-to-be-introduced Social Media Policy. Hear about the rapidly changing landscape at school and beyond the classroom walls. Questions are welcome.

    *About Laurie Wolk
    Laurie Wolk is the antidote to our digitally overloaded world. With over a decade of experience as an educator, motivational speaker and the author of the best-selling book on Amazon, Girls Just Want to Have Likes, she counsels parents and kids of all ages about how to build character, develop social and emotional skills, and form real-life connections. She helps people grow as individuals and as a family by helping them communicate more effectively, face challenges and by encouraging self-reflection. With an upbeat and fresh approach, she shows people how to consume a balanced digital-diet so that they can actively engage in the world around them. Wolk is the creator of the digital detox "digitox" box and writes curriculum for schools and corporations. She earned her Coaching Certificate from the Martha Beck Institute and obtained a degree in Psychology from Emory University. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Westchester Children's Museum and for the Girls Leadership Institute, where she also teaches. She lives in Westchester with her husband, three children, and a dog.

    The program is now available for viewing on SPS-TV Cablevision Ch. 77 and Verizon Ch. 27.  Please follow this link to watch the video on demand or follow the link to the Scarsdale Public Schools TV webpage to check upcoming air dates.

    Angst Film Screening and Discussion
    Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety
    Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 7:30pm
    Scarsdale Middle School Auditorium
    134 Mamaroneck Road
    (snow date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018)

    Produced by the same company that brought us Screenagers last year, Angst tells the stories of real kids who discuss their anxieties and the impact anxiety has on their lives and relationships. The film includes a special interview with Michael Phelps and provides resources, tools, and explanations from mental health experts about the causes, sociological effects, and ways to address anxiety.

    Following the 56-minute film screening, SMS Principal Meghan Troy will lead a moderated and informative discussion with panelists Eric Rauschenbach, Director of Special Education and Student Services, and Sandra Pimentel, PhD, Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychology at Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Bring your questions and comments for an open dialogue.

    All in the community are welcome.

    "Now I gotta cut loose, footloose . . ."
    The Low-Down on Local Tween and Teen Highs
    Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm
    Scarsdale Middle School Auditorium
    134 Mamaroneck Road

    Scarsdale PT Council, SHS PTA, and SMS PTA will host an informative panel presentation with ample time for questions and answers concerning pre-teen and teenage substance usage in Scarsdale, the results of the PRIDE survey that was administered to all high school students last spring, the underlying social and psychological factors driving risky teen behavior, and what educators, parents, and community members can do to alleviate the problem. The conversation will include discussion of binge drinking, vaping, and juuling among Scarsdale's youth, the impact of social media on teen behaviors and habits, and social host laws and liability. Panelists will include Christopher Griffin, Assistant Principal at SHS, Emily Vallario, LCSW, Youth Outreach Worker at SMS, Biagio Mastopieri, Clinical Adolescent Psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center, and Michael Foley, criminal defense attorney.

    The program is now available for viewing on SPS-TV Cablevision Ch. 77 and Verizon Ch. 27.  Please follow this link to watch the video on demand or follow the link to the Scarsdale Public Schools TV webpage to check upcoming air dates.

    Follow this link to the 2017 PRIDE survey power point presentation.

    2016-17:

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017, and age-appropriate presentation for 5th graders on Tuesday, June 13, 2017:
    Keeping Kids Safe Online
    Featuring Special Agent Aaron Spivak from the Crimes Against Children Squad and Mimi Rocah, Chief of the White Plains Division of the US Attorney's Office, Southern District of NY; Aaron Spivak and Amanda Kramer, US Attorney's Office at 5th grade presentation
    Learn about techniques and current trends used by sexual predators online and ways to help protect your kids.

    Tuesday, January 10, 2017:
    Beginning a Conversation about Youth Sports: Placing Our K-12 Students on the Road to Wellness and Long-Term Success
    Featuring panelists Ray Pappalardi (Scarsdale Athletic Director), Mindy Genovese (SHS Girls' Varsity Soccer Coach), Brian Gray (Scarsdale Recreation Superintendent), Danny Bernstein (Youth Sports Development Director), Dr. Amy Eisenberg (Pediatrician), Moderated by SHS Principal Ken Bonamo

    Wednesday, November 2, 2016, Thursday, November 3, 2016, and Wednesday, March 8, 2017:
    Film Screening and Discussion: Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age
    Moderated by Youth Outreach Workers from Scarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling Service

    2015-16:

    Wednesday, April 6, 2016:
    Film Screening and Discussion: Beyond Measure: Rescuing an Overscheduled, Overtested, Underestimated Generation
    Featuring Author and Film Director Vicki Abeles
    Vicki Abeles is the creator of the 2010 ground-breaking education documentary Race to Nowhere, which called to challenge the current thinking about how we prepare children for success, featuring the heartbreaking stories of students across the country who have been pushed to the brink by over-scheduling, over-testing and the relentless pressure to achieve. Abeles will present the latest research and data on the highly charged topic of stress and will offer thought provoking solutions to reclaiming our children’s education. Following her presentation, Abeles will answer questions and will be available to sign copies of her new book Beyond Measure.

    Tuesday, January 12, 2016:
    How the Scarsdale Schools Support Different Types of Learners
    Featuring Superintendent Thomas Hagerman, and Director of Special Education and Pupil Services Eric Rauschenbach
    They will be discussing how the school district identifies and evaluates different types of learners, at all levels, differentiates instruction, and provides support and services. They will also identify different ways parents can support their children on their educational journey. This is a program applicable to all parents and teachers. Each child is a unique learner and develops along his or her own pathway and in his or her own time, with varying levels of support needed at any given point.

    Thursday, October 29, 2015:
    Book Discussion: The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed
    Featuring author and New York Times columnist Jessica Lahey
    The presentation will address the value of intrinsic motivation in children, fostering autonomy, competence, connection, and the benefits of autonomy and supportive parenting.

    2014-15:

    Thursday, April 23, 2015:
    Transition and Insights of Our New Superintendent
    Featuring Dr. Thomas Hagerman, Superintendent
    Hagerman will speak about his first nine months and his visions for next year.  He will speak to us about his personal and professional transitions, his Entry Plan and other highlights this year as well as the political realities affecting our work.  A Question and Answer session will follow his talk.
    Follow this link to the video.

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015:
    High Anxiety, 21st Century Style: Ten Enduring Keys To Lowering your Child's, Your Family's and Your Own Stress from Elementary through High School
    Featuring Dr. Ron Taffel, nationally-recognized child and adolescent psychologist
    One of the country’s most sought-after child rearing experts. Dr. Taffel will describe what children from pre-school through high school most need to feel happy and more resilient, even in these anxiety-filled times. Dr. Taffel will present parents with the latest, realistic ways to:
    • Lessen endless negotiating – balance a healthy voice with anxious entitlement
    • Set limits what are enforceable – and create security at the same time
    • Help kids be open about what matters – so they can better deal with life
    • Give advice to kids – that will lessen social cruelty

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014:
    Pride Student Survey Results
    Presented by Chris Griffin, Assistant Principal SHS
    This program will review the survey data on substance abuse, including marijuana, alcohol and prescription drug usage as well as student perceptions. The data were collected from 1246 students in grades 9-12 this past March. There will be a discussion on how the data will be used to develop prevention efforts in our schools and our community.
    Follow this link to the video.

    Thursday, November 6, 2014:
    A Path Appears Community Lecture
    Featuring Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
    This Scarsdale husband and wife team will discuss their new book, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity. Kristof, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times columnist, is often called the "reporter's reporter" for his human rights advocacy and his efforts to give a voice to the voiceless. WuDunn, the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, is a business executive and best-selling author. She works with entrepreneurs in new media, media technology, and social enterprise at a small investment banking boutique in New York City. Their most recent book discusses philanthropic innovators across the U.S. and around the world who are using research, evidence-based strategies, and brilliant ideas of their own to fight some of the twenty-first century's most intractable problems: poor early-childhood education, sex trafficking, inner-city violence, poverty and malnutrition, homelessness, and many others.

    2013-14:

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014:
    Listen . . . Imagine . . . Build
    Presented by KD&G Architects
    KG&D has been listening to students, parents, administrators and teachers in our schools. They have incorporated our 21st century educational vision while evaluating the existing spaces and programs. This active and creative process is in midstream. KG&D will present imaginative spaces and specific proposals for our seven Scarsdale Schools. The ability to fix existing building issues and re-imagine our space is exciting but potentially costly. The more the community understands about the district needs and the cost, the better informed choices we can make for our future. Please join us for this exciting presentation and discussion.

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014:
    The Technology-Infused Education: Visions of the Classrooms of Today and Tomorrow
    Presented by Jerry Crisci
    Follow this link to the video.

    Friday, January 10, 2014:
    Book Discussion of The Death and Life of the Great American School System by Diane Ravitch
    View Flyer for more details.

    Tuesday, November 19, 2013:
    Is New York State's "Race To The Top" Education Plan Dragging Scarsdale Down?
    How State Educational Mandates Affect Our Children, Our Community, Our Taxes and Our Future.
    Panelists Amy Paulin, Assemblywoman, Michael McDermott, SMS Principal, Trudy Moses, Educator, and Michael McGill, Superintendent
    Watch overview and panel discussion on demand or download the PowerPoint presentation.

    2012-13:

    Thursday, April 18, 2013:
    The Food-Immune Connection: How Food Can Cause Inflammation and Damage your Metabolism

    Featuring Dr. Susan Blum
    Spring 2013 Lecture Press Release, Spring 2013 Lecture Poster

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013:
    Social Media and Our Kids’ Online Lives
    Presented by Jerry Crisci, Director of Technology, and Deena Paradiso, Popham House Counselor
    Experts will share practical parenting advice for navigating the digital age with your kids.

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012:
    Unconditional Parenting—Beyond Bribes and Threats
    Featuring Alfie Kohn, renowned education and parenting critic
    Follow this link to the flyer.

    2011-12:

    Thursday, April 19, 2012:
    The Importance of Sleep
    Featuring Dr. Ray Lightstone
    Are you aware that not getting enough sleep can limit your ability to learn, listen, concentrate and solve problems? Learn more at the PTC spring meeting. Dr. Ray Lightstone, the founder of Westchester Psychotherapists for Social Responsibility and Anxiety Specialists of Westchester and colleagues will speak on this topic. Dr. Lightstone and colleagues will discuss healthy sleep habits and how they can aid better learning, prevention and early detection of sleep problems and strategies. For more information, go to http://www.anxietyandstressrelief.net/

    Tuesday, January 17, 2012:
    Study Habits for Disorganized Kids
    Featuring Marjorie Najac, SMS Cooper House Counselor
    My child seems so disorganized, what can I do?
    With so little time, how can my child work smarter, not harder?
    What study skills should I be reinforcing at home?
    What's the best way to study for a test? Ms. Najac will answer these and many other questions about how to help you child establish good study habits, time management and organizational skills and continue them throughout their academic careers.

    Thursday, November 17, 2011:
    Study Skills in a Digital Age: What Are the Best Technologies to Use at Home to Enhance Your Child's Education in a Meaningful Way?

    2010-11:

    Thursday, April 28, 2011
    Raising Resilient Children and Adolescents
    Featuring Robert H. Brooks, Ph.D.
    Dr. Robert Brooks, a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, will describe factors that help children and adolescents deal more effectively with stress and pressure and become resilient. He will also discuss (a) the importance of empathy in understanding and responding to children, (b) why some children from birth have a more difficult time developing a positive self-image and resilience than other children, (c) the importance of identifying and reinforcing each child or adolescent's "islands of competence," and (d) specific strategies for nurturing self-discipline, responsibility, caring, hope, and resilience in our children.

    Thursday, April 7, 2011:
    Film Screening and Discussion: Race to Nowhere
    Moderated by Sara Buchdahl Levine, board-certified specialist in adolescent medicine
    For additional information and resources, please use the links below:
    Race to Nowhere Suggestions
    Race to Nowhere Other Information Sources
    Parent and HS Stress Relievers
    Homework - You Can Make A Difference
    Jumping Out of the Rat Race

    Tuesday, January 4, 2011
    Helping Our Children Develop Resilience As They Face Life's Stressful Events
    Featuring Maria Trozzi, M.Ed., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, Director of the Nationally renowned Good Grief Program at Boston Medical Center, consultant to the Child Development Unit at Children's Hospital, and author
    Join Trozzi for an interactive evening where she will explore the typical and not-so-typical speed bumps that children and adolescents encounter growing up in 2011. When children are necessarily facing these speed bumps, parents often search for words, a developmentally informed approach to guiding their children. The "race to get ahead", to compete, to do one's best can create stress for both parents and their children. Trozzi's refreshing and honest approach focuses on developmentally informed strategies that are often counter-intuitive for parents but help children master the coping skills that promote resilience.
    Some of the topics she will address:
    • Dealing with life's disappointments: when our children hurt, what to say and not to say
    • To push or not to push: the race to get ahead and what it means to your child
    • The world news events: navigating them for any aged child
    • My daddy moved out: finding the child's voice during stressful family times
    • Grandpa no longer remembers my name: when illness strikes a family member
    • When Rover is old and tired: talking about death with any aged child 

    Thursday, November 18, 2010
    Study of Scarsdale's Students
    Featuring Dr. Suniya Luthar, Professor at Columbia University Teacher's College
    Esteemed professor and author Suniya Luthar has been studying Scarsdale students and will share her preliminary findings as they relate to her 15+ years of research findings on children of "affluence." Dr. Luthar will present her findings on the challenges confronting families -- particularly mothers -- in bringing up children in highly competitive, fast-paced environments. Her talk will be followed by a brief question and answer session.

    2009-10:

    Thursday, April 15, 2010
    Growing Up Online
    Featuring Rachel Dretzin, award-winning PBS producer of Growing Up Online and Digital Nation and Jerry Crisci, head of Information Technology, Scarsdale School District
    Just how radically is the internet transforming childhood? Panelists discuss how to maximize the benefits and mitigate the issues of our kids' use of technology.

    Wednesday, January 6, 2010
    How to Help Your Child Stress Less
    Panelists Geraldine Greene, Executive Director of SFCS, Jennifer Turetzky, Heathcote Psychologist, Sara Levine, specialist in adolescent medicine, Ernie Collabolletta, SHS Psychologist, Sue Peppers, SHS Assistant Principal
    Hear a panel of noted Scarsdale professionals discuss the issues and symptoms of stress at each age, and how to address them.

    Thursday, November 19, 2009:
    21st Century Kids: Too Much or Too Little Freedom?
    Featuring Ron Taffel
    Kids want their freedom and fun, to be sure, but they also want to feel more secure. Now more than ever, the character we instill in our kids and teens matters more than 'the gear.' The effective guidance we provide matters more than 'the stuff.' The family we create as a shelter from the storm matters more than "things."
    Dr. Taffel will describe a new way to understand what kids of all ages need now to feel safe, secure, and happy in these times. Learn to:
    * Increase children and teens' resilience in tough times
    * Lower child and family stress
    * Lessen endless negotiating and entitlement
    * Set limits that are actually enforceable
    * Help kids open up about what really matters
    * Give advice to 'oh-so-sophisticated' kids
    Dr Taffel is the author of numerous books and articles on parenting and child rearing, including The Second Family, Parenting By Heart and Nurturing Good Children Now. He consults to countless schools and community organizations nationwide, serves as the chair of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, has a private practice in New York and has been featured in The New York Times, on 20/20, Dateline, The Today Show, Primetime Live, and Larry King.