Milton Creagh to speak April 26 at Hamilton

The Hamilton School District and Get Connected Program are sponsoring a presentation by nationally renown speaker Milton Creagh April 26 at 7 p.m. The presentation is free and open to all parents and students. It will be held in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.

 

Raised on Chicago’s south side, Milton Creagh is best known for his hard-hitting, inspirational talks to high school students. Speaking to more than 200,000 young adults annually, Creagh is one of the most in-demand speakers in America. He has spoken in 49 states as well as Canada, South America, Central America, the Caribbean and Africa. His career is marked with numerous distinctions: He has twice been a participant in the prestigious W. K. Kellogg Foundation Expert in Residence program, he has been invited to the White House, and he has presented at the NFL’s Super Bowl Experience.

 

Creagh is the former host of the national PBS series“Parenting Works.” He has hosted and been featured on numerous television specials and appeared on CNN, TBN, FOX’s “Fox On Family,” BET’s “Screen Scene,” “100 Huntley Street” and “The Amanda Lewis Show.” He has been featured in Jet and Right On! magazines, as well as hundreds of newspapers around the country.

Hamilton’s Get Connected offers talk on good parenting

The Hamilton School District’s Get Connected Parent Network invites parents to hear from Kristin Hasbrook, who will speak on “What Makes a Good Parent” Jan. 18 from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be at Templeton Middle School, N59 W22490 Silver Spring, Sussex

Good parenting comes in many forms, but there are some common techniques that work well for most people. Come learn about different parenting styles and how they impact your child.

Love and Logic is a philosophy that provides simple and practical techniques to help parents have less stress and more fun while raising responsible kids. Kristin will present a brief overview of a topic from the Love & Logic parenting program. Then there will be an opportunity for questions and parents to share and learn from one another.

An educator for 20 years, Kristin Hasbrook is currently coordinator of Hamilton’s Get Connected Program. She is a guidance counselor, consultant and the district’s alcohol and other drug coordinator. In addition, she is the parent of four children. She serves as vice-president of the Porcupine Foundation, a nonprofit organization that benefits children’s causes.

Waukesha State Bank is underwriting the cost of this Get Connected parent session.

The Get Connected Parent Network helps parents navigate children through their school years by providing:
– age-appropriate information;
– networking with other parents;
– presentations from professionals; and
– guidance and support.

Get Connected is sponsored by the Parent and Community Triangle, a partnership between the Hamilton School District, Sussex-area Outreach Services and community parents. Funding and support provided by United Way of Waukesha County “Helping Kids Succeed” initiative.

For more information, please contact Get Connected Coordinator Kristin Hasbrook at (262) 246-1973 x1128.

Hamilton’s Get Connected offers talk on raising daughters

The Hamilton School District’s Get Connected Parent Network invites parents to hear from Pam Elgin, who will speak on “You Go Girl!” Jan. 12 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be at Templeton Middle School, N59 W22490 Silver Spring, Sussex

It is probably the most challenging time in our history to raise a confident, empowered and healthy young woman. This challenge is ours as parents, educators and support people. We need to know what robs our young women of their self-esteem, confidence and precious time. We must be adequately armed with information to battle this enemy.

Elgin has been a licensed professional counselor for more than 20 years. Her professional experience includes facilitating individual, couple, family and group therapy in outpatient counseling, hospital inpatient, day treatment and intensive outpatient counseling settings.

Her work has focused on adolescent and adult issues with depression, anxiety, personality problems, eating disorders, family and marital problems. She also has developed a cutting-edge hospital treatment program for eating disorders.

The Get Connected Parent Network helps parents navigate children through their school years by providing:
– age-appropriate information;
– networking with other parents;
– presentations from professionals; and
– guidance and support.

Get Connected is sponsored by the Parent and Community Triangle, a partnership between the Hamilton School District, Sussex-area Outreach Services and community parents. Funding and support provided by United Way of Waukesha County “Helping Kids Succeed” initiative.

For more information, please contact Get Connected Coordinator Kristin Hasbrook at (262) 246-1973 x1128.

Hamilton’s Get Connected offers talk on prep for college

The Hamilton School District’s Get Connected Parent Network invites parents to hear from Patti Mitchell, who will speak on “Helping Your Collegebound Child” Feb. 17 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be in the library at Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

This presentation is intended for middle school parents who want to help their children prepare for success in college. It will cover preparation, study habits, what colleges are looking for, how applicants are evaluated and tips for success in college.

Patti Mitchell, M.S., has been a school counselor in the Hamilton School District for the past 25 years and has guided thousands of students and families through the process of career decision-making and planning for post high school education.

An experienced parent educator and a certified teacher, Mitchell is a member of the Wisconsin Association for College Admission Counseling and the Wisconsin School Counselor Association and has served on its governing board. She serves on the WCTC External Diploma Advisory Committee and on the Selective Service Board for Waukesha County.

The Get Connected Parent Network helps parents navigate children through their school years by providing:

  • age-appropriate information;
  • networking with other parents;
  • presentations from professionals; and
  • guidance and support.

Get Connected is sponsored by the Parent and Community Triangle, a partnership between the Hamilton School District, Sussex-area Outreach Services and community parents. Funding and support provided by United Way of Waukesha County “Helping Kids Succeed” initiative.

For more information, please contact Get Connected Coordinator Kristin Hasbrook at (262) 246-1973 x1128.

Hamilton’s Get Connected offers talk on healthy marriage

The Hamilton School District’s Get Connected Parent Network invites parents to hear from Jackie Landers and Tammy Groszczyk, who will speak on “Stay Connected: A Healthy Marriage” Feb. 18 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be at Woodside Elementary School, W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex.

Work, dinnertime, homework, family responsibilities. Parents are pulled in so many different directions. How does a couple find ways to stay connected? A healthy marriage is the critical foundation of a healthy family. This presentation will help you find ways to re-connect, be a strong team and put your marriage first.

Jackie Landers, LCSW, CADCIII, is a licensed clinical social worker and certified alcohol and drug counselor who specializes in mood disorders, depression, anxiety, chemical dependency, trauma, marital-family-relationship concerns, domestic violence and sexual abuse. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She is married with one child.

Tammy Groszczyk, MS, LPC, is a psychotherapist whose areas of expertise include grief and loss issues, mood and anxiety disorders, marital and post-divorce conflict, family relational and communication problems and young adult issues, among others. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from UW-Stevens Point and her master’s degree in counseling psychology from Illinois State University. She is married with one child.

The Get Connected Parent Network helps parents navigate children through their school years by providing:

  • age-appropriate information;
  • networking with other parents;
  • presentations from professionals; and
  • guidance and support.

Get Connected is sponsored by the Parent and Community Triangle, a partnership between the Hamilton School District, Sussex-area Outreach Services and community parents. Funding and support provided by United Way of Waukesha County “Helping Kids Succeed” initiative.

For more information, please contact Get Connected Coordinator Kristin Hasbrook at (262) 246-1973 x1128.

Hamilton’s Get Connected offers talk on adolescents

The Hamilton School District’s Get Connected Parent Network invites parents to hear from Paul Zenisek, whose topic will be “Is This Normal Adolescent Behavior?” Jan. 15 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be at Templeton Middle School, N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex.

Many parents approach their child’s teen years with a combination of excitement, anxiety and fear. On the one hand, adolescents today have the chance to experience unheard of opportunities, but at the same time face unparallel stress. The culture has shifted dramatically, and this makes it difficult for parents to recognize if their teenager is getting off track.

When parents struggle to know what is and isn’t normal during the teen years, it sets them up to either over-respond or under-respond to their child. This workshop will look at the basics of adolescent culture and help participants understand the culture of today’s teens and strategies to stay positively engaged in the teen’s life.

Zenisek is a senior psychotherapist who works for Aurora Psychiatric Hospital’s Adolescent Substance Abuse Program. He is an ad hoc professor at the Helen Bader School of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and an AODA interventionist with the West Allis West Milwaukee School District. He earned masters degrees in social work, church social services and religious education.

The Get Connected Parent Network helps parents navigate children through their school years by providing:

  • age-appropriate information;
  • networking with other parents;
  • presentations from professionals; and
  • guidance and support.

Get Connected is sponsored by the Parent and Community Triangle, a partnership between the Hamilton School District, Sussex-area Outreach Services and community parents. Funding and support provided by United Way of Waukesha County “Helping Kids Succeed” initiative.

For more information, please contact Get Connected Coordinator Kristin Hasbrook at (262) 246-1973 x1128.

Hamilton’s Get Connected offers talk on cyberbullying

The Hamilton School District’s Get Connected Parent Network invites parents to hear from John Jordan, Ph.D., who will speak on “Cyberbullying: What It Is and Why It Happens” Nov. 13 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be at Templeton Middle School, N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex.

Attend this presentation to learn about the relatively new phenomenon of cyberbullying, including why it has arisen so quickly and violently among teen populations. Hear about strategies for parents and teens to help protect themselves from cyberbullying, and tips for using the Internet more safely and enjoyably.

Jordan is an associate professor of communication at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His award-winning research addresses how modern communication technologies, like the Internet, have an impact on everyday personal and communal lives. His work focuses in particular on promoting a greater understanding of how communication processes can improve our ability to navigate the complex and confounding problems often encountered in cyberspace, both online and offline.

The Get Connected Parent Network helps parents navigate children through their school years by providing:

  • age-appropriate information;
  • networking with other parents;
  • presentations from professionals; and
  • guidance and support.

Get Connected is sponsored by the Parent and Community Triangle, a partnership between the Hamilton School District, Sussex-area Outreach Services and community parents. Funding and support provided by United Way of Waukesha County “Helping Kids Succeed” initiative.

For more information, please contact Get Connected Coordinator Kristin Hasbrook at (262) 246-1973 x1128.

Get Connected offers talk on risks of Internet

The Get Connected Parent Network invites parents to hear from Eric Szatkowski who will speak on “Internet: What to Know for the Summer Ahead” April 23 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be at Templeton Middle School, N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex.

While the Internet offers a world of educational and entertainment options for young people, it also has a dark and dangerous side. This presentation on the online exploitation of children includes real-life examples and practical advice for anyone interested in the safety and well-being of children. Topics include techniques used by predators, kids who are most vulnerable, the importance of filters and monitoring software, the risks of online journals like My Space and an eye-opening live demonstration of chat rooms.

Szatkowski has been a special agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice/Division of Criminal Investigation since 1991. He is assigned to the state’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Milwaukee and is one of the nation’s leading officers in apprehending sexual predators who use the Internet to seduce or exploit children. Before his law enforcement career, Eric spent seven years in broadcast journalism. He was a news reporter, anchor and producer, working at TV stations in Milwaukee, Oklahoma City and Madison.

The Get Connected Parent Network helps parents navigate children through their school years by providing:

  • age-appropriate information;
  • networking with other parents;
  • presentations from professionals; and
  • guidance and support.

Get Connected is sponsored by the Parent and Community Triangle, a partnership between the Hamilton School District, Sussex-area Outreach Services and community parents. Funding and support provided by United Way of Waukesha County “Helping Kids Succeed” initiative.

For more information, please contact Get Connected Coordinator Kristin Hasbrook at (262) 246-1973 x1128.

Get Connected offers talk on bullyproofing children

The Get Connected Parent Network invites parents to hear from Kristin Hasbrook who will speak on “Bullyproof your Child” April 15 at 7 p.m. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be at Maple Avenue Elementary School, W240 N6059 Maple Avenue, Sussex.

Parents will learn why bullies bully, why some kids are targets for bullies and what to do if your child is being bullied. They will gain a better understanding of the dynamics between the bully and the bullied child

An educator for 20 years — 13 with the Hamilton School District and seven with Milwaukee Public Schools — Kristin Hasbrook is currently coordinator of Hamilton’s Get Connected Program. She is a guidance counselor, consultant and the district’s alcohol and other drug coordinator. In addition, she is the parent of four children. She serves as vice-president of the Porcupine Foundation, a nonprofit organization that benefits children’s causes.

The Get Connected Parent Network helps parents navigate children through their school years by providing:

  • age-appropriate information;
  • networking with other parents;
  • presentations from professionals; and
  • guidance and support.

Get Connected is sponsored by the Parent and Community Triangle, a partnership between the Hamilton School District, Sussex-area Outreach Services and community parents. Funding and support provided by United Way of Waukesha County “Helping Kids Succeed” initiative.

For more information, please contact Get Connected Coordinator Kristin Hasbrook at (262) 246-1973 x1128.

Get Connected offers talk on preventing substance abuse

The Get Connected Parent Network invites parents to hear from Mike McGowan who will speak on “Raising Children to Prevent Substance Abuse” March 18 at 7 p.m. The presentation will be at Lannon Elementary School, 7145 N. Lannon Road, Lannon. It is free and open to the public.

Once children begin to use chemicals, a variety of things happen to them — all of them bad. Emotionally, socially and academically, children’s development is delayed through alcohol and drug abuse. This talk addresses the No. 1 obstacle to children’s success and offers practical information and techniques to help parents help their children stay drug free. Parents are encouraged to bring their school-aged children to this presentation.

McGowan is president of McGowan & Associates, a training and consultation firm specializing in alcohol, drug, conflict resolution, workplace and family issues. He has spent the last 23 years working with families and children as an educator, youth care worker, family counselor, alcohol and drug counselor and trainer.

The Get Connected Parent Network helps parents navigate children through their school years by providing:

  • age-appropriate information;
  • networking with other parents;
  • presentations from professionals; and
  • guidance and support.

Get Connected is sponsored by the Parent and Community Triangle, a partnership between the Hamilton School District, Sussex-area Outreach Services and community parents. Funding and support provided by United Way of Waukesha County “Helping Kids Succeed” initiative.

For more information, please visit the Get Connected Web site at www.hamilton.k12.wi.us/GetConnected or contact Get Connected Coordinator Kristin Hasbrook at (262) 246-1973 x1128.