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Feb 24, 2018
Charlton Heights Elementary SchoolPashley Elementary SchoolStevens Elementary SchoolO'Rourke Middle SchoolBH-BL High School

BH-BL Parent University

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Building a stronger parent-school connection at BH-BL

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BH-BL Parent University is a community collaboration aimed at helping parents become full partners in their children’s education.

BH-BL partners with community agencies and organizations to offer free, informative workshops featuring experts in childhood development to equip families with new or additional skills, knowledge, resources and confidence. The goal of Parent University is to increase parent involvement in the schools and empower parents to raise children who are successful in school, and in life. 

Parent University covers a broad range of wellness-focused topics, from methods to support a child's physical and mental well-being to tackling a teen's challenging behaviors.

The workshops are facilitated by community professionals, district staff, parents and students. They are presented in many formats including book studies, forums, guest presentations and educational film discussions. No registration is required for programs unless otherwise specified.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • Nov. 16:  "The Emotional and Developmental Challenges of Adolescence" presented by Dr. Michael Prezioso at 7 p.m. in the O'Rourke Middle School Library. Adolescence, the transition between childhood and adult life, is one of the most dynamic stages of human development. Adolescence is accompanied by dramatic physical, social, and emotional changes that present both opportunities and challenges.
  • Oct. 11: Heroin & Opioid Addiction Informational Forum, 7 p.m., HS Auditorium [DETAILS]
  • Oct. 18: Dr. Randy Cale to present Stop The Battles & Struggles In Your Home: Gain Control Of Your Home, Get Rid of Daily Struggles Over Homework & Eliminate Negativity in 4 Weeks, from 7 to 8 p.m. at O'Rourke MS Library.

Additional Resources

  • Sign up for "Tech Talk Tuesdays" to receive an emails that include conversation starters to help you talk to your children about technology and other useful information. [TECH TALK TUESDAYS]
  • Resources & Information related to screen time [VIEW]

Why should I get involved?

Research has shown that parents can increase a child's academic success through their involvement with schools and communities. Parental involvement improves student morale, attitudes, and academic achievement across all subject areas. Even if you are not a parent, we encourage you to become involved within Parent University.  No matter what role you play in the school community, Parent University encourages involvement and participation in the education of our community’s students.

Do you have a suggestion for a Parent University workshop?

If you have a topic that you think could be developed into a Parent University workshop, please reach out to BH-BL Assistant Superintendent Maryellen Symer at or Community Liaison Dacey Bonney at