​​​James Madison High School PTSA

Vienna, VA

Parent Education Programs for 2017 – 2018


LITTLE KNOWN SECRETS OF PAYING FOR COLLEGE: Thursday, October 24 th – 7:00 to 9:00pm (Auditorium) Learn strategies that may enable you to qualify for financial aid and scholarships, and strategies for maximizing your wealth and minimizing your tax exposure. Appropriate for all grades, not just parents of seniors. Presented by Brock T. Jolly, Managing Partner, The College Funding Coach. Flyer


10 WAYS TO STOP DEFIANCE, DISRESPECT AND YELLING: Wednesday, November 15 th – 7:00 to 9:00pm (Auditorium) Concrete practical strategies that get your kids to listen the first time, stop power struggles, get kids off video games/screens without a fight, and create stress-free mornings and homework time. Presented by Kirk Martin, Founder of Celebrate Calm.  Flyer

Watch the clips on YouTube

Day In The Life of A Modern Day Mom
This Teacher Had a Dramatic Impact on Her "Defiant" Student
"It's like he has a camera in our home. Finally…someone gets our kids!"


NAVIGATION THROUGH THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PROCESS: Tuesday, February 6 th – 7:00 to 9:00 pm (Warhawk Hall) Through his many years in the education space working with students, families, college counselors, financial advisors, and admissions officers, Dr. Jed Appelrouth has learned many insights into the world of college admissions. This seminar will arm you with information and timelines, dispel unhelpful myths, analyze key components of the college application, and explore how test scores and grades factor into the admissions process.


Supporting Your Teen in Times of Stress - March 5, 7 pm Warhawk Hall
Now more and ever, students are active, involved, and hardworking in school, family, community, and social settings. The many demands on students’ schedules can be stressful and emotionally draining. Our students need adult support as they navigate personal care and mental health care. Madison Minds Matter, JMHS’s mental health awareness and suicide prevention club, will sponsor a panel of mental health care experts who will speak about how to support students as they experience stress and encounter difficulty with managing mental health. The club is excited to host Laura Mayer, the director of PRS CrisisLink and an experienced speaker on the topic of empowering adolescents to effectively manage mental health. The club will also host counseling staff from Madison to share their perspectives on in-school resources and supports that are available to students and parents during times of stress. Please consider joining Madison Minds Matter on March 5th at 7pm to dialogue about the best ways to support our teens as they effectively and healthily balance self-care and busy schedules. This panel will meet in Warhawk Hall.


Vaping and Juuling, What’s That? – Monday March 19th – 7:00-9:00
Please join us for another informative PTSA sponsored parent program. In the last 12 months the number of reported incidents of vaping and juuling by FCPS students has risen dramatically. Please join professionals from Fairfax County and Madison’s administration to discuss the perils of vaping and juuling. What does it do? What does it look like? What does it smell like (you will be surprised by this answer)? This program is geared towards both parents and students. It will be a welcoming environment and all questions will be encouraged.