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MPCSD workshop to offer practical parenting advice, innovative ideas

MP Middle School hosting parent workshop Monday; all parents, teachers invited
Sep 12, 2018

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News


The Mt. Pleasant Middle School is hosting a parent workshop on Monday, Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria for any parent, teacher or community member in the district to “pull back the curtain” on expectations and resources for students, Principal Nate Lange said.

The workshop will cover the topics of Why Your Child’s Dreams Matter; Understanding Your Child’s Greatest Challenges; Social Media: What You Should Know That They Already Know; Keeping Your Child Accountable; and Teachers Are a Key Ally.

“We’re trying to put together a number of topics parents will be able to say, ‘That’s applicable to me,’” Lange said. “This is a layer we wanted to add at the middle school to periodically have parent workshops that get parents into the building, resources into their hands and cultivate that partnership between the school and parents.”

The speaker for the night is Chad Varga, founder of the Chad Varga Company, who has a national reputation as a communications expert. Lange said he was made available to the district through a generous donation from an anonymous community organization.

Varga also will be speaking to the students earlier that day, focusing in particular on resiliency through adversity and the real consequences of bullying. He will be at the high school in the morning and the middle school in the afternoon.

Following the parent workshop, school district administrators will meet with the School Improvement Advisory Committee to get feedback on the event and set dates for more workshops moving forward.

Getting feedback from stakeholders is important, Lange said. He doesn’t want the workshops to revolve around what the principals think should be covered.

“Not all of these (workshops) will be pertinent to every parent, but we’re hoping to diversify parent workshops enough that we’ve got content to meet each of the different families’ needs,” he said.

Lange said they can fit 160 students in the cafeteria and would love to fill those seats with parents on Monday evening.

For more information or questions, contact Lange at or Mt. Pleasant High School Principal Todd Liechty at

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