2020-2021 Parent Information Series

  • The Orchard Park Central School District will be hosting a Parent Information Series during the 2020 - 2021 school year. 

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Upcoming Sessions

Restoring Civility in the Community

  • Creating safe and inclusive community environments begins with how civil we are towards our fellow men and women. Presenter, Ken Nwadike Jr. shares stories of de-escalating intense confrontations. He describes ways that peacekeeping principles can be used proactively in the community to prevent heightened situations from occurring. The keynote inspires participants to be more supportive and respectful towards one another. This presentation will be held on June 3, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

    The Orchard Park Central School District is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 Parent Information Series is set to continue with a community presentation on June 3rd at 6:30 p.m.  Founder of the Free Hugs Project Ken Nwadike Jr. will present “Be the Change” to the Orchard Park Central School District community.

    Ken E. Nwadike Jr., is one of the nation’s top motivational speakers for colleges and universities. He has spoken at hundreds of schools and business conferences, inspiring students and professional groups of all ages to be the change that they wish to see in society. Best known for his viral videos on Facebook and Youtube, which have reached hundreds of millions of views, during Ken’s keynote speeches, he inspires students, educators, and business professionals to make a positive impact in their schools, workplace, and community. 

    Due to capacity limits on social gatherings 100 tickets will be available for in-person attendees.  Tickets can be requested by visiting this link: Request tickets at this link TICKETS.  A reservation is required to attend the in-person presentation. The in-person presentation will take place at either the Orchard Park Middle School Pavillion or the Orchard Park Middle School Auditorium depending on the weather. The District will live stream the event for our families and community members.  It will be accessible on our website the day of the event at www.opschools.org.  This event will not be recorded.

    Parents and interested community members are encouraged to attend this free presentation. 

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Previous Sessions

Teen Driving Safety

  • The Orchard Park Police Department presented the dangers of distracted driving, driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs, license restrictions for permit holders and junior drivers, vehicle and traffic laws, pedestrians and other safety issues.  The presentation was held May 26, 2021 from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and was available for both teenagers and their parents.

    Click the link below to view a recording of the teen driving safety event.  The presentation begins approximately 35 seconds into the recording. 

    Teen Driving Safety

3-Part Workshop Series: Stereotypes, Implicit Bias, Race and Racism

  • Talking to Your Children About Race and Racism

    Due to unforeseen circumstances the January 7th Parent Information Series presentation was rescheduled.  This presentation was be held on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 7 p.m. 

    Parents and caregivers have an incredible opportunity to engage their children in meaningful conversations about race, racism and racial injustice.  Dr. Watts' workshop will provide information regarding the racial/cultural identity development of children and tools for parents/caregivers to have age-appropriate impactful discussions with their children on these difficult yet important topics.  

    Dr. Diantha Watts has over twenty-five years of experience working at various levels of public education.  Dr. Watts served as a classroom teacher and school administrator with the Rochester City School District for over 16 years. Subsequently, she has held roles as program director, consultant, adjunct professor, and college administrator. Her experiences in education have always included a passion for supporting the development of cultural competence and anti-racist practices.

    To view OPCSD's presentation  of Talking to Your Children About Race and Racism please click below.

    Talking to Your Children About Race and Racism

    Resources for: Talking to Your Children About Race and Racism Provided by Dr. Watts

    November 12, Stereotypes and Implicit Bias: From Awareness to Action

    Presenter, Dr. Diantha Watts, provides an opportunity for participants to reflect on how bias and stereotypes can influence our perceptions of others on Thursday, November 12 from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

    To view OPCSD's presentation of Stereotypes and Implicit Bias: From Awareness to Action please click the link below.

    Stereotypes and Implicit Bias: From Awareness to Action

    Race, Racial Bias, and Racism: Increasing Understanding

    To view a recording of Race, Racial Bias and Racism: Increasing Understanding please click the link below.
    Race, Racial Bias and Racism: Increasing Understanding

    Presenter, Dr. Diantha Watts, focuses on defining race, racial bias and raciism.  Participants will increase their understanding of the meaning of race and the impact of racism on society at various levels on Thursday, December 3 from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Raising Resiliency

  • Please click the link to the left Raising Resiliency and Timothy Shoemaker's Online Wellness Series to access the resources provided by presenter, Timothy Shoemaker.


    Presenter, Timothy Shoemaker invites persons of all ages and at all crossroads, to explore the lesser known nuances of resiliency. With anecdotes and insights drawn from hundreds of personal interviews, calling upon both traditional and personal knowledge, Tim examines the critical questions and probes the probable answers; leading his audience on their own journey of self-discovery.  Raising Resiliency will become available in January 2021 along with some additional resources from Timothy Shoemaker including: Social Media, Coping w/COVID, Vaping, Bullying, Drug Prevention & Detection, Home Sobriety Tests and Character Development.

    Timothy Shoemaker M.A. has been featured on both the television and radio news. He was invited to appear on NBC’s Today Show, been a guest on internet podcasts and been a contributor to several major publications. He has presented to over 750,000 live audience members in the past five years alone. Tim holds a Masters Degree in Leadership, has earned dozens of professional certifications and has received multiple professional awards; including commendations from the United States Senate. A member of MENSA, and Summa Cum Laude graduate, Tim is a lifelong learner with a passion for sharing knowledge. His motivational portfolio includes classes for staff and students on Resiliency, Bullying, Substance Abuse, Vaping, College Campus Safety, Coping with COVID and more. Additional information at www.TimothyShoemaker.com

Stronger on the Inside

  • Click to view the recording of the Stronger on the Inside webinar offered on November 4th. Stronger On The Inside

    From 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4, Joe Clem will present strategies to build confidence, resilience, and flexibility during challenging times in his virtual presentation Stronger on the Inside.  The presentation will be available on the Orchard Park Central School District website www.opschools.org.

    Anxiety can be defined as the Perceived inability to manage a task in front of you. None of us has a playbook for these times, so stress is unavoidable. Honestly, we often rely on really old, mostly unconscious, information to manage stressors. The Emotional and Behavioral Sciences have provided us evidence-based tools to help us use these times to shift our perceptions so we can actually get better through our challenges. 

    This workshop will introduce clear, evidence based, strategies to increase compliance and success and reduce defiance, anxiety and misery in your home for all ages. You will leave with techniques to implement! Joe Clem is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with over 15-yrs of practical experience. This combination provides a unique window into the emotions that drive negative cycles in our homes and clear behavioral strategies to help us move through them, back to a home we can love.  


Helping Your Child be Effective with Anxiety

  • Visit https://youtu.be/xcLw-2SAmGw to see the 2020-2021 Parent Information Series’ presentation of Helping Your Child be Effective with Anxiety.  The presentation was pre-recorded for your convenience so as soon as you click the link you will be able to view the presentation.

    The rate of anxiety in children is a mental health crisis with 1 in 3 children suffering from an anxiety disorder.  Nearly 80% of these children and teens suffer without help. Students with anxiety often have academic and social challenges, in addition to being at risk for low self-esteem and substance abuse. 

    The webinar Helping Your Child be Effective with Anxiety created by AnxietyTraining.com founders Kimberly Morrow, LCSW and Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, LCSW-C, focuses on walking towards fear, talking back to worry, and sitting in discomfort as the keys to changing students' relationship with fear.  It demonstrates the role of anxiety in families and how to partner with schools to help children live well with anxiety.  The webinar teaches skills to shift out of avoidance and accommodations and into doing what the child values even when they feel anxious.

    In addition to the Helping Your Child be Effective with Anxiety presentation the team at AnxietyTraining.com has provided the Orchard Park Central School District with additional resources for parents, students and staff.  They are available at https://www.opschools.org/Page/10547.

Supporting Your Children in a COVID World

  • The Orchard Park Central School District hosted it’s first 2020-2021 Parent Information Series with a virtual presentation Supporting Your Children in a COVID World on Thursday, September 3rd from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

    Back to school is imminent, and many parents and kids are feeling lost. How will my child fare with the new COVID restrictions? How will I balance their needs with mine? How do I help my child navigate this new territory when I don’t even know what it is?  Dr. Darci Cramer, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, will use her expertise in family systems to help parents, in this interactive workshop focused on parenting kids going back to school in this epidemic. None of us have experience in this particular challenge, but relying on what we know about child development, parenting, and relationships, we can do our best to be there for our kids in this new venture.

    Click here to watch the presentation