Wissahickon High School’s 15th Annual Family Awareness Night-Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Guests can choose up to 2 additional break-out presentations following Session One’s keynote presentation in the auditorium
Session One: Dr. Michael Fowlin’s “I’m NOT the Enemy” at 6:45 p.m. (only this presentation is offered during Session 1)
Session Two: 8:10-8:50 p.m. Session Three: 9:00-9:40 p.m. Choose up to 2 from the topics below for Sessions 2 and 3
‘Wissahickon Cooks! Live’ invites YOU to be a member of the “live” studio audience for an adventure in cooking! Watch as culinary experts cook up mouth-watering treats during a special taping of the show. Segments will air on WTV (Comcast 28 and Verizon 41) and online at www.wsdweb.org on the WTV page. Following the taping, there will be a brief Q+A with the staff. Space is limited so be sure to sign up at registration! We welcome Mrs. Paula Bywaters, WHS Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher and Mr. Seth Pollins, Healthy Eating Specialist and Demo Chef from Whole Foods who will be our presenters. Tasty samples will be shared!
Can Life “Be Easy” when it’s difficult? Ben Alessi was just like you, ready to go to college and take on the world, when a terrible chance accident changed his life forever. Life suddenly seemed so hard and he just wanted it to “be easy.” Realizing the power of gratitude and compassion changed him from a self-interested teen into a compassionate and giving young man with the will to overcome. His “Be Easy” philosophy encourages “generosity and positivity.” Allow Ben to inspire you with his story of living with gratitude, determination and hope. Check it out – He also has an apparel line: Easy Threads Clothing!
The Road to College: An Insider’s Look Come listen as WHS’s first-ever dedicated college counselor, Christopher Plentus, unravels the mystery of college admissions and the road to get there. Chris was a former College Admissions counselor; his wealth of insider- knowledge, wisdom and experience is certain to enlighten and inform. This is especially worthwhile for juniors and even sophomores.
Ditch the workout and join the party! Come Zumba your cares away with this exhilarating fitness craze set to motivating music with easy-to-follow steps. Salsa, Cha Cha, Merengue, Belly dancing, swing, hip hop as well as aerobic dance moves will help tone your body, work your core and make you feel fantastic! Mrs. Amy Hawe, WHS Physical Education Teacher, is a certified Zumba instructor who will lead participants in the “feel happy” routines of this musically based fitness movement that will bring everyone to greater joy and health.
Steer Clear: Avoid the ‘mourning’ after from impaired driving Montgomery County Assistant DA, Bradford Richman will present the documentary “Jessica’s Story,” the story of a 16 year-old Montgomery County high school student who was killed in a car crash at the hands of a 19 year-old drunk driver. The story, as seen through the eyes of those involved, tells of the devastating and never-ending impact these horrific cases have on the lives of families in our communities. This reality-based presentation brings a clear message: choices have consequences.
Gab with Gerber You have questions, and PA Representative Mike Gerber would like to answer them. Maybe you want to know how and why he chose a career in politics? What’s going to happen with funding to state universities? What are his ideas for alternative energy initiatives in Pennsylvania? Bring your questions and engage in conversation with Representative Gerber, he is your voice in Harrisburg. You may even discover your own role in public service.
Anxiety overload? You’re not alone… Francesca Pileggi was overwhelmed with many things, but when her cousin committed suicide, she felt immense guilt and asked herself, “why him and not me”? Soon she was overcome with debilitating fear and panic attacks. Francesca courageously shares her own life experiences and helps to erase the stigma of mental illness, encouraging anyone, especially teens, to seek help and support if they are sensing feelings of anxiety or depression. Her triumphs will move and encourage you.
When you stand up, does your brain sit down? When you speak before a group does your heart pound or your voice crack? This interactive workshop will help you become more confident in public speaking situations, be it for college interviews, job interviews, or a class presentation. Acquire techniques to overcome nervousness and promote relaxation. Public speaking coach, Lynne Jacobus, will demonstrate the skills of effective speaking through techniques that allow you to concentrate on your message and your audience, be animated, easily understood, and poised.
Brought to you by the WHS Parent-Teacher Council in memory of Mrs. Frances ‘Boo’ Crofton.
Funding from the Wissahickon Educational Opportunities Foundation (WEOF)