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Prom Season 2015: Shorter Dresses, Fancier Parties, Same Safety Concerns

3.27.12

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It’s that season again! But Prom Night 2015 does not look the same as it did when you attended your  prom in 19??! While it is still a big social event, the dress is no longer long, the suit has replaced the tuxedo, and the perfect car is now a party van! But for parents, one thing has not changed: concerns for our children’s safety.

We all want our teens to have a memorable prom night. It is important to realize, however, that many promgoers may be tempted to disregard the rules when it comes to using and driving under the  influence of drugs and/or alcohol and engaging in unsafe activities. While prom night can be viewed as a rite of passage, this one night often serves as a test of years of prep talks, an investment you’ve made teaching your teen to use good, sound judgment. By simply talking to your teen ahead of prom time, you can ensure your child has a fun, safe, and memorable night!

Your teen may ask for a later curfew. If you view this as an acceptable request, follow it up with a talk on
safety. It is okay for you to ask about the need to stay out later. Have your teen present to you the  detailed plans on what will occur during the extra time out and where they will be. All pre- and post-prom activities should be adult chaperoned, and restaurants must be no-alcohol served establishments. Emphasize to your teen to never leave their possessions, food, or beverages unattended.

Your teen may ask to attend the prom without a date. This is a very popular and accepted way to go to
prom now, and many prom goers prefer to have fun in groups. Ask your teen to give you a list of names and contact numbers for the members of the group, and the friends’ parents. Make contact with these parents to review the agenda and timeline.

Your teen may ask to rent a limousine or party van. While this may seem like a great idea because the
authorized driver will be an adult, do your homework and check out the driving company. Find out about their policy on alcohol in the vehicle and if they encourage the use of seatbelts. On prom night, talk to the driver about your expectations for an alcohol- and drug-free ride. Most importantly, be specific with the driver about not making any stops before or after the prom. Parents know it is illegal to serve alcoholic beverages to children who are guests in their home, so make sure all drivers know your alcohol-free policy, too.

Reassure your teen that your concerns stem from an understanding of prom night pressures and stressors. Make sure you are available for discussion on any topics, and reinforce to your teen that your primary concern is their health and safety, motivated by love. Always make it known that you will pick them up, regardless of the time, place, or circumstances.

In summary, you can prepare your teens for prom night by following four simple guidelines:

  • Keep all communications open and limit your own prejudices.
  • Plan the night’s activities together, and be willing to rework the plan as needed.
  • Set firm guidelines and positive expectations regarding behavior.
  • Both parties must be willing to cooperate and make concessions as needed.

2015 High School Proms
WALTON HIGH SCHOOL
March 7
KELL HIGH SCHOOL
March 14
LASSITER HIGH SCHOOL
March 21
WHEELER HIGH SCHOOL
March 21
SPRAYBERRY HIGH SCHOOL
April 18
POPE HIGH SCHOOL
May 2

Written by East Cobb resident Victoria Ellis, Youth Services Chair, East Cobb County Council of PTAs. Ellis lives in the Spring Wood neighborhood with her husband of 27 years; they have 7 children and 7 grandchildren. She holds a Master of Education and is currently pursuing her doctorate.

 

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Greyhound Nation Celebration is March 7

 

Don’t miss the Greyhound Nation Celebration, Luck ‘O the Greyhound, on Saturday, March 7, benefitting the Pope High School community and sponsored by the Pope High School Foundation.

The evening begins at 6:30pm. Tickets begin at $30 per person. Luck ‘O the Greyhound will be held at Keegan’s, 4401 Shallowford Road, Roswell. More info: www.popehighschoolfoundation.com. Please note this is an Adults Only Event.

 

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Apply for the 9th District PTA Scholarship

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The 9th District of the Georgia PTA has created a Scholarship Fund which will award several $200 scholarships to students of ALL ages within Cobb County to help further student success.

These scholarships could help bridge the gap for students who need tutoring, provide funding for enrichment activities or camps, or provide support with textbooks and supplies. Applicants must currently attend a school within District 9, and be a student member or have a parent/guardian who is a member of the local PTA/PTSA.

Please download and complete the D9 APPLICATION and mail to the address provided no later than March 2. The scholarships will be awarded at the 9th District Spring Conference on April 30 at Northstar Church.

 

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Can you make room for a French student for 20 days?

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Twenty-five French teens from professional French families (ages 14-18) will be coming to the Atlanta area from July 7-27 and retired French teacher Linda Farmer is looking for host families who will show their student warmth and hospitality. These French teens from Paris to Provence want to experience American life first-hand and to be totally immersed in the English language. Farmer, along with a French chaperon, will oversee the program.

“This is a wonderful opportunity,” says Farmer, “for Atlanta-area families to add an international dimension to their lives.”

LEC (Loisirs Culturels à l’étranger), the Paris-based sponsor, provides these students with comprehensive medical insurance and gives host families compensation for room and board. All come with ample spending money for expenses outside of the home and each has had three to six years of English depending on age. An excursion bus will take the French teens on sightseeing trips once per week while they are here. No French language skills are needed!

For more information, contact Linda Farmer at lgfarmer@aol.com or 770-973-2452. Also, see www.lec-usa.com.

 

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VolunTEEN this summer at WellStar

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Make a difference in your community while having fun and exploring the healthcare environment at WellStar Kennestone Hospital.

Their summer program is designed to provide students interested in healthcare careers access to the operations of a world-class medical center. VolunTEENS provide hundreds of hours of valuable service to patients, families and team members, while gaining valuable experience that may lead to a future career in healthcare.

Kennestone offers volunteer opportunities in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to, customer service, clinical and non-clinical areas, patient transport and wayfinding.

For more information, visit http://www.wellstar.org/about-us/volunteers/pages/wellstar-kennestone-hospital-volunteens.aspx.

College Credit Now Summit is March 12

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A College Credit Now Summit will take place Thursday, March 12 from 6-8pm at Campbell High School (5265 Ward Street, Smyrna, GA 30080). Students are invited to attend and learn about opportunities available to earn college credit while enrolled in high school. Representatives will be available from colleges and the Department of Education to answer any questions.

 

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Apply for the USNA Summer Seminar

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The United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar is a fast-paced, six-day experience for high achievers who have completed their junior year in high school. Summer Seminar teaches you about life at the Naval Academy, where academics, athletics, and professional training play equally important roles in developing our nation’s service academies and serving your country as an officer.

Students considering the Naval Academy should seriously consider attending the Naval Academy’s Summer Seminar. Applications and procedures can be found at www.usna.edu/Admissions.

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Dodgen FLL 4277 Robotics Team makes State

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Dodgen Middle School’s FIRST LEGO League 4277 Robotics team qualified for the State Competition at Georgia Tech on January 24.

Team members are Cole Francis, Neel Gundavarapu, Emma Harrison, Steve Kaste, Anush Rajan, Manav Shah, Michelle Tassitano and Jeremy Vitale.

Congratulations students!

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Atlanta Gap Year Fair is February 26

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Calling all graduates! Atlanta Gap Year Fair is Thursday, February 26. The intent of the Fair is to provide students with a broad exposure of Gap Year Programs and the opportunity for face-to-face conversations with professionals in the field.

Scheduled Speakers: Jason Sarouhan Jane Sarouhan, Vice President, Center for Interim Programs.

Admission is FREE. Event Time: 6-8:30pm. Speaker Time: 6-6:30pm. Event held at Pace Academy, 966 W. Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30327. Registration/More info: 508-755-2571 or www.usagapyearfairs.com.

 

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Congratulations to “The Jimmies” D-1 East Marietta Basketball Champs

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“The Jimmies” were the undisputed U18B Division I Champions of the East Marietta Basketball League for 2014-15. The team was 10-3 across the season, winning more games than any other team and beating every other team at least once. They won the Championship game on Feb. 8 by an impressive 64-39 score.

The Champion Jimmies consisted of: Dallas Duke, Austin Finta, Daniel Garza, Everett Johnson, Millar Morgan, Ryan Ryder, Connor Weeks, Matthew Weiss and Jalen West. The J’s were coached by Jim Weiss and Barry Goodman.

 

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