Last night, Superintendent Paul Defendini and Assistant Superintendent Dr. William Brennan hosted the first-ever Family Night Workshop in the library of Howitt Middle School. Despite the terrible weather, there was a good showing of parents for what became a highly interactive discussion. Everyone was encouraged to write conversation starters on an idea board. Mr. Defendini kicked off the evening with opening remarks about the importance of spending time with family. Dr. Brennan then guided the discussion, delving into how to effectively monitor screen time, implement tech-free days, structure conversational dinners, and prioritize time together as a family.
Dr. Brennan and parent Diane Herbert shared a survey (done in collaboration with her son William in Innovation Lab), that shed light on the perceptions that students and parents have surrounding their own technology use.
Childcare (courtesy of FHS students enrolled in Child Lab) was provided in the gym.
The purpose of the night was to get parents to commit to one of the ideas they learned at the workshop and put it into practice on Family Night—which is scheduled for Tuesday, November 12th.