Panel to discuss transition to high school |

Panel to discuss transition to high school

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado – Parents, middle school students, and anyone working with young people are invited to attend a free panel discussion on students transitioning from middle school to high school on Tuesday at the Garden Classroom in the Eagle County Building. This final session of the Parents You Matter Dinner and Dialogue Series will provide guidance and tips on how to take an active approach with youth entering high school. A buffet-style dinner will also be provided at 6 p.m. followed by speaker presentations and group discussion.

The Eagle River Youth Coalition will be bringing together a panel of professionals to discuss concerns, issues, opportunities, and how to help students make a smooth transition. Featured panelists include Julia Watson-Barnett, Colorado Department of Education, gifted education regional consultant; Eric Rippeth, Eagle County School District secondary gifted and talented liaison; Kristan Carey, Eagle Valley High School licensed school counselor; and Jeanne Cooper, Battle Mountain High School student assistance counselor.

The move to high school can be a tumultuous time for youth and for parents unsure of how to support children through the transition. Entering high school, youth may find more pressures, face different and difficult issues, and struggle to adjust to a new surrounding. However, parents can take an active role in their children’s transition. During this session, parents will be guided through tips and advice about what to be aware of as youth enter high school and how both they and the school can support children. This event will assist those feeling overwhelmed and confused about moving on to high school.

The coalition encourages parents and teens to come with their own questions for the panelists. This is a bilingual event and a free buffet-style dinner will be provided. Contact Elizabeth at the Eagle River Youth Coalition to register at 970-949-9250 or