Past Programs

Growing a Grown Up presented by Vicki Hoefle April 24, 2017  Video Recording HERE

Under Construction! What Every Parent Must Know About Your Teen/Tween’s Brain Development by Dr. Ruth PoteeVideo Recording Available HERE 

A program about the developing teen brain and the impact of substance use during this critical time.

Dr. Potee’s power point slides here: Talk to Parents at Schools – Addiction and Rising Opioid Use – Marijuana

Growing Up Mindful presented by Christopher WillardVideo Recording Available Here

How Kids Can Learn About Mindfulness in Fun, Easy Ways

Teaching Mindfulness to Teens: 5 Ways to Get Buy-In

Teach Mindfulness to Kids with These 10 Picture Books

If You Have Time to Breathe, You Have Time to Meditate

Audio Recording of Boy Sense presented by Stephanie Meegan October 2016

March 7, 2016 Staying Ahead of Anxiety & Depression presented by Lynn Lyons:

Lynn’s Program Slides HERE

Watch Lynn’s Presentation HERE      

January 2016 – Conflict, Competition & Companionship presented by Stephanie Meegan

Watch Stephanie Meegan’s Presentation HERE

December 9, 2015, Randy Pierce 20/20 Vision Quest –  Watch Randy’s Presentation HERE                                                                                                                      

2014 Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents Program Handouts 11.18 – Watch Lynn’s presentation!

SUPPORTING KIDS SOCIAL SUCCESS & ON-LINE SAFETY – Watch presentation!

Stand Tall!

A Leadership Program for Girls in Grades 6,7 & 8

Friendship Detective

A program for parents/guardians & educators of youth in grades pre-k-3 <

All-Night Graduation Party 2013!

This annual party is sponsored by TTC, planned by parents of graduating seniors and chaperoned by parents of junior students and helped by many community volunteers. This enthusiastically anticipated event is attended by most members of the Masconomet graduating Senior Class. Get details and your and authorization waiver here and mail (or drop off in the high school office) to TTC asap so you don’t miss the bus!
More Raffle Ticketsfor 4 Reserved Seats at Graduation Available Here.

World Cafe Training Opportunity 3/11/13

Have you heard about the World Cafe Conversation Model? Interested in learning more? Then join members of the Tri-Town Community on Monday March 11 at 7:30pm for a interactive and informative workshop. This evening is sponsored by Tri-Town Council and hosted by the Congregational Church of Topsfield. More Info Here.
PhotoVoice Informational Meeting for Middle School Youth. Friday 1/18 2:15-2:50pm MS Library. More info…

“Worried About Your Worrier:

Creating Calmer Kids in a Stress-Filled World”

(click here for more info) a talk with licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist Lynn Lyons, in the Masco Auditorium, Januaury 28th at 7:00pm.

The Path of the Courageous Parent Series continues in January with two screenings of excerpts from the award-winning documentary, Race to Nowhere. There will be two opportunities to view segments from this important film on Jan. 23rd at 10am-12pm and Jan. 30th at 7-9pm.

Both screenings will be held at Topsfield Library Meeting Room. There will be some time for sharing initial observations and reactions to the film. Opportunity for more in depth discussions will be provided at morning and evening sessions on Feb. 6th. Seating is limited and RSVP’s are required

Morning Session 10:00am-12:00pm

Evening Session 7:00pm-9:00pm

More info… A concerned mother turned filmmaker aims her camera at the high-stakes, high-pressure culture that has invaded our children’s lives.

Race to Nowhere

is a call to action for families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing citizens. For more about the film, check-out

http://www.racetonowhere.com/

Open Gym Nights @ MASCO! Click here for more info on Open Gym Nights for MS/HS students. January 12th, February 2nd, 9th, and March 2nd

High School Youth Retreat

Coming February 4, 2013 from 1-6PM
Emerson CenterTopsfield, MA Register Here

Chris Herren author of Basketball Junkie – at Masconomet on Thursday December 6, 3:15pm, Field House

Chris Herren, a basketball legend from Fall River, Massachusetts, realized his dreams by playing for the Celtics in the NBA, only to lose it all to addiction. Drug-free and alcohol-free since August 1, 2008, Chris has refocused his life to put sobriety and family above all else. In 2009 Chris launched Hoop Dreams with Chris Herren, a basketball player development company which provides customized, superior basketball training through private training, clinics and camps.

Off the court Chris continues to share his story with audiences in the hopes of reaching just one person and making a difference in their life. With the release of his memoir, Basketball Junkie, in May of 2011, Chris was approached by hundreds of people and their families looking for assistance in their road to recovery. Inspired by their stories, Chris formed The Herren Project to educate at-risk populations on addiction and help others in taking the first steps toward recovery and a life of sobriety.

Tri-Town Council invites all to stop by our office at 49 Main Street, Topsfield during Topsfield’s Annual Holiday Walk on Saturday, December 1st!

(4pm-7pm)

Stop by to warm up and enjoy hot cider and cookies while the young ones

write letters to Santa

, a project organized by our Youth Leadership Group. Everyone is invited to participate in our caring community project, Gifts of Gratitude – we ask that you fill write on our wall who and what you value about our towns. Please stop by! For more info regarding TTC’s Gifts of Gratitude, READ ON for more info.

AAPLAUDD Series for Parents of students grades 5-12:

A Prevention Program About Underage Drinking & Drugs

Tuesdays: Oct. 16, 23, 30 and Nov 13 – 7:00-9:00pm @ the Masco High School Library

Presented By: Marilyn Belmonte, Nationally Recognized Substance Abuse Prevention & Drug Abuse Recognition Specialist. This program is designed to empower parents of students grades 5 through 12 with proven, yet simple strategies that reduce risk of underage drinking and drug experimentation. Each session will focus on different aspects of substance abuse, drug education, underage drinking, adolescent brain development, and more, including proven prevention parenting strategies. This program is intended for parents/guardians, educators, coaches, youth leaders and concerned adults of students in grades 5-12. Go to www.tritowncouncil.org for more information.

Parents of Teens/Tweens – SAVE THE DATE!

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Sue Blaney

An award winning author, speaker, and publisher dedicated to supporting parents in successfully raising teens, is coming to Masco! Don’t miss this Tri-Town Council sponsored program to be held on Thursday, October 4th in the Masco Auditorium at

7:00pm

. Join us for a lively program titled

“Secrets to Success in Parenting Your Teen

.” Sue is the author of “Please Stop the Rollercoaster! How Parents of Teenagers Can Smooth Out the Ride” as well as other publications. A nationally recognized speaker and Certified Professional Behavior Analyst, Sue brings her wisdom and wit to what is an all-too-often frustrating relationship. Just in time for the school year to get underway, you don’t want to miss this opportunity and learn tips for keeping life on an even-keel with teens.

Check out Sue’s E-Book in conjunction with her program, helpful hints for the ups and downs of raising teens.

Boxford Parks Program! Don’t Miss Out on Summer Fun!

The Boxford Summer Park Program will run for 6 weeks this year on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings, 10am – noon at Cole School. It’s two hours of old-fashioned fun, including games, tag, and arts and crafts. The dates are June 26-28, July 3-5, July 10-12, July 17-19, July 24-26, July 31-Aug. 2. Children entering kindergarten through 6th grade are welcome; children entering 7th or 8th can train to be instructors. The cost for all 6 weeks is $150 per child; max per family is $350. Weekly cost is $40. The cost for instructor-in-training is $80 for all 6 weeks or $25 per week.
Park Registration Form & Emergency Release/Contact Form

Tri-Town Council Invites You to Walk/Run for H.A.W.C. on the TTC TEAM!

Tri-Town Council, through its TTC Youth Leadership Group, invites Tri-Town families to participate with us on Sunday, May 6th, in the Walk for H.A.W.C. This annual fundraiser supports H.A.W.C., which is the oldest and most comprehensive domestic violence agency on the North Shore. You can participate in the 5 Mile Walk, or in the new 5 Mile Run. The Walk/Run for H.A.W.C. begins at Salem Common at 11:00am. Join TTC for this fun day of service! Participating in the walk is a great way to honor special women in your life and to come together as a family or neighborhood group to support women and children in need of safety. Can’t walk with us that day? Consider sponsoring the TTC Youth Team!

Go to http://hawcdv.donorpages.com/WalkforHAWC/LynettePierce/

For more information on joining or sponsoring our Walk/Run for H.A.W.C. TTC TEAM, please contact Lynette: lpierce@tritowncouncil.org

“Moms and Daughters – Celebrating & Strengthening Your Connection” For Girls in 5th, 6th and 7th grade and their Mother.

Join counselor Donna Davis for an uplifting evening of celebrating the special bond between mothers and daughters. In preparation for middle school and adolescence, we’ll do esteem-building activities, and discuss ways to keep lines of communication open as well as ideas to strengthen your relationship. Take some time out of your busy schedule to share and bond with your daughter during this fun and memorable afternoon.

Date: May 20th, 2012
Time: 4pm-6pmLocation: Emerson Center Parlor, TopsfieldRSVP by 5/16/12 to lteichner@tritowncouncil.org or (978) 887-6512

This free program is intended for girls in 5th, 6th and 7th grades and their mothers/guardians. Space is limited so reserve early to secure your spot! More info.

Social Host Liability Program with Richard Campbell March 2012

Transitioning Parents and Teens for Life Beyond High School:

Understanding the internal process of this major life change. A three-part workshop facilitated by Gail Jones.
Thursdays, March 24, 31 and April 7. 7:00-9:00PM.

Open Gym Night at Masco March

Tri-Town Council and Masconomet PAC are pleased to announce that they are teaming up with Masconomet High School to provide Open Gym Nights for students in grades 9-12 at the High School Field House from 7-10 p.m. Open Gym Night begins this Saturday, March 26 and will also be held on Saturday April 2nd and Saturday April 9th. Students will need to show their Masconomet High School IDs to enter.

RACE TO NOWHERE – FOLLOW-UP

Tri-Town Council invites community members to explore issues emerging from January’s showing of the film “Race to Nowhere.” In response to feedback from those who attended the screenings, a follow-up meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. in the Topsfield Library Meeting Room. All are welcome whether you attended the screening of Race to Nowhere or simply have an interest in exploring the issues raised as a result of the film. For opportunities to view the film in March, visit the “Race to Nowhere.” website and search under ‘Screenings’. The purpose of this meeting is to provide a relaxed, small group setting for discussing suggestions that work and concerns that persist. This informal setting will enable participants to share changes they have made or are considering including: 1)To reduce stress on children and families 2)To enable children to have more unstructured time to recharge and recreate. Pre-registration is required as seating is limited, please RSVP to programs@tritowncouncil.org or call 978-887-6512 to reserve your spot. To learn more visit racetonowhere.com

THE BULLYING DYNAMIC

What Empowered Bystanders in a Supportive Community Can Do. Wednesday April 13th 7:30-9:00PM, Proctor School, Topsfield, MA. This program is intended for parents and educators of students in grades K-8th Grade. More info.

March 24, 31 and April 7. Transitioning Parents and Teens for Life Beyond High School: Understanding the internal process of this major life change.

A three-part workshop facilitated by Gail Jones.

March 2011 Strengthening Social Skills; Spring Workshop Series.

Join author/educator Stephanie Meegan in a four part series of workshops designed for parents, guardians and educators interested in expanding children’s social competence and confidence.

March 1, 2011 Addressing the Latest Trends in Youth Sports Presented by Bob Bigelow.

For all adults (parents and coaches) involved in youth sports. This special event is co-sponsored by Topsfield, Boxford and Middleton PTO’s and the Tri-Town Council.

November 4th Supporting Social Success and Online Safety;

Presented by Dr. Elizabeth Englander, Director of Massachusetts Aggressive Reduction Center.

July-August 2010 The Boxford Summer Park Program

\Available for five weeks this summer on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 12noon. Location will be at Spofford Pond School.

June 4, 2010 All-Night After Graduation Party

Masco seniors get a safe send off by enjoying an entire evening of activities! The evening begins immediately after graduation and continues through 6:30am the next morning. In past years, some of the evening’s events have included sports clubs, comedy clubs, bowling, moonlight cruise, and much more! This is an event not to be missed!

May 3, 2010 Masconomet Health Fair

Focusing on High Tech Health.

April-May 2010 Transitioning Parents and Teens for Life Beyond High School

Understanding the internal process of this major life change A Three-Part Workshop Facilitated by Gail Jones. With high school graduation upon us, and many seniors readying themselves for independent living, what’s the interim step before children actually leave home? Join life coach, author & columnist Gail Jones in a 3-part series as we explore the internal changes taking place and the impact on the whole family. Understanding the stages of transition will help both the parent and child maneuver his/her new life, and embrace all the emotions that are part of moving forward through change.

April 8, 2010 Boy Sense

This program is intended for parents/guardians and educators of boys in K-6th grade. This special evening will focus on decoding the developmental needs and nurturing the resiliency of boys at home and at school. Presented by Stephanie Meegan.

March 4, 2010 Tween You and Me; An Evening For Girls And Their Mother Or Another Special Woman In Their Life

This program is presented by local resident and author of book “Tween You and Me”, Deb Dunham and is intended for girls grades 4-6. Deb will give young girls and their mother or another special woman in their life, the tools that need to feel good about themselves,have increased self-confidence and maintain respect for themselves and others as they navigate through adolescence. Following the presentation will be a book signing.

January 25, 2010 “The Bullying Dynamic”

by Stephanie Meegan. Tri-Town Elementary School Professional Development Day offered this key note speaker on bullying as well as providing several smaller hands-on workshops for the Tri-Town elementary faculty and staff.

January 5, 2010 “The Art of Possibility”

presented by Benjamin Zander. World famous conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Co-Author of “The Art of Possibility” and leading speaker on the themes of leadership, teamwork, relationships and the liberation of the human spirit, Benjamin Zander is renowned for his passionate and energetic style using music and his expressive persona to deliver his main lesson to his audiences: how to live life passionately and fully in the vast and liberating realm of possibility; how to become braver and more open to human connection. For more information on Benjamin Zander www.benjaminzander.com.

Nov.- Dec. 2009 Girl Talk

This program bring girls together (ages 11 and 12, in the 5th and 6th grade) with their mother or another special woman, in a series of workshops designed to increase and nurture positive communication about growth and development.

November 20, 2009 Masco Dance Marathon.

Each high school class participates by dance all-night long to raise money for their class and the Tri-Town Council. Masconomet students who are not dancing, can attend the Dance Marathon in the evening from 7-10pm and support their classmates.

November 5, 2009 Anthony E. Wolf Ph.D., Get Out of My Life, but first could you drive me and Cheryl to the mall?

Dr. Wolf will focus on the challenges of adolescence and the teenage years. Best known both in his writing and his speaking for his, at times very funny, non-judgmental ability to describe what actually goes on in real people’s homes with real children, his original perspective on parenting and on kids today, and for his practical and very helpful advice. Anthony E. Wolf Ph.D., a practicing child psychologist, speaker and author of many parenting books including the bestselling, Get Out of My Life, but first could you drive me and Cheryl to the Mall? A Parent’s guide to the New Teenager, which has sold over 500,000 copies and is considered to be the most widely acclaimed “how to deal with your teenager book”. This presentation is intended for parents and educators of teens and pre-teens. Presentation to be held at the Masconomet Regional Auditorium.

Fall 2009 Strengthening Social Skills; Fall Workshop Series.

Join author/educator Stephanie Meegan in a four part series of workshops designed for parents, guardians and educators interested in expanding children’s social competence and confidence.

September 29, 2009 ” Understanding the Online Social World of Teens and Pre-Teens”,

presented by Dr. Elizabeth Englander. Dr. Englander will focus on bringing parents up-to-date with the most recent trends and give parents concrete, hands-on techniques to help their children and to work effectively with local schools to reduce bullying, cyber bullying, and to increase online safety. Dr. Elizabeth Englander, Director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction center (M.A.R.C.) at Bridgewater State College and nationally recognized speaker on the topics of internet safety, cyber bullying and violence prevention will address parents, guardians and educators of 5-12 grade students of the Masconomet Regional School.

Summer 2009 Boxford Summer Park Program

Have your child have fun with their friends this summer, while doing art and crafts, sports, etc. This program is for children entering kindergarten through Grade 7. The Boxford Summer Park Program begins July 7th and runs for 5 weeks on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 10am-12 noon at the Cole School Fields.

May 4, 2009 Tri-Town Health & Wellness Fair.

In conjunction with the Tri-Town Wellness Committees & Masco School Health Advisory Council, join us for an informative and fun event focusing on physical, social and emotional health and well-being.

June 5, 2009 All-Night After Graduation Party

Masco seniors get a safe send off by enjoying an entire evening of activities! The evening begins immediately after graduation and continues through 7:00am the next morning. In past years, some of the evening’s events have included sports clubs, comedy clubs, bowling, moonlight cruise, and much more! This is an event not to be missed!

March 4, 10 or 12, 2009 Strengthening Social Skills.

A series of three workshops to help you gain a better understanding how every child can become more socially capable and resilient. Presented by Stephanie Meegan.

March 26, 2009 Deflecting Peer Pressure: Bully Proofing & Social Survival Skills.

How can parents teach their children to “be friendly”, solve peer problems creatively, defuse destructive teasing that is often a precursor to violence, and engage in the “subtle art of saying no” so dangerous peer pressure situations and high-risk behaviors can be avoided. Stephanie Meegan will offer realistic, age-appropriate advice and opportunities to practice new skills during this evening presentation. Presented by Stephanie Meegan.

February 24, 2009 “Positive Sports Coaching”

presented by Tony DiCicco, Head Coach of Boston Breakers, woman’s professional soccer team. Recognized as one of today’s leading professional soccer coaches, Tony will tell us how to create a challenging and fun environment for coaches; parents and, most Importantly, players.

January 22, 2009 “Raising Resilient Children and Adolescents,”

Dr. Robert Brooks is one of today’s leading speakers and authors on the themes of resilience, self-esteem, and family relationships. He is renowned for the warmth and humor he uses to bring his insights and anecdotes to life for parents, guardians, educators, mental health professionals and business people.

October – November 2008 Girl Talk

A series of workshops designed to increase and nurture positive communication about growth and development for Girls ages 10-12, grades 5 & 6 and their Mothers or another special woman. Facilitator is Doreen Harris.

October 2008 and March 2009 Strengthening Social Skills.

A series of three workshops to help you gain a better understanding how every child can become more socially capable and resilient. Presented by Stephanie Meegan.

October 23-31, 2008 Red Ribbon Week at Masco

The Tri-Town Council student board put up posters and make red ribbons to distribute to fellow students in order to help promote the awareness Red Ribbon Week. The symbol of the Red Ribbon is a way for people & communities to unite & take a visible stand against drugs and to show their personal commitment to a drug-free lifestyle.

October 29, 2008 Secrets to Your Success in Parenting Teens.

Do you feel as though you are on an emotional rollercoaster? Often parents of teenagers feel the ups and downs of this stage as much as their teens do. During this program, Ms. Blaney will examine what it is that makes this a challenging time for parents, and identify specific activities and approaches you can use to smooth out your ride. Presented by Sue Blaney.

October 30, 2008 Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP)

Thursdays Become a more effective parent-Take this parenting class to help you communicate better with your child, foster cooperation and mutual respect, build your child’s self-esteem and sense of responsibility and maintain a calm family atmosphere. Facilitator Joan Wing, LICSW, BCD, CADAC.

November 1, 2008 TTC/ABC Auction

Thanks to all that took part in this fun-filled evening of good food, good friends and bidding on lots of exciting items.

November 12, 2008 Self-Esteem in Children: How Parents Can Make a Difference.

Every child deserves to enjoy the benefits of high self-esteem including resiliency, emotional well-being, and a sense of self-worth. Yet the prevalence of low self-esteem in adolescents and pre-adolescents is unsettling. In this program, Deb Dunham will provide practical insights and simple, yet powerful recommendations that parents can implement at home. Presented by Deb Dunham.

November 2008 TTC Annual Membership Drive

Watch your mail for our envelope for an opportunity for you to support the Tri-Town Council.

September 11, 2008 “Understanding the Online Social World of Teens and Pre-Teens”,

presented by Dr. Elizabeth Englander. Dr. Englander focuses on bringing parents up-to-date with the most recent trends and give parents concrete, hands-on techniques to help their children and to work effectively with local schools to reduce bullying, cyber bullying, and to increase online safety.

June 6, 2008 All-Night After Graduation Party

An entire night (8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.) of fun activities and events for graduating seniors. The party is also popular with parents, who anticipate sleeping soundly with the knowledge that their son or daughter will be safe on a night renowned for tragedies.

March 27, 2008 “PARENTING FOR CHARACTER”

How to Raise Responsible, Caring, Achieving Children featuring educator, author and consultant Stephanie Meegan.

March 2008 “GIRL TALK”

Facilitated by Doreen Harris, this program brings girls (ages 10-12, 5th and 6th grade) together with their mothers or another special woman, in a series of workshops designed to increase and nurture positive communication about growth and development.

March 17, 2008 KEEPING TEENS SAF ER ON THE ROAD:

What every parent, teen driver, and passenger needs to know! An important discussion on safe driving behaviors, teen attitudes towards driving, everyday risks faced by all drivers, particularly teens, and new MA state laws and insurance regulations effecting all households. The forum will include presentations by Dan Strollo, In Control Advanced Driver Training and State Representative Brad Hill, among others.

November 17, 2007 TTC/ABC Auction

Located at the Salem Country Club, enjoy a fun evening of elegant dining and lots of exciting auction items to bid on.

November 5, 2007 Creating Resilient Children

Doreen Harris provides an interactive workshop to teach skills on how to build children’s self esteem.

October 23, 2007 Build-A-Scarecrow

Design, stuff, and take home your very own scarecrow.

June 9, 2007 All-Night After Graduation Party

An entire night (8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.) of fun activities and events for graduating seniors. The party is also popular with parents, who anticipate sleeping soundly with the knowledge that their son or daughter will be safe on a night renowned for tragedies.

March 29, 2007 “Surviving stress together.”

Stephanie Meagan., a Boxford resident and author of nationally acclaimed programs on peer assertiveness, self-esteem, peer pressure, and the prevention of abuse and abduction.

March 1, 2007 Alcohol and Drug Forum Presentation on how parents/guardians can recognize drug /alcohol use;

What to do, how and when to get help. Also, information on promoting healthy family lifestyles and addressing key elements necessary to keep kids & teens on track.

January 8, 2007 Michael Thompson Presentation

Michael Thompson is a psychologist, school consultant, and author of New York Times bestseller, “Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys,” “Speaking of Boys: Answers to the Most-Asked Questions about Raising Sons” and “Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children.”

October 19, 2006 NetSmartz Presentation

on keeping kids and teens safer on the internet NetSmartz provides on- and offline learning activities for parents to facilitate discussions with their children and teens about Internet safety.