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Bullying is on agenda of ETHS workshop

Bullying is among the areas to be covered at a workshop on the social and emotional health of high school students, to be presented by the Evanston Township High School’s Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) on Tuesday, April 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the school.

The workshop will also include such areas as student anxiety, depression, substance abuse, behavioral issues, and post-graduate planning.

“Whether it’s deciding how many (advance placement) courses to take, waiting to see if you made the varsity squad or got the lead in the school play, making the decision not to drink alcohol at a party, trying to fit in, or facing the challenges of going off to college or joining the workforce, our children face many challenges and decisions on a daily basis,” said Cherie Hansen, president of the ETHS PTSA.

The evening will begin with brief introductory remarks by panel leaders, followed by break-out sessions on these topics.

Panel leaders include Leah Piekarz, Lead Counselor, ETHS; Jeff Simon, Social Worker, ETHS; Amy Verbrick, Department Chair, Special Education, ETHS; Amanda Weigel, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Rush NeuroBehavioral Center, and Sue Laue, co-chair, North Shore High School Mental Health Networking Group

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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