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PTA Guest Speakers

Jennifer Herdman, a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Join us May 14, 2018 at 9:30am for the NHHS PTA General Association Meeting in the Library. Our guest speaker this month is Jennifer Herdman, a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with more than 15 years of experience locally working with teens, individuals, couples and families. She specializes in treatment of anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. She will be discussing the act of being mindful and techniques to help students deal with stress, school and social issues.

Tiffany McCafferty, NCADD-OC

October 18th, 2017 - The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence - Orange County (NCADD-OC) is a non-profit, community-based organization that provides professional resources on alcohol, tobacco, and drug-related issues. Since 1957, the NCADD-OC has provided high-quality programs and services aimed at improving the quality of life for the residents of Orange County. Thanks to a two-year grant with Newport Mesa Unified School District, Tiffany McCafferty works at several NMUSD schools educating teachers and students on current drug-related, alcohol and tobacco issues specific to each school environment. NCADD-OC is one of nearly 80 chapter affiliates of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence located in New York. 

Claire Covina, ASB President

November 15, 2017 - Claire will bring us update on all things NHHS.  Claire will be updating the PTA on current ASB activities planned for the 2017-18 school year and opportunities where our PTA community may be able to assist ASB in their goals.


January 17, 2018 - Allison Cummings-Director Collegewise of OC 

-  What admissions officers actually look for and what kids can do now to increase their chances of being admitted—how do activities factor in with academics, etc.? What about test scores?

-  Advice for parents about the best way to support their kids through the college application process. 

Allison is a proud 2005 graduate of the University of Redlands where she not only studied English and creative writing, but also worked as a barista at Starbucks.  After graduation, Allison spent two years as a University of Redlands admissions officer.  Allison personally reviewed over 1,000 college application and since joining Collegewise in 2007, she has helped hundreds of students find and apply to the right colleges.  Allison speaks regularly to student and parent groups, and is a certified Collegewise “Master Counselor” who trains new counselors in the Collegewise ways.  When she’s not counseling, Allison enjoys watching bad TV, crafting, and doing virtually anything else that is not camping.

Click Here for a copy of Five Collegewise Tips - handout

Sandra Valdes, Project Hope Alliance (homeless youth)

February 14th, 2018 - Sandra Valdes will be educating PTA on the issue of childhood homelessness in Orange County.  In our county, more than 28,000 children are experiencing homelessness and 126,000 children are living in poverty. They say goodnight from motels, shelters, and couches. They are forced to focus on where they will sleep instead of what they will learn. Tragically, their educations and futures suffer. NHHS has a club on campus which works closely with Project Hope Alliance to meet the needs of our own students who face homelessness. 

ONE Recovery

March 21, 2018 - Lynne Pedersen (Butler) is known for her unbridled passion and fierce commitment to anyone in need of care.  She has over 25 years of experience in the residential mental health field. Lynne has laid the foundation of some of the finest programs in the nation. She possesses an innate ability to create spaces where healing and integrity are paramount. Her expertise in program development, admissions and utilization review have her well sought after by new and emerging programs. Lynne is committed to ONE. ONE Recovery where the struggle can just be life, and where inspiration is considered the medication.

Facts for Families

Teen Suicide Prevention Video

Published on Jun 5, 2013

In this video created by Mayo Clinic, teens describe common signs that a teen is considering suicide and provide encouragement for communicating directly and immediately for support and safety. It also Includes suggestions for what to say to a teen who may be at risk for suicide and ways to keep them safe. Things can get better.