April 5, 2019
Officer Rheanna Hall

Keeping Teens Safe at Parties & After Prom

Keeping Teens Safe at Parties & After Prom by Officer Rheanna Hall, DHS School Resource Officer With prom season quickly approaching, it’s important to be aware […]
March 15, 2019
Chief Lou Jogmen portrait

Drugged Driving

Drugged Driving By Lou Jogmen, Chief of Police, City of Highland Park Fast Facts:Clinical studies have shown that marijuana significantly impairs judgment, motor coordination, and reaction […]
February 15, 2019
mom teen hugging

5 Conversation Goals

5 Conversation Goals Heart to Heart Talks Show disapproval of underage drinking/drug misuse – As the #1 influence in your child’s life, send a strong message of disapproval through […]
February 15, 2019
Jorie Ouimet family photo

Note to Parents: Your Love is #1

Note to Parents: Your Love is #1 Did you know you are the number one influence in your child’s life when it comes to substance use prevention? […]
January 15, 2019
John Petzke portrait

Beyond Saying “No”

Beyond Saying “No” My wife Leann and I met at Illinois State University, where we were both drawn to education. Leann taught middle school math while I […]
December 8, 2018

Keeping Calm During Final Exams

Keeping Calm During Final Exams As our students prepare to take final exams before the holiday break, the DHS & HPHS Counseling Departments offer parents/guardians the […]
December 1, 2018

Tips to Help Your Kids (and You) Cope with Stress

Tips to Help Your Kids (and You) Cope with Stress As adults, we accept stress as a normal part of life and can navigate our stressors. […]
November 3, 2018

Creating Holiday Traditions

Creating Holiday Traditions Families Embracing Their Communities It’s the holiday season – Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Day… and those are the major ones! A Google […]
October 5, 2018

Best Line of Defense Against Fake IDs

Best Line of Defense Against Fake IDs As Chief of Police and a CTAD Board Member, I feel it is our responsibility to provide parents and […]
September 1, 2018

Delta: Believe in Change

Delta: Believe in Change Students Striving to Be Their Best Youth are the leading experts in school culture. Combining this expertise with their passion, skills, and […]
August 30, 2018
Anna and her friends

Courage From One of Our Own – Reflections from Freshman Year

Courage From One of Our Own Reflections from Freshman Year Starting college can be scary. Everyone is trying their best just to fit in – and […]
March 23, 2018
Dr. Kim Dennis

Partner Spotlight: Dr. Kim Dennis

Spring Break Tests Boundaries Trust Your Family’s Values Spring break for teens may include travel with other families or organizations – with the typical teen delighting […]
March 8, 2018
Bryan Rome & Claudia Lopez Deans at Highland Park High School & CTAD Coalition Members

Partner Spotlight: HPHS Deans Bryan Rome & Claudia Lopez

The Deans Will See You Now: Helping Students are Their Top Priority As the deans at Highland Park High School, our primary role is to assist […]
December 13, 2017
Anita Schmidt, Family Service of Lake County

Partner Spotlight: What is One Thing Adolescents Want? To Feel Heard.

I hear time and time again from the adolescents I see in my therapy practice that they do not feel heard by the adults in their […]
November 21, 2017
Cartoon of family at Thanksgiving dinner

Partner Spotlight: Martin Clancy, Lake County Health Department

Enjoy the Conversations: Showing Gratitude During Thanksgiving Turkey with cranberry sauce and stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy — all traditional Thanksgiving dishes topping a beautiful dining table. […]
September 1, 2017
Minelle Amezquita

Partner Spotlight: Bridging the Cultural Divide

Being Mexican-American, I grew up learning about my Mexican heritage, while also embracing the American culture. Because I lived both cultures, I noticed differences when it […]
June 15, 2017
Photo of Margaret Polovchak of OMNI Youth Services

Partner Spotlight: Staying Connected During Break

As a working parent of a 14-year-old son, ensuring his summer safety seems a daunting task.  His summer schedule, typical among his peers who are all […]
May 10, 2017
Paul Shafer Police Chief Highland Park Police Department

Partner Spotlight: “Prom-posal” for May Celebrations

As students prepare for prom and graduation festivities, so do our local police departments. Our goal is always for our students to celebrate these events SAFELY! Here is […]
April 13, 2017
David Newton, SunCloud Health Profile Picture

Partner Spotlight: David Newton, SunCloud Health

Encouraging Positive Choices During Alcohol Awareness Month The disease of addiction in America is one that seems to be getting worse as evidenced by what has […]
March 20, 2017
Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering

Partner Spotlight: Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering on The Strength of Shared Values

The Strength of Shared Values By City of Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering As parents, we work hard to raise our children to reflect our values. […]
January 19, 2017

Partner Spotlight: A Legal Perspective from Anthony Kropp Deerfield High School Resource Officer

As a member of the Deerfield Police Department, I have served as Deerfield High School’s School Resource Officer – a first for the school – since […]
January 2, 2017

Partner Spotlight: Message from District 113 Board of Education Member Michelle Culver

As a mother of four, a member of the District 113 community and a District 113 school board member, I love the mission CTAD has set out […]
December 12, 2016

Partner Spotlight: Message from Court Williams, Rector at Trinity Episcopal Church

The holidays are once again upon us and our hearts are light as we anticipate the joy of celebrating with friends and family. We love this […]
November 15, 2016

Partner Spotlight: A Message from District 113 Superintendent Dr. Chris Dignam

As both a parent and life-long educator, I am deeply concerned about the pressures our children face each day and how we, as the important adults […]