Family Network

Family Network works closely with the Counseling & Wellness Department and sponsors an array of programs on adolescence and parenting for the Burroughs community.

image_preview.jpegAn arm of the Parents Council, the Family Network promotes communication and the exchange of ideas on adolescence and parenting. The intent is to provide forums for discussion so relationships may be built or strengthened among parents and between parents and their teenagers. Accordingly, Family Network programs focus on family relationships, teen development, peer and academic pressures, substance abuse and topics suggested by the Administration.

Kellie Hynes & Wendy Panagos

*All meetings are held at 8:30 am in Commons, Conf Rm 2,
except February 14 which will be held 12:30-2:30 pm

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Wednesday, February 14, 2018*
Wednesday, May 16, 2018


  • The New Parent Mentor Program pairs families new to JBS with a current family to ease the transition to a new school, help them feel welcome and address questions about how things work at JBS.
    CONTACTS: Kelly Steinkamp & Shilpa Thornton

  • Parenting Together are casual meetings organized for each grade level and held over lunch or in the morning. They feature guest speakers who discuss age-appropriate topics and allow parents the opportunity to meet and talk with other parents from their child’s grade.
    CONTACTS: 7th Grade: MaryJo Hernandez-Zipfel & Lisa Sinton; 8th Grade: Kelly Edwards & Stephanie Walker; 9th Grade: Angela Sears Spittal & Kelly Martin; 10th Grade: Lyn Grace & Carolyn Petite; 11th Grade: Suzanne Trotter & Rajeev John; 12th Grade: Helen Kouvelis & Michael Slawin
    Parenting Together 7th Grade
    Thursday, April 12, 8:30-9:30 am, Commons Conf Rm 1 & 2

  • Parenting Together 8th Grade - Wednesday, May 2, noon-1:30 pm, Commons, Conf Rm 1 & 2
    Parenting Together 9th Grade - Friday, May 4, 8:00-9:00 am, Commons Conf Rm 1 & 2
    Parenting Together 10th Grade - Wednesday, April 18, 1:00-2:30 pm, Commons Conf Rm 1 & 2
    Parenting Together 11th Grade - Monday, April 16, 1:00-2:00 pm, Commons Conf Rm 1 & 2
    Parenting Together 12th Grade - Thursday, May 10, 7-8:15 pm, Dining Room

    11th Annual Dad's Event - Thursday, April 26, 6:30-8:30 pm, Commons Conf Rm 1 & 2

  • Book Clubs provide informal discussions led by parents, teachers and staff on a variety of books including parenting issues, diversity, values, and works of literature. Family Network also offers a collection of books, tapes, and videos on a wide range of parenting topics. These are available in the Family Network section of the school library.
    CONTACTS: Marni Dillard & Margaret Duncan (Faculty-Led), Cheryl Barnett & Nancy Saccone (Parenting)

  • Parent to Parent addresses issues of family and community concern relating to our children's social lives, and has sought the perspectives of both parents and students with regard to issues of substance use / abuse.  This committee provides relevant information to parents at all grade levels.
    CONTACTS: Julie Hyken & Sally King

  • Sophomore, Junior and Senior Health Day .
    CONTACTS: 10th Grade: Diane Kalishman & Sharon Stettin; 11th Grade: Charlie Galvin & Jan Luhmann; 12th Grade: Cheryl Barnett & Gale Braswell

Faculty Liaison: Prue Gershman