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.

An 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 & Julie Hyken

Wed. 5/8, 8:30am, Conf. 2


  • 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: Amy Sklansky & Tanya French

  • 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: Jessica Shuff & Monica Witherspoon; 8th Grade: Lisa Sinton & MaryJo Zipfel; 9th Grade: Stephanie Walker & Sally Gelfman; 10th Grade: Risa Brown & Kristin Scully; 11th Grade: Lyn Grace & Carolyn Petite; 12th Grade: Sally King & Mamatha Shetty

  • 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 & Dina De Luca (Faculty-Led), 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: Wendy Panagos & Kelly Steinkamp

  • Sophomore, Junior and Senior Health Day
    CONTACTS: 10th Grade: Kelly Martin & Angela Spittal; 11th Grade: Diane Kalishman & Sharon Stettin; 12th Grade: Charlie Galvin & Jan Luhmann

Faculty Liaison: Prue Gershman