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As parents, you are well aware that the physical and mental health of
young people plays a key role in their ability to succeed in school,
have rewarding relationships with family members and friends, and lead
productive and healthy lives. Yerington Intermediate School (YIS) is
committed to working with you not only to educate your children, but
also to ensure that they reach their full potential outside of the classroom.
To that end, we are offering parents the opportunity to have their teen
participate in a wellness check-up called TeenScreen. TeenScreen is
a nationally-recognized program developed by Columbia University to
identify risk factors associated with depression, anxiety, and alcohol
and substance abuse. The program is free and completely voluntary and
The teen years are a time of tremendous change. TeenScreen can help
parents better understand the changes their teens are experiencing.
No matter what the results of your teen’s screening are, the program
will provide you with important information. For most parents, this
screening will reassure you that your teen is just experiencing typical
“growing pains.” For other parents, TeenScreen can help
you pinpoint a problem in its early stages, giving you the ability to
secure needed help for your teen and reduce the chance that a more significant
problem will develop in the future.
The Healthy Communities Coalition TeenScreen staff will be in charge
of the program. First, on Tuesday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m., Yerington
Intermediate School will host a TeenScreen Parent Night in which two
staff members from the Healthy Communities Coalition will discuss the
TeenScreen process, answer questions, and address any parental concerns.
All parents and guardians of seventh and eighth grade students are invited
to attend. Prior to this event, an informational flyer regarding Parent
Night will be sent home with all students to share with their parents.
Then, on Monday, February 25, the TeenScreen student evaluations will
take place at Yerington Intermediate School. Your teen will not be evaluated/screened
without your permission. The permission forms will be available at Parent
Night as well as sent home with each seventh and eighth grade student
prior to February 25. All screening results will be kept confidential,
stored separately from academic records, and not shared with your teen’s
teachers. If the program staff recommends further evaluation for your
teen, the mental health professionals will share the overall results
with the parents and discuss ways that parents can get help for their
teen. Yerington Intermediate School does not provide further evaluation
or treatment services. It is up to the parents to decide if they wish
to obtain any additional services for their teen.
If you have any questions regarding the above-mentioned information,
please do not hesitate to contact me at Yerington Intermediate School
Malinda Pope, YIS Counselor