TMS holding Warrior Wellness Night

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – Thompson Middle School will be looking to provide parents with valuable information covering everything from substance abuse to bullying during the upcoming Warrior Wellness Night.

The event, which was organized as a result of TMS participating in the University of Alabama Parent Teacher Leadership Academy this year, will be held on March 1 at the school. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m., and sessions will be from 6-8 p.m.

During the sessions, school and county leaders will join representatives from area organizations to provide information relevant to parents of preteens. Parents will be able to choose four sessions to attend throughout the event.

The following sessions will be offered during the event:

-Substance abuse presented by Compact 20/20

-Suicide prevention and self harm presented by Abby Litovsky, director of The Crisis Center

-Inappropriate texting and crimes presented by Jefferson County Deputy District Attorney Sara Beth Eldridge

-Anxiety and depression presented by licensed professional counselor Jacques Austin

-Children’s Hospital Intervention and Prevention Services and Erin’s Law (Child abuse prevention) presented by CHIPS Director Debbie Sneider

-A typical day for a TMS counselor presented by TMS counselors Erica Wilson and Janice Quarles

-Bullying and school discipline presented by TMS administrators Neely Woodley and Kelly Smitherman

-Surviving middle school math presented by TMS math teacher Kim Miranda

-Social media safety presented by Prescott House Forensic Interview Specialist Cyndi Abercrombie

-Stress and student perfectionism presented by TMS gifted education teacher Rebecca Coulter