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Sierra High students to lead parent discussion

Renee Shadforth
Sierra Sun

Parents may learn a thing or two from local teens at parent focus nights scheduled for this month.

As part of a service learning project, students from Sierra High School, an alternative high school in Truckee, will lead a panel discussion for local parents on June 1 at Sierra High and June 8 at Kings Beach Elementary School. All parents are welcome.

Parents get to ask questions about teen issues, and the students will answer the inquiries. The students expect questions to be wide-ranging on everything from drugs to sex to life at Sierra High School.

“We want to kind of help parents know what’s out there ” to give them an advantage over the bad things their kids can do,” said Serenity Padock, a senior at Sierra High.

Sierra High is a school that is designed to get students back on track in their education and in their lives. Some students attend Sierra High because they have difficulty with grades, others because they get into trouble out of school and some attend because they get pregnant.

Kimi Caperon said she and the other students on the panel want to share the life experiences that led them to Sierra High with parents in the community.

“At this school, there’s not really two of any kind,” said Caperon, a senior. “Everyone is different here. Most everyone (at Sierra High) has been through more things than at a typical high school.”

Sierra High has hosted parent focus nights before, but never have the students led the discussion, said school counselor Debbie Spohr-Carlson.

“The students have said there are no issues they’re not comfortable talking about,” she said. “But, parents should keep questions general and not ask them questions about what they have done specifically.”

Past parent focus nights have been limited to Sierra High parents. With this event, Spohr-Carlson said she hopes there will be a larger turnout since all parents are invited.

Sierra High junior Claudia Herrera said she hopes the parent focus night will help parents communicate better with their children in the future.

“Parents won’t have to ask their kids these questions; they’ll ask us,” she said. “Maybe it will be a starting point for a better relationship with their kids.”