Parent Education Programs

Communication between home and school is an integral part of your child’s education and well-being.  To effectively share information concerning your child, we provide parents an opportunity to connect with their child’s school counselor each month at Newmark K-8 School and Newmark High School.  We strongly encourage you to connect with your child’s counselor.


Newmark K-8 School & Newmark High School: 2023-24

As part of Newmark Counseling Parent Education, Counselors will offer either a Counseling resoucre or educational seminar opportunity on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.

Counseling Workshop: Tuesday, March 12, 2024

"Public & Permanent - Keeping You Safe Online"
Onsite at Newmark: 6:00-8:00 PM

Presented by Richard Guerry, author of multiple cyber safety books and featured speaker at numerous national & international conferences. He has also appeared as an expert on Radio Disney, CNN, FOX, CBS, MTV’s Thin Line Campaign, as well as in Parade Magazine and many local, regional and international publications.

Parent training on current technology and how to manage at home.   This multi-award-winning program will eliminate the myths that Anonymity, Social Privacy and Disappearing Digital Content is possible with digital tools & apps.  Attendees will gain knowledge to promote responsible use of digital tools while also obtaining the wisdom to prevent negative, irresponsible, and malicious digital behaviors and trends. All attendees will obtain information about:

• Preventing Cyber Cruelty
• Safe Communication in Gaming
• Public Databases & Digital Transparency
• Preventing Abuse of Current & Future Apps
• Poor Social Media & Oversharing Behaviors
• Many Other Current & Future Cyber Issues

Open to the public



Counseling Workshop: Tuesday, October 10, 2023

"Your Child’s Counseling Experience at Newmark – What Parents Need to Know"
Virtual: 9:30-11:00 AM
Onsite at Newmark: 6:00-7:30 PM

This workshop will provide parents an opportunity to connect with the Counseling Team and learn about the variety of ways students benefit from our counseling program. You will be introduced to A Day in the Life of a Newmark student from the lens of the Counseling Team. The workshop will discuss the scope of our program and ways to partner with all who are involved in working with your child.



Mandatory New Parent Workshop: Wednesday, September 13, 2023

"Introduction to the Newmark Parent Curriculum"
9:30-11:00 AM - Onsite at Newmark 

This meeting will help introduce new parents to some of the critical elements of being a Newmark parent and inform you on what you can expect for your son or daughter as they progress through Newmark relative to their academic, social/emotional and transition goals.  This Mandatory New Parent Meeting will be held onsite at Newmark, located at 1000 Cellar Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076. We strongly encourage all parents to attend this session in-person.  

We strongly believe this meeting will help us form a valuable partnership in ensuring the success of your child.





K-8 Counselors: Cathleen M. George, LCSW; Ashlie E. Jernigan, MS, NCSP; Alyson Rentrop, LCSW; Donna Totillo, Ed.S.

NHS Counselors: Cathleen M. George, LCSW; Adam Goldberg, Ed.M; Nadene Murphy, LCSW