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Our Mission is to inspire and prepare all students to realize their potential and enhance our global community.


110 Beechwood Road
West Hartford, CT 06107
Phone: 860-231-5000
Fax: 860-521-6699

Julio Duarte, Principal 


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Community of Concern



What is Community of Concern?Who Are We?
The Community of Concern of Hall and Conard High SchoolsCoC is a volunteer-driven organization. We are a small group and we need your energy, ideas, and help to continue our programming.


Please joins us for our programs, look for us on the high school web site for further information, e-mail conardcoc@gmail.com

Sharing a commitment to keep our youth drug and alcohol free


Studies indicate that the likelihood of a young person using alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs decreases the more that child believes usage would upset his or her parents. The mission of the Community of Concern is to educate parents and build partnerships to keep youth alcohol, tobacco and other drug free.

Parents in partnership with each other, their children and their schools form a strong alliance enabling all of us to coordinate our efforts to protect our children. Parents, schools and other organizations are then able to play a critical and essential role in a comprehensive, community-based prevention effort whose goal is to keep children healthy and safe. - (from Community of Concern Website)

Parental Support

  • If you set the boundaries for your children all along – they will grow to be independent (needing you less is a good thing).
  • By the way…parenting is the only job where being fired is a sign that you are doing a good job. They test us because they love us.
  • Get support: connect with other parents – a good place to start is with parents of your kid’s friends.
  • Parents have less support today. Band together and help create the stigma that just does not exist today.
  • Remember when they were young and we told almost complete strangers at the playground about stuff like our kid’s rash? Now that they are teens, we don’t share stuff with other adult friends when we really need to. We should help each other.
  • Create more time where your kids can be with you.
  • Kids need firm & consistent limits and accountability for their behaviors to feel cared for and to be safe. “I give you parents the authority,” said Liz, “to say it once (describing your limit) and then you take a time out.”
  • No dating until you’re 16 then he comes to Sunday dinner with the family has worked for us, stated Liz. “Oh, he won’t come for dinner? No problem – no dating this guy.”
  • The limits we set are a safety net to catch them when they fall, and yes, they will fall.
  • Parents – go with your gut. If you feel they won’t be safe attending some event they want to attend just say: “You may not go to X but I will take you to Y.” Yes parents, you supply your time and money. Kids need our time, attention and money.
  • Well before it is required, let kids pick their own punishment.

One good thing to take away…

“Children need two things to be healthy & happy as they grow; to know that they are loved for who they are and that there are limits to their behavior.” Marie Fakkel, MD

Child Support

They need time every day with no screens (cell, TV, PC, and IM).

What are the significant challenges that parents, tweens and teens face?
• The dominant culture is saturated with sexual content, materialism & examples of dishonest behavior.
• Puberty happens earlier each generation. (18 months earlier during the last two generations)
• Adolescents in affluent areas face specific risks.
• Parents have less social support.
• Teens face intense pressures to succeed and “fit in” in a culture alien to parents.

Alcohol & Other Drugs
• Connecticut has a “binge drinking” rate 20% higher than the national average.
• Median age for the first exposure to marijuana is 11.9 years.
• There is little or no social stigma among teens for marijuana use and alcohol use.
• Prescription drug abuse is at an all time high, the overdose rate is the highest ever
(Second only to car accidents as a cause of death in 18-44 year olds in the U.S.).
• Affluence is a unique risk factor for substance abuse and depression.

There is a correlation with affluence and …
Depression, anxiety, drug abuse.

  • Not enough time with parents (more social commitments)
    • They are not loved for who they are
    • “They want the privilege of rejecting you two times a day,” says Liz.

The Brain

Quick Pre Frontal Cortex and Limbic System Review: the prefrontal cortex (PFC) is the area of the brain that helps us plan, delay, rank order and prioritize, or to reflect on past behavior. Adolescents are still growing this area of the brain… but you knew that already! The limbic system lies just below the PFC. The limbic creates urgency or “Mall emergency” and cannot reason.

• You have heard by now that the brain is not fully developed until about 21-25 years of age. Science has known this for about nine years now.

  • Therefore, teens are crazy!
  • The brain grows for ten years from the onset of puberty.
  • Teens are ruled by emotion and instinct (they make things emergencies).
  • Activity in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) increases with age as limbic activity appears to diminish.
  • Activity in the PFC appears to increase when teens “stay frustrated” and are forced to use reason: it appears as if this helps speed the development of the PFC.
  • Note: The limbic system lies beneath the PFC. The limbic creates urgency or “Mall emergency” and cannot reason. When the limbic is frustrated they have to use the PFC. So in families where boundaries and stability is around, the PFC develops as much as two years earlier.
  • Kids are frustrated all day long by the limbic system.

Parents do not go limbic on the limbic system – focus on behavior. Do not get upset with your child; give him some time to feel guilty. Say, “We will talk later (then walk away).” Kids need to feel guilty and when we scream and yell we take away that opportunity for them to experience guilt.

Don’t go limbic -- what does that mean? – Remember TV’s Sergeant Friday of Dragnet and Lieutenant Colombo? Sergeant Friday, he was limbic, “Just the facts Mamam. However, Colombo - he was chill, scratching his head his famous line was, “Help me understand.” Be chill. Tell your child “We will talk later” and then walk away. Give him a chance to feel guilty.

The Community of Concern will stay in touch with Liz Jorgensen to learn when she will be returning to the Hartford area. Clearly, the audience was motivated to stay and hear the entire program and asked many questions. A great start to parents banding together!

Our next event is at Hall, April 21, 2009 in the evening. It will be during Tune in to Life Week. Please consult the Hall or Conard website for details closer to the event. The COC Decaf coffee house is a chance for parents to hear a program and then have the opportunity to ask questions as well as talk among themselves. Please plan to attend and do bring a friend.

Specific Information on Various Drugs
HeroinDate Rape Drugs

Prom Season GuidelinesSharing a commitment to keep our youth drug and alcohol freeCoC E-learningBeing there for your Teenager - The ABC's


Why are we concerned about drug and alcohol use?
Here's the reason:

170 or 13% of our students report that they drank alcohol for the first time at age 11 or younger. Another 259 or 19% report that they drank alcohol for the first time between the ages of 11 and 13. 325 students or 24% waited until they were between the ages of 14 and 16. Studies tell us that 40% of kids who begin to drink alcohol at 15 years of age will develop alcoholism at some point in their lives. (Hall High Drug and Alcohol Survey, 1344 of our 1579 students took the survey on September 5, 2007.)

Our concerns should not end with high school graduation…… the consequences of alcohol use on college campuses can be enormous.


Stephen Guest, West Hartford parent, is dedicated to enhancing college campus safety and preventing further tragedies associated with alcohol use on or near college campuses, such as the one in which his daughter, Kristine, lost her life in February, 2005.

Visit his website, Compelled To Act at http://www.compelledtoact.com for information on

Tragic Results of the Campus Drinking Culture

Why we are compelled to act and why others need to act

How to become involved

How an ignored federal law has failed to require colleges to seriously address campus drinking

How civil law involving negligence litigation against colleges has been unfavorable to injured students and may have well caused many institutions to less than adequately address student safety issues, especially involving alcohol

Information and links aimed at informing parents and students about the prevailing alcohol culture on too many campuses and its harmful consequences.


For information & questions:  conardcoc@gmail.com

For more information, add your name to our email list or to make a donation, contact

Hall High School
(860) 232-4561


Conard High School
860 231-5000 

Check the national COC website and take the e-learning course: www.thecommunityofconcern.org.



Articles to Read:

How Addiction Hijacks Our Reward System by Wilkie A. Wilson and Cynthia M. Kuhn
Not In My House: What Parents Can Do About Teen Prescription Drug AbuseFor Parents Addressing Teen Prescription Drug UseFDC Prevention Resourceswww.drugfreeworld.org

Community Resources

Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups

State Information Office (888) 825-2666

P.O. Box 9441

Bristol, CT 06011

CT office of the national self-help organization offers information, 12 step recovery programs and mutual support to adult and adolescent family members and friends of alcoholics. Call for listing or local meetings, times and dates.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Hartford, CT (800) 530-9511

(860) 282-9524

Or Infoline at 211

Offers 12 step support groups for people who are recovering from alcohol addiction. Call for listing of local meetings, time and dates.

Asian Family Services (Community Renewal Team)

1921 Park Street (860) 951-8770

Hartford, CT 06106 Contact: Sou T.

AFS offers mental health and other social services to individuals and families in the preferred language of the client (Cantonese, Cambodian, Japanese, Laotian and Vietnamese). Current services include individual, family and group counseling, citizenship classes and English as a second language classes.

Bridge, The – Youth and Family Services

1022 Farmington Avenue (860) 521-8035

West Hartford, CT 06107 FAX: (860) 521-8036

Offers comprehensive services for children, youth and families:

Counseling Services: Individual, family and group counseling. Sliding fee scale; Spanish-speaking therapist available

Parenting Program: Parent Consultation Center, support groups, workshops

Positive Youth Development Programs: Bugbee Ropes Course, West Hartford Teen Center, a variety of groups, adventure-based counseling.

Youth Job Corp: Matches youth with residents who need work done.

Bridge, The- Youth Shelter

1019 Farmington Ave (860) 521-6890

West Hartford, CT 06107 FAX (860) 521-6892

Offers temporary shelter, providing a safe, caring and nurturing environment for 11 to 17 year old adolescents in crisis.

Casey Family Services

43 Woodland Street (860) 727-1030

Hartford, CT 06105

Provides counseling, information, legal advice and other services to foster and adoptive parents.

Catholic Family Services

896 Asylum Avenue (860) 522-8241

Hartford, CT 06105 Executive Director: Rose Alma

Offers a variety of counseling services on a sliding scale or at no cost:

Individual and Family Counseling: Individual, marital, parent/child, family, and group therapy are provided. Specialized services are provided to African American and Latino families, the elderly, ex-offenders, and family violence victims and abusers. Also offers counseling and support for grandparents and has a special program for Southeast Asians.

Sexuality Counseling: Runs group counseling for adult sexual offenders, with priority given to child molesters and incest offenders.

Crime and Delinquency Prevention: Outreach to Hartford youth between the ages of 8 and 18 in order to prevent and reduce juvenile delinquency.

Mental Health Information and Education: Education and consultation to Latino families and providers of mental health care services.

Psychiatric Care-Outpatient: Psychiatric assessment and monitoring of medication.

Commission of the Deaf and Hearing-Impaired (CDHI)

67 Prospect Ave. 3rd Floor (800) 708-6796 TTY/Voice

PO Box 330730 (860) 231-8169 TTY only

West Hartford, CT 06133 (860) 231-8756 TTY/Voice

FAX (860) 231-8746

Serves persons with hearing disabilities from the slightly hearing impaired to the profoundly deaf. Also offers interpretive and counseling services.

Connecticut Association for Children with Learning Disabilities (CACLD)

25 Van Zant Street, Suite 15-5 (203) 838-5010

East Norwalk, CT 06855-1719 FAX: (203) 866-6108

A non-profit organization dedicated to children and adults with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders. Provides education, support, information and referral about issues related to children and adults with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders.

Cove, The

854 Farmington Ave. (860) 233-1700

West Hartford, CT 06119 Director: Valerie B. Cordiano

A non-profit group that is free to participating families. Runs support program for grieving children and their families. Semi-monthly, Sunday evening meetings from September to June.

Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS)

(The Institute of Living – Hartford Hospital’s Mental Health Network)

400 Washington Street Dial 211

Hartford, CT 06106

Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS) is a state-wide, child-centered, family-focused program funded by a grant from the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. EMPS offers on-site emergency psychiatric intervention for children and adolescents.

Hope Works

90 North Main Street (860) 561-1175

West Hartford, CT 06107 Executive Director: Cruger Phillips

Hope Works specialized in youth and family counseling with an emphasis on teen issues, including drug and alcohol concerns. There is no fee for services but clients are encouraged to donate.

Human Services

28 South Main Street (860) 561-7561

West Hartford, CT 06107

Human Services provides programs and services to enhance community life. The department offers assistance through Social Services and Volunteer Services. Programs offered to West Hartford residents include case management, crisis intervention and counseling.

HUSKY (Healthcare for Uninsured Kids and Youth)

(877) 284-8759 Toll Free

(800) 842-4524 TDD/TYY

Website: www.huskyhealth.com

The HUSKY Plan is Connecticut’s (low-cost) health insurance program for children. HUSKY Plan offers a comprehensive health package for youngsters up to age 19. Benefits include preventative care, prescriptions, vision and dental care, and more. In addition, HUSKY Plus offers services for children with special physical or behavioral health needs.

Infoline 211 – Toll Free

c/o/United Way of CT (800) 203-1234 – Toll Free

1344 Silas Deane Hwy. (860) 522-4636 – Voice/TDD

Rocky Hill, CT 06067 (860) 545-7068 FAX

Link: Programs that Help People in Connecticuthttp://www.211ct.org/referweb/

Provides information on health and human services in Connecticut, referrals to community resources and crisis intervention. Free, confidential, twenty-four hour service is available statewide.

Institute of Living

200 Washington Street (800) 673-2411 – Toll Free

Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 545-7000 – Main Number

(860) 545-7200 – Assessment Center

(860) 545-7068 – FAX

The Institute of Living is Hartford Hospital’s mental health and substance abuse treatment facility. It also specializes in counseling for individuals with eating disorders and their families along with specialty services for children, adolescents, young adults and adults.

Jewish Family Service of Greater Hartford

740 North Main Street (860) 236-1927

West Hartford, CT 06117

Family service agency provides child, adolescent and adult psychotherapy, family counseling, adoption services, foster care services, older adult services, a Homemaker Referral Program and resettlement assistance for refugees from the former Soviet Union.

Village for Families and Children, Inc.

1680 Albany Ave. (860) 236-4511

Hartford, CT 06105

The Village offers a continuum of Child Welfare and Mental Health services to children and families in the Hartford Metropolitan Area to meet each child’s permanency needs and to ensure an optimal quality of life. The Village emphasizes culturally competent multi-system approaches to meet the unique needs of each child and family. In addition, The Village seeks to enhance and develop families’ community network to maintain and strengthen treatment gains.

West Hartford Continuing and Community Education

28 South Main Street (860) 561-6900

West Hartford, CT 06107

Offers many different types of programs for continuing education. Offers classes in English as a second language.

Wheeler Clinic

91 Northwest Dr. (800) 793-3588 – Access Center

Plainville, CT 06062 (860) 747-3434 –24 hr. help line

The clinic provides individual, family and group therapy for all children in CT. The help line provides 24-hour phone counseling to suicidal clients. It also offers an alternative education setting and various extended after school day programs.

Conard ListServ

Conard List Serve - Email Notification Service
If you would like to be emailed of Conard School notifications send a blank email to:
(no SUBJECT or TEXT at all)You may register as many email addresses as you would like to receive notifications on (home, work, etc.).

Cyber Compass


PowerSchool Parent Portal & Information

Log in:  PowerSchool Parent Portal

Three years ago, the West Hartford Public Schools began using a new student information system called PowerSchool. As we have integrated more and more features of the program into use, we have had time to identify operating issues and any difficulties that arise. We are pleased that a pilot of the Parent Portal feature began on Monday, April 25, 2011, for the parents/guardians of our grade 6-12 students. This Parent Portal is an integrated tool that allows parents to use any computer with Internet access to view specific information about their children, including items such as attendance, assignments, and grades. We believe that this tool will further enhance the communication between parents and teachers. Parents who do not have Internet access at home can visit any branch of the West Hartford Public Library.

Please discuss any grading issues or concerns about students with your child’s teacher directly, and allow teachers time to respond. We believe that this will be an effective communication tool for everyone. The parent and school partnership is vital in educating all of our children; this tool will aid you in discussing your child’s progress directly with them in a meaningful way.


Parent Portal address: https://powerschool.whps.org/


Parent Letter from Assistant Superintendent for Administration


Instructions for accessing information and adding a child to an existing account 


Instructions for Secondary School Students using the Portal 


High School Course Request Instructions for the 2014-2015 School Year


Parent Letter from Assistant Superintendent for Administration (Spanish)


Instructions for setting up your account (Spanish)


Introductory page (Spanish)


Parent Instructions (Spanish)


Student Instructions (Spanish)



Resources for Parents

Resources for Parents

After a Loved One Dies- How Children Grieve (and how parents and other adults can support them) New York Life Foundation

Después que Muere un Ser Querido- Cómo Enfrentan el Duelo los Niños (Y cómo los padres y otros adultos los pueden apoyar) New York Life Foundation

After the Trauma:  Helping My Child Cope  UCLA Center of Mental Health in Schools

After the Trauma:  Helping My Child Cope (Spanish)     UCLA Center of Mental Health in Schools

Common Reactions After Trauma  The National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Coping with Crisis:  Helping Children with Special Needs  National Association of School Psychologists

Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events    Tips for parents in talking with their children by various age groups in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese.    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Death and Grief National Association of School Psychologists

A National Tragedy:  Helping Children Cope   National Association of School Psychologists

Guidelines for Working with Traumatized Children  

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters:  What Parents Can Do to Help    National Institute of Mental Health

Helping Children Cope: Tips for Parents and Educators National Association of School Psychologists

Helping Children Cope with Tragedy Related Anxiety  Mental Health America

Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting  American Psychological Association

Identifying Seriously Traumatized Children: Tips for Parents and Educators  National Association of School Psychologists

Managing Strong Emotional Reactions to Traumatic Events: Tips for Parents and Teachers    National Association of School Psychologists

Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth after the Recent Shooting   National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Psychological Impact of the Recent Shooting   National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Strong Emotional Reactions to Traumatic Events: Tips for Parents and Teachers National Association of School Psychologists

Talking to Children about Community Violence    By David Fassler, M.D.

Talking to Children about Death Clinical Center, NIH

Talking to Children about the Shooting  National Child Traumatic Stress Network 

Talking to Children about School Shootings   American Psychological Association

Talking to Children About Violence   National Association of School Psychologists

Talking to Children About Violence (Spanish)  National Association of School Psychologists

Talking to Children About Violence (Korean)  National Association of School Psychologists 

Tips for Supporting Children and Youth After a Crisis Event  National Association of School Psychologists

Tips for Helping PreSchool and School Children After Disasters  National Center for Child Traumatic Stress

Tips for Talking to Children About the Shooting.   New York Times article by Robert Abramovitz, MD.

Safe Grad 2017


Conard Safe Grad

A 30+ year tradition at Conard Safe Grad night is an all-night, drug and alcohol-free, post-graduation celebration that will bring seniors together for one last memorable event at Conard High School.  The evening is funded by parents, community members and local businesses and cannot take place without their active participation.


Fundraising will begin soon and continues right up until the day of the party!  Free-will donations from individuals and families are always welcomed.  Prizes such as televisions, cameras, iPads, Kindle or Nooks,  iTunes cards, VISA gift cards, gift certificates, store gift certificates for college items such as rugs, linens, decorations, etc. are also popular!


The party runs from 10pm on graduation night through 5am.



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Join Our Mailing List

Stay up to date on the latest Safe Grad Information and News

Click here to sign up link to http://eepurl.com/chlCDH


Questions, Ideas, etc?

Send an email to conardsafegrad2017@gmail.com.


How you can help Safe Grad 2017


Give a Flock

Flocking Season is mid April until the last day of school.  Celebrate ANY special occasion by "Giving a Flock" for only $25! A "Flock of Flamingos" consists of 10+ pink plastic flamingos placed on a recipients lawn with a "Flocked for Conard Safe Grad" sign. A card with the donor's name will be left with the FLOCK so they will know who to "thank"! The Flock will stay in place for a least 2 days. 

Click here for the Flocking Order Form


Lawn Signs 

Let's Paint the Town Red For Conard Class of 2017! Show your Chieftain Pride Buy a Lawn Sign! $15 per sign. This is a fabulous way for Family, Friends, Neighbors and Businesses to Congratulate the Class of 2017!  

Click here for the Lawn Sign Order Form



This event is run entirely on donations from individuals and businesses.  Donations, in any amount, are appreciated. Conard Safe Grad is a 501c (3) organization as determined by the IRS, making your gift tax deductible.


Check to see if your employer will match your contribution, using Conard PTO’s Tax Id #27-1810137.


Please make checks payable to "Conard Safe Grad". Checks may be dropped off at the Conard Main Office.


You can also make a donation electronically

Click here to Donate or use the button below


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T: 860-561-6600

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