I would like to extend an invitation to our community to join us for a pair of very special events.
As you might know, the social and emotional health of our students is one of our top priorities.
In today's world, students' lives are filled with external pressures many of us did not grow up with.
The state of constant connectivity via social media on our phones, tablets, and computers remains a relatively recent cultural evolution.
Some of our students feel pressure to excel in the classroom or in athletics, and of course, the social pressures of adolescence are something many of us can relate to our own experiences.
As part of our ongoing efforts to support our students' overall mental health, we have teamed up with Hilliard City Schools to present two very exciting events next month.
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9, we are partnering with Hilliard for an event titled "Be Well: A Parent University Event by Dublin and Hilliard City Schools" that is focused on student mental health and well-being.
We will be offering a series of 50-minute sessions at our new Emerald Campus, 5175 Emerald Parkway in Dublin, presented by experts from our staff members and partner agencies. Sessions will include topics such as substance abuse, bullying, coping strategies, academic and social pressure and more.
We will be showing the film "Angst," which many of our parents were able to watch last fall, and a new film called "Like," which tackles the impact social media is having on children.
On the same day during the same time frame, Hilliard will host sessions at Hilliard Darby High School, 4200 Leppert Road, Hilliard. Some of these sessions are the same as those being offered here and some are different.
Our community is invited to attend sessions, or a single session, at either location.
I cannot say enough about our friends in Hilliard City Schools and how gratifying it has been to bring together two of Ohio's largest districts to engage in open and productive discussions about important topics.
You can find the registration link on our website at dublinschools.net, where you can register for as many or as few sessions as your schedule will allow. Please make plans to join us March 9.
I would also like to invite you to a presentation by author Kate Fagan at 7 p.m. March 15 in the Marina Davis Performing Arts Center at Dublin Scioto High School, 4000 Hard Road, Dublin.
Fagan is the author of the book "What Made Maddy Run." It is a powerful look at one girl's struggle with mental health that ultimately resulted in her taking her own life.
We have been having community book talks around this book in partnership with Hilliard and this book has made a profound impact on our communities.
We invite you to hear from the author March 15. If you plan to join us for Kate Fagan, please email your RSVP to Carol Jacobsen at jacobsen_carol@ dublinschools.net.
Dublin City School District Superintendent Todd Hoadley, Ph. D., submitted the From the Superintendent's Desk column.