Hilltown Families

Calling All Massachusetts High School Students... Is there someone in your community who is fighting injustice, organizing action, fostering dialogue, encouraging civic participation or educating about important issues? Create a two-minute...

The first event of its kind, Goshen Rocks: Youth Arts Expo celebrates the creativity of local teens and showcases music, poetry, and visual art. This teen initiated grassroots event is empowering...

This month in "Teens 101: Hacks, Ideas, Commiserations, and Small Wonders," Catherine share her thoughts on parenting and living, starting off with the reflection on the adage, “No one lies on...

What are the effects of antagonistic relationships? What would it take to maintain supportive relationships between adults and teens and reduce or even eradicate antagonism? This month in "Teens...

This month in "Teen 101: Hacks, Ideas, Commiserations and Small Wonders," Catherine takes a look at how her own ego sometimes gets in the way of allowing her children to make...

This adolescent period is a clunky time for all mammals- one long and clumsy transition. As adults, our role is to walk the impossible balance of supporting just enough challenge...

Into the midst of the educational upheaval happening in Holyoke enters LightHouse Holyoke, Personalized Education for Teens, a new school alternative opening in September. LightHouse offers teens aged 13-18...

Science Quest is an exciting opportunity for high school students to visit the UMass Amherst campus and engage in hands-on science activities, demonstrations, and guided lab tours. All presentations are organized...

Hong Kong. A city of more than seven million people, is a global financial center known for its film industry and manufacturing sector. And more recently, known for the protests that...

Teen Trail Crew Work Opportunities this Summer Many teenagers do their summertime growing-up while working for minimum wage.  Structured activities (such as part-time jobs) with specific and clear expectations provide teens...

PeaceJam: Youth and Nobel Peace Laureates Working Together to Change the World Have you heard about PeaceJam yet?  It’s an international educational program that connects young people with Nobel Peace Laureates,...

Hampshire County Law Day 2013 Spoken Word Contest for Middle & High School Youth As we teach our children how to conceptualize the world, they are most certainly forming their own...

UMass’ Science Quest Saturday, October 27th Students learn about a wide variety of STEM topics in school – everything from the periodic table to the Pythagorean Theorem – but often aren’t...

Springfield Non-Profits Working Together! “Habitat Goes to the Zoo!” Volunteer Event Saturday, Sept. 22nd Teens ages 16yo and older and their parents are invited to participate in the volunteer opportunity event,...

Own the Night Teens are invited to showcase their art and design skills in the Palmer Library’s poster contest!  This year’s summer reading program theme is, “Own the Night,” and the...

A “Posh” Life If you are an entertainment junkie as I am, you might have seen or heard about Demi Moore’s fateful night a few weeks ago. According to a released...

Next to Normal Last night I attended a benefit for our local professional theater. I smiled and laughed at dinner with my sister, her husband and friends. I rocked back and...

Southern Berkshire Community Coalition Senior Life History Project for Teens The Southern Berkshire Community Coalition is sponsoring a unique intergenerational history project!  The Senior Life History Project pairs teens (ages 12-18)...

An Ode to the Eye Roller I am a reasonable human. What I ask and expect is so small, so piddly. My familial desires are quite mundane…and yet, and yet. Each...

Hypochondriac Dictionary.com defines the word hypochondriac as someone who is excessively preoccupied with and worried about their health. But really I didn’t have to look up the definition. I could have...

The BFF 2.0 Tour: Welcome to Your Daughter’s Social World Online What is your daughter doing there, hunched in front of a computer, phone beeping to one side, mp3 player buzzing...

College—Can I Get a Translator?? When I was in school, (although I hid it well) I realized at an early age that I had a penchant for language. ANY type of...

We’re Ready! On Thursday we embark on our first trip to visit colleges with our 17 year old, Aidan. We’ll travel to Boston to check out BU, Emerson and Salem State...

The New Odd Girl Out: 5 Ways To Talk With Your Daughter About Technology As part of my series celebrating the newly revised and updated Odd Girl Out, I’m leading parents...

Embracing Difference Empowers Individuality Although all of my previous posts have dealt with the lessons I learned and taught inside my classroom, some of the most profound moments have come when...

Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child 9:30 pm—I had just finished cleaning the dinner dishes, sweeping, and packing lunches for school the next day.   Like most moms at this time of...

UMass Science Quest Saturday, October 15th, 2011 UMass hosts Science Quest on Saturday, October 15th from 9:30am-3:30pm! Science Quest is an opportunity for high school students to visit the college’s campus...

The Hallow of Hell For 16 years we were a one bathroom house. For 16 years, I was the sole woman trying to pee amongst three men with the bathroom couth...

Clear Eyes, Full Heart, Can’t Lose In my classroom, I try to set the example of what I ask of my students. First off, I leave my ego at the door....