PSS sets Middle School Conference


The Public School System will host a Middle School Conference in mid-September.

The conference would be held from Sept. 12 through Sept. 13 at the Kanoa Resort in Susupe, from 9am through 1:30pm and 8:30am through 2pm.

“The overall goal of the conference is focused on promoting resiliency within our youth. We know that children are more likely to be resilient when they are supported on all fronts—at home, at school and within the community—and so an extension of that goal is to arm our parents with the means to do so,” a PSS flyer noted.

With the theme “Building a Stronger We: Breaking the Stigma,” the conference aims to create a “safe space” to address difficult-to-open conversations such as sexual health, mental health, and suicide prevention.

Students and parents of students enrolled in grades 6 through 8 are invited to attend the conference, which is split into two days—Sept.12, for the student conference and Sept. 13 for the parent conference.

There will be breakout session hosted by the Division of Public Health Services under the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.; Systems of Care; the Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Office, along with other community organizations and businesses that offer extracurricular activities for families.

Morning refreshments and lunch would be provided during both sessions.

For more information contact your child’s school administrative office or Jocelyn Itibus at 322-6760 or email her at

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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