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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Community Time, MAP and Week Without Walls (WWW)

Community Time on Wednesday was an assembly that highlighted student work and effort in both academics and extracurricular. Several students from the Young Authors class read their writing to the group and projects were displayed from several classes. Students who had participated in trips representing the school were honored and in particular, Myles De Jong (STEM), Nadia Iglar and Laila Lindegberg (ISSEA Tennis), and Deda Ndoho (ISSEA Golf).  These middle school students demonstrated courage in competing with predominantly high school student teams, way to go MS!

MAP testing is underway for middle school and we have spread it out over several weeks so as not to overburden students.  

Grade 7 WWW is next week. Students will be participating in leadership and service projects as well as an environmental survival exercise at the Botanical Gardens.


MS/HS Counselor’s Corner

Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and this year's theme is "Talk Early, Talk Often: Parents Can Make a Difference in Teen Alcohol Use."

Seven out of 10 parents of 10 to 15 year olds say they are "very comfortable" talking with their kids about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. However, only 38 percent of youth in the same families say they are "very comfortable" talking with their parents about these issues.

The following are some discussion starters from ParentFurther, our website for families, to help you get these important conversations started.

Discussion Starters with Your Kids

Even though the main goal of this discussion is preventing youth from using alcohol, it's helpful for parenting adults and youth to share their experiences and perspectives. That will make it more comfortable for young people to talk about it, too.

  • What are some of your early memories of seeing others use alcohol? What do you remember? How did you react at the time?
  • Where have our family's attitudes about alcohol come from? Are those influences positive or negative, in your view?
  • Think about your best friends. Do they use alcohol? When, where, and how much? In what ways does what your friends do influence what you do?

Discussion Starters with Other Parenting Adults

These parenting adults may include your spouse or partner, extended family members, friends who are parents, or a parent group or class.

  • What are your biggest concerns regarding alcohol use?
  • What's hardest in addressing youth alcohol use in our community? What has worked?
  • What are great resources in our community to help with keeping kids substance free? What groups or places in the community are problematic or make it harder?

Source: 1. Syvertsen, A. K., Roehlkepartain, E. C., & Scales, P. C. (2012). The American family assets study. Minneapolis, MN: Search Institute.