2014-2015 Postings


05-12-2015

Know! The Warning Signs of Teen Suicide

According to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the majority of suicidal adolescents do not truly want to die, they just want to end their pain and sadness. Many youth, at some point during adolescence, will think about suicide; however most are able to come to terms with the permanency of it and choose to resolve the problem in other ways. But some young people, in the midst of a crisis, perceive their dilemma as inescapable and see no other way out.

Eighty percent of the time there are definite signs to indicate a suicidal plan is in process. The key to prevention is in being able to recognize those signs and not hesitating to take action. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline shares the following list of warning signs designed around the word “FACTS,” and says that the risk for suicide is greater if a particular behavior is new or has increased.

  • FEELINGS that seem different from the past, like hopelessness, fear of losing control, helplessness, worthlessness, feeling overly anxious, worried or angry often.
  • ACTIONS that are different from the way a student acted in the past, especially things like talking about death or suicide, taking dangerous risks, withdrawing from school activities or sports or using alcohol or drugs.
  • CHANGES in personality, behavior, sleeping patterns, eating habits, loss of interest in friends or activities or sudden improvement after a period of being down or withdrawn.
  • THREATS that convey a sense of hopelessness, worthlessness, or preoccupation with death (”Life doesn’t seem worth it sometimes.” “I wish I were dead.” “Heaven’s got to be better than this.”), giving away favorite things, studying ways to die, obtaining a weapon or stash of pills, suicide attempts like overdosing or cutting.
  • SITUATIONS that can serve as “trigger points” for suicidal behaviors. These include things like loss or death, getting in trouble at home, in school or with the law, a break-up or impending changes for which a student feels scared or unprepared.

Teen suicide is preventable, but it must be brought out into the light. Teachers are encouraged to have open conversations with students on the topic, just like you do with drinking, smoking and any other risky behavior that could harm them. A common concern among teachers is that talking about suicide with students may somehow plant the idea of it in their heads – this is simply not true.

By knowing the facts and engaging students in open dialogue on teen suicide, you will allow them to feel more comfortable with the subject, and they will be more likely to come to you with questions and concerns in the future.


04-20-2015

Need Dental Care?

Christina’s Smile, A non-profit organization serving families without  access to dental care*, will be providing FREE DENTAL CARE to children between the ages of 6-15.


WHEN:

Tuesday May 26

Wednesday May 27

Thursday May 28


TIME:  8am-5pm


       PLACE:  Norton Middle School

     215 Norton Road

For more information and to schedule your appointment, call Lizbet Gongora at our central scheduling site at 801-8396 between 8:00-3:00. After 3:00 please leave a message with your name and phone number and they will return your call.


SPACE IS LIMITED; APPOINTMENTS WILL BE GRANTED ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS AND BASED ON THE DENTAL NEEDS OF THE CHILD. CHILDREN NEEDING ONLY A CLEANING WILL BE PUT ON A WAITING LIST.

(*Those without dental insurance and/or on free or reduced lunch qualify; others may qualify on special consideration.)

DON’T DELAY, CALL TODAY!



03-25-2015
College Credit Plus/Accelerated Learning Center
To provide Ohio high school students with the opportunity to pursue higher education and reduce the cost of doing so, the Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Board of Regents and the Ohio Legislature in conjunction with state universities and community colleges have worked together to create College Credit Plus. This program will combine the previous Post Secondary Enrollment Option and Dual Enrollment programs and will include Career-Technical education.

Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, College Credit Plus will be Ohio's dual enrollment program.

Eligible students can take courses and earn high school and college credits that appear on both their high school and college transcripts. 

The videos are posted on the ALC Web site on the CCP page at:

The Student-Parent Guide is also posted on the CCP page on the ALC Web site at:


03-19-2015

Know! The Importance of a Balanced Athletic

Identify Among Youth

* Special thanks to “The Sports Doc” - Dr. Chris Stankovich, Professional Athletic Counselor

 

Actively participating in sports is considered “constructive use of a young person’s time;” a protective factor against a wide range of high-risk behaviors that also increases a child’s likelihood of thriving. What parent doesn’t want that for his/her child? Sports can be an extremely positive asset to a child’s development, so long as a healthy balance of self-identity is established.

 

In the case of many student athletes, the way they see themselves and how they are perceived by others is predominately that of an “athlete.” These students further solidify their athletic identity by regularly wearing team t-shirts, letter jackets or jerseys to school, hanging posters of sports figures on their walls and delight in talking about last week’s game or sports in general. According to The Sports Doc, this is healthy, normal behavior. It is when athletic identity is an adolescent’s exclusive identity that potential problems may arise. The Sports Doc says, “When a youngster only sees himself as an athlete and overlooks all the other great parts of his personality and life experiences, he may be unknowingly setting himself up for an incredibly difficult eventual sport retirement.”

 

As students transition into junior high and high school, the athletic competition becomes increasingly more difficult. Many student athletes end up not making the cut, others voluntarily opt out, and for some, it is an injury that will take them out of the game for an extended period of time or permanently. Regardless of how, why or when one steps into “sport retirement,” it can be devastating, especially for those who exclusively identify themselves as athletes. For these youth, they may have suddenly lost all sense of self: “If I am no longer an athlete, who am I?” 

 

The other potential problem involves student athletes with high levels of athletic identity who do go on to play in the upper grades. The greater their athletic identity, the greater their risk for problems as well. These are the athletes willing to do whatever it takes to be on the team, to maintain their starting position and/or to be a top player – even if it involves unhealthy, unethical and even illegal means – like performance enhancing drugs. The use of such drugs to gain speed, strength and endurance, is on the rise among teens, with 11% of high school sophomores, juniors and seniors reporting having used synthetic human growth hormone without a prescription (up from just 5% the previous year). Athletes have also reported using recreational drugs in a poor attempt to relieve stress from the pressure they feel to perform – which may also be associated with high athletic identity.

 

As parents, it is important for us to gauge how closely our children identify or over-identify with their athletic status, and we need to help prepare them for the potential difficulties of eventual sport retirement. 

 

Share the Statistics: The conversation starts here. Youth (and parents) with aspirations of a college scholarship or becoming a pro-athlete should be made aware that only 5% of all high school athletes go on to play at the college level, and from that small group, only 2% will go on to play professionally. 

 

Be Proactive: Encourage children to broaden their identities. Help them find another activity to channel their competitive spirit or assist them in discovering other new interests. What we don’t want our children to do is to fill that void with alcohol or other drugs. 

 

Be Understanding: If your child is going through sport retirement, be aware of how trying and difficult it can be on him/her. The comradery and social support once provided by teammates may have come to an abrupt end, along with your son or daughter’s athletic identity. And that can create mild to intense feelings of fear, isolation and depression. Be sure to let your child know you are there to support and help him/her through this challenging time.

 

As parents, we have both an opportunity and an obligation to help shape our children’s overall self-identity to be healthy and balanced. For those of us with student athletes, in addition to supporting them in their athletic endeavors, it is critically important that we also praise, recognize and reinforce all the other positive aspects of who they are and what they accomplish off the field/court/ice/etc.

For additional information and resources on the well-being of your athlete, please visithttp://www.drstankovich.com/.


03-12-2015
Exam Schedule
Monday June 1st: Language Arts/Social Studies

Tuesday June 2th: Language Arts/Social Studies

Wednesday June 3th: Math/Science

Thursday June 4th: Math/Science

03-06-2015

Franklin Heights High School

job fair

for all SWCS students/families

age 16 & up


30 Employers --

                              Resume Help --

                                                     Dress For Success --


Date:        March 11th, 2015

Time:       4:30pm --  7:30 pm

Location: 1001 Demorest Rd.  Col.  OH  43204


Provided free of charge:

**Pizza

**Childcare (for kids under 10 yrs. of age)


Take This Job And Love It!
02-18-2015
Important Dates
Thursday 2/19 6pm - Informational meeting for students (and their parent/guardian) who are interested in playing football at PVMS next year. 

Wednesday 2/25 6pm - Freshman Open House (for current 8th graders) @ Central Crossing High School

Wednesday 2/25 6:30pm - Freshman Open House (for current 8th graders) @ Westland High School *Remember to bring your registration sheets

02-17-2015

Know! To Help Students Recognize and Prevent Dating Abuse

Flower bouquets, candy hearts and love letters will be exchanged among couples of all ages this month, including middle and high school students. In fact, nearly three out of four eighth and ninth graders claim to be in “dating” relationships, according to LoveIsRespect.org; with “dating” being defined as, two people engaged in a relationship, beyond friendship.

In general, adults tend to downplay these adolescent romances, but that can be a dangerous notion, as one in three youth in a dating relationship becomes a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse. In addition to the short-term effects on the victim, such abuse increases a person’s risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behaviors and further domestic violence.

In helping to prevent dating abuse among youth, we must first be aware and share information with them on this issue; then we must teach them what healthy relationships are, and what healthy relationships are not, so that they will be able to recognize abuse in a dating relationship.

Teacher to Student: “Dating abuse is one person exerting power and control over the other. Here are some warning signs that signal a relationship is heading down the wrong path or without exception, is abusive. If you are in a relationship and your boyfriend/girlfriend:

  • Checks your cell phone or social media accounts without your permission or demands to know your passwords;
  • Constantly puts you down;
  • Is extremely jealous or insecure;
  • Has an explosive temper;
  • Tries to isolate you from family or friends;
  • Makes false accusations;
  • Has mood swings;
  • Is possessive of you;
  • Tells you what to do;
  • Physically hurts you in any way (without exception - abusive);
  • Pressures or forces you to physically go further than you want (without exception - abusive).

Dating abuse is typically a pattern of destructive behaviors that develop over a period of time. However, it can occur at any point in a relationship and it doesn’t have to happen more than once to be abusive. By sharing information on this topic in your classroom, you are not only teaching students to recognize unhealthy and abusive dating behaviors, but for those who find themselves in an abusive relationship, you may be the one voice they hear, inspiring and encouraging them to speak up and take action.

Visit RespectIsLove.org online for a multitude of resources from preventing to ending teen dating abuse. Students can speak with or message someone who can provide them immediate help and support by calling 866-331-9474 or texting “loveis” or “HELP.”

For a great tool in encouraging healthy adolescent dating relationships, check out this past Know! Tip: Teen Dating Bill of Rights.

Source: LoveIsRespect.org.


02-05-2015
The high school counselors came to talk with our 8th graders today about scheduling for high school. Your student will be bringing home information about high school scheduling and Freshman Open House. Please reserve the evening of Wednesday, February 25th for Freshman Open House. 

Please see below (14-15 Parent Letter) for more information from Central Crossing High School.

01-27-2015

Know! Puberty is a Brain-Changer

Cracking voices, body odor and wild mood swings - all indicators of the long-awaited and sometimes dreaded period in every adolescent’s life - we’re talking puberty. Most youth are well-aware of the physical changes they can expect their bodies to go through, but do they know the impact of puberty on their brains? Are your students aware that all these hormonal changes affect the way they feel, think and act? If not, it is important to have the other half of “the talk” in your classroom.

Biologically speaking, puberty begins when the brain signals the release of certain hormones into the bloodstream. This typically occurs somewhere between the ages of 8 to 14 for girls, and 11 to 17 for boys. The onset of puberty varies greatly among individuals and is a process that can take years. Regardless of gender or age however, puberty causes dramatic changes to the brain. Youth need to be aware of the mental and emotional changes that accompany puberty, along with healthy ways to cope with the rollercoaster ride of ups and downs.

Let students know that they are likely to experience a number of new feelings and emotions during puberty:

Feeling Sensitive: Their body is changing and they may feel awkward and self-conscious about it. They may feel extra-sensitive when someone criticizes or teases them. It may take very little to set them off and they may question if what they are feeling is “normal.” They may also feel like no one understands them.

Intense Emotions: Their emotions are likely to become stronger and more intense. What used to be a “like” is now a “love!” What used to be a dislike is now a “hate!” What used to be a “little envy” is now “extreme jealousy.”

Mood Swings: Their emotions seem to flip-flop back and forth. They may be laughing and feeling happy one minute, then they are suddenly in tears and immensely sad the next. They may be getting along just fine with siblings, then out of nowhere they are screaming at them.

Romantic Feelings: While they may have had a romantic thought or two about another person before, the way they feel now is different, more intense. Or, having romantic feelings and thoughts may be a completely new experience for them altogether.

Conflict: They may begin to have stronger opinions or opinions that are independent from family members. This may cause them to question family rules and values. They may seek more freedom and space, which may lead to conflict with parents, friends and others.

Reassure your students that all of this is a natural part of growing up and that none of these feelings or emotions make them strange or weird.

In addition to reassuring students, you can help by sharing healthy ways for them to cope with the stress of puberty. Remind them that they are not alone and that even peers who appear to be sailing smoothly through puberty are likely struggling with the same feelings. Encourage them to gather more information on the topic, because like anything else, knowing the facts can make it less challenging to go through. Remind students that their parents have all been through puberty, and that they can serve as a great resource. Let them know that you are also there for them, ready to listen, ready to answer questions and ready to provide guidance (if asked). For the times they prefer to talk to someone else, encourage them to reach out to a trusted friend who is a good listener and will allow them to vent and get things off their chest. Many adolescents find that hanging out with their friends, writing, drawing, getting active or even just sitting back listening to music serve as a great stress-relievers.

While puberty typically brings to mind the changing of one’s outward appearance, there are big changes occurring inwardly as well. You can support your students by providing them with the facts and making it clear that you are there for them.

Sources: PBS Kids: Puberty – Brain Changes, Strange ChangesSeven Counties Services, Inc., Angela Oswalt, MSW, edited by Mark Dombeck, Ph.D.: Mental/Emotional/Social Changes through Puberty.


01-22-2015
Important Dates
01/28 - 7th Grade Parent Washington DC Informational Meeting
02/6 - Yearbook Order Forms due
02/12 - Parent Teacher Conferences

01-12-2015

Friendships are vital to a person’s well-being, especially during the teenage years when key developmental changes are taking place. Friendships can help children grow morally and emotionally. They learn how to communicate, cooperate and solve problems in relationships, which will benefit them throughout life. Research shows that friendships can also help youth avoid delinquency, isolation and other negative characteristics that are many times associated with the teenage years.

 

There are several important factors here however. First, when we say “friends,” we’re not talking about the hundreds of “connections” our children have online or something that can occur with the mere acceptance of a “friend request.” We are talking about real-life relationships that require both time and effort. Second, we are talking healthy, positive relationships. Too often, children desire to be friends with a peer based on superficial reasons like popularity or wealth (he/she has a giant house, expensive clothes and all the cool gadgets). Friendships based solely on these factors are not likely to last, and may end painfully. The third factor to keep in mind is that the influence and impact of young friendships are powerful – for better or worse. It should not be about the number of friends our children have, but the quality of the friendships. Children must be able to recognize quality friendships, how they look and how they should feel. 

 

While there is no official check-list in determining quality relationships, here are some common traits among tried and true friendships.

 

(Parent to child) "When you can say the other person…

  • Is fun to be around, makes you smile and laughs with you
  • Is adaptable and doesn’t always have to have his/her way
  • Is kind and has respect for you
  • Is trustworthy with your secrets big and small
  • Is honest with you, even when it is not what you want to hear
  • Is loyal and dependable
  • Listens attentively and cares about what you have to say
  • Accepts you for who you are, even when you’re not at your best
  • Is happy for you when you reach your goal and is a shoulder to cry on when you don’t
  • Is supportive of you and has your best interest in mind
  • Does not ask you to compromise your morals or values
  • Does not put you in harm’s way or encourage you to engage in risky behaviors
  • Does not put you down (to your face or behind your back) or purposely hurt your feelings

                                                                             …then you have a real friend.”

 Sources: ReachOut.com: What makes a good friend?  Millie Ferrer and Anne Fugate - Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) University of Florida: The Importance of Friendship for School-Age Children


12-15-2014
Its SPIRIT WEEK!
Monday - Crazy Hair Day
Tuesday - Ugly Sweater Day (Boys basketball home against UA Jones)
Wednesday - Camo Day (Wrestling home against Canal Winchester)
Thursday - Holiday Hat Day (Girls basketball home against Norton)
Friday - Dress Your Best Day

12-11-2014

NOCHE DE LOS PADRES

HISPANAS

 


18 DE DECEMBER, 5:30-8 PM

NORTON MS CAFETERIA

215 NORTON ROAD

 

ORGINIZACIONES COMUNITARIAS EXPECTATIVAS

DE LA ESCUELA TEMAS DE INMIGRACION

PREPARACION UNIVERSITARIA Y PROFESIONAL

 

 

SE OFRECERAN REFRESCOS

PREGUNTA Y RESPUESTAS


Hispanic Parent Night
December 18th
5:30-8:00PM

Norton Middle School
215 Norton Road
Cafeteria

Community Organizations - School Expectations - Immigration Topics - College & Career Readiness

Snacks will be provided as well as time for questions and answers.

12-2-2014
Teen Dating

Does your son or daughter know what to expect from a “dating” partner? Have you discussed with your child the characteristics of a healthy dating relationship?

While it is easy to make light of adolescent boyfriend/girlfriend relationships, it may be a risky notion; as statistics show that one in three teens experience an abusive dating relationship prior to high school graduation.

Though the conversation may feel a bit premature for parents with preteens, Know! that the timing is just right. The earlier a child learns what it means to be in a healthy dating relationship, the better off he/she will be in both the short and long term. At the same time, older teens, even those who have begun dating, can greatly benefit from this talk with you. 


To get this critical conversation started, try sharing and reviewing the Teen Dating Bill of Rights and Pledge (adapted from LoveIsRespect.org) together, then ask your child to consider signing off on it.

I have the right:

  • To always be treated with respect (which also means being treated as an equal);
  • To be in a healthy relationship (based on honesty, trust and communication - not control, manipulation or jealousy);
  • To not be hurt physically or emotionally (you should feel safe in your relationship at all times and know that abuse is never your fault, nor is it ever ‘deserved’);
  • To not be pressured to go further than I want to go (this will likely mean different things to different age groups – for younger adolescents, the pressure may be to kiss when they do not want to, for older adolescents, the pressure may be to have sex when they do not want to – regardless of age, in a healthy relationship, a partner will not pressure to go further than you want to go);
  • To have friends and activities apart from my boyfriend or girlfriend (spending time by yourself, with male or female friends, or with family is normal and healthy).
  • To end a relationship (without being harassed, threatened or made to feel guilty).

I pledge to:

  • Always treat my boyfriend or girlfriend with respect;
  • Resolve conflicts in a peaceful, rational way;
  • Never hurt my boyfriend or girlfriend physically, verbally, or emotionally;
  • Respect my girlfriend's or boyfriend's decisions concerning sex and affection;
  • Not be controlling or manipulative in my relationship;
  • Accept responsibility for myself and my actions.

Youth Signature: _______________________________________Date: ___________

Encourage your child to keep this signed copy somewhere he/she can easily reference it and often be reminded the characteristics of a healthy relationship.

This is also a great opportunity to remind children that you are open and available to discuss all subjects with them, even when the topic feels a little uncomfortable, like this one.

For more tips and information on teen dating, visit www.loveisrespect.org.

Sources: LoveIsRespect.orgDoSomething.org.


11-25-2014

Know! The Facts:  Understanding Teens Who Self-Harm

Why would anyone intentionally cause themselves physical pain? Self-harm is a hard concept for many of us to wrap our minds around. A new study, however, reveals self-harming behaviors to be more common in youth than most of us realize, and that the impact of such behaviors is likely to cause problems in both the short and long-term.

 

What exactly is self-harm? It is any type of deliberate and direct injury to one’s own body. It may come in the form of cutting, scratching, burning, head-banging, pulling out hair, piercing skin with sharp objects or taking too many pills. Some youth may self-harm once or twice and then stop, while for others, it becomes routine behavior.

 

In a Bristol University study in England, out of the nearly 5,000 16-year-olds who participated, 19 percent said they had harmed themselves at least once. The study also revealed that those self-harming teens were more likely to experience problems in school and in their relationships, difficulties in their workplace down the road, and were at increased risk for developing alcohol or other drug-related issues later in life.

 

When it comes to “why” youth self-harm, there is no one single reason. However, medical experts say that it usually occurs among teens due to an inability to cope with emotional pain in healthy ways. Youth who self-harm tend to experience feelings of worthlessness, loneliness, panic, anger, rejection, self-hatred or confused sexuality.

 

According to the Mayo Clinic, youth who self-harm may be attempting to:

 

  • Manage or reduce severe distress or anxiety and provide a sense of relief; 
  • Provide a distraction from painful emotions through physical pain;
  • Feel a sense of control over his or her body, feelings or life situations; 
  • Feel something, anything, even if it's physical pain, when feeling emotionally empty; 
  • Express internal feelings in an external way; 
  • Communicate depression or distressful feelings to the outside world; 
  • Be punished for perceived faults. 

Regardless of why individuals self-harm, the momentary “relief” is usually followed by guilt, shame and the return of painful, negative emotions. In addition to the inner scars, self-harm may produce permanent physical scars and disfigurement, cause severe infection, serious injury or could lead to death.

 

While visible scars are the most obvious sign of self-harm, other red flags include your child wearing long sleeves or long pants, even when it’s hot outside; claiming to have frequent accidents or mishaps; spending a great deal of time alone; asking questions like ‘Who am I?’ or ‘What am I doing here?’; behavioral and emotional instability, impulsivity and unpredictability; and statements of hopelessness or worthlessness.

 

Any act of self-harm needs to be taken seriously. Do not dismiss it as merely attention-seeking. Know that such actions may be warning signs for suicidal behavior or other problems.

 

Despite how taboo the topic may seem, self-harm must be talked about and better understood in order for those experiencing it to get the help they need, and to prevent others from taking the same path. If you suspect or know your child is self-harming, seek outside help immediately. Start by consulting your pediatrician or family physician. Or check with your employer about a link to your insurance provider’s mental health services or, if your company provides one, contact your employee assistance program.

 

Some youth who self-harm may not have suicidal intentions. However, if you feel your child is in immediate danger of attempting suicide, stay with him/her and call for emergency help.  Another option is to call the Suicide Hotline at 800-273-TALK to be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area.


11-21-2014
More important dates for 8th graders!
Freshman Open Houses have been scheduled - please reserve Wednesday February 25 to visit your child's high school. Times will be determined soon but they will be in the evening. 

11-20-2014
Mark Your Calendars!
Monday December 15th - South-Western Career Academy counselors will be talking with our 8th graders.
Tuesday December 16th & Wednesday December 17th  - 8th graders will be touring the South-Western Career Academy.
We will be taking two groups - students will only go on either Tuesday or Wednesday.
*dates subject to change

11-18-2014
Is your student looking to get involved but hasn't found the right activity? The PVMS wrestling team is looking for stats people. A stats person attends the wrestling meets and keeps stats on the wrestlers. Wrestling meets are on Wednesdays with a few Saturday tournaments. An informational meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 20th after school until 5pm in the cafeteria with Coach Matheny. If you have questions please feel free to call the school and ask for Mr. Matheny.

11-12-2014
The Law and Leadership Institute
Great Opportunity for 8th Graders Interested in Law & Leadership
    The Law and Leadership Institute, LLC is a state-wide initiative in collaboration with the legal community that inspires and prepares high school students, primarily from urban school districts, for post-secondary and professional success through a comprehensive four year academic program in law, leadership, analytical thinking, problem solving, writing skills, and professionalism.
    Please follow this link to the online application http://www.lawandleadership.org/
    Please see the flyer at the bottom of this page. 

11-11-2014
Below is a letter from a student to his parents regard his report card. It is a great read as we prepare for report cards to come home tomorrow.

Dear Mom and Dad,
    I'm bringing home a "snapshot" of myself today. This picture is a time exposure of me that's been developing during the past months. Considering my many likes and dislikes, my mood changes from day to day, I think it's a pretty good likeness of me.
    When you see my "snapshot", remember this is a report of someone near and dear to you. So, please don't get too uptight if you see a blemish. I hope you will accept me as I am.
    Please do not picture me as being better than all the other children. Remember that all children do not learn to talk or walk at the same time, nor do they learn math and reading at the same time. I ask you not to compare me with my brother, my sister, or the kid next door. Please set realistic goals for me, but be careful not to push me to succeed at something that is beyond my ability. I really need you to help, guide, and encourage me to be my very best.
    I want you to understand that my report card is a picture of my school progress. My teachers knows me as I am at school. You know how I am at home. The "real" me is somewhere in between. When these two pictures become blended with acceptance and understanding, I hope my "snapshot" will be a shining portrait.
Love,
Your Child

11-7-2014
Report cards will be sent home with your student on Wednesday. If you have outstanding fees your child will bring home a fee reminder letter in lieu of their report card. 

11-3-2014

With ONE in FOUR youth having misused or abused prescription drugs, the need for parents, teachers and community leaders to take immediate preventative action is without question. There are several key steps that can be taken in your home and with your children to make a community-wide impact.

 

Monitor, Secure and Dispose - three vital steps in preventing prescription drug abuse among youth.

  • Make note of how many pills are in each medicine bottle; keep track of refills and be sure you control any medication that has been prescribed to your child.
  • Lock up your medications in a safe or locked cabinet or drawer.
  • Take advantage of community drop boxes or drug take-back days for your unused, expired or unwanted prescription medications. 
  • To properly discard prescription drugs in household trash, remove medicine from original container, mix with undesirable substance such as coffee grounds or kitty litter and place in a disposal plastic bag or other sealed container. Before placing in the trash, be sure to conceal or remove any personal information on the medicine bottle.

Talk with your children regularly about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

  • Dispel the myth that prescription drugs are safer than illicit drugs – they’re not! 
  • Help children understand that even when taken as prescribed, there are health risks associated with prescription medications. When taken in an unintended manner, by an unintended user, that risk increases even further – with potentially fatal consequences.

Advocate for the lowest dosage of a drug, to relieve pain for example, when being prescribed a medication for yourself or your child.

 

Role model appropriate behavioral choices by using your prescribed medications only as directed and not sharing them with family or friends for any reason.

 

Teen drug abuse is an epidemic; one that needs to be stopped in its tracks. As parents, teachers and other caring adults, we must do what we can to be a part of the solution. We must reduce access and availability of prescription drugs in our homes and educate ourselves, our children and our community about the potentially dangerous and deadly consequences of prescription misuse and abuse. We also need to help our children understand how appropriate use of medications can be beneficial in helping people live longer, healthier lives. The best way to teach that is by our own example.

 

For more information on proper disposal guidelines, visit www.fda.gov or ask your pharmacist.

 

Source: Cardinal Health Foundation: GenerationRx



10-30-2014
Dress up day! Students are permitted to dress in costume on Friday, October 31st. However, all costumes must meet dress code. Students may not wear masks but they can wear minimal face paint. Please keep all costumes school appropriate.

10-27-2014
The end of the 1st grading period is Friday, October 31st. Remember that student's UA classes change 2nd grading period - new class lists will be posted on the office windows later this week. Look for Report Cards to come home on November 12th. 

10-23-2014
Winter Sports 
Basketball Open Gyms are happening a few evenings a week and wrestling open mats start next week. 
Students must have an updated physical on file in order to try out for winter sports. Physical forms can be picked up in the student office.

10-20-2014
Cookie Dough Pick-Up
TODAY
5:00pm-6:00pm
Darbydale Elementary School

10-16-2014
NO SCHOOL - Friday October 17, 2014

10-14-2014

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for the following dates. To schedule a 15 minute conference with your student's teacher(s) please call the main office at 614-801-3900.

October 23      4:00pm - 8:00pm

November 6     4:00pm - 8:00pm

February 12     4:00pm - 8:00pm

10-13-2014
Last Minute Washington DC Reminders
Be at PVMS at 5:30AM on Tuesday 10/14/14
Remember to bring:
    Sack Lunch
    Luggage Tag
    Medication if paperwork is turned in

10-6-2014
College Planning
Its never to early to think about college! Below are some link to help navigate the college application process and to find scholarships.

10-2-2014
Wrestling
Wrestling Open Mats begin on October 28th. For more information click on the wrestling packet at the bottom of this page or have your student pick up a packet in the office.

9-25-2014
Nationwide Children's Hospital Community Education Opportunities

Basic Babysitting Training
    ~ Find out all you need to know about babysitting. Includes instruction, educational materials, babysitter success kit, pizza lunch, and two certificates of attendance. $25

Sibshop
    ~ Sibshops focus on using fun and games to explore feelings and share information with siblings age 7-12 of children with Autism $50

Middle School Shadow Day
    ~ Workshop designed specifically for health and science focused middle school students interested in allied health careers. FREE Call 614.355.0661

Young Scientist Series On-Demand
    ~ Program exposes aspiring young scientist to the scientific method and careers in medical research. FREE visit NationwideChildrens.org/Summer-Scientist-Series

Body Talk - A Workshop for Mothers and Daughters
    ~ This interactive and inspirational workshop is designed for mothers and daughters to share their feelings and opinions, as well as learn about issues girls face in everyday life. The session will explore body changes, body image, healthy eating, self-image and self-esteem. $20 per pair, $8 for each additional daughter. November 8th 9a-12noon. Call 614.355.0678

Active Parenting Classes
    ~ 6-week parenting classes cover a combination of topics such as daily living, courage and self-esteem, how children think, responsibility, cooperation and problem solving. $40 per person/$65 per couple

ADHD Academy
    ~ Parents, caregivers, or teachers of children with ADD or ADHD. Each offering focuses on a specific topic. $10 per person/per class. 614-355-0662

Parenting your Child with Autism
    ~ This five-week series discusses the special challenges of parenting a child with Autism. Class size is limited. $50
Autism Academy
    ~ Year-round Academy provides educational sessions for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. $10 per person per class.


9-24-2014
Washington DC reminders
Laying of the Wreath Essays
Due Friday September 26, 2014
No later than 3:55pm to Mr. Brown

Medicine Paperwork
Due to Mrs. Krueger by October 1st

9-23-2014
Nationwide Children's Hospital is offering a workshop/panel discussion for individuals on the Autism spectrum or who have other developmental disabilities, their families and/or caregivers. 
The Transition and Health Care workshop will focus on providing families and 
professionals an overview of the health care transition process for children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. The discussion will instruct attendees in the “how and where” of healthcare transition in Central Ohio.

For more information regarding this workshop please scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Transition Workshop Flyer.

9-15-2014
A reminder from Ms. Carr - assistant principal at Central Crossing:
Students who attend Central Crossing athletic events are to be seated in the stands or in line at the concession stand.

9-12-2014
Girls Basketball Conditioning
Monday 9/15/2014 4-5pm

9-11-2014
Boys Basketball Open Gym
Wednesday & Friday 4-5:15
Athletes must be picked up no later than 5:30

9-10-2014
Yearbook Applications are available! Students can pick up an application to be part of the Yearbook Club in the student office. Applications and all paperwork must be turned in to Mrs. Wendel no later than October 1st. 

9-9-2014
Boys basketball open gym is WEDNESDAY 9/10/2014 after school until 5:15pm.

9-8-2014
Please be sure to get your emergency medical cards turned in. If you have misplaced yours please have your student pick up another in the office.

9-4-2014
   8th Grade Washington DC Trip
    ~ Final payments are due on FRIDAY, September 5th.
    ~ Students may only choose their roommates if their account is paid in FULL!

9-3-2014
    Ohio Health Hospice offers many programs for grieving children and families. Information is available at the bottom of this page. 
    It is helpful for staff to know if your child has lost a loved one. If you feel comfortable sharing please contact your student's school counselors (information at the bottom of the page) to inform them of your child's loss. Some of the most random things can trigger someone's grief and we want to ensure your student has a great middle school experience!


9-2-2014
We're off to a great start! A couple reminders as we begin the 2014-2015 school year:

~ It is HOT at PVMS - please make sure your student dresses accordingly.

~ We are hitting the ground running - please check agenda books/planners/Infinite Campus nightly

~ Get involved - we have many opportunities for your student to become part of the Pleasant View Family (Student Council, Yearbook (Applications available September 10 & due October 1), Girls on the Run, and coming in winter season; boys and girls basketball & wrestling)

We are always here to help so please do not hesitate to contact us.