September 17, 2021
Thoughts from Dr. Pacatte
This school year is the 39th year of my educational career. No matter which way I look at it, I am of an older generation than everyone who is reading this newsletter, the families that we serve, and most people that work in our district. Those years of experience serve me well. It also means that I have to work at keeping up with trends. I have seen Care Bears, Pogs, Pokeman Cards, and other trends come and go (and some come back again). It truly is hard to keep up. Most are harmless but still took time out my Principal Day to deal with “He took my card,” etc.
The past few days we have been not only managing COVID, and everything that comes with that, we are facing the trend of “The Devious Licks Challenge” on TikTok. The end result of this challenge is kids vandalizing and stealing minor things in school. (Yes, that’s a thing.) Apparently, they are supposed to video themselves doing this and post it on TikTok. Anything that involves the words “vandalizing” or “stealing” should give our students a reason to pause and rethink. Our schools are now faced with having to add increased supervision/monitoring to our bathrooms as students are opening the soap dispensers and moving soap bags so they don’t work, pulling out the soap bags and tossing them in the toilets, emptying the soap bags on the floor, causing a slip hazard.
Our custodial staff, already spending additional time sanitizing classrooms, bathrooms, and touchpoints are now cleaning up from TikTok pranks. Administrators are having to review camera videos to determine who went into the restrooms, after they stepped away from monitoring the bathroom to address something else, and return. The fact that we have administrators sitting outside of bathrooms so that we can keep them from being used for a TikTok video is a disruption that is unnecessary and disrespectful to everyone else in the school including our students and employees.
Our team is doing the very best we can to keep our kids in school and provide the safest environments we can. Please help us to do this. If your child has TikTok on their phone you may want to see how they are using it. I understand there are challenges out there to help raise awareness for charities and businesses. The Devious Licks Challenge serves no purpose but to stress an already stressed organization, schools. Students found to be involved in these challenges will have consequences appropriate to anyone who vandalizes or steals public property. Please talk to your children. Thank you.
Tweet of the Week
Questers in Mrs. Carnduff's classroom are creating heraldic shields using their own imaginations and supplies from the Maker Space as part of our “Makers’ Mayhem” class time! These will be displayed around the castle for all to marvel at!
Viking Cross Country
We are excited to announce that the Viking Cross Country is up and running! We are three weeks into the season with four meets behind us. The team has been working hard preparing for the meets as well as working on their endurance. We are RUNBELIEVABLE!
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