March 25, 2023
TODAY & TOMORROW: THE SOCK SALE IS BACK!
STUDENTS WILL BEGIN USING CHROMEBOOKS IN CLASS AGAIN THIS WEEK!
Our Technology Integration Specialist, Ms. Deavers, will be visiting your Science classes to give you new passwords and instruct you on Internet safety. You will need your Chromebook in class starting TUESDAY! Get in the habit of remembering to bring it everyday!
WV BOARD OF EDUCATION BODY SAFETY EDUCATION
On Monday, March 27, students will be provided with Title IX and Body safety education during PLS.
6th grade: 12:21-1:04
7th grade: 11:34-12:17
8th grade: 12:21-1:04
If parents would like for their child to opt out of this lesson, please EMAIL your child's school counselor by 9am on Monday, March 27, 2023. A copy of the script will be available in the office for parents to view at their request.
Staff will be reading directly from a script provided by BCS in accordance with the following laws:
Berkeley County Board of Education Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy
Effective: August 14, 2020
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance. In May of 2020, the United States Department of Education released new Title IX regulations that change the way school districts are required to respond to allegations of sexual harassment. This policy and the administrative procedures that implement it have been revised accordingly so as to comply with the new Title IX regulations which are currently in effect as of August 14, 2020.
House Bill 4402
By Delegates Espinosa, Statler, Moye, Hornbuckle, Kelly, Rodighiero, Blair, Householder, Higginbotham, Dean and Campbell
[Passed March 5, 2018; in effect ninety days from passage.]
AN ACT to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §18-2-41, relating to the education and prevention of sexual abuse of children; mandating that children in grades K-12 receive sexual abuse education at least once during the academic year beginning July 1, 2019; requiring the State Board of Education to promulgate legislative rules to facilitate this process and develop resources by December 31, 2018; providing a list of minimum content for said legislative rules; requiring that the state board promulgate legislative rules for sexual abuse education and prevention training of public school employees by December 31, 2018; providing for an emergency rule, if necessary; providing a list of minimum content for said legislative rules; providing that said training be administered every two years; and providing additional requirements of said training.
ATTENTION 8th GRADE STUDENTS & PARENTS
Any student who has out-of-school-suspension during the 4th nine weeks (March 13th & after) will NOT be invited to the end-of-year 8th grade activities.
Let's finish this year with strong grades and great behavior so we can ALL celebrate our achievements!
ALSO, check out the information below about the James Rumsey Summer Career Academy and the upcoming Golden Horseshoe Test!
THIS TUESDAY: 8th GRADE GOLDEN HORSESHOE TEST
Students already took the essay portion of the test. The multiple choice portion is scheduled for TUESDAY, March 28th. Eighth graders, please see your social studies teacher for more information.
**REMEMBER TO BRING A PENCIL!
SPORTS/ CHEER/ DANCE NEWS!
Cheerleaders interested in SPRING and/ or SUMMER conditioning, check out the flyer below!
Dancers, there is a special camp just for you on April 1st! See the flyer below!
PARENT CORNER: HOW TO HELP YOUR TEEN WITH DEPRESSION OR ANXIETY
As a parent, it can be incredibly concerning to hear that rates of depression and anxiety are on the rise among teenagers. Social media, academic pressures, and the stress of growing up in an increasingly complex world can all contribute to feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and anxiety. Additionally, the post-COVID-19 years has only added to the stress and uncertainty that many teenagers feel. If you suspect that your child may be experiencing depression or anxiety, there are several steps you can take to help them:
1. Open up the conversation - Many teenagers may not feel comfortable talking about their feelings, so it's important to create an environment where they feel safe and supported. Let your child know that you are always there to listen, and that it's okay to feel sad or anxious sometimes. Try to avoid being judgmental or dismissive, and take their concerns seriously. Remember that our school counselors are always available to help guide your family in this discussion.
2. Encourage healthy habits - Healthy habits can go a long way in helping your child manage their symptoms. Encourage regular exercise, healthy eating, and plenty of sleep. Make sure your child is taking breaks from technology, and encourage them to engage in activities they enjoy, such as reading, playing sports, or spending time with friends.
3. Foster connections - Strong social connections can be incredibly beneficial for teenagers who are struggling with depression or anxiety. Encourage your child to spend time with friends and family, and help them develop new social connections if needed. Consider volunteering or participating in community activities together, as this can help your child feel a sense of purpose and connection.
4. Practice self-care - It's important for both you and your child to practice self-care. Make sure you are taking care of your own physical and emotional health, and encourage your child to do the same. This may include taking time for yourself, practicing relaxation techniques, or engaging in hobbies or activities that bring you joy.
5. Seek professional help - Talk to your child's doctor, or consider reaching out to a mental health professional. There are many resources available, including therapists, counselors, and support groups, that can help your child manage their symptoms and develop coping strategies.
Depression and anxiety can be difficult for both teenagers and parents to navigate. Remember that you are not alone; there is help available and our school is there to partner with you in the journey.
OTHER PARENT RESOURCES FROM THE PAST FEW NEWSLETTERS:
A COOL THING HAPPENED IN CLASS...
Read about more of the amazing activities happening in our building!
*Ms. O'Leary's math classes participated in a Breakout Box activity. Students had to solve several inequalities and equations to find the codes and open the boxes.
*Ms. Heck's science classes did a station lab on the Earth's layers.
*This week was "Pepperoni Roll" day in Family & Consumer Science classes. They also made Cinnamon-Basil cookies with basil grown in Ms. Gantt's Science classes! WOW, were they delicious!
*Ms. Dusing's Social Studies classes had AMAZING conversations this week in class. Each student had to pretend they were a monopolist or a muckraker from the Gilded Age and then take turns talking to other students in the class to decide if their person would "get along with" anyone else in the room. At the end of class, students had an amazing knowledge of important historical figures like John D. Rockefeller & Mother Jones!
*Ms. Ramey's classes got to meet a red corn snake, which is perfect example of genetic mutations which they are studying in class!
*Ms. Amavica's seventh grade art students are experimenting with positive and negative space while learning about contrast in art work. The eighth grade classes are having fun constructing their initials from cereal boxes and papier-mâché!
*Last Friday, Ms. Springer's ELA classes participated in a St. Patrick's Day escape room!
Students who "broke out" of the Breakout Box in Ms. O'Leary's math class.
Ms. Heck's students work on a lab station.
Students participating in the St. Patrick's Day escape room.