January 29th, 2023
Message From The Principal
I know it's a heavy subject, but I really want to put in a recommendation for the "Fentanyl Awareness Presentation" that's coming up at Great Oak High School on February 15th. (See the advertisement below).
The presentation features a video called "Dead on Arrival" which is a very moving film that has clips of families talking about how they have lost a teenager due to fentanyl poisoning. It's a very sobering and sad experience listening to the pain of the parents talking about their child. I went a couple of weeks ago to the one that we advertised happening over at Temecula Valley High School. It was a very moving experience--and, however difficult, I would recommend that all parents and high school students see it.
As you probably know, people involved in the illegal drug trade have (at times) mixed fentanyl into a variety of illegal drugs--making them deadly. Fentanyl has also been found to be mixed (at times) into illegally grown and sold marijuana...which can have fatal consequences. Of course, our students are not old enough to purchase or use state-regulated marijuana: that age is 21. So, they shouldn't be using marijuana at all.
I'm a parent, just like you...and I would be (as you would be) beyond heartbroken if any of my kids were affected by this.
At RVHS we strive to make sure that we have a healthy, drug free environment. We also (of course) strongly recommend that students live a healthy, drug-free life when they're NOT at school. Drug use and drug addiction do not mix well at all with our goal of helping students to "earn their credits and earn their diploma". Our stance is: stay away from drugs. Period.
Our district is in the process of getting "Riverside Community Health" to provide drug counseling and addiction counseling at school for any of our interested students. We hope that resource comes soon. In the meantime, if a student needs help in this area please talk to our Social Worker, Ms. Siez for information and resources.
Once again, the "Fentanyl Awareness Presentation" is coming up soon:
"Dead on Arrival"
Great Oak High School, Performing Arts Center
Wednesday, February 15, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
I hope you can make it!
STUDENT OF THE WEEK
Ms. Gina --RVHS Social Worker
Teenage years are a critical time when guys and girls make choices that affect the rest of their lives. The empowerment groups provide a safe place where teens can talk about what is really going on in their lives, and a community of mentors and peers who listen, believe in them and help them make better choices. This approach gives teens permission to tell the truth about the challenges all teens face, make their own decisions on how to deal with those challenges, and begin to take responsibility for their choices and the consequences of their actions. It also provided tools needed to navigate through the teen years and transition positively into adulthood.
Assistant Principal Stephanie Webb
Location: 32225 Pio Pico Road, Temecula, CA, USA