Collins High School
February 2, 2016
Collins will have a Special Called SBDM Meeting on February 4th at 4pm in the Library.
Collins is holding a parent seminar regarding career academies, early college, dual credits, and scheduling next Tuesday, February 2nd at 5:30 in the Performing Arts Center. Please feel free to attend. We look forwarding to further sharing with you these exciting opportunities.
Happy Groundhog Day!
Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow today. So that means he predicts that we will have an early Spring. Click here to view the Groundhog Website for Phil.
Also today is the 100th day of school!! Only a few more to go so keep striving and doing your BEST!!
OUR SCHOOL HAS HEART:
The following students will be leaving at 11:15am Wednesday (2/3) and traveling to Louisville to participate in the KY Music Educators Association’s All State Choirs. They will be out of the building the rest of the week and will be performing a massive concert Friday night at 8pm in the KY Center’s Whitney Hall.
Ruthie Jo White
Thomas RoyseJake Tinney
AP Registration Ends SOON:
Students can now register for AP exams at www.totalregistration.net/AP/182400 and the deadline to register is February 6, 2016. The AP exams cost $97 a piece. Please see Mrs. Settles for more information or if you have questions.
We Want To Know!
Science Class in Need:
I am looking to begin a collection of old pots and pans (preferably sauce pans), spoons, measuring cups & potholders that we can use for food labs in chemistry/science (as it is not preferable to make test tube rice krispies). If you have any old supplies like this laying around, I would love to take them off your hands! Please drop off donations to Leesa Stivers or email me at Leesa.Stivers@shelby.kyschools.us if you need me to pick the items up.
PROJECT GRADUATION FUNDRAISER:
Want to paint a Valentine painting and help Project Graduation? Come learn how to do it, have fun and help support the class of 2016!
Come join us on February 5 at Centenary United Methodist church starting at 6pm. The cost is $30 per person. You must be over 13 to attend.
Your reservation must be turned in by Feb 3rd along with your payment. Please bring to the Kendra Hayes in the Youth Service Center or mail to Project Graduation Po box 1003 Shelbyville Ky. 40066 thanks for your support
FFA Community Service:
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A Message From Mrs. Stivers, The Principal From West Middle School:
Hello, WMS Parents! Wow, what a fantastic weekend! The weather was beautiful and warm! I hope you got a chance to enjoy that time with family! Tonight I wanted to share some items with you in regards to our recent Chromebook implementation! Tonight’s Principal Message focusing on being a responsible digital citizen.
As you saw in the video on the deployment days, being a responsible digital citizen is key to success. That stems not only using a school-issued Chromebook, but that addresses every use of technology any student or adult may have. Please know that we do have an aggressive filter in the school system. However, the filtering system does NOT follow the students home. So, the question you may ask yourself is how do you monitor student use of technology at home? And how can you guide your tweenager to be a responsible digital citizen? Here are some helpful tips I’ve learned as a mom of two teenagers and as a 7 year principal that I wanted to pass along to you! Hopefully, these tips might give you some ideas! Please receive them in the spirit they are being sent! I am just trying to keep kids safe and parents informed!
1) Require your child to access any technology in your presence. That way you can see what they are doing online.
2) Check with your wi-fi and internet service provider to see what filters you have in place. You can create super tight filters if you so desire.
3) When using social media (those sites are blocked at West but not necessarily at home) students need to make sure they are not sharing details that would give away their identity, age, or location.
4) If you allow your students to use social websites, friend or follow them so you can see their activity and their friend’s activities. Assume nothing. I specifically do NOT like Snap Chat or KIK. In fact, I don’t think many kids can navigate social media well. Let’s be honest, some adults don’t either. J FYI, Facebook is for “old people” and Instagram is the preferred app for our kids. J
5) Encourage students to NEVER correspond with a stranger. People who have unsafe intentions often pose as younger students and hang out in chat rooms.
6) Establish a time for students to turn off their technology (phone, Chromebook, laptops, iPads, eReaders, gaming systems). For example, 9:00 is a common time families share with me!
7) Regulate screen time. How much time do you want your child in front of a computer, gaming system, tv or cell phone? The amount of time increases with the number of devices.
8) Be able to get on your child’s devices by knowing their passcodes and credentials. You never know when you might need them.
9) Share with your child to never, ever, ever send inappropriate or questionable pictures of themselves to another person. That could result in some very negative outcomes and be shared with more than just the intended individual.
10) Never send profanity or harassing words to anyone in an email or text. Those types of messages are traceable and hanging out in cyberspace forever. Think before you hit send!
These tips are shared just to get your noggin thinking. This world is wide open when it comes to technology and I hope you will partner with the schools in keeping your child safe and well-informed! A digital footprint can last a life time and we sure want nothing to stand in the way of your child’s big dreams and big goals!
Have a great night!
Lorri Stivers, Principal