HCS Student Newsletter
Important Information From Mrs. Klaehn
January 14, 2021
Dear HCS Students,
One of my favorite things to do is to pop into you classrooms, without any particular reason, just to hear and see what's going on. We all get bogged down from the day-to-day stresses of life, and it can be really easy to let those things pile up until they are all-consuming. For me, it results is a general bad mood: I become tired, irritable, and often have a headache, neck-ache or backache because of the build-up tension and toxins caused by stress (or maybe that's just because I'm soon-to-be entering a new decade, and I'm getting old).
When I feel this way during my work day, the best remedy is to walk away from the "busy work" and be with students and teachers. I will admit that it doesn't happen as often as I would like, and increasing the frequency of these class visits is one of my goals. Still, it has a tremendous impact with immediate results: my body relaxes, I smile more, and I am in a significantly better mood.
So my message to you this month is this: thank you for providing me with little doses of joy on a daily basis. Your words and actions fill me with hope for the future!
Tech Support Google Classrooms
We have thought about how to better handle some of this, and have created Google Classrooms for Tech Support. This will allow us to run GoGuardian and see what you're seeing so we can help fix the problem, and will likely not require you to even leave your classroom! There will be no assignments in these Google Classrooms; we simply need you to join them! Please take the time to add yourself to the appropriate classroom with the codes below, and then Ms. Klingensmith, our Director of Technology, and I can help as needed!
Grades 6-8: yl3xiwn
Grades 9-12: 5m5ehjf
Teacher of the Month
November: Mr. Stewart
December: Mr. Buckley
Please complete the form by Tuesday, January 19th so I can announce this month's recipient at our Faculty Meeting!
True BLUE Bulldogs
- understanding, and
We look for these traits in your academic endeavors, your social interactions, and your day-to-day actions and attitudes. When we spot it, I send a letter home to your family so we can celebrate you, and I add a blue paw to the bulletin board outside the office. If you see a peer demonstrating these traits, please let me know, and I'll acknowledge them, too!
We aren't motivated to be good people because we want recognition for it, but it's still nice to be noticed!
Frustrated over something?
DASA and Student Mental Health Concerns
In addition, if you have concerns about another student's mental health/ wellbeing, and you believe that self-harm is evident, please tell someone! You can talk to any adult in the school and we will follow up to check in on other students (and you can also self-report). If you have concerns outside of the regular school day (evenings, weekends, vacations), it's important for you to tell an adult in your home and work together to take action, whether it means contacting another student's parents or calling 911 to report a concern. Waiting until you are back in school to tell someone here, or emailing someone at school is not the most effective way to handle a report or concern, because we may not have an opportunity to read the email right away. I know this can be hard, but as Albus Dumbledore said, "We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy." At the end of the day, we just want to make sure the people we care about are safe.
FLX Kids are Alright Project
Calling all middle and high school students from Livingston, Ontario, Wayne, Wyoming or Monroe Counties! Are you interested in mental health? Apply now to be apart of the "FLX Kids are Alright" project where you'll learn practical graphic design and social media skills while creating and designing youth mental health literacy materials to be shared with your peers. You'll even earn a $25 stipend for each of the 8 virtual sessions you attend!
Space is limited - visit http://bit.ly/flxkidsalright and apply by January 19th!
Not New But Still Important!
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