Bulldog Bulletin

Schultz Junior High School

February 2019

For your consideration...

Hi parents! We wanted to let you know that we will be showing a suicide prevention lesson to all students during Advisory on Monday, February 25th. We encourage parents to view the video, located on the SJH homepage under SJH Feature Video or click the link below and have a conversation with their child before-hand if possible. To help you with this conversation, please see the information, tips, and warning signs from the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, Inc. (www.sptsusa.org) listed below.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, or if there is anything we can do to help, please contact your child’s counselor, Mrs. Smith (Last names A-Ll) or Mrs. May (Last names Lo-Z) at (936) 931-9103. If you do not want your son or daughter to view the suicide prevention video, please contact their counselor before Monday at 9:00am.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNWndRMEvRg&feature=youtu.be

-Mrs. Gates

One to One Technology FAQs

If my child mistakenly takes his/her Chromebook home, what do I do? Students should try to make sure that they turn in their Chromebook each day. However, if they forget, you may email/call their 8th period teacher to let them know it is safe and return it the next day. Repeated instances will be handled by the student’s Assistant Principal.

What if my child’s Chromebook is damaged? If your child’s Chromebook is damaged in anyway, it’s best to have them put in a work order as soon as possible. Students are encouraged to go to room 100 during their advisory or to room 807 during lunches. Should there be extenuating circumstances, an administrator will investigate to determine if any financial charges will be made to the student’s account.

How do the students get their Chromebooks each day? At 7:07 am students are allowed to go to their 8th period classroom and pick up their Chromebook and go to their 1st period class. The tardy bell rings at 7:15am They carry their Chromebook in the backpack during the day. While in their 8th period class, they return the Chromebook to its assigned cart location. It will stay locked in the cart to charge overnight. If a student leaves early, they will leave their Chromebook with the front office. Their 8th period teacher will ensure that it gets returned to the cart later in the day.

Feel free to contact the technologist, Jeanne Ronemous, if you have any questions. 936-372-4288.

Counselor's Corner - Suicide Intervention & Prevention

Talking to Your Kids about Suicide

Every parent would like to believe that suicide is not relevant to them or their family or friends. Unfortunately, it’s all too relevant for all of us. It’s the 3rd leading cause of death in adolescents and the 2nd for college aged students. Even more disturbing are national surveys that tell us that 16% of high school students admit to thinking about suicide and almost 8% acknowledge actually making an attempt. The unfortunate truth is that suicide can happen to ANY kid in ANY family at ANY time!

So how do you deal with this reality? Once you acknowledge that suicide is as much a risk for your child as not wearing a seat belt while driving, or using alcohol or drugs, or engaging in risky sexual behavior, you’ve taken the first step in prevention. You talk to your children about these other behaviors which can put them at personal risk, and suicide is no different. It’s something you CAN and SHOULD talk about with your children!

Contrary to myth, talking about suicide CANNOT plant the idea in someone's head! It actually can open up communication about a topic that is often kept a secret. And secrets that are exposed to the rational light of day often become less powerful and scary. You also give your child permission to bring up the subject again in the future.

If it isn’t prompted by something your kid is saying or doing that worries you, approach this topic in the same way as other subjects that are important to you, but may or may not be important to your child:

· Timing is everything! Pick a time when you have the best chance of getting your child’s attention. Sometimes a car ride, for example, assures you of a captive, attentive audience. Or a suicide that has received media attention can provide the perfect opportunity to bring up the topic.

· Think about what you want to say ahead of time and rehearse a script if necessary. It always helps to have a reference point: (”I was reading in the paper that youth suicide has been increasing...” or “I saw that your school is having a program for teachers on suicide prevention.”)

· Be honest. It this is a hard subject for you to talk about, admit it! (”You know, I never thought this was something I’d be talking with you about, but I think it’s really important”). By acknowledging your discomfort, you give your child permission to acknowledge his/her discomfort, too.

· Ask for your child’s response. Be direct! (”What do you think about suicide?”; “Is it something that any of your friends talk about?”; “The statistics make it sound pretty common. Have you ever thought about it? What about your friends?”)

· Listen to what your child has to say. You’ve asked the questions, so simply consider your child’s answers. If you hear something that worries you, be honest about that too. ”What you’re telling me has really gotten my attention and I need to think about it some more. Let’s talk about this again, okay?”

· Don’t overreact or under react. Overreaction will close off any future communication on the subject. Under reacting, especially in relation to suicide, is often just a way to make ourselves feel better. ANY thoughts or talk of suicide (”I felt that way a while ago but don’t any more”) should ALWAYS be revisited. Remember that suicide is an attempt to solve a problem that seems impossible to solve in any other way. Ask about the problem that created the suicidal thoughts. This can make it easier to bring up again in the future (”I wanted to ask you again about the situation you were telling me about...”)

Here are some possible warning signs that can be organized around the word “FACTS”:

· FEELINGS that, again, seem different from the past, like hopelessness; fear of losing control; helplessness; worthlessness; feeling anxious, worried or angry often

· ACTIONS that are different from the way your child acted in the past, especially things like talking about death or suicide, taking dangerous risks, withdrawing from activities or sports or using alcohol or drugs

· CHANGES in personality, behavior, sleeping patterns, eating habits; loss of interest in friends or activities or sudden improvement after a period of being down or withdrawn

· THREATS that convey a sense of hopelessness, worthlessness, or preoccupation with death (”Life doesn’t seem worth it sometimes”; “I wish I were dead”; “Heaven’s got to be better than this”); plans like giving away favorite things, studying ways to die, obtaining a weapon or stash of pills; suicide attempts like overdosing or cutting

· SITUATIONS that can serve as “trigger points” for suicidal behaviors. These include things like loss or death; getting in trouble at home, in school or with the law; a break-up; or impending changes for which your child feels scared or unprepared

If you notice any of these things in kids who have always been impulsive, made previous suicide attempts or threats or seem vulnerable in any way, you really should get consultation from a mental health professional.

University Interscholastic League (UIL)

On Saturday, January 12th our UIL students participated in a district wide competition at Waller High School. Our Schultz students were hard-fought, and after a semester of practicing, their skill really shone through. Please help us in congratulating the following students who placed in the following events.

Spelling Bee

We had about 30 students compete in our Scripps School Spelling Bee in December. Avery Ragsdale was our school champion, and Sean Hokanson was the runner up. Both students will travel to Bellville on February 20th for the Region Spelling Bee. Avery will compete, and Sean will compete if Avery is unable. The winner of the Region Spelling Bee will go on to compete at the televised Houston PBS Spelling Bee.

SJH Top Dog Award for January goes to...

Mrs. Buro!

Mrs. Buro’s students find a relevant and challenging community where students learn required mathematical skills to prepare for a future in a demanding world. She teaches her students in a manner they respect and clearly enjoy. Her students often talk about how her class is “tough but enjoyable”, and how she seems to genuinely care about their success as a student, and their success as a person. In a few years, my own children will be entering Schultz and I hope that Mrs. Buro is here to teach them. -Mr. Smith

SJH Top Dog Award for February goes to...

Coach Harrison!

Coach Harrison is one of the many people that make Schultz Junior High a home to students, parents, and fellow staff/teachers. She is involved in the community and shows up to many events. Students and athletes come back year after year to tell her how much she helped them and how much they appreciate her. She cares about the students in all aspects of their education. She uses her relationships with kids to influence positive behavior. She helps make sure they finish assignments and tests to keep their grades up. She has even taught other teachers how to use Dreambox to hold students accountable and reward them for their math progress in the program. I’m thankful to work with people like Harrison. People who no matter what life or stress they may have they continue to check on staff members and make everyone feel like a friend. -Mrs. Buro

PAWS Celebrations

Our next PAWS Celebration is March 8!

Our end of year PAWS celebration to Splashway will be May 28. In order to be eligible for the trip, students must meet the criteria for the six week celebrations five out of the six grading periods.

To qualify for PAWS each 6 weeks:

75 or higher in ALL classes

E or S in conduct

No office referrals

No unexcused absences

Upcoming Dates

February 28: Theater Arts Presents - A Free Night of Entertainment @ WHS at 6:00PM

March 11-15: Spring Break

April 9: 8th grade Math & 7th grade Writing STAAR

April 10: 8th grade Reading STAAR

April 12: End of 5th Six Weeks

April 19: Student/Staff Holiday

May 8: Algebra I EOC (STAAR)

May 13: 6th & 7th grade Math STAAR

May 14: 6th & 7th grade Reading STAAR

May 15: 8th grade Science STAAR

May 16: 8th grade Social Studies STAAR

May 17: 8th grade Dance, 6:00-9:00PM

May 22: Spring Band Concert @ WHS, 7:30PM

May 27: Student/Staff Holiday

May 28: PAWS End of Year Splashway Celebration

May 30: Student Early Release/Last Day of School

June 1: WHS Graduation, 2:00PM