Eagle Talk | March 3, 2022
Edgemont Junior High Newsletter
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Edgemont's House System
Our new house system at Edgemont is off to a roaring start. So far we have had multiple competitions in our homeroom classes which have resulted in culminating events that award house points. Currently House Constantia is in the lead but it is still early. There will be many opportunities to come for the other houses to catch up.
Not sure what the house system is? Check out the video below:
It appears as though the mask mandate will end for our students on Friday, March 11. This means that masks will be optional beginning Monday, March 14. From that point forward, it will be up to families to decide if masks are critical for daily wear.
Until then, all students will be expected to have them on throughout the day.
Social Emotional Supports During Current Events
One of the things that makes Puyallup School District so special is the rich diversity of our students, staff, and families from nations and cultures across the globe, including Ukraine and Russia. Districtwide, there are 77 languages spoken by students with Ukrainian and Russian being in the top six.
Today, we are saddened by the escalating conflict involving Russia and Ukraine. If you are impacted by this recent news, or know of someone who this affects, our school is here to help.
The following resources are available to support families at home. In addition, counselors are available to assist students by providing additional supports that help navigate emotions in a healthy, safe, and productive way. Please see this list of counselor contacts for more information.
- Helping Your Students Cope With a Violent World: Edutopia article features strategies for helping children make sense with historical perspective, feel empowered, and inspire them to feel hopeful.
- How to Talk to Kids About Violence, Crime, and War: Common Sense Media gathers tips and conversation starters to help you talk to kids of different ages about the toughest topics.
- Talking to Your Kids About War: VeryWell Family explores ways families can speak with young people about war, including tips on sharing information and restricting media coverage.
- Tips for parents and teachers of elementary school children: This article from the American Psychological Association can help adults guide their young children beyond fear and to resilience.
- Tips for parents and teachers of middle school children: The American Psychological Association breaks out tips and strategies for parents and teachers of middle school-aged children.
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides resources that can be filtered by topic or keyword and by audience with a focus on how adults can identify traumatic responses in young people and how to support them.
Our 6th grade team is launching a campus beautification program for this spring. The plan is for our kids to be active sprucing up the garden areas around the school. This is a great way for our 6th graders to feel a sense of accomplishment as well as ownership in the school.
As a part of this effort, our team is looking for donations of gardening supplies. If interested, please click on the link below:
Does drug use cause other mental disorders, or vice versa?
Drug use and other mental illness often co-exist. In some cases, mental disorders such as anxiety, depression, or schizophrenia may come before addiction. In other cases, drug use may trigger or worsen those mental health conditions, particularly in people with specific vulnerabilities.
Some people with disorders like anxiety or depression may use drugs in an attempt to alleviate psychiatric symptoms. This may exacerbate their mental disorder in the long run, as well as increase the risk of developing addiction. Treatment for all conditions should happen concurrently.
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Location: Edgemont Junior High School, 110th Avenue East, Edgewood, WA, USA
Phone: (253) 841-8727