Wood County Prevention Newsletter

Otsego Local Schools Week of December 14th

7th GRADE LIFE SKILLS

This week, the 7th grade learned about coping skills related to stress, anxiety, and anger. We focused on what causes our emotions and feelings and what can we do to manage them better. For example, the students had to draw and/or write what activities they do to cope with their feelings of stress, anxiety, and anger in a positive and healthy way. Then the students practiced one coping technique that they read about: Guide Imagery Muscle Relaxation. We ended the class with a game of Stress Free Bingo!
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WOOD COUNTY YOUTH COUNCIL - Embracing Technology!

WOOD COUNTY TEEN INSTITUTE

In 2016, leaders from all Wood County Teen Institute groups will come together to form the Wood County Youth Council. These students meet and discuss certain topics of focus that are relevant within the county. The students then take back this information to their school's Teen Institute group. The Youth Council will be communicating through Google Hangout so students from throughout the county can participate. Join TI at Otsego and encourage healthy choices and positive lifestyles! Teen Institute meetings are held twice each month during the high school lunch periods. Contact Mrs. Cornish at the email listed below to join the Otsego Teen Institute Leadership Group.

KNIGHT AT THE ZOO FAMILY NIGHT WINNER - Marissa Langley

OTSEGO VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Do you want to volunteer for the 2016 Wood County Youth Olympics, and represent the Otsego School District? Follow the link below. The Prevention Specialist will be emailing all potential volunteers in January to confirm their participation. At the end of February, you will receive instructions on how to officially register for the event, which is on March 12th, 2016.

TEEN COURT **JUSTICE FOR TEENS BY TEENS**

Is your 10th-12th grade son or daughter interested in a future in law? Would they like to learn about the Juvenile Justice System? Would they like to earn community service hours? Have them check out Teen Court through the C.Y.C.L.E Division at the Wood County Prosecutor's Office. Follow the link below to learn more about the program, and to download the 2016 Winter Spring Teen Court Application.

INSPIRATION

EMILY CORNISH, ON-SITE PREVENTION SPECIALIST

I am the On-Site Prevention Specialist for the Otsego Local School District. I am in the district 3 days per week. I have a monthly calendar on my office door showing my schedule each day.

Prevention Responsibilities:

  • Problem Identification (Referrals: Behavior, AOD use, social support)
  • Life Skills Education Classes in HS & MS
  • Expect Respect Support Group (Healthy relationships, & dating violence awareness)
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer
  • Wood County Youth Olympics Planning Committee Member
  • Teen Institute Leadership Advisor
  • Opiate Task Force Member for Wood County
  • Prevention Committee Member for the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board (OCDPB)