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In our last Blue Jay Broadcast, I discussed Digital Citizenship and why it’s important for parents and students to be aware of what they post on-line and how it can affect their lives going forward. As the holidays approach, it’s a good time to check in with your students and ask about their lives. They’re preparing for the winter break and while many of our students look forward to it, we do have students in our school and the surrounding communities who do not. This can be for a variety of reasons, including not having a holiday to celebrate, not having plans with family or friends, a recent and/or traumatic loss, financial difficulties or other personal circumstances.

It’s important to be aware of what children are feeling throughout the year but during the winter, there is a lot of emphasis on television and in the media about family, friends, shopping and celebrating, something that is not readily available to all of our students. This can be made more difficult when you witness someone else’s celebrations and activity through the lens of social media. It can make individuals feel down on themselves and can influence the onset of anxiety or depression.

How do you know if your child is struggling and where do you turn for help? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides the following information:

“It is important to be aware of warning signs that your child may be struggling. You can play a critical role in knowing when your child may need help.

Consult with a school counselor, school nurse, mental health provider, or another health care professional if your child shows one or more of the following behaviors:

What to Look For

  • Feeling very sad or withdrawn for more than two weeks
  • Seriously trying to harm or kill himself or herself, or making plans to do so
  • Experiencing sudden overwhelming fear for no reason, sometimes with a racing heart or fast breathing
  • Getting in many fights or wanting to hurt others
  • Showing severe out-of-control behavior that can hurt oneself or others
  • Not eating, throwing up, or using laxatives to make himself or herself lose weight
  • Having intense worries or fears that get in the way of daily activities
  • Experiencing extreme difficulty controlling behavior, putting himself or herself in physical danger or causing problems in school
  • Using drugs or alcohol repeatedly
  • Having severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
  • Showing drastic changes in behavior or personality

· Because children often can’t understand difficult situations on their own, you should pay particular attention if they experience:

  • Loss of a loved one
  • Divorce or separation of their parents
  • Any major transition – new home, new school, etc.
  • Traumatic life experiences, like living through a natural disaster
  • Teasing or bullying
  • Difficulties in school or with classmates

What to Do

If you are concerned your child’s behaviors, it is important to get appropriate care. You should:

· Talk to your child's doctor, school nurse, or another health care provider and seek further information about the behaviors or symptoms that worry you

· Ask your child’s primary care physician if your child needs further evaluation by a specialist with experience in child behavioral problems

· Ask if your child’s specialist is experienced in treating the problems you are observing

· Talk to your medical provider about any medication and treatment plans”


Additional Resources:

Mayo Clinic - Teen Depression

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Mental Health

National Alliance on Mental Health

News & Notes

Club and activity photos will be taken on Thursday, December 7th. Students involved in clubs and activities should check the signs posted in the hallways for the time their photos will be taken. If the students have any questions they should see their club advisors.

The Parenti-Vail trophy is staying home in Middlesex. The annual football rivalry game was held on Thanksgiving Eve at Middlesex High School under the lights. The Blue Jays 40-24 victory set a school record with 10 wins!

The Blue Jays will be playing in the Central Jersey Group 1 State Championship tomorrow, December 2nd at 4pm. The game will be played at Kean University - GO JAYS FOOTBALL!

Did you order a yearbook yet?

Yearbooks can be purchased online or by check. The cost is $75 and the order forms are available in the HS Library. Now is the time to buy, the price will be going up to $80 in December. If you would like to order online, visit the following link:

The MHS Winter Concert will be on December 21st at 7pm in the High School Auditorium. Come out and support our music programs and enjoy some holiday music.

Are you an educator? Barnes and Noble is hosting a holiday event for educators on Saturday, December 2nd at 8:ooam. Barnes & Noble will open 1 hour early for PreK-12 Educators and Home School Teachers (call 908-526-7425 press 0 to register). Educators also receive 25% Discount ALL DAY on books, toys, games music, movies, and more.

Diversity Day 2017

Check out the high school website to see photos from Diversity Day 2017!

Academic Highlights

Students in Ms. Nemiroff, Ms. Marsigliano and Ms. Mutek's classes participate in a Coffee Shop that runs every Friday morning for teachers as part of their Structured Learning Experience class. Several students help budget and purchase items for Coffee Shop during Community-Based-Instructional trips to the grocery store, these trips are taken throughout the year as part of the SLE Foods class.

Students each get a turn once a month to greet customers, pour coffee and tea for teachers, and work as the cashier during Coffee Shop. The students are also in charge of setting up and cleaning up the Coffee Shop.

Community Support

Give a Book, Take a Book at Deal Little Free Library was started by Mrs. Brenner, a math teacher in Clinton, Deal Casino's Aquatics Director and Mr. Brenner's wife. Little Free Libraries are a “take a book, return a book free book exchange.” Little Free Libraries were started in 2009 by Todd Bol of Wisconsin as a tribute to his mother – a teacher who loved to read. Mrs. Brenner started the Deal libraries because she had seen them in local communities and felt it was something the Deal community would enjoy. After reaching out to the staff in their respective schools, they received hundreds of books to supply in the libraries, all donated by educators. The books currently in Little Free Libraries are beginner reading to high school level.

Did You Know?

The Peter Joseph Diskin Auditorium was dedicated on December 22, 2009. Mr. Diskin had a long career at Middlesex High School, beginning in 1964 as a history teacher and coach. He was appointed Vice Principal in 1967 and in 1978 he was appointed as Principal, a position which he held until 1995. Even in retirement, Mr. Diskin continued in education, serving as a substitute. During his tenure at Middlesex High School, Mr. Diskin was involved in the education of 3 generations of students. In addition to his work in education, Mr. Diskin was also involved in the community. He served as an original member of the Middlesex Juvenile Conference Committee as well as the Middlesex Heritage Committee.

credit: People of Middlesex Borough, 1950-2008, Middlesex Borough Heritage Committee

Shout Outs

This year, the Middlesex High School Key Club contributed to Nash FMs “Ty, Kelly & Chuck’s 100,000 Thank Yous”. The project, which takes place during the month of November, will send 100,000 letters of thanks to troops overseas in time for the holidays. During enrichment periods, Key Club gathered to make these cards for the brave men and women serving during the approaching holidays. Creating these letters was a perfect way to begin the season and to acknowledge how appreciative Middlesex is for those who have served our country.

In cooperation with the Middlesex Police Department, MHS staff and students supported the MPD's food drive benefiting Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services. Green bins were placed outside of the Main Office for the students to drop off items. Thank you Officer Auricchio and the Middlesex Police Department for including the high school in this year's drive!

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