Rosie Sorrells School of Education and Social Services

November 15-19, 2021

Celebrating Promotions at ESSM!

This week of gratitude comes at a time at ESSM where we are excited to celebrate promotions among our campus.

  • Last week, English II teacher, Ms. Mitchell finished her time with us, accepting a testing coordinator position at WT White. You may know that Ms. Mitchell's nuptials are coming in December. She also has some other goals that align with this new role. We know that her attention to detail and planning makes her a great fit for the position. Congratulations, Ms. Mitchell!
  • Accepting the new vacancy, is Ms. Cafea Harrell. She has served in the district in various roles but is a certified English teacher and alumni of Dillard University. She retired from the district. She then decided to sub every now and then--but that resulted in a daily and long term bouts between Rangel and Skyline. She then decided to return to the classroom. English teachers are a precious commodity. I am so glad that she agreed to accept the offer and she began last Friday!
  • Mrs. Vasquez just began as our clerk, and she has already been promoted to office manager! That's right. Beginning Wednesday, November 17, 2021. Mrs. Vasquez will transition to her new role. She is ready, too! She has been engaged in intensive training from Ms. Contreras and before she came to us, she assisted in TAG's main office. Twenty-seven applicants have applied for this coveted position. I am certain that the best applicant has been recommended. We have begun interviewing for an office clerk.
  • Finally, the best office manager at Townview Magnet Center has been selected to serve as an administrative assistant for School Leadership A. Ms. Contreras will report to 9400 on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. She has been doing all that she can to leave our office in the best shape possible. She has built relationships with students, staff, and parents. Of course, we will dearly miss Ms. Contreras, but I think the students will miss her most because she supported them in countless ways. And though it will not be the same, and she will not be in our building, we know that we can reach out to her if needed while respecting her new role...and I will miss my friend.

Congratulations, ladies!



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This Week at ESSM

(B) Monday, November 15, 2021
  • Gratitude Week. How will you express gratitude this week?
  • Magnet Feeder Principals' Meeting
  • Senior Portraits (AP Literature Classes)
  • Spot Observations Resume

(A) Tuesday, November 16, 2021

  • ESSM Celebratory Breakfast 8:30AM (Vansickle's Office)
  • Senior Portraits Day 2 (AP Literature Classes)
  • Advanced Placement Collaboration (Room 101 9:15--Noon)
  • District-wide Principals' Meeting
  • Fire Drill
  • Professional Development (Selected ESSM Teachers, SBM Teachers; CIC VanSickle Facilitates; Room 393; 4:45PM)
  • ESSM Open House (Virtual 6:00 PM)

(B) Wednesday, November 17, 2021

  • Coffee with ESSM
  • Mr. Lindsey Presents Writing Support at School of Health's CILT8:15
  • Job Fair Info Session

(A) Thursday, November18, 2021

  • Recruitment Event at Hulcy
  • Conferences
  • Job Fair at Conrad HS

(B) Friday, November 19, 2021

  • Shelter in Place Drill
  • Conferences
  • Lesson Plans Due
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Surging Anxiety Among Adolescents: What's Going On?

In this article in Psychology Today, psychiatrist Ralph Lewis (University of Toronto) says that in recent years, more and more young people have been coming to him with anxiety disorders. He suggests four possible explanations:

• There may be a genuine increase in distress among young people for any number of reasons – there’s a lot to be distressed about these days!

• Kids seem more willing to report mental health issues. Before, they were reluctant to admit they had problems, and would come to a psychiatrist’s office only at the insistence of concerned parents. Now more adolescents are self-diagnosing – and are disappointed if Lewis says their problems aren’t serious enough for clinical treatment.

• This increased openness may be encouraged by media reports of widespread mental health problems among adolescents.

• The most recent edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) loosened its language on anxiety: “clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational (or academic), or other important areas of functioning.”

Mental health problems like anxiety can be mapped on the left and right sides of a bell-shaped curve, says Lewis. With anxiety, the majority of people are in the mentally healthy, average bulge in the middle. At the right-hand side, he says, are those “prone to experience anxiety more intensely, more frequently, and for longer durations than others, causing those individuals greater distress and impairment in their functioning.” They might have a moderate disorder or, at the tail end of the curve, a disabling condition requiring clinical treatment.

On the left side of the continuum are those who experience unusually little anxiety. These people may be courageous and cool under pressure, but they may also take unnecessary risks and come across as emotionally insensitive. “At the extreme of this end of the spectrum,” says Lewis, “some might even be predisposed to be psychopaths.”

Interestingly, he says, the extremes have been important to human survival: “Diversity of traits is essential for a species to survive and evolve as environments change; a trait that is a weakness in one environment at one time and place might well turn out to be a strength in another environment at another time and place.”

“Something has changed,” Lewis concludes. Perhaps “the cultural changes in society are significant enough that young people, now able to talk fluently about mental health, are looking to medicine as a way to explain the normal, if painful, parts of life.”

“The Anxiety Boom” by Ralph Lewis in Psychology Today, November/December 2021 (Vol. 54, #6, pp. 28-29); Lewis can be reached at ralph.lewis@utoronto.ca
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