Welcome to another edition of the #mustangSAFE newsletter. If this is your first time reading this our district safety initiative is named #mustangSAFE which notifies all staff, students, and community members that when they see #mustangSAFE it has to do with school safety. This month we will look at FIGHT in our three-part series to help individuals outside of school when they encounter an active shooter. This crisis can happen anywhere and we want you to be prepared. As always if you "HEAR SOMETHING, SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING"

School safety is not one person's responsibility, it is the responsibility of every school community member.


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If you become trapped in a building during an active shooter situation, hiding does not prevent you from putting up a fight later.

If you are confronted by the shooter, you have to assume that your actions are all that stand between yourself, your colleagues and grave harm. Whatever decision you make whether to run, hide or fight make sure to commit to your decision and to continuously re-evaluate the situation.

· Fight for your life.

· Search around you for sharp objects you can use to disable the attacker.

· Collaborate with people around you to ensure you’re not working alone.

· Do not hold back and do not stop until you know beyond certainty that the situation you are safe.

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The Difference between LOCKOUT and LOCKDOWN

School LOCKOUTS are intended to protect students from danger or threats located outside the building, and as a result, schools may go into a lockout or secure-perimeter scenario if there are crimes in or around the campus. By requiring children to stay inside the building and to create a secure perimeter, lockouts can help local law enforcement as they seek suspects. Additionally, they allow the educational day to continue uninterrupted and with little to no student knowledge of events that are occurring.

A LOCKDOWN is used to protect students from danger inside their school. These require teachers to lock doors, turn out lights, and instruct students to hide in silence. LOCKDOWN scenarios should not be common, and when used, well-trained teachers can help students practice the process without invoking terror.

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All campuses are equipped with STOP THE BLEED KITS. In these kits are gauze, tourniquet, and blood clotting kits to stop the bleeding of a victim. Also located in the red bag is detailed instructions on how to use each of these life-saving items.

Social Media Presnetation

Sara Loer and the administration staff were instrumental in having a presenter come in and speak to the middle school and high school students about the presence and awareness of social media. He also spoke on the effects cyberbullying can have on students.
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Spring in Texas brings pleasant temperatures wildflowers flowers lined highways and dreaded spring storms. One major hazard of these storms is a impressive display of lightning. On average there are 1,800 thunderstorms on Earth which leads to 100 lighting strikes hitting the Earth per second.

US fire departments respond to an average of 22,600 fires per year started by lighting. Texas ranks second on the list when it comes to the number of homeowners insurance lighting losses. More and more property owners are becoming educated on the hazards of lighting and need to protect there property. Below is a breif overview of the componets that typically make up a lighting protection system.

Surge Suppressors - surge suppression is installed at the elecrical panels to prevent the entrance of over-voltages which can cause a fire.

Surge Arresters - arresters installed at the electrical panels help protect heavy appliances and prevent fires at the service panel entrance.

Tree protection - it is recommended that any tree taller than the structure or within 10 feet of a structure be equipped with a lighting protection system. An unproteccted tree in close proximity to a structure can create a side flash hazard. The tree can also come crashing down on the structure.

Keep in mind that a single bolt of lightning can carry over 30 million volts of electricty. It is no wonder why lightning can rip through roofs, explode brick and concrete and ignite fires. In the event of a lighting, storm do the best to protect yourself by staying inside.

What is Synthetic Weed? Know the Side Effects, Street Names and More

Synthetic weed, a human-made mind-altering chemical that can be up to 100 times more potent than marijuana, remains a popular drug among American teenagers. In the past year, 3.5 percent of twelfth graders, 2.9 percent of tenth graders and 1.6 percent of eighth graders reported using the drug according to a Texas survey.

What is Synthetic Weed?

Synthetic weed, formally called synthetic cannabinoids, is a chemical that is either sprayed on dried herbs and spices to be smoked or sold as liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes and other devices. It is often sold in small packets and called “herbal incense” or “potpourri.” It is also labeled as “not for human consumption.”

Synthetic weed is often advertised as safe and legal when it is neither. And although “weed” is in the name, synthetic weed (sometimes called “fake weed”) can affect the brain much more powerfully than marijuana.

Synthetic weed also has hundreds of street names, some of the most popular being:

  • K2
  • Spice
  • Aroma
  • Black Mamba
  • Blaze
  • Bliss
  • Chaos
  • Chill
  • Fake weed
  • Lava
  • Mojo
  • Scooby Snack
  • SpicyXXX

What are the Side Effects of Synthetic Weed?

Behavioral Symptoms

  • Sudden, extreme stints of hyperactivity
  • Sudden, extreme stints of lethargy
  • Sudden, unprovoked, and extreme angry outbursts
  • Physical aggression

Physical Symptoms

  • Heart palpitations
  • Chest pains
  • Muscle spasms
  • Headaches
  • Panic attacks
  • Nausea
  • Feeling unusually happy
  • Seizures

Cognitive Symptoms

  • Paranoia
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusion
  • Altered perceptions
  • Depersonalization

Psycho-social Symptoms

  • Elevated moods
  • Extreme anxiety
  • Extreme depressive episodes
  • Psychosis

Synthetic weed can also raise blood pressure and cause reduced blood supply to the heart, as well as kidney damage and seizures.


Middle and High school students participated in our first #mustangSAFE student committee. Students were able to provide information on how our safety programs is working for them. Students also provided great ideas of how they want our safety program to progress as we move into our second year of the #mustangSAFE initiative. This is just another example of how amazing our students are at Nixon-Smiley CISD.
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