Secondary Building Blurb from Mrs. Zabel
As an update to the math position, we have a candidate who will begin the second semester with us. Yay!
Our PTSO sponsored MS Movie Night was very well attended - and anyone who showed up in costume received a homework pass to use in 2nd quarter.
We have our annual Veterans' Day presentation on Monday, Nov. 12th from 10:55-12:00 in the HS auditorium - please join us if you can.
We do have Thanksgiving break coming up very quickly. Monday and Tuesday before the holiday will be regular school days!
Please know that random drug testing happens each week for students with off campus privileges. You will be notified if your son or daughter has been selected.
Congratulations to the November Student's of the Month, PiperJo Jones and Dalton Hockaday!
11/15- PTSO Meeting
11/12- Middle School Career Cafe
11/12- Veteran's Day Program
11/15 - Parent Summit
11/21 - 11/23 - Fall Break
Check the district calendar for more upcoming events, and details.
College and Career Corner
Teens and Screen Time
- Adults are worse than kids when it comes to being addicted to screens/phones
- There is too much emphasis on "screens are bad" and not enough emphasis on the positive side of technology
- Many students felt that they are expected to abide by rules around screen time that the adults in their lives to not follow
Below are some tips provided by the makers of the film:
Four basic rules to consider:
- No screens in bedrooms when kids and teens go to sleep (for younger kids keep screens out completely). Fact: 75% teens get inadequate sleep. The presence of devices disrupts sleep cycles.
- Set time goals for studying without multitasking and then, also, take tech breaks. Fact: Multitasking is linked to less retention and poorer academic outcomes.
- Eat family meals without devices. Fact: Face-to-face conversations improve mood and empathy.
- Put phones and devices away in the car. Fact: More than half of kids report seeing their parents text while driving.
Two tips to help your child build self-control:
- Science shows that positive rewards work better than punishment. For example, if you observe your child focused while doing their homework without their device, praise them.
- Build times when tech is out of sight. Self-control is hard, so decrease temptations.
You can also subscribe to "Tech Talk Tuesdays", a weekly blog post with helpful information about technology and topics for conversation with your children. Sign up here: https://www.screenagersmovie.com/tech-talk-tuesdays/
Snapchat Map Feature - "Snap Map"
Stick and Poke Phenomenon
We recently learned that the "stick and poke" phenomenon is present her in Hayden, specifically in our middle school. See below for information about this.
What exactly is a stick and poke tattoo and how do they work?
Homemade tattoos made by manually poking the skin. They are often completed using the "needle and thread tattoo technique," where a standard sewing needle is attached to something that makes it easier to hold, like a pencil. The poked designs often appear lighter than professional ones since the needle doesn't insert the ink in as deeply.
What are the risks associated with getting a stick and poke tattoo?
- Infection from an unsanitary needle, which can lead to staph infections.
- If the poking needle is shared, contracting various bloodborne diseases becomes a possibility (i.e. HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C)