Tiger Talk

November 2018

Secondary Building Blurb from Mrs. Zabel

Hard to believe it is November already! Thank you to all who attended our secondary conferences after the quarter ended.

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!

Upcoming Events:

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.

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As many of you may know, vaping has become a rising issue with teens today. Please see the article below for more information on vaping, juuls, and what to do about it.

College and Career Corner

Starting in November, we will be hosting a monthly "Career Cafe" for middle school students to learn about different careers. Please let Mrs. Cantrell know if you (or one of your colleagues) are interested in participating!

Teens and Screen Time

At the beginning of October, we showed the documentary Screenagers to students. Screenagers is a documentary that examines the impacts of screen time on kids' lives, and discusses ways to find a balance with screen time in our families (click here: https://www.screenagersmovie.com/about/ for a brief synopsis of the film). In our discussions with students, some major themes emerged:

  • 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Set time goals for studying without multitasking and then, also, take tech breaks. Fact: Multitasking is linked to less retention and poorer academic outcomes.
  3. Eat family meals without devices. Fact: Face-to-face conversations improve mood and empathy.
  4. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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"

The most recent "Tech Talk Tuesday" featured information about Snapchat's map feature. You can read it here:

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)

Secondary Counseling Department

Sarah Cantrell, MA Ed.

Secondary School Counselor


Lindsay Kohler, MSW

Secondary School Social Worker