March Newsletter

3rd Nine Weeks


Digital Arts and Technology Academy at Adams Middle School counselors will partner with parents, students, and the community to develop high achieving learning that empowers college bound leaders and productive citizens of good character.

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2 Ways to sign into Xello:

1. Student SSO Link

2. Access the link through Self-Serve

The More You Know

When students use e-cigarettes, also known as vape pens, many of them believe they are just vaping "flavored water". On the contrary, vaping involves inhaling "e-juice", a form of aerosol. According to the American Lung Association, aerosols typically contain flavorings such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease. Students also fail to realize that some vape pens, cartridges, or pods can contain nicotine, even when it is marketed to contain none at all. For example, according to the CDC, JUUL (a popular brand amongst 15-24 years old) always contains nicotine. They are one of the few e-cigarette brands that use nicotine salts, which allow particularly high levels of nicotine to be inhaled more easily and with less irritation than commonly used tobacco products. Vape cartridges or pods can also be filled with THC (marijuana oil), CBD, in addition to other harmful chemicals. NOTE: If a vape pen has more than one gram of THC, students will be arrested and charged with a third degree felony.

Vape pens are quite easy to conceal. They do not leave a telltale scent, and many of them can be disguised as commonly known items, such as a small USB drive and/or a Sharpie. Vaping is harmful to our students because it affects brain development, respiratory systems, and in some cases, will cause psychological effects. It could lead to an addiction, or students wanting to "chase a high" and experiment with other drugs like heroin, cocaine, LSD, PCP, meth, fentanyl, etc.

Many students do not know the facts. Talk to them about what they are doing to their physical and mental health. Encourage parents to start the conversation at home.

Check out the references and resources below for more information.

Talking to Youth & Young Adults
Talk to Your Child About Drugs (Parent Resource)

American Lung Association: Talk About Vaping

Quick Facts on the Risks

Opioid Crisis: The Story of a Fentanyl Victim

Drug Overdoses Top 100,000

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How it Works:

Step 1: Students can schedule an appointment by app, website or phone: 844-249-4094

When signing in through the website or app, your member ID is your student ID

Step 2: Our mental health professionals will reach out to the student via phone or video chat at the scheduled appointment time.

Step 3: Appointments can last up to 30 minutes.


  • Spring Break March 14-18, 2022
  • Escape the Vape March 21-25, 2022
  • Escape the Vape Parent Workshop March 23, 2022
  • Kindness Crew Clean Up March 30, 2022

Counseling Team