Parents of current Juniors (Class of 2014)

Senior Portrait Yearbook Deadline

Believe it or not, your student will be a senior before you know it. Now is the time to plan and schedule senior portraits. Senior portraits for the 2014 Equine yearbook are due to Ms. Blosch in November 2014 during the week of Thanksgiving. Do not wait until the last minute to get your photos taken, as photographers do require a few weeks to process and submit your photos.

Photos should be in VERTICAL format. Please make sure the pose you submit is appropriate for the yearbook. Any form of dress that is not considered appropriate by district standards will be considered unacceptable for publication. Some writing, art, props, or symbols deemed inappropriate by district standards are not acceptable for publication. Any senior who does not submit a photo by the November deadline can expect to see his or her registration picture in the 2014 yearbook.

France Trip

Thursday, May 23rd 2013 at 7pm

North Pod

LAST France Trip meeting will be on May 23rd, at 7PM in the North Pod.

Contact Madame Lyon at 552-5390 or mlyon@dbqschools.org if you cannot attend.

Congratulatins to I.S.T.A. Honors Orchestra Students

Congratulations to I.S.T.A. Honors Orchestra Students

Hempstead is honored to have seven orchestra students selected for the 2013 Iowa String Teachers Association State Honors Orchestra. Students from across Iowa have been selected from their district honors orchestras to participate in this state event. The I.S.T.A. Honors Orchestra is held in conjunction with the Iowa String Teachers Association's annual state convention at the University of Northern Iowa on May 11. The following Hempstead orchestra students will represent our school and community at this special event:

Amalia Bascom - violin II, Kyle Geesey - cello,

Haemin Han - violin I, Jonas Mago - cello, Joshua Nichols - cello,

Nichole Wollmuth - viola, Madeleine Zuercher - viola


Teens and Alcohol Abuse

With prom just around the corner concerns of safety are heightened. The Department of Public Health, through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has shared the following article with the schools. Please take a few minutes to consider the following information.

Did you know that youth who start drinking before age 15 are five times more likely to develop alcohol dependence or abuse later in life than those who begin drinking at or after age 21? This is an unfortunate fact, especially since many youth don’t even realize they are making a decision that will have a negative impact on their future. There are about 16 million alcoholics in the United States and an unbelievable reality is that ¼ of these alcoholics are teens.

The teenage brain is still developing and drinking alcohol hinders that development. It stunts the brain’s functional ability and increases their risk of becoming an alcoholic. Alcohol is an addictive drug that the body, once it has enough, will constantly ask for.

Although there cannot be a specific answer for every individual, the most common reason for underage drinking is to “fit in”. In our culture, a lot of value is placed on fitting in and being accepted by peers. Teenagers are beginning to figure out their identities and who they are. In an attempt to fit in or look cool, alcohol is sometimes used as a way of bringing people together and showing off.

According to Iowa’s 2011 Drug Control Strategy, alcohol continues to be the most abused substance in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) designed a website geared just for 13-16 year olds to give teens the facts about alcohol and underage drinking. Have your son/daughter check it out at www.whatdoyouthrowaway.org.

For more information contact Dawn Cogan, Dubuque County SPF SIG Project Coordinator, at dcogan@helpingservices.org or 563-582-5317.