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A Note from Dr. Wolfe
This month we returned re-energized and excited for a successful second semester. Our faculty remains committed to creating a culture of achievement through Wildcat Pride! During the first semester, our students experienced various successes and challenges both in and out of the classroom. As we progress through the second semester, please encourage your child to get involved in any of the various activities and events we offer and to continue to persist academically.
Student safety remains our top priority at Queen Creek Middle School. The use of E-Cigarettes and various Vaporizers, or “Vapes”, has drawn national attention. Therefore, this month I would like to share important information regarding “vapes” or other vapor products. As partners in education we all share the responsibility of keeping our kids safe. Therefore, I would like to provide a brief overview of vapes to help educate and inform our parents, community, students and staff.
On December 18, 2018, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, declared e-cigarette use an “epidemic” in our country (Yale Medicine). According to the Center for Disease Control 38% of high school aged students and 18% of middle school aged students have tried vaping (2018). Moreover, E-Cigarette sales are estimated to be a $2.5 billion industry and vaporizer designers are constructing vape products to be more and more disguised.
The devices pictured below represent various examples of disguised vaporizers currently for sale in the United States. As you will see, many of these products look like a simple USB flash drive (commonly referred to as a Juul), pen, or even an inhaler (see first photo below).
We have a collaborative responsibility to educate our children. In order to do so effectively, we must be able to recognize the different shapes and types of e-cigarettes that are trendy and appealing to our youth. Below are other common examples of e-cigarettes that are more noticeable (CDC, 2018) (see second photo below).
In addition to being able to recognize these products, I encourage our entire community to continue to educate our children of the deleterious effects of e-cigarettes or tobacco products. A common misconception of today’s adolescents is that the use of these products is not harmful. The CDC has confirmed the use of e-cigarettes is unsafe. According to the CDC, most e-cigarettes contain nicotine which is a highly addictive chemical that can directly impact brain development in our youth (2018). Additionally, they have found other harmful toxic chemicals contained in e-cigarettes that can cause cancer and lung disease (2018).
An informed community and staff is our greatest asset for ensuring the safety of our students. If you would like more information, please feel free to visit www.cdc.gov. Together, we will continue to strengthen our school and community partnership as we walk this journey together to educate our students in a safe learning environment.
Queen Creek Middle School
Stay Healthy Wildcats! Drink W-A-T-E-R
Avoiding Winter Dehydration
Living in Arizona, we are well aware of being hot, thirsty, and at times dehydrated. But did you know that winter dehydration is just as dangerous and can pose a serious health risk. While we all know that drinking water is the #1 key to avoiding becoming dehydrated, it may be more difficult during the cooler months to realize you need to take a water break.
In fact, research shows, that sweat evaporates quicker in cold, dry air, and can result in dehydration. When we don’t sweat as much, we’re tricked into thinking we are not losing fluids as quickly as we would on a hot, summer day.
Staying hydrated in winter is simple:
• Drink water and replenish fluids, especially after or during physical activity.
• Don’t rely on thirst to tell you when you need to drink water. Make a point to drink a certain amount of water each day.
• Eat your fruits and vegetables! You can get water from the foods that you eat. Not only are fruits and vegetables good for you, but they also help you stay hydrated.
• Always have water with you. A reusable water bottle can help keep you hydrated year-round. If you normally carry water with you during the summer, continue the habit through the winter.
Knowing the signs of winter dehydration can help you remember to drink water. If you experience any of the following you may be dehydrated: Thirst, dark-colored urine, dizziness, fatigue, and dry skin can all indicate dehydration. Drink water immediately!! Drink water and stay healthy Wildcats!!
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Greetings! AVID is currently gearing up to host another family movie night in March. Please keep a look out for an invitation!
Our second annual College and Career Day will be held on Tuesday, March 5th from 8:45-1:05. We are looking for some guest speakers that can speak with our students about their specific profession. If you are interested, please complete the form below. Thank you for your help in making this our most successful event to date!
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS)
Future Wildcat Night
Mrs. Exley's Busy Students
Career students were reading an article and taking focused notes on "Is middle school too early to pick a career?". It has been really interesting to see their opinions evolve on the subject before & after reading the article!
Mrs. Burkhart, QCMS Orchestra Director, is proud to announce there are 11 students from Orchestra that have been selected to represent QCMS at the All State Orchestra on March 23 at Perry HS. Six students from the Cadet Orchestra will be participating in the Elementary All State Orchestra.Five students from the Intermediate Orchestra will be participating in the JH All State Orchestra. Congratulations to these students for their accomplishment!
February 21st from 6 to 7 pm
A representative from the Attorney General's Office will address the different types of bullying, how it's affecting youth, and preventative measures parents can take.
Step into the Nurse's Office
Healthy New Year's Resolutions for Children & Teens
The start of the New Year is a great time to help your children focus on forming good habits! The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provides the following list of ideas for you to talk to your children about trying.
- I will drink reduced-fat milk and water most days.
- I will try to eat two servings of fruit and two servings of vegetables every day. I will drink sodas only at special times.
- I will take care of my skin by putting on sunscreen before I go outdoors on bright, sunny days. I will try to remember to stay in the shade whenever possible and wear a hat and sunglasses, especially when I'm playing sports.
- I will try to find a sport (like basketball or soccer) or an activity (like playing tag, jumping rope, dancing or riding my bike) that I like and do it at least three times a week!
- I will always wear a helmet when riding a bike, scooter or skateboard.
- I will wear my seat belt every time I get in a car.
- When I have some down time for media, I will try to choose educational, high quality non-violent TV shows and video games that I enjoy. I will spend only one to two hours - at the most - each day on these activities. I promise to respect our household rules for video games and internet use.
- I'll try to be friendly to kids who may have a hard time making friends by asking them to join activities such as sports or games.
- I will tell an adult about bullying that I see or hear about to do what I can to help keep school safe for everyone.
- I will keep my personal info safe and not share my name, home address, school name or telephone number on the Internet. Also, I'll never send a picture of myself to someone I chat with on the computer without asking my parent if it is okay.
- When faced with a difficult decision, I will talk about my choices with an adult whom I can trust.
- When I feel angry or stressed out, I will take a break and find helpful ways to deal with the stress, such as exercising, reading, writing in a journal or talking about my problem with a parent or friend.