Middle School News – March 4, 2019

I hope you all have enjoyed our Snow Day! I am hoping it is the first and last!

I heard from a couple of parents that they did not see the flier I sent out a month ago on the Middle School Spring Clubs, so here it is again: FLIER. Also, it might be helpful to know that I try to put these weekly notices on the school website under News, if you think you might have missed anything.

Tomorrow will be Day 2 I know that we have skipped what would have been Day 1 today, but we will certainly make up that day in June. So to clarify, March 5th was scheduled to be a Day 2 and it will indeed remain a Day 2.

Recently, we have reviewed the results of the annual Emerson Hospital Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Each year, students in 9 school districts, approximately 11, 000 students take this on-line survey in grade 6, 8 and high school. An item of note that I wanted to share with you is the self-reports of Alcohol and Drug Use: Current Grade 7 students – 1% reported drinking alcohol in the 30 days prior to the Spring survey; 1% reported smoking pot in the 30 days prior to the Spring survey. To put this in perspective, 1% of this grade level represents 2 students that reported. Current grade 9 students – 6% (11 students) reported drinking alcohol in the 30 days prior to the Spring survey; 3% (5 students) reported smoking pot in the 30 days prior to the Spring survey; 8% (14 students) reported mis-using prescription medications in the 30 days prior to the Spring survey.  While we are still talking about a small number of students, you can probably see the increase in numbers from grade 6 to grade 8. Here is a resource that might help you talk to your children about drinking that can be expanded to include other substances. As a school, we do talk about this in Wellness classes, but that cannot hold a candle to the impact a parent can have on a child. Make A Difference

Kathi McCollumn