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Suicide Prevention Information for Parents

Posted on: April 25, 2017

Dear Parents,

As a result of the popular new series on Netflix, “13 Reasons Why,” about teen suicide, the Calapooia counseling department would like to provide you with some information that may prove helpful in responding to associated concerns.  Please note that even while your student may not watch this show, there is a strong possibility that they will be exposed to the film’s content via conversations with friends.   We want to remind parents of the importance that youth have access to informed adults that they can turn to and have candid conversations with.  The theme of suicide is not one that middle schoolers are prepared to grapple with alone.  Hopefully, your student already knows that if something makes them feel uncomfortable, then it is probably a good idea to reach out and speak to a trusted adult.  Likewise, it is important that parents understand the warning signs and have information regarding how to address any concerns that may come up.  HELPGUIDE, in collaboration with Harvard Health, has an excellent article regarding warning signs and how to best help a struggling teen.  You can find it at: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/teen-depression-signs-help.htm

Further information can be found at:

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Finally, due to the sensationalistic nature of the media, it is increasingly important that we expose students to stories of hope and resilience.  We all need to hear stories about courageous individuals that have overcome great hardships, only to become strong role models in their communities.   Students also need to know that help is available and that even healthy adults ask for help when needed.   If your child appears to be struggling, don’t ignore the problem.  Be direct and ask if they are having any thoughts of hurting themselves or of suicide.  Seek professional help in these cases and ensure your son or daughter that there is always hope to recover.

24 hour crisis lines:  

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1 800 273-(TALK) 8255

Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ youth: 1 866 488-7386

 

Estimados Padres:

Como resultado de la popular nueva serie de Netflix, “13 Reasons Why” (“13 Razones del porque”),  acerca del suicidio adolescente, el departamento de asesoramiento de Calapooia,  le gustaría proporcionarle información que podría ser útil para responder a las dudas asociadas. Tenga en cuenta que aunque su estudiante no pueda ver este programa, existe una fuerte posibilidad de que se exponga al contenido de la película, a través de conversaciones con sus amigos. Queremos recordarles a los padres la importancia, de que los jóvenes tengan acceso a adultos informados, en quienes puedan acudir y tener conversaciones abiertas.  El tema del suicidio no es algo que los estudiantes de secundaria estén preparados a afrontar solos. Con suerte, su estudiante ya sabe que si algo les hace sentir incómodos, entonces seguramente es una buena idea hablar con un adulto de confianza. Asimismo, es importante que los padres entiendan las señales de advertencia y tengan información sobre cómo abordar cualquier preocupación que pueda surgir. HELPGUIDE (guía de ayuda), en colaboración con Harvard Health (Harvard Salud), tiene un excelente artículo sobre señales de advertencia y cómo ayudar mejor a un adolescente que está teniendo dificultades. Se le puede encontrar en: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/teen-depression-signs-help.htm

Puede encontrar más información en:

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (Fundación Americana para la Prevención de Suicidio)

National Alliance on Mental Illness (Alianza Nacional Sobre Enfermedades Mentales)

Por último, debido al carácter sensacionalista de los medios, es cada vez más importante que expongamos a los estudiantes a historias de esperanza y resistencia. Todos necesitamos escuchar historias sobre personas valientes que han superado grandes dificultades, sólo para convertirse en modelos de conducta fuertes en sus comunidades. Los estudiantes también necesitan saber que la ayuda está disponible y que incluso los adultos sanos piden ayuda cuando es necesario. Si su hijo/a parece estar teniendo dificultades, no ignore el problema. Sea directo y pregunte si está o están teniendo pensamientos de hacerse daño o de suicidarse. Busque ayuda profesional en estos casos y asegure, a su hijo o hija, que siempre hay posibilidad y esperanza de recuperarse.

Líneas  de Crisis 24 horas:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Línea Nacional de Ayuda y  Prevención de Suicidio):

1 800 273-(TALK) 8255

 

Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ youth (Trevor línea de ayuda para jóvenes LGBTQ) : 1 866 488-7386

Read information about proposed projects at each school

Posted on: April 16, 2017

Enrollment in the District is projected to increase by about 500 students in the next five years. Ballot Measure 22-165 would fund new or renovated classrooms at all grade levels.

A new elementary school is proposed near Timber Ridge, and new classrooms and a major renovation is proposed for Oak Grove Elementary School.

For more information about the proposed Oak Grove project, see the architectural conceptual drawings.

For information about projects proposed for each school in the District, see the school project profiles.

Shop class teaches wood working skills…and math

Posted on: April 7, 2017

Calapooia Middle School has the only middle school shop class in the district. There are six sections each term, and they are enrolled at capacity with students in each grade with diverse academic interests.

Shop teacher Spence Meekins, a former math teacher, said that the skills he teaches in his class reinforce math skills the students are learning, and they give students a chance to apply what they learn in math.

If Ballot Measure 22-165 is approved by voters, funds will be used to add and expand vocational programs like shop class at all middle and high schools in the district.

Read about recommendations for new vocational technical programs. 

Latest Early Release Schedule

Posted on: April 3, 2017

March 17, 2017

Dear Calapooia Families,

As you are aware, the school district lost an instructional day to weather on March 6, 2017 and the School Board indicated their desire to make up the lost instruction time. You know that in our district, students have generally been released one hour earlier on Wednesdays so that teachers can meet and discuss student progress. In January, the School Board added 20 minutes of instructional time to those Wednesdays as part of a plan to recapture some of the lost classroom time due to weather.

Because we had to take another snow day on March 6, the School Board directed that an additional 20 minutes be added to each Wednesday. The cumulative result is that beginning April 5 and continuing for the remainder of this school year, students will dismiss on Wednesdays only 20 minutes earlier than they would on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday.

After school activities providers such as CAP, the Boys and Girls Club, the YMCA, and Albany Parks and Recreation have been advised of the schedule change but if you have other after school child care arrangements please notify those persons yourself.

Sincerely,

Gina Ayers

Principal

 

17 de marzo del 2017

Estimadas Familias de Calapooia

Como ustedes saben, el distrito escolar perdió un día de instrucción el 6 de marzo del 2017 debido al mal clima y la Mesa Directiva indicó su deseo de recuperar ese tiempo de instrucción perdido. Ustedes saben que en nuestro distrito, los estudiantes generalmente han salido una hora temprano los días miércoles para que los maestros puedan reunirse y conversar sobre el progreso de los estudiantes. En enero, la Mesa Directiva agregó 20 minutos adicionales al tiempo de instrucción a esos días miércoles, como parte de un plan para recuperar parte del tiempo perdido en las clases debido al clima.

Debido a que tuvimos que cancelar otro día de clases el 6 de marzo a causa de la nieve, la Mesa Directiva ordenó que se agregaran 20 minutos adicionales a cada miércoles. El resultado acumulativo es que a partir del 5 de abril y en adelante por el resto de este año escolar, los estudiantes serán despedidos los miércoles solamente 20 minutos antes del horario regular de los lunes, martes, jueves o viernes.

Los proveedores de actividades después de la escuela, como CAP, el Boys and Girls Club (club de niños y niñas), YMCA y Albany Parks and Recreation (parques y recreación de Albany) han sido informados del cambio de horario, pero si usted tiene otros arreglos de cuidado de niños después de la escuela, por favor notifíqueles usted mismo.

Atentamente

Gina Ayers

Directora

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