Albritton PTSO Editor-in-Chief Lori Mikos BULLDOG BULLETIN Volume II Issue III November 4, 2009 CHOCOLATE SALES HUGE SUCCESS!!! IMPORTANT DATES: Nov 11 No School We would like to thank those Albritton students and family members who Nov 13 Parent /Teacher helped make this year’s fundraiser a great success. The Team race has been very close. Teams Liberty and Eagles have been leading the entire time sometimes Conferences– within a few cases of each other. All of these students deserve special thanks No School for working so hard selling chocolate bars. Nov 18 Awards ceremony The final results are: 9:00 7th grade 10:00 8th grade THE WINNING TEAM IS LIBERTY – selling 153 Cases and 1:30pm 9th grade winning the ice cream sundae party. Nov 18 PTSO meeting 10:30 am in Media Eagles sold 140 cases Center Thunderbolts sold 113 cases Nov 25 - 27 No School Patriots sold 86 cases Happy Thanksgiving!!! Freshmen sold 70 cases The top sellers are : 1st place- Jacob Eaton sold 22 cases $300 cash card. 2nd place– Amber Sautter sold 19 cases $200 cash card. 3rd place– Briana McKevitt sold 13 cases $100 cash card. The dress down date for those who sold ONE WHOLE CASE is November 10 A letter and name tag will be sent home to winning students. PTSO EXECUTIVE BOARD President: Michele O’Neil V.P.: Andrea Tebbe Chocolate Fundraiser Notice Treasurer: Melinda DiLorenzo Secretary: Michelle Long The Albritton Fall Fundraiser ended on October 23. The PTSO is in the process of collecting money and chocolate that is owed Newsletter: Lori Mikos from all students. We need money and chocolate turned in as soon as possible. PAGE 2 BU LLD OG BU LLET I N DON’T FORGET TO SAVE YOUR BOX TOPS!!!! SCHOOL STORE OPEN TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS DURING LUNCH. SPIRIT WEAR IS ALSO AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME. BRRRRR …….with the weather getting colder, don’t forget to purchase your bulldog sweatshirt ($10.00) or long sleeve shirt ($9.00) from the PTSO during lunch at the school store. From The Nurse…… Vision screening was done on 7th grade students on October 27th. Vision referral letters for students who did not pass the screening will be mailed the first week in November. If you receive a referral letter, please schedule an eye exam for your child as soon as possible. It is very important for a student’s academic success to have the best vision possible. Appointments can be scheduled at your primary clinic or there are many Optometry clinics in town that accept Tri- care patients. Tricare covers one annual eye exam per dependent by a Tricare Provider. Please take the referral letter with you to the exam so the doctor can complete the bottom portion. This information needs to be returned to the school nurse so it can be documented in your child’s School Health Record. Reminder…..we are in cold and flu season. Please do not send your child to school if he/she has flu symptoms. If your child has fever, he/she must not return to school until he/she is fever-free for 24 hours without fever- reducing medications. Good hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs. Difference between Cold and Swine Flu Symptom Cold Swine Flu Fever Rare Usually present - 100º or higher for 3-4 days Coughing Hacking, productive Non-productive Aches Slight body aches Severe body aches Stuffy nose Commonly present Not commonly present Chills Uncommon 60% of people experience chills Tiredness Fairly mild Moderate to severe Sneezing Commonly present Not common Sudden symptoms Develop over few days Rapid onset – 3-6 hours Headache Uncommon Very common Sore throat Commonly present Not commonly present Chest discomfort Mild to moderate Often severe BU LLD OG BU LLET I N PAGE 3 2009-2010 School Counseling Needs Assessment Findings The following topics are the top three #1 choices by grade level selected by students, staff, and parents. STUDENTS 7th Grade: 8th Grade: 1. Study Skills 1. Study Skills 2. 6 Year Graduation Academic Plan 2. 6 Year Graduation Academic Plan 3. Sexual Harassment 3. Suicide/Depression Training 9th Grade: 1. 6 Year Graduation Academic Plan 2. Study Skills 3. Suicide/Depression Training What are some other ways the school counselors can help you? These are the topics/areas that students submitted on the needs assessment. Personal and social skills (good behavior/not to be rude to people) Friendship issues/Relationships/Getting along School Support Services is hosting a Youth Transition Workshop. If your family is moving Rape after December 10, your child can attend the Problems outside of school workshop. Students just need to fill out a short questionnaire by November 15, 2009. Students Improvement in school can obtain the questionnaires from Mrs. Gath- Guidance regarding extracurricular activities ings, School Counselor. School issues Decision making Youth Transition Workshop Drama problems Date: December 10, 2009 Abuse Time: 2:40 – 3:10 Family issues Communication with students (if you are feeling bad, counselors can help you) Gangs Drug Awareness Anger Management Group counseling (topic: student problems) Moving and leaving your friends Provide information regarding high schools, colleges, and careers Go Green (we did – we did recycle) BULLDOG BULLETIN PAGE 4 COUNCELOR’S CORNER CONT’D PARENTS We appreciate the parents who participated. We did not receive enough feedback to come to any definite conclusions. However, we would like to share some of the recommendations. 7th grade parents: • Keeping parents informed in a timely manner • Help others understand that they can stop bullying by just speaking up for someone else • Provide a list of clubs, sports, and activities annually 8th grade parents: • Keep information coming home that parents need to reinforce 9th grade parents: • No comments given STAFF We appreciate the staff members who participated. We did not receive enough feedback to come to any definite conclusions. However, we would like to share some of the recommendations. • What teachers can do about bullying • Work one on one or in groups with at-risk students • Work with students on obtaining goals and what their plan is • Gangs and issues of belonging and the consequences • Sexual Harassment Training Study Skills and Organization As a result of the School Counseling Needs Assessment conducted at the beginning of this school year, the booklet “How To Get Good Grades” was purchased and will be incorporated into our Language Arts classes. The following excerpts are Tips for Parents from this booklet: • Show interest. • Discuss classes and set goals. • Don’t nag about school or grades. Your child will tune you out. • Don’t allow your child to miss school unless he/she is truly ill. • Listen. You will send a message that school isn’t important. • Be available to help. • Don’t criticize a teacher in front of your child. Your child will only lose respect for that teacher. • Encourage school involvement. • Don’t make your child’s failures (or successes) your own. Your • Monitor your child’s activities and jobs. child may see getting poor grades as a way to rebel. • Don’t have expectations that are unrealistic. If your child knows • Be aware of what not to do. that your expectations cannot be met, he/she may not even try. • Work with your school.
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