In November, counselors will be teaching safety lessons on “Safer, Smarter Teens.” We were one of the middle schools in Pasco County to pilot this important curriculum, which will be expanded to all Pasco County Schools in 2017-18.
This age-appropriate personal safety curriculum empowers students to protect themselves in potentially unsafe situations and provides practical strategies to help teens protect themselves without being explicit or frightening.
To learn more about Safer, Smarter Teens and the organization that developed the curriculum, Lauren’s Kids, please visit: https://safersmarterteens.org
Monday, October 24th- “Team Up To Be Drug Free”: Wear your favorite collegiate sports team attire.
Tuesday, October 25th- “Being Drug Free is My Super Power”: Dress like your favorite Super Hero.
Wednesday, October 26th- “Buddy Up Against Drugs”: Buddy up with a friend and dress like twins.
Thursday, October 27th- “Hair’s to a Drug Free Life”: Show your drug free spirit with wild hair.
Friday, October 28th- “Peace Out to Drugs”: Wear tie-dye and peace signs.
Monday, October 31st- “Bulldog Strong Against Drugs”: Show your bulldog pride and wear orange and black, our school colors.
We look forward to celebrating Red Ribbon Week’s focus on healthy, drug-free choices! Each day, your counselors will be on the morning announcements, put on special activities, will spotlight the natural high of famous athletes, artists, and musicians.
8th graders consistently on-track in academics, behavior, and attendance will receive information to apply for the Pasco Education Foundation’s Take Stock in Children Scholarship. Students will be provided with information, deadline date, and resources to contact for further information. Criteria includes a semester GPA of 2.50 or higher, no disipline issues, agree to remain crime & drug-free, and maintain good grades and attendance. This scholarship provides up to a 4-year tuition-free scholarship, college readiness coach, mentor. Families must agree to provide W2, 1040, and pay stub information to support income eligibility requirements. More information will be provided by Mrs. Holzum, 8th grade school counselor.
Starting in October, school counselors will work on rotation to teach the first lesson of the year. 8th grade lessons are the Safer Smarter Teens curriculum, which teach students about safety skills for teens. 6th and 7th grade lessons are the Orientation lesson, teaching students who their counselor is, how to access counseling support, what a counselor helps with, and ways to solve conflict.