|Monday, 2/19||No School|
|Tuesday, 2/20||Boys Basketball vs. Covington @ Union HS
Girls Basketball vs. Covington @ 3:30
|Wednesday, 2/21||Girls Basketball vs. Wy’East @ 3:30 7th @ FMS|
|Thursday, 2/22||BAT Meeting @ 7:15 — Room 37
Early Release – Parent Teacher Conferences 12:30 – 3:00
Conferences in the Round – 5:00 – 7:00
|Friday, 2/23||Early Release
nConnect (8th Science Classes)
Safety and Supporting One Another…
Last Wednesday, our country faced yet another tragedy in the form of the school shooting that occurred in Florida. Situations like this bring out a host of emotions in both students and adults alike. As always, it is important for us to take the concerns of all stakeholders – staff, students, families, and community members – very seriously.
Students: As I mentioned in an email this past October, students respond to news like that of the incident at Stoneman Douglas High School in a variety of ways. Some are inquisitive, some have enhanced fear/anxiety, some process information verbally and others appear unfazed. What is important is that we be mindful of their concerns and responsive to their needs. There are several great resources available that describe how to support students in the face of tragic events. Common practices include: remaining positive and empathetic, maintaining consistent routines, being available for students, watching for signs of fear, stress, and anxiety, and more. While I wish we were starting our week off on a more positive note, I can’t think of a more responsive/caring group of adults to be available should the need arise. As shared a couple of weeks back, here is a copy of our student service brochure. Below are resources that can be utilized to support students as they process tragic news:
- Common Sense Media: Explaining News to Kids
- ASCA: Helping Kids During Crisis
- PBS: Talking to Kids About Tragic Events
Staff: We are the first line of support for our students, but it is equally important for us to support one another during times of difficulty. As mentioned in the past, Employee Solutions offers support in the form of free counseling to any employee in the district. This is a wonderful resource. I just heard from a spokesperson via Employee Solutions two weeks ago. They have worked hard to expand their service, offering later hours and extending sessions to Saturdays, as well. If you need access to this information, please check in with any counselor or administrator. We will continue to hold the rope for all those who need it – this is who we are and what we do.
Safety is an important component of what we do to support our students and families. Over the years, we have added more components to keep schools within Evergreen safe – the installation of IP-based HD cameras that can be accessed off-site via the internet, clinical psychologists employed within the district, school resource officers from Vancouver Police at each high school, with direct connections to the feeder schools (our SRO is Bret Olson – VPD), continued upgrades to safety and security throughout the district, threat assessments conducted in partnership with community resources, etc. As Director of Safety and Security Shane Gardner states, this is not an exhaustive list, but it continues to grow each day. One of our most powerful preventative forces is building relationships with students – asking questions, saying “hello” and finding ways to interact, becoming a safe adult that students can access if needs should arise. We’ve long made this a priority at Frontier and I am proud of the effort that you all put in each and every day.
Let us all keep the community of Parkland, Florida in our hearts as they navigate this terrible tragedy.
Thank you for all that you do to support our kids.
Parent Teacher Conferences
As mentioned a couple of weeks back, conferences are fast approaching. Conference week is here! Please be sure to connect with any student/family that is at risk academically (D/F grades) or is warranting any other need for a conference. The spreadsheet to sign up for conferences can be located here.
Please reach out to families of students at risk of/currently failing – it is important that we don’t assume they know their student is struggling and/or will automatically attend Conferences in the Round. If the student is failing, please arrange to conference with the family or ensure they are coming to CITR.
Conference Schedule this week
- Conferences – Thursday from 12:30 – 3:00
- Conferences in the Round – Thursday evening from 5:00 – 7:00
- 2/23 – nConnect Career Panel (8th Graders Only)
- 2/27 – John Steach visit @ 9:00
- 3/1 – 8th Grade High School Visits – Heritage, Union, HeLa
- 3/5 – Incoming 5th Grade Forecasting Night – 5:30 – 6:30
- 3/7 – 3/9 – Sam Bennett Residency Lab @ FMS
- 3/14 – Superintendent Classroom Visits (w/ School Board members) 8:30 – 10:30
nConnect – 8th Grader Teachers Please Read