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Freshmen Focus

Making the transition from middle school to high school.
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Leadership Group

on 11 June 2010

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Freshmen Focus
Making the Transition from
Middle School to High School Introduction Drug Awareness Getting Involved Adjusting to High School Personal Hygiene Wrap-Up Target Audience: Parents Set-Up:
Parents follow their child's schedule during Freshmen Orientation.
Go room to room for 15 minutes per academice domain and talk with teachers.
Parents attend their child's lunch period for the Freshman Focus Presentation given by the school counselors.
Allot 30 minutes for the presentation and 15 minutes for questions.




5 Topics of Discussion:
Adjusting to High School
Getting Involved
Personal Hygiene
Relationship Safety
Drug Awareness
Self Care

Good Hygiene Habits could lead to:




Healthy habits to teach:




Poor Personal Hygiene could lead to:


Kids with a healthy self-esteem:


Sleep


Teens typically need 9-10 hours of sleep per night

Poor sleep habits lead to:




Healthy sleep habits could foster academic success:




Helpful Reminders:

Tips and Resources

Hands on Central Ohio/2-1-1
http://www.handsoncentralohio.org
(Click on Get Help tab, scroll to community resources e-guide and click on it. Begin your search.)
Available 24/7
Link to Community Resource


Talk to your child about expectations.

Contact your child's school counselor for other community resources Research shows more than one quarter of teens fall asleep in class! Sleep is critical for academic success: Decreased memory Lower Self Esteem Increased restlessness Lower academic achievement Set up a consistent bedtime. This includes weekends
Be Aware of Caffeine intake prior to bedtime.
Improved test scores Increased attention and memory Increased energy and stamina Improved academic involvement Tips for Teens Parents Why Homework? Get organized Good study habits What to expect 2 hours of homework each night Fears Myths to bust More responsibilities Peer pressure Set good daily study and homework habits
Encourage your teen to get involved in extracurricular activities
Be involved and be available
Attend parent teacher conferences and other school functions




Meet your teens teachers,principals,and guidance counselors
Don't do your teens
homework Offer praise and
constructive
criticism Get to know their friends Know the school policies
and expectations Keep your sense of humor Set rules and follow through Review and practice
Learn to use other resources
Encourages self learning
Develops responsibilities and habits
Improves brain development
Prepares them for next day

Dialy Assignment Book Folders
Set goals Timeline Routine
System Stay organized
Use agenda book
Study at same time daily
No distractions
Comfortable enironment
Don't be hungry
Take breaks
Avoid cramming
Review daily


Fact: 1/3 of all dropouts
are in the 9th grade
WASH HANDS! shower daily brush and floss teeth comb hair wash face twice a day
are comfortable in groups and/or individual activities. have an easier time with conflicts and resisting negative pressure WHy is Self-Esteem Important? Improved Self-Esteem Increased chances of making and keeping friends Improved Body Image Increased chances of participation in extracurricular activities
Being Bullied
Isolation Lower self-esteem
Poor academic involvement Remember Parents Be a good role model
Make hygiene a responsibility
Set up a consistent bedtime Allow your child to make choices.
Give Positive Feedback
Praise Efforts What do you know about commonly used drugs and their affects?
Let's find out!

http://www.acde.org/youth/quiz.htm
THE FACTS:
22% of eighth graders, 39% of tenth graders, and 50% of twelfth graders reported having used alcohol in the past month
13% of eighth graders, 25% of tenth graders, and 30% of twelfth graders reported engaging in binge drinking in the last two weeks
9% of eight graders, 20% of tenth graders, and 22% of twelfth graders reported having used marijuana in the past month
Among eighth graders the most widely used illicit drugs other than marijuana are inhalants, amphetamines, and MDMA
Among tenth graders, amphetamines are the most widely used illicit drug other than marijuana, followed by tranquilizers, and MDMA
For twelfth graders, amphetamines are the most popular illicit drug other than marijuana, followed by hallucinogens, and other narcotics

Info taken from a 2001 study at the University of Michigan
Preventative Tips for Parents Start an on-going conversation Be informed! Set ground rules. Be aware of the warning signs Reach out for support Available Resources:

School


Community


Online (see handout)

As school counselors, we promise to:
Practice prevention through classroom and individual guidance for students
Collaborate with teachers and administration on enforcing and monitoring the drug free policy
Empower parents through education and available resources
Refer students/families to outside resources when necessary
Teenage Techies Are your kids caught up in the latest technology? 82 % of teens surveyed use the internet
25% have visited hate group sites
62% said their parents knew little or nothing about the web sites they visit
43% said they have no internet or cell phone rules to follow
64% of teens say they do things online they would not want their parents to know about
Are your kids safe? •42% of kids have been bullied while online.
1 in 4 have had it happen more than once. •35% of kids have been threatened online.
Nearly 1 in 5 have had it happen more than once. •21% of kids have received mean or threatening
e-mail or other messages •58% of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things
to them online. More than 4 out of 10 say it has happened
more than once. •53% of kids admit having said something mean or
hurtful to another person online. More than 1 in 3
have done it more than once. •58% have not told their parents or an
adult about something mean or hurtful that happened to them online. social networks facebook
myspace
chatrooms
twitter
instant messaging
e-mails
texts
X-Box live
So what can you do? 1. Talk with your teens.
2. Keep computers and gaming systems in high traffic areas.
3. Be familiar with the sites your kids are visiting
4. Utilize filters/parental controls/ blocking systems
5. Have your teens use alarm clocks so cell phones can be turned off at night.
6. Create rules and guidelines for your teens.
7. Set time limits
8. Take the time to teach your child how to use these items responsibly
9. Do your research and stay up to date (includes knowing the acronyms you children are using http://www.safesurfingkids.com/tips_for_parents.htm
10. know your child's log-ins and passwords and make sure they are not telling anyone else. Signs your child may be a victim ofcyberbullying:
•Mood changes
•Sudden decline in grades
•Sudden decline in their interest in friendships,
social activities, and/or school activities.
•Subtle comments about their friends or that could i
indicate turmoil with kids at school or that they know.
What to do if this does happens to your child! 1. Use the ignore function if possible on the
social networking sites.
2. Contact internet and cell phone provider
to report the abuse
3. Contact the bully’s parents.
4. Contact the school.
5. Contact the police
6. Be there for your child. Keep open lines
of communication.
Forms of cyberbullying are becoming
more and more prevalent. Teens who are victimized can feel so alone, become depressed and if the harassment doesn't stop may even commit suicide.
Resources:
http://www.isafe.org/channels/sub.php?ch=op&sub_id=media_cyber_bullying
http://www.healthnews.com/family-health/child-health/average-teen-output-eighty-text-messages-day-3194.html
http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/uploadedFiles/Consumers/cybersafety.pdf
http://www.safesurfingkids.com/
http://www.pta.org/2210.htm
http://www.fbi.gov/publications/pguide/pguidee.htm
"The most effective, reliable, Internet Safety Filter is an
Involved, Informed, and Aware Parent and an Educated and Ethical Kid"

children who participate in after-school programs are more engaged in and have a better attitude about learning
perform better academically
enjoy an increased sense of accomplishment, competence, and self-esteem
Participation also lowers children's risk of becoming depressed, using drugs and alcohol, and experiencing other behavioral problems

Research shows... What's in it for You?
http://www.kidshealth.org
• You get to explore your physical, creative, social, political, and career interests with like-minded people.
• You'll find friends: Trying something different may bring you in contact with people you didn't know who share your interests and curiosity.
• You can get involved with groups as a way to get support from other students with your background, such as Latino or Jewish clubs.
• A club or group also can be a great way to meet people who are different from you.
• It looks good on college and job applications and shows admissions officers and employers you are well rounded and responsible.
• Specific activities help with specific goals — if you want to teach language or get a bilingual job, joining Spanish club shows the depth of your commitment.
• It gives you something better to do rather than nothing or napping!
• People who are involved and engaged are less likely to become addicted to bad habits, like smoking or drinking.
Community Resources http://www.americantowns.com/oh/hilliard/organizations
Arts & Entertainment
Clubs & Organizations
Government & Politics
Health & Fitness
Religion & Spirituality
Schools & Libraries
Sports & Recreation

SADD for Getting Students Involved Students Against Destructive Decisions
The mission of SADD used to just help young people say "No" to drinking and driving
The mission has now expanded!
Students have stated that positive peer pressure, role modeling and environmental strategies can prevent other destructive decisions and set a healthier, safer course for their lives
For a Family Communication Brochure on getting students involved, go to http://www.sadd.org/stats.htm, then Communication Tips

Clubs Check our your list! How Do I Join? Contact the club leader listed in the student handbook.
Listen to the morning announcements to attend the first club meeting.
Sign-up! The more students the better! Bring a friend! Sports Listen to announcements to attend open gyms before try-outs begin.
Attend practice when scheduled.
If one sport does not work, keep trying until you find the right fit.
Try different sports during the 3 seasons.
How Do I Try Out? Check our your list! Resources www.kidsource.com www.how-to-study.com www.psparents.net/High School.htm http://www.drpaul.com/adolescent/highschool.html www.parentsconnect.com/parenting/high-school.html Cell Phone Danger: Sexting Stations around cafeteria
Different teachers classrooms
Tickets for raffles
Refreshments
Open Forum
Based on needs assessment, can adjust topics
Allow parents only or can include students
Allow time for questions
Any Questions?
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