Happy Thanksgiving! My message will be short this week but VERY important. It is never too late–or never too early– to start thinking about what college your kids are going to attend. There are many things to plan for. Where do you begin? Where do you go for all of this information?
Did you know we have a program called MNCIS (Minnesota Career Information System)? It is a website that will give you and your child information on college comparisons, tuition cost comparisons, college programs/degrees offered at their schools, career descriptions from A-Z, student career inventories, a place for your students to build a portfolio for future jobs, information on how to build a resume, testing information, and much more? Go to mncis.intocareers.org (Email me for the User Name and Password at firstname.lastname@example.org) There are tutorials for you if you need help. The parent info button is at the bottom of the homepage (in small print.) You will be amazed at all you will see and be able to do there. (This MNCIS website was made possible by Perkin’s dollars and Target funds! Thank you!)
Did you know that at the website www.act.org you will find ACT test sample questions? Your kids will learn a lot about how to take the test, get tips on taking the test, try sample test questions in all the areas tested, find test dates and locations and much more. Here’s just one tip: On the ACT test, students do not get penalized for wrong answers so if students don’t know the answer, they should make their best guess. Some tests penalize for wrong anwers so this is very important information.
If you spend some time over the Thanksgiving holiday looking at these 2 sites, it will be well worth your time and energy. Keep in mind that school is out untilMonday, December 2nd. I know, time is flying.
By the way, we put iPads into your kids’ hands for things just like this: preparing for the future. Just point them in the right direction. It takes a village……and we are all on the same team.
Parents/Guardians – I have heard positive feedback for my weekly letter to you so I will continue with my “parent info” in order to keep you up-to-date on the latest.
Did you know that after the first quarter, parents and students will find report cards only on-line? If you do not have internet access, we would be happy to send you the report card if you give us a call.
Did you know that only Semester Grades will show up on your student’s final transcript? The report card will show quarter grades but a college will only see semester grades.
Did you know that you can find out what sporting events are taking place even though you don’t have a paper schedule? Just go towww.ironrangeconference.org and then click on Member Schools, then choose Virginia High School. You can view any schedule of any sport when you click on the “view” button. Make sure you sign up for “Notify Me” so you will receive automatic updates when changes are made to the schedule. You can choose which sports you would like these notices for. (You can also download the whole calendar of events to your computer calendar.)
Did you know that we talk to your kids about the effects of bullying several times throughout the year and that we have a “Zero Tolerance Policy”? It’s just not right–never was and never will be. I can honestly tell you that I have never had to tell anyone to stop being too nice. I wish for the day.
Did you know that there are 7 hot occupations with the highest hiring demand (according to U.S.News and World Report)?
* Registered Nurse – $72,000 – $79,000; Computer Systems Analyst – $83,200 – 100,000; Web Development – $83,200 – 100,000; First-line Supervisors/Managers of Retail Sales – $30,000 – 40,000; Computer Application Software Engineer – $91,000 – 106,800; Truck Drivers (Heavy and Tractor-Trailer) – $35,350 – 50,000; Retail Salespersons – $21,850 – 30,000.
As you can see, not all jobs pay a six-figure salary, but it does demonstrate what the needs of the economic world are. These are the top 7 in demand and I thought you might like to know that.
OK…that’s it for this week. Next week is a 3-day week and we are all looking forward to a Thanksgiving dinner. Make memories with your kids—you have them for such a short time.
Today I’m throwing some random information out to you with no specific topic. I hope you find something here of value.
Did you know that your kids’ future employers will call us and ask us about their attendance? their ability to work in groups? and their ability to get to school on time?
Did you know that there are some classes in the high school that do not allow late work? They are teaching your children future work habits.
Did you know that your students have access to “live tutors” when they go to the Virginia Public Library website and click on Help Now? This site lets students submit papers for professional editing; has areas where they can practice for state tests; has areas where they can practice for the ACT or SAT tests. Check that out for sure. Their site is www.virginia.lib.mn.us and your child will need to be able to put in his or her library card number. This is a FREE service.
Did you know that the following jobs are the up-and-coming jobs of the future and get this–they did not even exist 10 years ago!
Green Funeral Director, Human Computer Interaction Researcher, Blogger, Forensic Accountant (Financial Detective), Nano Engineer, Social Media Strategist, Vertical Farmer, Commercial Space Pilot, and Secretary of Homeland Security. Most of these jobs are highly technical. (I know, you guys are Googling these right now to see what in the world I am talking about.)
That leads me to my last point: Did you know that we are preparing kids for jobs that do not even exist today? When your child says, “I don’t know what I want to do when I grow up” it’s because there are just so many choices. Start career researching now–it’s never too early.
Mrs. Hakly, High School Principal - email@example.com
How are you parents doing with those iPads? Don’t be afraid….I have some tips and advice for you and technology is this week’s topic. Keep in mind…..this will all work out. Everything will be OK.
Did you know that once those iPads enter your door at home, that you are the boss of them? You get to say when they are on, where they get charged and how much time your kids can be on them?
Did you know that you have a right to see everything that is on them and that your child needs to give you the passcode?
Did you know that your kids can check out library ebooks from our school library and/or the public library on their iPads? They have the App called Overdrive and that’s the reading app they need. The only other thing they need is a library card for the public library. No more late books! No more lost books!
Did you know that there is an App on their iPads as well as a website called Khan Academy that shows you and your kids how to do math problems (by video where actual teachers teach)? Kids can watch them over and over until they get it. The site also has info on science and computers at all levels. Check that site out for sure. Math.com is another good site.
Did you know that if your kids are getting harrassed by text messages on their phones (known as text bombing) that you can block the sender by going to Text Bomb Defender for Android phones; and NumberCop for iPhones.
Did you know that we filter the internet at school for your kids’ safety?
Did you know that you can filter your own home internet by going tohttp://www.opendns.com/home-solutions/parental-controls/ (When you get to the site, you will want to click on the OpenDNS Family Shield option.) This will filter every device in your home–just an FYI. By the way, it’s free. How often do you hear that word?
I hope you find this information helpful.
Don’t forget conferences next week! We can’t wait to tell you how your kids are doing.
Here we go for my message for the week–
Did you know that your kids get the Daily Bulletin sent to them every day and that they can find it in their Google Drive on their iPads?
Did you know that you can find the Daily Bulletin on our high school website (vhs.vmps.org)?
Did you know that our school counselor has a webpage that is filled with information from scholarships to test dates to financial aid meetings? (Go to our website vhs.vmps.org and click on STUDENT SERVICES then COUNSELING and you will find more tabs that drop-down.)
Did you know the counselor meets with every single senior to make sure he or she is on track to graduate, knows how to apply for scholarships, knows how to apply to colleges and knows how to apply for financial aid?
Did you know the counselor also goes to the 9th grade classes for two solid days to talk to them about choosing a career and choosing high school classes that will help them suuport their career choices? (She gives every 9th grade student a Freshman Handbook–have you seen it?)
Mark Your Calendar:
November 12 and 14, HS Parent/Teacher Conferences-Resource Center (A-K the first night, L-Z the second night) – 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. both nights
January 8, 2014 – 7 p.m. – Financial Aid Meeting – Held at the College of St. Scholastica – Mitchell Auditorium (See more on the counseling website)
I hope you find this information of value. Have a great weekend!
I want to send you information every week that may be of interest to you. My emails will be entitled, “Did You Know?” and they will be short snippets of information that I want to get to you.
I hope you find them useful!
The first one –today’s email–will be about the college academic and technical credits your students can get right here in the high school. The high school teachers teach the course, follow the college curriculum, and report the grades to the college. Students get high school credit AND college credit. The only difference is, we do not have access to the college transcript. If you need a copy of the college credits, you will have to contact the college for your child’s college transcript.
DID YOU KNOW that our 11th and 12th grade students have access to 53 academic college credits and 33 technical college credits and they don’t have to leave our campus?
DID YOU KNOW that our ALI (Applied Learning Institute) classes do not require any pre-requisite testing or GPA’s to qualify for the course/credits?
DID YOU KNOW that if students–boys and girls- take our Introduction to Nursing Class and they pass the tests, they will be a Certified Nursing Assistant? (This class is taught at the Mesabi Community College and it is a PSEO class but we provide the transportation. It is an ALI class so ALI class rules for enrollling apply.
Please check out our Registration Manual on the High School Website–see below– for more information about these courses. Concurrent Enrollment and ALI classes are for 11th and 12th grade students.
Registration begins early in January so start planning!
Contact Paula Larson, Counselor at 749-5437, EXT 1908 for more information.
Parents/Students please click on the link below to access the 2013-14 Student Handbook. It is advised that all parents/students review the policies and procedures contained in the handbook.
Parents and Students please click on this link to view events taking place at the school throughout the year.
Please click on the links below to access Course Description Booklets for Grades 7-8 and for Grades 9-12. The senior high booklet also contains information on graduation requirements, concurrent enrollment and PSEO.
Posted on 01. Mar, 2013 by lhakly.
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A Parent’s Guide to Synthetic Marijuana |
Kent Injury Lawyer
Working as a Seattle auto accident attorney I have seen many accidents caused by the use and abuse of prescription drugs and other narcotics. Much to the horror of parents, such as myself, 46% of high school seniors have admitted to trying drugs at least once. Though marijuana and prescription drugs top the list of commonly abused drugs among youth a new legal drug may soon steal the spotlight. Synthetic Marijuana or K2 has popped up in recent years as the drug of choice among teens who want to get a “legal” high. Though these products are currently legal they have caused many negative health effects for hundreds of teens across the nation, and even triggered an auto accident in Seattle’s Pike Place Market.But what is this drug and how can you, as a parent, recognize it and prevent your teens from abusing its highly dangerous chemicals?
What is Synthetic Marijuana?
Synthetic Marijuana goes by several different names, most commonly; legal bud, synthetic marijuana, fake weed, herbal smoke, marijuana alternative, or herbal buds.
Synthetic marijuana originated at Clemson University in South Carolina. The drug K2 was created in an attempt to develop synthetic versions of the cannabinoids found in Marijuana to be used for therapeutic drugs. These K2 cannabinoids have similar effects to the THC found in Marijuana.
These “herbal drugs” were first introduced in 2002, and originally used the chemical HU-210 which is very similar to THC. HU-210, however, is now a controlled substance in the United States so new synthetic cannabinoids have been created which are not controlled: CP 47, 497 and JWH-018. The packages of synthetic marijuana are simply packages of common herbs sprayed down with the synthetic cannabinoid chemicals.
How Do Kids Get a Hold of Synthetic Marijuana?
Synthetic marijuana is amazingly easy to get access through tobacco stores, head shops, and some gas stations and is often sold as incense or bath salts. Companies are able to continue selling the products as neither the synthetic cannabinoids used are not illegal and the products contain disclaimers stating it is not for human consumption.
Since popularity grew significantly in the last year, (6 reported incidents in 2009and 500 in 2010) 12 states have banned the sale of synthetic marijuana products including; Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oregon, and Tennessee.
So What Are the Dangers?
When researching synthetic marijuana, ABC news sent a sample of synthetic marijuana to a laboratory in Pennsylvania. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the lab results revealed that the drug can be up to 5 times more powerful than marijuana and tests showed it had both dangerous short term and long term side effects.
Common side effects that have been reported include increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, hallucinations and unconsciousness. Synthetic marijuana has lead to 1 death, hundreds of emergency room visits and close to 600 calls to poison control centers.
How to Protect Your Kids?
Protecting your kids from the dangers of synthetic marijuana is not easy, especially since the drug goes undetected by standard drug test, but here are two tips we can give you.
- Know what your looking for! If you know what synthetic marijuana looks like you will be able to recognize it more easily. There are a variety of brands of synthetic marijuana including: Blaze, Dank, Blueberry Haze, Genie, Demon Passion Smoke, K2, Magma, Hawaiian Hybrid, Nitro, Ono Budz, Nija, Puff, Skunk, Panama Red Ball, Sativah Herbal Smoke, Spice, Voodoo Spice and Ultra Chronic. Synthetic marijuana looks like traditional dried herbs which can be green, brown, red or blonde. The packages are 2” x 3” of foil or can also be in zip lock bags.
- Watch their Spending: Synthetic Marijuana costs anywhere from $20.00-$60.00 a pack. If you teen is going through an unusual amount of money- ask questions.
- Talk to them! Let your kids know how dangerous synthetic marijuana is and your expectations that they don’t use the drugs. Studies show children that have a strong anti-drug message are less likely to use drugs.