We sent our first international trip of the year off on Thursday – 18 students, Spanish teacher Angela Katz, and science teacher David Word headed to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands for nine days. They’ll be immersed in all things Spanish-language and ecological; it promises to be a wonderful trip. We’ll share some pictures in an upcoming newsletter. Next up: our Spring Break trip to China!
Sarah Burrill, an educator from Freedom from Chemical Dependency spent three days with us this week, meeting twice with each grade, once in small groups and once in a larger group. She also hosted a Parent Discussion Group with our counselor, Terri White. Sarah connected well with the students and shared FCD’s core message of “delay” regarding substance use. She emphasized the plasticity of teenage brains and the importance of making healthy, rather than unhealthy, connections. Delaying use of legal substances until age 21 is key in preventing addiction. One of the things we ask in our Parent Expectations (listed in our Student-Parent Handbook) is for parents to support our efforts to prevent student use of alcohol or other drugs. Over the break, you might talk with your student about what s/he learned from and thought about the FCD sessions. We will be asking students for their feedback, as well.
Wishing all our students (and parents) a wonderful week. See you on the 20th!