I decided that for the sake of saving some grades for the 3rd quarter, I will extend the following opportunities:
2018 New Year, New Start Quiz: Acknowledgement of Class Rules, Procedures and Expecations
When we returned from school the beginning of January, students took this "quiz" as a refresher on our course syllabus, and classroom rules and procedures.
EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS!
Also open to all of our community, come join our team in getting active this Spring!
If students are interested in joining, they can earn up to 60 extra credit points (1 point per day).
Go HERE. to register (https://hcf.walkertracker.com)
This time I have set up our own HOPE team, so be sure you join the correct team, or I will not be able to give you the extra credit. If you use the link under "HERE." it should automatically add you to our new team "Miss K’s HOPE Team " You can also go into the Winter Park High team from the website and click on "Leave This Team" to help boost our chances to win the challenge for the prize.
Don't forget to either sync the Walker Tracker app with your phone, FitBit, Apple Watch, etc. or manually enter steps or exercises/activities daily. I will plan on checking in weekly for the entries. Any prize winnings will be shared with the team members (most likely as a party style prize).
*T-shirts and pedometers are available at our partner locations. Bring your confirmation email to: Winter Park and Maitland Public Libraries, RDV Sportsplex, Track Shack, Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and Healthy Eatonville Place.*
Thank you all!
Students took some time to really explore some of the topics they face each day, and I was impressed with their ability to use digital tools to help others educate themselves on the topics of harmful substances. We even used one of the websites submitted by our student to share with our school about the effects, appeals, and methods of 'vaping' or ecigarettes.
Great job! Take a look at some of the students' work below:
We will begin the new year with discussions on various types of substance use and abuse, risky behaviors, negotiation and refusal skills, and other topics relating to the subject. As this is a very real subject, I am encouraging a lot of support from home on the topic. You can view the Orange County Parent Toolkit here:
As well as a glimpse into some of our resources we will be using, including the DEA Operation Prevention: Opiod Misuse presentation.
Over the week of our Thanksgiving break, I am encouraging all of you, extra credit or not, to look beyond your own selves and truly see other people around you. Even if you don't have much to give, you all can offer kindness to someone else.
You may choose from one of the opportunities listed below, OR, if you know of another opportunity that is not listed--please share with me so I can approve it before completing for extra credit.
Then, you will register with the organization that is coordinating the event(s). Be sure to show up, on time, and wearing appropriate clothing.
You will document your volunteer hours (minimum 2 hours--this will also count toward any scholarship and grant hours needed), write about your experience (minimum 1 page, 12 pt font, Arial or Times New Roman, double spaced), and include at least one photo of you there.
I highly encourage you to bring along a friend, family member, etc. and share the spirit!
Latest song by Common ft. Alessia Cara and Khalid--the title of the song is the 800 number for the National Suicide Lifeline...
Today we hosted our guest speakers from NAMI--the National Alliance of Mental Illness--with their Ending the Silence presentation. There are many stigmas about mental illness, yet 1 in 4 people suffer from various forms, and many go undiagnosed and untreated.
Suicide is the #2 leading cause of death of adolescents between the age 10 and 24. This is a staggering thought when we look around--many of these deaths could have been prevented. Some people think that mental illness consists of simply schizophrenia and more severe cases--whereas we also need to realize it includes ADD/ADHD, anxiety, eating disorders, etc. as well.
So what can you do? Take a look at the warning signs, and find out how you can help (yourself or a loved on).
You can also visit www.nami.org or text "Help" to 741741
We begin our next unit that will be covering various aspects and elements of mental and emotional health by first examining the student's own self-esteem, personality and character. One of the assignments has them visiting the Character Counts! website ( https://charactercounts.org/program-overview/six-pillars/) to really look deeper at what each of the Six Pillars of Character mean. Too often, we find that for a variety of reasons these pillars of character may be blurred (such as the different behaviors displayed online versus in-person)--and I hope to at least call to attention the importance of each both within themselves and those around them.
Many of the upcoming assignments and projects in the next couple of weeks are great to do together at home, open up the lines of communication, and really explore everyone's individual health as a family team.
Today is World Heart Day. Throughout the day for all of our P.E. and HOPE classes, we participated in Hands Only CPR instruction alongside our Winter Park Fire Department and the American Heart Association. All of our students had the opportunity to practice the hands only chest compressions that could potentially save someone's life until medical assistance arrives. Please take a moment to also look at the brief (corny) video and ask your child about it--just a few minutes could make all the difference.
The week before Hurricane Irma, I attended a summit on Human Trafficking that involved not only educators, but members of local law enforcement, the FBI, state representatives and advocates from D.C. and across the country. I personally had a much different perception before the summit on what “human trafficking” consisted of (insert visions of the movie, Taken), however it happens right in our own backyard everyday without our knowledge. Florida reports some of the highest numbers of children involved in trafficking—and it is not just females—nor is it just a certain age, demographic, socioeconomic status, etc—although the average age of the victims are 12-14. Many are now recruited through social media, online gaming (this includes the chats during Xbox or other systems), malls, school or work.
Some signs that may indicate a bigger issue include:
Resources to learn more or start the conversations:
Screen Recordings with iOS 11 update (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/09/20/ios-11-has-introduced-snapchat-loophole-allowing-people-secretly/)
www.MillionKids.org (see also book: Seduced by Opal Singleton)
www.ptwfoundation.com (Paving The Way Foundation)
www.savannahparvu.com (Survivor Leader)
Docufilm Trapped - in the sex trade
Did you know that approximately 68 children a hour, under the age of 18, are lured, coerced and romanced into the world of sex trafficking in the United States?
I didn't either.
As a mom…..that is not ok with me and I would imagine that is not ok with you either.
Hi, my name is Jan Edwards and I’m the President and CEO of Paving the Way and I’m committed to keeping kids safe and empowering them to not be a victim.
Two years ago I was invited to go to Ethiopia to do vision screenings and wow were my eyes opened to a whole new world. I learned that Ethiopia is the number one source of people being trafficked into the Middle East. I didn’t even know what trafficking was…
When I got home, our team began to do some research and imagine how shocked we were when we discovered this is a huge problem in our own state, let alone our own hometown .. In fact, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, Florida has the 3rd highest number of sex trafficking victims in the US, only behind California and Texas.
That translates to 4 children an hour being sexually exploited in the city beautiful.*
Not ok with us - that's thousands of lives lost to this silent crime.
Another frightening fact, the average age is just 12 years old.
How can that be? We live in Happiest Place on Earth!!
We were stunned.
So, we went after the facts and interviewed officers at the FBI, the Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement, local police and survivors of sex trafficking asking - how can this happen?
More importantly, what's missing that will make THE difference.
Here's what we discovered awareness is missing. We’ve got to raise awareness!!!!
68 children an hour across the US become trapped in this world. Imagine the lives and human potential lost. YOU can help us stop this.
Our children’s future is in your hands.
*National Human Trafficking Resource Center 2015 Reports
Monday, January 8th--Return to School
Monday, January 15th--No School
Wednesday, January 31st--Refuse to Use Project Due
(Updated: due Friday February 2nd)
I am a Health Education major from the University of Florida, with background experience in adult education working with our local hospital for women and babies. A mother of three with a deeply rooted commitment to my students. I strive to promote healthy lifestyles and awareness.