The Eagle Eye - October 16, 2020

The Eagle Eye - October 16, 2020
Posted on 10/16/2020
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A Message from Principal McDaniel Go Eagles

Hello Klahowya Eagles and Families,

We are excited to have students and families join us for conferences next week! As a reminder, classes are running as usual on Monday 10/19 - Wednesday 10/21. There is no school for students on Thursday 10/22 and Friday 10/23.

As you prepare for conferences next week, you may have questions about our school and programs. To help answer your questions, we have prepared a website that contains information about our school, teachers and classes. Please take a look at our Conference Website to sign up for conferences and to find information about our school programs.

When you visit this website, please don't forget to click the Teacher Resources and Videos tab in the upper right-hand corner for additional information from our staff.

We wish you the best and hope to see you virtually next week for conferences!

Scott McDaniel
Principal

 

Tech Talk Tech Talk

As we prepare for conferences, did you know that you can use a student Chromebook to participate in conferences? Here is a list of steps on how to access your meeting:

ALTERNATE METHOD: If you try to use the Zoom link:

  • Copy the Zoom Link from your PTCFast confirmation email and paste in your browser. It will take you to a screen to download the zoom app. (You can't download the app on a student chromebook).
  • Click the "If nothing prompts from browser...click here"
  • Click "Cancel"
  • If you wait for a few seconds, a link will appear at the bottom of the screen.
  • Click "Join from your browser"
  • You may need to enter the Meeting ID and Password

Here is a tutorial video for the alternate method: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDZOx-N39EU


Counselor's Corner Counselor Corner

Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed with this Remote Learning stuff? Check out this video for strategies to help manage the overwhelm:

KSS Counselors are available to support students and families. Students & parents may request that a counselor attend their scheduled teacher conference or connect individually with their counselor via phone or Google Meets video conferencing. Counselors can help with:

  • Seek help with organization & study strategies
  • Get ideas to improve communication between home & school
  • Social or emotional wellness support
  • Support & improve school attendance
  • Guide course planning decisions
  • Ask college & career questions

Make an appointment with your counselor here: bit.ly/ksscounselors

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Career Center  Career Center    

Last year we held an "It's Your Future" College and Career Fair here at Klahowya. There were representatives from a large variety of post secondary options for our students to explore. These included 2 year and 4 year colleges and universities, technical schools, art schools, direct to work, volunteer, apprenticeships, unions, etc. Next week, our 9th - 12th grade students will again have this opportunity, although a Virtual Version this year. Click Here to see what your student will be participating in during their English classes next week and then enjoy having conversations with them about where they see their future headed!!


Family Tip of the Week Family Tip of the Week

Get help when you need it.

  • You won't always know how to help your kid. Think about who could help fill in the gaps -- look to family, friends, teachers, and others for help. Sometimes having another adult take over removes the tricky parent/kid homework battle dynamic and lets you go back to just being a parent.
  • Communicate with the school about how things are going, leading with positives first. Everyone's doing their best, AND it's important for teachers to know what's working and not working for your kid so they can get the help they need.

Wellness Wellness

COVID-19 has increased anxiety and depression symptoms by 3-4x in a recent survey done by the CDC, 2020. This may be due to social isolation, adapting to online learning, economic impacts on families, changes in routine, fear of illness, and lack of outside outlets. Some students may not be equipped with the proper support or copings skills to combat the new stressors and may engage in unhealthy coping strategies. In 2019, the National Survey on Drug Use and Mental Health by SAMHSA found that 31.9% of adolescents experiencing mental health challenges engaged in illicit drug use. There are a few possible warning signs or symptoms that may indicate that your student is at-risk.

Possible Warning Signs and Symptoms:

  • School Avoidance (decline in academic performance, absences, lack of engagement)
  • Acute Anxiety
  • Concern about their reputation and social distancing
  • Lack of interest in at-home activities
  • Intense fear for their safety due to COVID-19
  • Changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Mood changes (withdrawn, hostile, depressed, etc.)
  • Deteriorating relationships with family and/or peers

(drugabuse.gov,2014)

We are here to help, you are not alone!

If you have concerns, want support for your child, or have questions, please contact Ali Poli (360) 519-4133, your Student Assistance Professional. Ms. Poli provides confidential services such as, behavioral health screenings, individual and/or support group meetings, and community resource referrals.

Klahowya Secondary School believes that we can get through this together and support your student.


 

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