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A Great Place to Learn Volume VII Issue VII

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Student Article on the MSP FOR Club Our school, MSP, recently hosted the Rachel's Challenge Program. Rachel’s Challenge is the story of a young girl Rachel. She was the kind of person that people met and instantly liked. She stood up to the cruelest bullies and once even saved a kids life without knowing. Unfortunately, there was a shooting at her school, and she was a victim. Even though Rachel’s life came to an end so shortly, what she accomplished did not. To continue Rachel's work, staff and students at MSP started a club called the Friends of Rachel (FOR) club. This club works to emphasize how important it is to be kind to one another. At the FOR club, students do many activities. Right after the program, kids took little strips of paper and wrote small acts of kindness. Later the pieces were joined to make a chain nearly one hundred feet long. The next thing they did in the FOR club was “Mix it Up” day. This is where kids sit with new people in the cafeteria that they may never have sat with otherwise. Another cool thing they did was participating in “World Kindness Day”. All around the world, people were doing random acts of kindness. From helping someone stand up to a bully to giving a compliment, every act of kindness was appreciated. No school is perfect, and Rachel’s Challenge and the FOR club has definitely affected us in a positive way. Rachel Joy Scott’s impact on the world has absolutely made it a better place. Like she said, “People never know how far a little kindness can go.”

Madison Schrey and Helena Rose Yawin

Message from the Principal: MSP Hosts Internet Safety Program Important Information all Parents Should Know On February 26, MSP hosted a program sponsored by the Plainville Coalition for Positive Youth Development (http://www.pcpyd.org/) on parenting in the digital age. Scott Driscoll, from Internet Safety Concepts presented to over 75 parents, providing important information on who to keep your children safe from on-line bullying, harassment, sexting, and predators. Mr. Driscoll, a former law-enforcement officer, provided some eye-opening information about the many ways your children are vulnerable to on-line abuse. In particular, he mentioned numerous new “apps” our children are using, such as Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, and in particular ask.fm. These apps allow for easy access to personal information and many, such as ask.fm, enable and even encourage users to post things anonymously. Children, and even adults, are much more likely to say inappropriate things that they would never say in person when they are online, especially when they are posting anonymously. Perhaps even more disturbing, children can post photos of themselves that they believe are temporary, (continued on next page) www.plainvilleschools.org

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Important Dates: Mid-semester Progress Reports: Next one is week of May 5. Report Cards: Weeks of March 17, and early July. March 20: Shortened Day for students, 12:45 pm dismissal. Teacher professional development in the afternoon. March 21: No school for students. Teacher professional development day. March 25: Science CMT for grade 8. April 9: Shortened Day for students, 12:45 pm dismissal. Teacher professional development in the afternoon. April 14 - 18: No School. Spring Break.

“Please remember, If your child is absent, you must call the school each day.” 860-793-3257

Volume VII Issue VII

150 Northwest Drive, Plainville, CT

Phone (860) 793-3250, Fax (860) 793- 3265

February 28, 2014

(Principal Message, continued from page 1) but in fact can become permanent on the web once someone takes a “screen shot” of the image. Tracking who has made the inappropriate statements under such circumstances is often impossible. Parents will often come to the school looking for help with these issues. We will always do what we can to help, but as we do not control the devices or what children say, we are very limited in the control we can exert. The vast majority of inappropriate on-line behavior does not happen at school. These apps are all blocked at MSP through our internet filtering program. As new apps are developed, we block those as well. In addition, we work diligently to provide global proactive instructional interventions, such as the FOR Club and Rachel’s Challenge, the Bystander to Ally program and our “Step-Up” assemblies, as well as regular PBIS lessons on respectful and responsible behavior. Our health education classes also directly address dealing with peer pressure, and developing healthy interpersonal relationships. What can you do? Know what apps your children are using. Many of the apps serve no valuable educational purpose at all, and as I have stated, lend themselves to anonymous use which can easily expose your child to strangers and peers who do not have your child’s best interest in mind. There are ways that these apps can be blocked and monitored by parents. A quick internet search will lead you to parental control apps and options, such as the program AppCertain which allows parents to control and monitor your child’s app downloading and use, as well as set curfews which automatically shut the apps off at a designated time. I also recommend sitting down with your children as they use the apps so that you can learn from them and see who their “friends” and “followers” are—if they even know. Remember with most of these social networking apps, your children may be inviting total strangers into your lives—something they would never do if a stranger just knocked on the front door and asked to come in. Matthew Guarino, Principal

Future Meteorologists The 6th graders at the Middle School of Plainville study meteorology every year. Mr. Feltt and Mrs. Slowik, 6th grade science teachers, plan many exciting activities as the students use their inquiry skills to gain knowledge about weather and weather related topics. The Middle School believes in the importance of fostering the education of young people, especially women, in the sciences, and found an opportunity, with support from the Petit Family Foundation, to have a guest speaker who could speak about both meteorology and women in the sciences. Rachel Frank, an Emmy Award Winning Meteorologist at FOX CT visited the 6th graders at the Middle School of Plainville on Friday, January 31st to talk about her career as a female meteorologist and what her daily job entails. It was a fantastic presentation and Ms. Frank was very impressed with our 6th graders, and she gave MSP a very nice compliment on the news that evening.

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