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As practitioners, we are constantly reading and learning to stay abreast of trends and ensure that we are using best practices. Much of what we read is not education-centric and may be of interest to all. In this meeting, we will discuss highlights of recent texts and how our practices both personal and professional have been influenced. Participants are encouraged to share their readings as well. My hope is this will spark meaningful conversations and maybe create a book-study or two to hold with parents.roundtable.jpg

Kimberly H. Premoli
Principal

Ms. Premoli's Reading List:

The End of Average - Todd Rose

The Power of a Positive Team - Jon Gordon

The Power of Positive Leadership - Jon Gordon

The Price of Privilege - Madeline Levine, Ph.D.

The Checklist Manifesto - Atul Gawande

The Naked Roommate: For Parents Only - Harlan Cohen

Daring Greatly - Brene Brown, Ph.D.


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Wellness at Cambridge

Cambridge High School recognizes that good mental health and well-being is imperative to the successful growth of our students.  In an effort to share resources with our community, the Counseling Department has added a ‘Wellness’ tab to its new website.  This website includes links to ‘Find a Local Therapist’ along with suggested informational websites on resilience, substance abuse, and mental health.  

Two links recently added include the following:

  • Who are America's Adolescents? Get the latest facts and figures about adolescents and their health at state and national levels. Find information on changing demographics and how adolescents spend their time.

  • Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow® (TAG) is a national call to action for organizations and individuals to prioritize activities that improve the health of America's 42 million adolescents. You can make a difference by taking action - check out these resources to learn more about the recommended action steps and resources.

We invite you to view our new website and continue to check-in with your students at home on their well-being!

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FCS Vaping Awareness and Prevention Campaign

Fulton County School System is raising awareness about the risks and dangers around student use of vapes/e-cigarettes. 2018 national survey data concluded that 11.7% of high school students and 3.3% of middle school students have used an e-cigarette in the past 30 days. Our school leaders have reported an uptick of students bringing and using vapes/e-cigarettes on school campuses which constitutes a violation of the Student Code of Conduct but more importantly, the use of these devices puts our students at risk for the known and unknown dangers of vaporized chemicals they emit.

Our schools will be educating parents, students, and communities using three approaches: Awareness/Prevention, Intervention, and Response. This week, we will focus on intervention for students. Each school has been provided access to vaping prevention lesson information from the CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) My Breath Program (https://catchinfo.org/modules/e-cigarettes) and will decide how best to share this information with students.

This program has three intended outcomes: 1) Understand that e-cigarettes are addictive, unhealthy and not as popular as believed; 2) Resist their own curiosity and peer pressure to experiment with e-cigarettes, and 3) Encourage friends and peers not to use e-cigarettes. For parents who have students who might be struggling with tobacco addiction, there are two intervention resources we encourage you to review:

https://teen.smokefree.gov/
https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

Over the next couple of weeks, we will share additional communication that will contain information on our third approach: response. Thank you in advance for partnering with us to prevent, intervene and respond to this ever-growing safety concern facing our students. At Fulton County Schools, we believe students come first, and their safety is a top priority. Thank you for your support in this effort.

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Cambridge Parent Connectors

New Parent Program

Cambridge High School is excited to announce a new program designed to support new parents/guardians joining the Cambridge community and our existing parents/guardians who may need some support navigating school-related issues.

A group of Cambridge parents called the Parent Connectors has been organized to provide third-party, neutral support to fellow parents who have questions or concerns about the school or the community.  Please read the flyer below for more information. 

You can contact the Parent Connectors by sending an email to Cambridge.ParentConnectors@gmail.com or by completing the following Google Form - Parent Connectors Questionnaire. If you have any questions about this program, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Joel Peterson at PetersonJ1@fultonschools.org

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Parent Resource - Vaping and Juuling

 

 Student First, Safety First Vaping and Juuling
(Provided by Fulton County Schools)

 

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FCS Vaping Awareness and Prevention Campaign

Fulton County School System is raising awareness about the risks and dangers around student use of vapes/e-cigarettes. 2018 national survey data concluded that 11.7% of high school students and 3.3% of middle school students have used an e-cigarette in the past 30 days. Our school leaders have reported an uptick of students bringing and using vapes/e-cigarettes on school campuses which constitutes a violation of the Student Code of Conduct but more importantly, the use of these devices puts our students at risk for the known and unknown dangers of vaporized chemicals they emit.

Our schools will be educating parents, students, and communities using three approaches: Awareness/Prevention, Intervention, and Response. This week, we will focus on intervention for students. Each school has been provided access to vaping prevention lesson information from the CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) My Breath Program (https://catchinfo.org/modules/e-cigarettes) and will decide how best to share this information with students.

This program has three intended outcomes: 1) Understand that e-cigarettes are addictive, unhealthy and not as popular as believed; 2) Resist their own curiosity and peer pressure to experiment with e-cigarettes, and 3) Encourage friends and peers not to use e-cigarettes. For parents who have students who might be struggling with tobacco addiction, there are two intervention resources we encourage you to review:

https://teen.smokefree.gov/
https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

Over the next couple of weeks, we will share additional communication that will contain information on our third approach: response. Thank you in advance for partnering with us to prevent, intervene and respond to this ever-growing safety concern facing our students. At Fulton County Schools, we believe students come first, and their safety is a top priority. Thank you for your support in this effort.

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Parent Tip Sheet - Digital Citizenship

Distraction, Multitasking, and Time Management

If you missed the recent parent roundtable on Distraction, Multitasking, and Time Management for students, please find a parent tip sheet at the link below. 

Distraction, Multitasking, and Time Management Parent Tip Sheet 

 

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21st Century Learning

As the world changes, so do the essential skills our students need to be successful. This is the 21st Century, and as educators, we want to ensure our students learn the essential skills, knowledge, and dispositions needed to succeed in their adult life. We are currently preparing students for careers that may not even exist yet, and to solve problems we may not even know are problems yet. Teachers are incorporating 21st-century skills such as; communication, collaboration, problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity along with course content. Today's classroom may be more personalized than what you might recall from your own high school learning experience; teachers facilitate learning to individual students' needs, skills, and interests.

View our parents' experience at our Open House below. 

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Here Comes the Bus Tracking App

Fulton County Schools launched a free app called "Here Comes The Bus" that allows parents to track their student's school bus. The app uses GPS technology to locate and track a school bus. Similar to ride-sharing apps, buses will show up as an icon on a map, and parents can follow its progress at the bus moves toward their child's stop.   

ToHCTB_graphic.png sign up, parents need their child's student ID number and the Fulton County Schools' code – 87428. After completing a brief user profile, the app is ready to use. Multiple students in the same household can be put on the same account and using their Launchpad login, students can download the app to their cell phones or other personal devices to view their bus status.

The app is available through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store or parents can visit www.herecomesthebus.com to sign up. More information, including FAQs and troubleshooting information, also is posted here: https://tinyurl.com/HCTBapp.

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9th / 10th Grade Parent Night Presentation

On Monday, September 17th, the Cambridge Counseling Department hosted a 9th/10th Grade Parent Night. This presentation covered the following topics:

  • Graduation Requirements
  • AP and Dual Enrollment Classes
  • HOPE Scholarship

  • College Admissions

Please click the link below for a copy of this presentation.

9th/10th Grade Parent Night Presentation 2018-19

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E-Cigarettes Shaped Like USB Flash Drives:

Information for Parents

Please take a moment to view the brochure below regarding E-Cigarettes and a new devise shaped like a USB flash drive. The information is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

e-Cigarettes Shaped Like USB Flash Drive 

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Parent Night Presentations

If you were unable to attend the grade-level parent meetings during orientation, please find a copy of the presentations below.

12th Grade Parent Presentation

11th Grade Parent Presentation

10th Grade Parent Presentation

9th Grade Parent Presentation

2018-2019 Focus Areas

If you were unable to attend Open House, please take a moment to view the video below from Ms. Premoli as she outlines our focus areas for the 2018-2019 school year.

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College Planning Resources

Junior News provides important links, dates, and essential tips to navigate preparing for college. The second, "College Planning Tips," adapted from Bestcollefit.com, by Peter Van Buskirk.

Junior News

College Planning

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