Have an extra yoga mat hanging around? Ms. Stanton is excited to launch a new yoga unit. But, we need more yoga mats! Please donate a new or gently used yoga mat to our PE Program. Thanks!
We are pleased to announce that we will begin serving Rich’s Ice Cream in the middle school cafeterias beginning May 4. The cost will be $1.00.
Rich’s ice cream novelties are designed specifically to meet the nutritional needs for schools, they meet the HHFKA requirements and are nut free.
Nutritional information can be found on Rich’s web site at www.richicecream.com.
We will be offering Low Fat Ice Cream Sandwiches, Fudge Frenzy Bars, Orange Cream Bar, Strawberry Shortcake, Chocolate Shortcake, and Creamy Cotton Candy.
Any questions can be directed to Michelle Curran, Whitsons Food Service Director at email@example.com.
Nissitissit Middle School will begin conducting state-mandated postural screenings next Monday, January 9 for students in all grades. However, if you return the proper form, your child will be excluded. The school nurse and physical education teachers will conduct these screenings during your child’s physical education class. Boys and girls will be screened separately and privacy will be maintained at all times. To allow for full viewing of the spine, boys will be asked to remove their shirts. Girls should bring a bathing suit top or sports type bra with shorts during the screening days. The screening is a simple 30 second observation of the back: first standing and then bending forward. If your child has any unusual findings, you will receive a letter recommending further evaluation by your child’s physician.
Please contact Mrs. Friend in our Health Office with any questions or concerns.
Our 8th graders had the privilege to attend The Massachusetts Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness as part of the health curriculum. The Summit on Opioid Awareness aims to promote healthy choices and educate students about the dangers of opioid use. The goal of the program is to educate young people, educators and other adults about the growing opioid epidemic and encourage healthy decision-making. An essential ingredient to a solution is stopping the spread of addiction through a message of abstaining from experimentation – if less young people are experimenting with these highly addictive drugs, less will fall victim to this often-fatal disease of addiction. The program seeks to educate students, teachers, and parents about the dangers, warning signs, and effects of opioid abuse, and also connect them with resources to deal with opioid abuse. Most of all, the program aims to recognize and promote healthy choices and demonstrate the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
Signs of opioid abuse or misuse may include:
- Abrupt changes in their finances
- Dramatic mood changes
- Lower grades, changes in friends, or changes in sleep or appetite
- Loss of concern about appearance
- Physical signs such as fatigue, confusion, weight loss, slurred speech, dizziness and changes in pupil size Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Tips for Protecting Your Kids Against Addiction
Facts about Opioids:
- 4/5 new heroin users started out by abusing prescription painkillers.
- Approximately 40% of drug overdose deaths in 2014 were from prescription pain relievers. American Society of Addiction Medicine: Opioid Addiction 2016 Facts and Figures
- 1,531 unintentional overdose deaths occurred in Massachusetts during the year 2015. Current estimates for the first 6 months of 2016 are higher than the first six months of 2015 MA DPH Data Brief: Opioid-related Overdose Deaths Among Massachusetts Residents
- Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illicit drug heroin as well as the licit prescription pain relievers oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl and others. American Society of Addiction Medicine: Opioid Addiction 2016 Facts and Figures
- Every day, over 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids. Center for Disease Control Drug Overdose Data
Our 6th grade health classes are starting a new unit on nutrition. Mrs. Larochelle’s students will incorporate more technology into the nutrition unit to make the information more appealing. Each student will sign up (during class time) for ChooseMyPlate.gov so that information can be collected and tracked for both physical education and health. This is a government website that is sponsored by the USDA.
When students access the website during class, they will create a log-in during class time using nicknames instead of their full name. They will have to include some basic information about their height and weight to compute their calorie intake and exercise information, but it is private and only available to them. Students will be able to look at their eating and exercise habits and see how close they compare to the recommendations based on their age and gender. Students will not be graded on their diet or activity, but how they use the website and their understanding of the topics.
If you are interested in completing this unit with us, you may follow the instructions that each student will have. More instructions will follow when your child attends health and physical education class. Please look for more information to follow.
Mrs. Larochelle is more than willing to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Please feel free to call or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.