STTA- Something to Think About
When you are ready to have your own child – do you think it is ok to … make your baby the way you want the child to be? To genetically engineer the child? What do you think your parents might have done differently with you …? Does this possibility go too far? Is it unethical? If you knew your child would be born… without the ability to taste (I actually know someone who can’t taste), would you change that? If you wanted a boy and the child was a girl… or vice versa? Who should decide if “designer babies” are right or wrong?
Designer babies are on the horizon after an influential group of scientists concluded that it could be ‘morally permissible’ to genetically engineer human embryos. http://flip.it/sqhcfp
Students – One thing I believe firmly: be your own person. You are not like anyone else, and you should be. No one should be just like you, either. It is our differences that make all of us great! As always, being your person also includes being kind, caring, and knowing when to speak up. If you want people to listen, speaking up without bitterness or anger in your voice will always be more helpful so it might be okay to keep that in mind. You know – be your own best potato!
As we all know, rumors are everywhere about everything. Brookings High School received a threat of violence. That is the only fact I know. And as much as I am sure there are stories flying around, the only fact I know is that the school received a threat. What I want to say to you, Deubrook Students – who mean so much to me (more than you probably know!) – is that I want you to tell me, tell an adult if you hear or see something that freaks you out whether it’s about a person, people, the school. It is ALWAYS ok to tell an adult! ALWAYS!!! If a student is telling you to not tell an adult, that is your definite sign that an adult really needs to know! If you aren’t sure, we can speak in my office in private first. What is said in my office stays in my office, unless it is required by law to report. And you and I will figure out if what you’ve heard needs to be reported further, but I am there for you for sure! The video below is from a different school and we don’t have the same places to go to notify concerns – the message is the what I want you to see. The message!
See Something Hear Something Say Something
District Six takes the safety of our students seriously. We created this video to encourage individuals to always come forward with information that pertains to the safety of our students and employees. This is just an additional measure we are taking to continue to create a safe and nurturing environment. So if you HEAR something or SEE ...
Please, contact me if you want to talk!
There are many types of awareness months. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and our volleyball team is fantastic at raising awareness of all types of cancer and will once again bring attention to them at the volleyball game tomorrow night. Thank you!
Today, in White, we will be receiving red standees called Silent Witnesses. They represent people who were killed in domestic violence disputes. On each witness is an explanation of each person’s situation and death. Please, be respectful to the Silent Witnesses as the come from Brookings Domestic Abuse Shelter.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence is when a person “establishes power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence.”
· 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience violence from their partners in their lifetimes.
· 1 in 3 teens experience sexual or physical abuse or threats from a boyfriend or girlfriend in one year.
· 1 in 5 women are survivors of rape.
· 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men have experienced sexual violence in their lives.
· 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men were sexually abused before the age of 18.
To learn more about domestic violence, visit the sites listed below. Thank you.
A few years ago at Deubrook, we had a young teacher who hadn’t been taking care of her contacts as prescribed by her eye doctor. If I remember correctly, she had come dangerously close to damaging her eye permanently. Be sure to click on the link to see the pictures!
One simple safeguard can reduce the risk of infection by 6 to 8 times. The 42-year-old UK woman at the heart of a disturbing new case study had no idea what was causing her upper eyelid to swell and … http://flip.it/pwB6sY
Welcome to the fast-fashion industry! “Global consumption of clothing has gone up by 60 percent since 2000…” How long does an article of clothing – your shirt, your pants – stay in circulation? Does it matter if you wear it once and toss it? This teacher thinks so.
She is wearing the same dress for 100 days. Her plan is to raise awareness about consumption. Think about what you wear, what you are wearing right now. Did you buy it? A parent? How many times have you worn it? How many more times will you wear it? What do you do with your clothes when you are “done” wearing them?
My sister works for Goodwill/Easterseals of Minnesota. Minnesota Goodwill stores only have donated or purchased (yes, they purchase some of their clothes) on the store floor for 48 hours. What isn’t purchased goes to their Goodwill Outlet store. Those clothing and shoe items are only on the store floor for 15 minutes. Yep, fifteen MINUTES! Off the store floor, and the clothing is bailed and shipped to countries whose people are in need.
Sooo, what do you think??
As a “Something to Think About,” the title of this really struck me. The page is titled, “We Can All Prevent Suicide.” This means you are part of helping others through their struggles. If your person mentions suicide, bring them to me (or another adult). And do it - even if they don't want to go to the adult. It is your job to help your friend - it is NOT your job to figure out what to do next. That's my job - and I definitely want to do it!
This week is National Suicide Prevention Week, September 9 – 15, 2018, with World Suicide Prevention Day on the 10th. With the help of some NHS members, we will post #iwontbesilent campaign posters. For people your age, suicide is considered the "silent epidemic" - but it is time to no longer be silent about suicide. It's time talk about suicide and about what we can do to help!
All of us can do something. Do you see someone who keeps to him or herself? Walk up to them, say hello. If you don't do it, who will – who should?
FOUR OUT OF FIVE TEENS WHO ATTEMPT SUICIDE GIVE CLEAR WARNING SIGNS.
Using art to slow traffic down. What do you think? Is it a good thing – or is it more dangerous? If nothing else, the picture of it is cool.
President Macron, France, has made cell phones in schools illegal. Check out the link. I would love to know what you think about all of this!
Something to Think About is exactly what it says! These are suppose to get your brain thinking about the article!