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Panther girls will play championship game Saturday

posted by Kim Garrett

MPHS girls basketball will play the championship game Saturday at 5:30 at The Academy High School. Very exciting.
Lets do this ladies.

Girls Basketball times for Saturday at The Academy

posted Feb 23, 2017, 11:42 AM by Kim Garrett

The times for girls basketball on Saturday are as follows: If our girls win tonight they will play at 5:30 on Saturday. If they loose tonight they will play at 2:00 on Saturday. These games will be at The Academy 11800 Lowell Boulevard, Westminster, Co. 80031

Girls Basketball playoffs

posted Feb 20, 2017, 8:38 AM by Kim Garrett

The girls basketball team will play Bennett at 6:00pm on Thursday February 23rd at The Academy. 11800 Lowell Boulevard, Westminster, Co. 80031
Go Lady Panthers

Revised MPHS Bell Schedule Effective Monday, Feb. 20th

posted Feb 14, 2017, 8:31 AM by Thom Schnellinger

Parents,

 

As a result of the Colorado Dept. of Ed. audit process, it became  clear to us that MPHS runs a  tight schedule and can fall outside of guidelines easily in term of total hours required for a fully funded student.  Therefore, we are adding six (6) minutes across the regular schedule.  The day starts at 8:03am and ends at 4:17pm.  The other minutes occur within the schedule.  This should not disrupt activities or bus schedules in any way. Please see the attached schedule.  Should you have questions, feel free to call our offices at the high school.

 

Sincerely yours,

 

Thom. Schnellinger, Principal

Middle Park High School

Your Teen and Social Media

posted Jan 26, 2017, 8:30 AM by Thom Schnellinger

Of late, we have been confronted with a number of negative student behaviors, i.e., cyber-bullying, harassments, fatigue, and distracted learning.                              A common link that exacerbates the problem appears to be unregulated, unfettered use of social media, as in FACEBOOK, SNAPCHAT, INSTAGRAM and general cellphone/computer technology use. 

Although these tools can be used for very good reasons,  they can also be abused. For the school, I ask the teachers to have a plan and expectation regarding the use of technology, Chromebooks, websites and cellphones.  If you don’t, “you get what you get”.  

Certainly, in the home, if you do not have a plan, if you have not discussed rules and use of technology with your child, if there is not a time where the technology is turned off, THEN “you get what you get”. 

As I speak to students that are harassed on FACEBOOK and a student reveals that they have two thousand “friends”, I am overwhelmed to think of the possibilities of predators “trolling” the child’s site and information. This is really dangerous. Look, teens are trying to figure out their social setting everyday with their peers.  Many do this well.  However, missteps occur during this time of life. They learn in those moments. Let’s not just hand the children a tool that complicates their world exponentially without talking to them about expectations and limitations regarding its use. 

The school addresses cyber safety in the Freshman Seminar. Please visit the attached websites for more information.  Review information with your child, discuss limits and expectations regarding technology use.   It's not about their privacy, it's about their protection. Don’t just leave this for your child to sort out  with a stranger online. Being an informed and involved parent is never a bad thing.  Visit the sites. Have a conversation with your child.

-Mr. Schnellinger

Sites:

 http://www.safesearchkids.com/parents-guide-to-protecting-teens-on-social-media/#.WIoBnSMrIcg

https://www.commonsensemedia.org

In Light of Recent Events

posted Jan 5, 2017, 9:16 AM by Thom Schnellinger

Parents,

First, let me thank the parents, community members, agencies and our County Commissioner that attended the school board meeting Tuesday night.  Clearly, everyone was concerned about the recent events concerning our students and the drug issues that came to light through the Granby Police Department.  Everyone there, desired additional information from the Chief, wanted to know more about how the school handles these issues or expressed a sincere desire to help.  It was encouraging to see so many agencies represented.

As our Superintendent expressed, this is a community issue that is percolating through the schools.  More to the point, this is a Colorado and National issue that is visiting every school in the country with the advent of legalized recreational marijuana, broad spread of illegal narcotics and the illegal use of prescriptive drugs.  Additionally, we are in recreational community that brings a certain casual attitude toward such substance abuse.

So, you see the challenges.  From my desk and walking the halls of this building, we respond to every report or reasonable suspicion as it arises.  However, I need the help of a community.  Reports that are vague, non-specific or recusing involvement makes our work difficult if not impossible to do.  We are involved, this is our school, and our community. We have an obligation to keep it safe.   If you have specific information regarding individuals, students or adults that are degrading the health and safety of our children, I need a phone call or by all means call the local police.

I know what I am asking. It is not easy in a small community.  However, I’ve lived and taught in rural Colorado for close to thirty years, you have to be courageous and make the call.  You may lose friends but we don’t lose a life.

People said to me, “I don’t want to get kids in trouble”.   I understand that sentiment but “They are in trouble.”  To quote Chief Kraker, “They are victims”.  We need to bring resources to the challenge to help our students and keep our children safe.

As always feel free to call my office with any concerns. 

 To conclude, have we done enough to date?  Regarding our kids, it’s never enough.  Can we all do more in the future to keep our children safe?  I’m counting on it.  You can count on it from this office. Thank you.

-Thom. Schnellinger. Principal, Middle Park High School

A Message from Grand County Public Health Coordinator

posted Jan 5, 2017, 8:35 AM by Thom Schnellinger   [ updated Jan 5, 2017, 8:36 AM ]

In light of the concerns over the recent incident in our schools we’d like to inform you of an opportunity to be involved in an initiative that will be addressing the health and behavior needs of Grand County youth. Grand County Public Health is initiating the Communities That Care (CTC) process to build a county-wide coalition to address youth substance abuse.

CTC is an evidence- based, prevention planning system that enhances existing coalitions and community partner initiatives to address youth problem behaviors. Through a community assessment the process identifies the Risk and Protective factors that are predictors of adolescent behaviors. Once identified evidence-based strategies are implemented to minimize risk factors and strengthen protective factors.

Good public health practice is to work upstream to avert problems before they occur. The coalition will be ongoing and serve to be a long-term response to the needs of our youth rather than a quick fix.

To date, we have engaged twenty key stakeholders and formed the CTC Key Leader Board. We are currently in the process of identifying individuals that will serve on our Community Board and subsequent work groups. Once appointed and oriented to the Communities That Care process the work groups will begin to look at the data and determined the coalition’s course of action.

Should you have an interest in serving on the Community Board or the works groups; or have further questions about Communities That Care, please contact the CTC facilitator Julie Hines at 970-725-3787 or jhines@co.grand.co.us  ( you can also add you name here )

Grand County Public Health and the East Grand School District will continue to report back to the community on the work of the coalition.

Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, Nov. 30th - Study Hall

posted Nov 1, 2016, 2:20 PM by Thom Schnellinger

Dear Parent or Guardian:

This semester our school will participate in the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS), an important research study about student health and risk-related attitudes and behaviors. We are contacting you because your student is enrolled in a class that has been randomly chosen to participate in this voluntary, anonymous survey in your student's study hall on Nov. 30th. This survey will ask students about various health topics, including: physical activity, nutrition, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, mental health and suicide, bullying and other forms of violence, health care, and sexual behaviors (high school only). The survey also asks students about school engagement, school climate, youth-adult connectedness, and other protective factors known to be associated with healthy behaviors. We use this information to make informed decisions about programing and student needs.

The HKCS was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Colorado Departments of Education (CDE), Human Services (CDHS), and Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). These agencies provide funding to the University of Colorado-Anschutz Medical Campus to implement the survey. This project has been approved by your school district and the Colorado Multiple Institutional Review Board (COMIRB). The anonymous survey results will help policy-makers, school personnel and community groups better understand the nature and extent of risk behaviors among our youth. The results will also help with planning programs and services for youth, as well as evaluating current programs. In order to get the most accurate information about youth risk behaviors, we would like all selected students to take part in the survey. As described below, however, participation in the survey is completely voluntary.

The paper and pencil survey is voluntary and anonymous and takes about 45 minutes to complete in a chosen classroom. The survey administration process has been designed to protect your student’s privacy. No information is collected that can identify individual students. Only your child will know how he or she answers the questions. Students do not get school credit for completing the survey, and there is no penalty for not participating. Students who take part in the survey may choose not to answer any question.

If your child will participate in the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, you do not need to sign or return anything. Students will receive the survey in class and are instructed to answer the questions or leave the survey blank. Students who are not completing the survey will do other schoolwork at their desk during the survey period. We encourage you to discuss the matter with your child and share your views on their choice to participate.

For more information about the study and to view a copy of the survey, please visit our website at http://www.healthykidscolo.org or call the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey Director, Dr. Ashley Brooks- Russell, at 303-724-8437. For questions regarding IRB approval, please contact COMIRB at 303-724-1055.

eTranscripts now available!

posted May 9, 2016, 3:55 PM by System Administrator   [ updated May 9, 2016, 4:05 PM ]

Middle Park High School has partnered with Parchment to order and send your transcript and other credentials securely. Transcripts can be sent directly to the educational institution of your choice for just $3.50/request*.  Documents may be received in as little as 2 hours and your Parchment account provides tracking of your transcripts including delivery confirmation!  Check out the Parchment Overview for more information.
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*Fee waived for economically disadvantaged students - ask the counseling office for more details.

FACEBOOK and Cyberbullying

posted Mar 10, 2016, 10:07 AM by Thom Schnellinger   [ updated Mar 10, 2016, 10:25 AM ]

Parents,

It has come to our attention that a number of our students are utilizing FACEBOOK for both appropriate and inappropriate communications.
Good things happen on FACEBOOK! But, we have students that have unfettered access to FACEBOOK via their  computers and cellphones 24/7. The communications occur via variety of "friends' .  Inappropropriate communication "cyberbullying" can take place. It can be disturbing  and illegal. This can take a tremendous sum of time from students  studies and staff.
I ask the adults,  please monitor your child's activities.  There is no way a student can randomly manage 900 "friends".  With that example, if an inappropriate comment is made and it offends 10%, that's 90 individuals  that could be potentially posting back.  If the account is open this would include all the people  that our conversing outside your child's immediate circle of "friends". This creates too many variables outside of the school or parents control. Clearly, the ramifications are exponential.  To reduce "cyberbullying" and its effect, be in control of the communication devices in your home. Your student  should be intentional and selective about "friends". Please read the attached file article on"cyberbullying"  and social media concerns. Discuss this with your student regarding safeguards and sound social media skills.
 
Know who your student has for "friends".  Monitor FACEBOOK.   . 

Tools to STOP "cyberbullying: 
CONTACT AN ADULT
UNFRIEND  (you don't need 900 friends)
Make the account PRIVATE
CLOSE or SUSPEND the account

Your help in very much appreciated. 

Thank you. Mr. Schnellinger





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