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Bradshaw Backpack Bulletin -- Week 1
Our friends at the Greenville Health System Bradshaw Institute for Community Child Health & Advocacy are committed to keeping students healthy at school! Did you know that your school has a GHS School-based Health Center staffed by a Nurse Practitioner and Registered Nurse? Call the office or go to the Bradshaw Institute website for more information about the services offeredand how to get your student signed up.
We are also working with the Bradshaw Institute to share health information with you and your student through Hallways to Health tips. Every month Hallways to Health tips will focus on a different topic. This month’s topic is focused on preventing tobacco use and the rise in popularity of e-cigarettes and vaping. Although e-cigarettes were originally invented to promote smoking cessation, many teenagers are now drawn towards smoking e-cigarettes. E-cigarette companies utilize flavors (such as mint, chocolate, and candy) to draw in youth and young adults. Since they contain high amounts of nicotine that is unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), e-cigarettes can be highly addictive to teenagers’ rapidly developing brains. E-cigarettes also come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and some even look like USB drives. Even though they may seem harmless, e-cigarettes are highly addictive and cause the same dangers associated with smoking traditional cigarettes. Here are some additional resources for you to better understand the dangers of e-cigarettes and how to talk with your student about not using e-cigarettes.
Resources for parents about e-cigarettes:
- CDC’s Quick Facts on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults
- Surgeon General’s E-cigarette Parent Tip Sheet
- KidsHealth’s E-cigarettes
8th Grade Year Book Ads
Tell your student how proud they make you through their school yearbook! Select a cherished photo, choose a layout and add your personal message to them to be published in the yearbook. These ads can include baby pictures, current pictures, favorite quotes, etc. The ads will be 1/4 of a page and cost $20. All ads are due by February 15.
Use the link below to build your ad and pay online!
Want to purchase a yearbook? CLICK HERE to purchase your yearbook for $35.00.
SC SDE Report Cards Released
The South Carolina Department of Education (SDE) released report cards today that rate each school in the state as Excellent, Good, Average, Below Average, or Unsatisfactory. In Greenville County Schools (GCS), 72 of 85 schools earned ratings of Average, Good, or Excellent, which means they meet or exceed the criteria to ensure all students meet the Profile of the SC Graduate. Under the new system school districts continue to receive a report card, but are no longer rated. The last rating for GCS was excellent.
ACE Awards Nominations Now Open!
The ACE Awards (Advocates for Character and Education) is an annual award given to 72 male and female students from each of the 35 Greenville County middle and high schools. This award is designed to honor true “unsung heroes” who all too often are not recognized for their accomplishments. The selection process, established by Greenville County school counselors, focuses on identifying and selecting students who often go unnoticed for one reason or another, but have accomplished great things in their community, church or school.
If you would like to nominate a Greenville County 8th or 12th grader, please or go online to coaches4character.com and click the nominate button at the top of the page. You can also complete a paper application, available in the School Counseling Office. All nominations must be submitted by January 31, 2019. An ACE Awards Advisory Committee at each school will choose finalists from among those nominated to complete an application for the ACE Award. One male and one female will be chosen from each middle and high school in Greenville County. All ACE award recipients will be recognized at the ACE Awards ceremony on May 15, 2019.