Archive for category School Reference

Tips for Middle School Parents

Please read this article on parent involvement.

It’s nothing new, but we often need a refresher….even I need a refresher at times.



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What is your position for the need for SROs in Schools?

I originally had purposefully avoided posting any messages on the Newtown tragedy, until I read this article. I have a very strong opinion about SROs in school. Please post your opinion about whether schools need full-time SROs (School Resource Officers).

Also please read this article:

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Suit over Bullying

If you have not read this article or seen it on the news, it’s a must read for all school officials. Most schools have bullying campaigns and programs; however it may deserve a second look.


Paralyzed Victim of Bully’s Punch

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Eraser Game

This was a challenge as a new administrator I had to face. It’s really not a game at all, but a middle school game that spread fast. If you haven’t heard about it, just Google it and sit back and watch. Beware some pictures are graphic.
Here is an excerpt from a letter that was sent to parents. I am happy to report the incident is under control.

Key words to Google: Ersaer Game or Eraser Challenge.

Also keep an eye on the Ice Cube/Salt Challenge.

LETTER excerpt:
Dear Parent/Guardian(s):
This letter is to make you aware of something that some students are doing that can increase their chances of getting a serious infection. It’s called many things including “Eraser Burn” or “Eraser Challenge.” You may be asking yourself; “What is an eraser burn?” Students get an eraser (on the end of a pencil or a chunk eraser) and rub it hard, back and forth on their own skin, or on the skin of another student with a really fast motion and in the same place creating a serious burn. This is not a new practice for teens; there have been cycle trends for this behavior over the years. Unfortunately, we have seen a few students here at Edison Middle School with wounds from the forearm to the tops of their hands, They have admitted that the wounds are from eraser bums and they only did it on a dare or to prove they were tough.

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If you have not read this in its entirety, please go to VDOE website and do so:

March 28, 2012

FROM: Shelley Loving-Ryder, Assistant Superintendent
Division of Student Assessment and School Improvement

SUBJECT: Clarification on Recent Staff Development Sessions
The majority of the information included in this testing memo was provided to school division superintendents by email on March 27, 2012. Additional detail, in italics, is provided for DDOTs in the following document.
A number of school divisions have contacted the student assessment staff at the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) with questions about information provided at recent workshops offered across Virginia by persons not associated with the VDOE. Questions have centered around information provided in the workshops about the number of items measuring new content on the Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II tests administered for the first time in fall 2011 and on certain test taking strategies recommended in these workshops.

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