December, 2014 Dear Parents/Guardians: We hope your family is having a good Thanksgiving break, and we look forward to seeing the students back in school, ready to learn. As we enter the holiday season, we want to reinforce the importance of school attendance. We know that just a few missed days here and there, even if they are excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school. The 2nd quarter interim reports will be distributed to Ross students on Friday, December 5, 2014. Please contact the main office if you still do not have access to your student’s grades on Progressbook. We will be more than willing to assist you. If you wish to discuss your child’s progress, please feel free to contact your student’s teacher or grade level guidance counselor. First semester exams will be taking place December 17, 18, and 19, 2014. Attached to this newsletter is the Ross exam schedule and permission slip for students to leave the building if they are not scheduled for an exam. Please note, students who are currently earning a D or F in a class will not be permitted to leave early and will be required to stay during the make-up times to complete missing assignments. For those students required to stay the entire school day, a letter will be mailed to the parent/guardian notifying them of the student’s current Ds and Fs. Lastly, I invite all of you to attend our upcoming Ross Choir concert on December 4th, Ross Orchestra concert on December 9th, and Ross Select Vocal and Show Choir concert on December 11th, all at 7:00 pm in the Little Theater. Happy Holidays! Gracy Hinojosa-Lloyd Principal New Graduation Requirements and State Testing School districts across the State of Ohio are preparing for a new level of accountability. Attached to this newsletter is a document explaining the new graduation requirements for the Class of 2018. In addition to the new graduation requirements, students in grades 9-12 are required to take Next Generation Assessments that are computer based and will be given to students beginning in February. Ninth grade students (class of 2018) enrolled in English 9, Algebra I and Geometry will take the PARC Performance Based Assessment and End of Course Exams. Ninth grade students enrolled in Physical Science and Government, and 12th grade students enrolled in Government and 10th grade students enrolled in American History will take the AIR Performance Based Assessment and End of Course Exams. If you would like more information, please visit the Fremont City Schools District website. Click on the Curriculum tab and on the righthand side, click on Testing & Assessments. If you would like to voice concerns regarding the State of Ohio Next Generation Assessments, please contact the Ohio Department of Education at 1-877-644-6338. Mission of Fremont City Schools The mission of Fremont City Schools is to develop well-educated life-long learners prepared to be responsible, productive and respectful members of their communities. The Fremont City School District will not discriminate nor tolerate harassment in its educational programs or activities for any reason, including on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, military status, sexual orientation or ancestry. Additionally, it will not discriminate in its employment policies nor practices. FREMONT ROSS HIGH SCHOOL HONOR ROLL-1st QUARTER 2014-15 LITTLE GIANT PRIDE HONOR ROLL SENIORS Cassandra Beckman, Abby Burrell, Rodger Calvillo, Alec Carnicom, Paige Collier, Meghan Cook, Marquis Crawford, Skylar Dayringer, Nathan Domiray, Elodia Erape, Zachary Ferguson, Christopher Finley, Haley Fisher, Maurene Fox, Ivan Franks, Brianna Frost, Ashton Gomez, Kylie Guhn, Brittney Hellman, Karli Hineline, Lauren Hlodan, Nickolas Hoffman, Brina Hrynciw, Robert Joerg, Kortni Lagrou, Theodore LeJeune, Odalys Lopez, Connor Martin, Grant McConnell, Marissa Miller, Bryce Moreno, Danielle Osborn, Preet Patel, Hannah Rowe, Patrick Rusher, Jalen Slick, Faye Sloma, Madalynne Snyder, Brooklyn Swaisgood, Karry Walls JUNIORS Johnicka Albrechta, Carter Aldrich, Johanna Alexander, Charlie Anstead, Veronika Bartson, Samuel Berlekamp, Kendra Buchele, Dominique Darr, Samuel Detwiler, Micaela Eberhard, Haylee Farster, Kayla Foos, Samuel Franco, Jacob Hasselbach, Geonavin Hernandez, Alexa Hess, Domonique Hinds, Jessica Holland, Devin Kupka, Lance Lopez, Cassidi Lovell, Allison Miller, Julia Miller, Meghan Moses, Emily Muffler, Huy (Henry) Nguyen, Autumn Ollom, Emly Ou, Mia Owen, Alexandria Rellinger, Valerie Samson, Tyler Schell, MaKenna Sears, Jessica Slick, Morgan Waggoner, Trey Warner, Kyla Wax, McKinsey Whitaker, Trent Williams, Kit Wilson, Dylan Wolfe, Ann Wright, Julia Zucker SOPHOMORES Zachary Baker, Michael Borjas, Caleb Calvillo, Charles Clark, Edward (Nick) Dorobek , Jared Fox, Brianna Goodwin, Abigail Havice, Garrett Joseph, Kaity Kelly, Alayna Killmer, Logan Lamalie, Logan Laurer, Shelby Marshall, Nathaniel Mayle, Kyle Montgomery, Matallyn Overmyer, Mann Patel, Jacob Paxson, Tiffany Peck, Abbi Riedmaier, Jacob Schott, Dylan Smith, Kristen Widman, Carolyn Wiersma, Dylan Witt, Merica Wolf, Craig (Russ) Yeast FRESHMEN Sunni Brandon, Aaron Dorobek, Oliver Ellis, Olivia Henry, Bianca Hoang, Rachel Hofacker, Lexi Keegan, Savannah Krueger, Emily McGilton, Mary Miller, Victoria Miller, Jacob Neiling, Elizabeth Nevarez, Sarah Schott, Alyssa Sebastian, Miranda Shetzer, Trevor Weickert LITTLE GIANT HONOR ROLL SENIORS Chase Abel, Erick Adams, Tanner Albert, Teresita Alonso, Joanna Arguelles, Shawna Atkins, Jeffery Barnett, Allison Bates, James Blue, Nickolas Bork, Brett Bowman, Alexa Brown, Rashonda Brown, Travis Brown, Dominic Cominsky, Eliseo Contreras, Kelsey Contreras, Samuel Contreras, Kara Cook, Seth Curl, Steven Dezanett, Bailey Druckenmiller, Andrew Earnhart, Maeve Elder, Chevy Farmer, Holly Fisher, Garrett Fligor, Jacob Franks, Jacob Fry, Derek Fuller, Ariana Garcia, Armonee Garcia, Lily Gardner, Maricela Garza, Jaime Glenn, Emily Guggisberg, Gabriella Gutierrez, Cheyann Haas, Mallory Hamons, Nicholas Hatcher, Eric Haubert, Kayla Haubert, Garrett Hausman, Derrek Heidelburg, Reghan Hineline, Kyle Hoffman, Torri Holmes, Erin Horne, Michael Hufford, Paige Ickes, Elizabeth Jones, Angel Kauffman, Nathanial Kirsch, Kathryn Knight, Jacob Kreilick, Tyler Lane, Derek Leasure, Christopher Liggins, Jessica Luberda, Nicholas Lynch, Gianni Manning, Gabriel Marker, Ethan Martin, Marquise Matthews, Allen Mayle, Javon McDonald, Alonzo McGhee, Ashley McIntyre, Gabrielle McRobbie, Kylie Mears, Nicklaus Michael, Aaron Miesle, Cole Miller, Matthew Miller, Hannah Nelson, Michaela Nickelson, Caleb Ottney, Tahti Palojarvi, Tyrel Parker, Meghan Peicott, Hannah Pena, Jose Pina, Alek Polk, Mackayla Postlethwait, Nicklas Pridemore, Aleiah Proffitt, Rico Puente, Andrea Ramirez, Devenn Reineck, Jennifer Rios, Ben Root, Kristapat (Pond) Samruamdee, Alyssa Schwochow, Joseph Seefus, Miranda Sherman, Austin Shiets, Lauren Sieving, Emily Slaughter, Alston Sloman, Jersie Spears, Brooke Strable, Sarah Szymanowski, Heather Toller, Jiayan Tong, Trevor Tuckerman, Matthew Wadsworth, Mari Warwick, Jordan Weissinger, Hailey Willey, Juwan Williams JUNIORS Lauren Abel, Elayna Ackerman, Matthew Adams, Mirrea Alaniz, Dayvon Atkins, Leah Ballenger, Morgan Bates, Lydia Baumann, Cole Beckley, Tajah Biehler, Kylie Blanchard, Steven Blodgett, Morgan Bowers, Avery Brandon, Derek Brink, Allyson Brown, Maryann Brunner, Jacob Brunthaver, Trevon Bulger, Jacob Camacho, Eriana Chavez, Bailey Chudzinski, Brody Chudzinski, Hannah Chudzinski, Madeline Cleveland, Tanner Cobleigh, Darby Collison, Natalia Cruz, Alfonso Dominquez, Kayleigh Edmonds, Leah Estep, Jared Filby, Arturo Flores, Samantha Foos, Maggie Foreman, Yosef Forney, Nathaniel Fry, Brianna Garner, Eric Gedeon, Peter Giles, Kalie Gleba, Alejandra Gonzalez, Brea Gonzalez, Kathryn Green, Whitney Halbisen, Jarren Hampton, Kahli Hashman-Ladd, Uriah Haun, Taylor Hayes, Corrina Haynes, Rakquan Heidelburg, Jordan Hershey, Austin Hill, Riara Holland, Alexandrea Holmes, Jonathan Horn, Caleb Hoskins, Haley Ickes, DeNae James, Angeles Jimenez, Elijah Johnson, Iasha Johnson, Celina Kimmet, Kaitlyn King, Adam Kleinschmit, Alaina Klingman, Daniel Kollman, Carissa Krauss, Megan Kuyken, Bryce LeJeune, Evan LeJeune, Georgianna Lochotzki, Armando Longoria, Janessa Lopez, Jonas Lopez, Lexus Lopez, D’aishalyne Magee, Ivan Maldonado, Katie Mapus, Brandon Mathia, Isaiah McDonald, Savannah Meza, Timothy Michael, Gabriella Mista-Vasquez, Emily Monreal, Alejandra Montez, Presley Moreland, Benjamin Moya, Livia Nitschke, Nathan Nitschke, Joshua Oliver, Amber Otermat, Mariah Palmer, Sarai Perez, Jamie Powers, Ashlei Raifsnider, Garett Reinhart, Kane Roberts, Marissa Robles, Emerald Rocha, Esperanza Romero, Allison Sanchez, Alyssa Sanchez, Joseph (Bo) Scheerer, Garrett Smith, Hawk Smith, Hunter Smith, Kennedy Smith, Maranda Sorg, Amara Stover, Victoria Stuckman, Abigail Sweeney, Daja Taylor, Alejandro Terraza-Cobo, Erin Thatcher, Bo Tong, Cody Tyler, Addyson Waldo, Darrion Walker, Parker Ward, Cameron Weaver, Tatiyana Welch, Kaleb Young, Zachary Zimmerman SOPHOMORES Tylin Alliman, Madalyna Almeida, Nicholas Arnold, Gabriel Baker, Kirsten Baker, Brett Bartson, Makenzie Beck, Kirstyn Bennett, Kira Bibler, Brandon Bliss, Scott Brown, Alexis Bryan, Alex Burtch, Austin Busold, William Byington-Martin, Drake Cain, Efrain Calderon, Jr., Shawn Canter, Valerie Chavez, Katlin Cleveland, Andre Coffee, Andrew Colston, Andre Crispen, Alicia Diaz, Taylor Druckenmiller, Jessica Duncan, Andrew Egbert, Claire Elder, Savannah Endicott, Ivy Fegly, Lauren Felkel, Samantha Florez, Meghan Floriana, Evan Franks, Larrissa Frey, Joshua Fultz, Grant Gallagher, Christian Garcia, Peyton Gerner, Cierra Gonzales, Tyler Grine, Morgan Guhn, Manuel Gutierrez, Alexandria Guyton, Savanna Halm, Hannah Hamons, Brooke Hankins, Anjelique Hardin, Riley Harkness, Morgan Hawk, Markel Heidelburg, Kimberly Hetrick, Cassandra Horn, Megan Hrynciw, Jakob Jaeger, Aquisha Johnson, Tyler Jones, Kaydee Keim, Dakota Krause, Jacob Lewis, Chantel Liggins, Jakiya Mann, Givanni Manning, Kaitlyn McGilton, Christian Metzger, Alyssa Meyer, Savannah Meza, Cayden Michael, Alexis Miller, Nash Miller, Dylan Minch, Macie Molina, Keeojah Nason, Delanie Oglesbee, Cassandrah Ottney, Cassie Overmyer, Karla Paredes-Gutierrez, Mayia Parson, Austin Payne, Fallon Powell, Niklas Provard, Cassidy Ratliff, Macy Reffner, Brandon Richter, Ellegra Roberts, Logan Rogers, Kyle Rostetter, Cheyenne Samson, Jamie Sellers, Aiyah Shepard, Matthew Sieving, Emily Sloan, Carianne Smith, Samantha Smith, Jacob Snell, Jaylen Stallworth, Owen Starkweather, Cody Stults, Boston Swaisgood, Madalynn Thayer, Paige Turner, David Valdovinos, Micaela Vargas, Cody Wagner, Jacob Weinheimer, Karina Whipple, Trevin Whitman, Spencer Wightman, Jena Willey, Juan Williams, Kalee Young, Elias Ysasi, Ashtyn Zimmerman FRESHMEN Paige Ackerman, Davion Anderson, Maddison Baacke, Annora Balduff, Jacob Barnes, Garrett Barth, Spencer Batey, Trey Beckley, Logan Biehler, Mattyson Blody, Madisyn Brown, Natalie Brown, Jazmin Bulger, Sierra Bulger, Roger Burling, Addison Burmeister, Arianna Bustos, Gage Byington-Martin, Ethan Carnicom, Michael Contreras, Josiah Cook, Morgan Cress, Xavier Damschroder, Savanah Dayringer, Joshua Deluca, Noah Detrich, Clarita Diaz, Alexandria Dodson, Ashley Dodson, Samuel Durbin, Jerardo Eckford, Andrew Edmonds, Malik Edwards, Tyree Edwards, Alissa Endicott, Elijah Esquivel, Alexis Estep, Andrew Evans, Noah Evans, Kyle Farmer, Alyssa Farrier, Kyle Foos, Audrey Ford, Melissa Foreman, Isaac Fraley, Alyssa Fry, Alyssa Fuller, Cristian Garcia, Brian Garza, Dylan Genzman, Kobe Gettys, Mikayla Glaspy, Mason Gluth, Lillian Gonzalez, Corey Grove, Jessica Guyton, Elizabeth Haynes, William Heflinger, McKayla Henry, Brianna Hilton, Skyler Huff, LITTLE GIANT HONOR ROLL FRESHMEN (cont’d) Christina Hull, Mallory Hutton, Trey Ickes, Alyssa Jackson, Deserae Jackson, Aubrianah Jaeger, Devyn Jagodzinski, Portia Johnson, Amaiya Jones, Kamyron Jones, Kaleb Kaiser, Hannah Kelly, Jurni Kidd, Tanner King, Kassandra Kirsch, Austin Kramer, Victoria Kramer, Matthew Kuyken, Kloerissa Lane, Taylre Lehmann, Sierra Levario, Garret Lewis, Samuel Long, Aimee Martinez, Heidi Martinez, Marissa McDonald, Noah Metzker, Drew Miesle, Santinia Minor, Mitchell Mullholand, Allidrea Mulvane, Breyari Nason, Kyle Neill, Alexis Nickell, Mason Olds, Brentton Ollom, Evan Ortiz, Tyler Ottney, Jenny Ou, Miranda Palacios, Elizabeth Palomo, Trenton Perkins, Brittney Pickard, Noelle Polk, Joshua Pridemore, Aliza Quick, Venessa Ramirez, Whitney Ramsey, Troy Rathfelder, Chandler Ratliff, Joshua Recker, Liset Refugio Nostrosa, Mary Reidenbach, Paige Risch, Jose Roa, Brissa Rodriguez, Benjamin Rozzell, Alison Rupp, Lesley Saam, Taylor Sachs, Kiaria Sanchez, Darius Santiago, Iris Scott, Alyssa Seibert, Keyon Sewell, Christopher Sheetz, Cristian Silvas, Ahlia Simms, Keevyn Skelton, Owen Smith, Jordan Speer, Janna Sutton, Susan Swanigan, Laura Szymanowski, Jasmine Taguba, Hailey Taylor, William Taylor, Alexander Thatcher, Hunter Tolman, Zamara Tucker, Zoe Tucker, Morgan Urban, Shelby Vallance, Jason Vollmar, Skyler Wagner, Kortney Wagoner, Deidre Walls, Catherine Webb, Cayla Wenger, Sarah Widman, Tate Williams, Anaya Wise, Gabriella Zuniga ACE Mentoring Program (Assisting Children to Excel) We are proud of our 15 ACE students who achieved first quarter honor roll status. Also congratulations to Jiayan (Ying) Tong and Little Giants’ football team captain, Jeffrey Barnett. Ying was crowned Homecoming Queen and Jeffrey helped lead the team to the district playoffs. Throughout the school year, ACE students participate in career-based workshops during lunch periods. Workshop activities center on academic success and leadership skills. December Lunch Bunch will feature study skills and test taking tips to help prepare for first semester final exams that are scheduled for December 17–19. There will be no mentoring during this week. Winter break begins Monday, December 22 - January 6, 2015. We applaud our dedicated community mentors and appreciate their commitment to help our students succeed and establish career goals. Funding for ACE is provided by the United Way of Sandusky County. There is no cost for students to participate, but they must complete an application and parent permission is required. The ACE newsletter is posted on the Fremont City Schools district website and program activities are listed. For more information you may contact: Mrs. Violetta Rhea, ACE Mentoring Coordinator at (419)332-4453 or E-mail: [email protected] - - December 5 Senior Class Meeting – 9:42 a.m. – Jostens will distribute catalogs and order forms for Caps, Gowns, Announcements and other Graduation items. December 5 Diploma Order Forms are due to the main office. December 11 Caps, Gowns, Announcements and other Graduation items to be ordered (Jostens) during lunch periods in the cafeteria. December 17-19 Semester Exams December 18 Additional order day for Caps, Gowns, Announcements and other Graduation items to be ordered (Jostens) during lunch periods. SOPHOMORE INFORMATION On December 5th the sophomores will have the opportunity to visit Vanguard Tech Center. Each student will be following a schedule to visit the labs they have chosen to explore. This is a great opportunity for sophomores to begin the career exploration process and to see what Vanguard Tech Center has to offer them. The students have many labs from which to choose for this visit. Vanguard Tech Center has 18 programs, some of which prepare students to go directly into the workforce while others give them a college experience while still in high school. If you have any questions about Vanguard Tech Center, feel free to contact the sophomore counselor, Ms. Blanton, at 419-334-5479 or [email protected] CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR HONORED STUDENTS Rotary: Lions Club: November – November – Brina Hrynciw Maeve Elder and Grant McConnell BRICK LAYERS With consistency, support, and enthusiasm, our Freshman Academy partnership has been handed the unique opportunity to lay the foundation for the future of Fremont Ross High School. Our students will earn the right to enter their upperclassman experience through their freshman academy year. The following students were nominated by their core teachers as “Brick Layer” students of the week for the month of November. Team Purple: Jenna Acevedo, Kyle Farmer, Kyle Foos, Portia Johnson, Alyssa Fuller, Drew Miesle Team White: Aaron Dorobek, Kayla White, Samuel Long, Catherine Webb, Arianna Bustos, John Leonard Team Silver: Kaitlyn Martin, Alex Thatcher, Andrew Evans, Heidi Martinez, Mike Kelly, Randi Taylor IMPORTANT INFO If you would like to receive the daily announcements via e-mail, please send your e-mail address to Paula Schepflin at [email protected] If you lost your username or password to ProgressBook, please call the office at 419/332-8221 and we will be glad to help you. CHANGES???? Please contact Mrs. Schepflin in the school's main office with any address, phone, or custody/guardianship changes that may occur for your student during the school year. By law, we must keep copies of custody papers in students' permanent records. You may contact Mrs. Schepflin at 419-334-6742 or e-mail to [email protected] ORCHESTRA Ross and FMS Orchestras will present their annual Christmas/Holiday Season Concert on December 9, 2014, in the Ross Little Theatre at 7 PM. Come and enjoy music of the holiday season. YEARBOOKS Yearbooks make wonderful Christmas gifts! Consider purchasing a yearbook for your favorite student for a lifetime of memories! Cost will increase after the holidays, so see Mrs. Mohr in the Finance Office or go online to www.yearbookforever.com. LEARN MORE ABOUT FREMONT CITY SCHOOLS Want to read more about Fremont City Schools? The FCS 2013-2014 Annual Report will be sent home with the youngest and/or only student to all families on December 5th. The report will also be available on the district’s web site at www.fremontschools.net and will be included in the December 6th edition of The News Messenger. Extra reports will be available at all school buildings and the FCS District Office. We will be conducting semester exams on December 17, 18, and 19. During these days, Ross will operate on an open exam schedule, which means students are required to be present only for their scheduled exams. With parent permission, students are allowed to leave school property when not taking an exam. Study areas will be available for students who wish to stay, and the buses will run at their normally scheduled times. A permission form is included at the bottom of this page to allow your student to leave school property when not taking an exam. These forms must be completed and turned in to their homeroom teachers by December 12. First Semester Exam Schedule Wednesday, December 17 7:30 – 8:45 8:55 – 10:10 10:20 – 11:35 11:35 – 1:00 1:00 – 2:15 1st Period Exams 2nd Period Exams 3rd Period Exams Lunch Make-up Exams Thursday, December 18 7:30 – 8:45 8:55 – 10:10 10:20 – 11:35 11:35 – 1:00 1:00 – 2:15 4th/5th/6th Period Exam 6th/7th/8th Periods Exams 8th/9th/10th Period Exams Lunch Make-up Exams. Friday, December 19 7:30 – 8:45 8:55 – 10:10 10:20 – 11:35 11:35 – 1:00 1:00 – 2:15 11th Period Exams 12th Period Exams Make-up Exams Lunch Make-up Exams In case of a calamity day with school being closed during one of the exam days, the exams for the closed day will be held the next school day, i.e., school is closed December 18, we will have exams for periods 4-10 on Friday, December 19. If calamity days cause exams to be made up after the break, we will begin them on the 2nd day back – January 6, 2015. In case of a 2 hour delay on any of the exam days, we will follow this schedule: Two Hour Delay Exam Schedule 9:30 – 10:45 Exam 10:55 – 12:10 Exam 12:10 – 1:15 Lunch 1:15 – 2:30 Exam Students must stay in the classroom the entire exam period. Students who have an unexcused tardy to an exam, will be in ISA for that exam period, and the exam will be made up during the make-up time (1:00-2:15). Students on an IEP will have an adjusted exam schedule that will be sent home individually STUDENTS WITH A “D” OR “F” IN A CLASS WILL BE REQUIRED TO STAY DURING MAKE-UP EXAMS TO COMPLETE MISSING WORK, PROJECTS, QUIZZES, TESTS, ETC. DURING THE FIRST TWO DAYS OF EXAMS. Lunch will be served in the cafeteria during exam days. Students will be notified via The Alert Now System in case of a delay or cancellation during exam days. STUDENTS MUST RETURN ATTACHED FORM TO HOMEROOM TO LEAVE WHEN THEY DON’T HAVE AN EXAM I give ________________________________________ (print student name) who is in _________Grade permission to leave school property when he/she is not taking an exam or *making up work or getting help. *Students with a “D” or an “F” in a class will be required to stay during make-up exams to complete missing work, projects, quizzes, tests, etc. on the first two days of exams. Parent Signature ________________________________________________ Date ________________ FCS Belief Statement #7 We believe in and promote the importance of physical, mental and emotional wellness as essential components of successful learning and achievement. TheFCSWellnessCenter DECEMBER 2014 ENTEROVIRUS D68: WHAT P ARENTS SHOULD KNOW Symptoms: EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness and may sound like a child has asthma. Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches. Severe symptoms may include wheezing and difficulty breathing. How Does it Spread: Since EV-D68 causes respiratory illness, the virus can be found in an infected person’s respiratory secretions, such as saliva, nasal mucus or sputum. EV-D68 likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes or touches a surface that is then touched by others. Who is at Risk? In general, infants, children, and teenagers are most likely to get infected with enteroviruses and become ill. That's because they do not yet have immunity (protection) from previous exposures to these viruses. We believe this is also true for EV-D68. Adults can get infected with enteroviruses, but they are more likely to have no symptoms or mild symptoms. Children with asthma may have a higher risk for severe respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 infection. How can I Protect Myself? There are no vaccines for EV-D68. However, you can help prevent yourself from getting and spreading EV-D68 and other respiratory illnesses by following these steps: STUDENT WELLNESS GOALS: 1. Reduce student alcohol and drug use at Ross High School as evidenced by pre and post survey data and discipline referrals. 2. Increase nutrition/fitness knowledge as evidenced by pre and post survey data. 3. Decrease student bullying/ harassment and insubordination incidents at all grade levels as measured by pre and post survey data and discipline referrals. 4. Improve district/building climate as measured by pre and post “My Voice” survey data. • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. • Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick. • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands. • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick. • Stay home when you are sick. Save the Date! December 4, 2014 Walk to School Day Event @ Croghan Elementary School December 11, 2014 “Be There or Be Spare” Event @ Plaza Lanes for Ross Staff and Students January 21, 2015 Operation Street Smart @ Fremont Middle School 7:00 p.m. More information on these events will be sent home with students. HEY ROSS STUDENTS - GET MOVING! Winter weather doesn’t have to mean sitting inside and hanging out by yourself. Get active and enjoy the fresh, cold air of winter! Winter weather brings a great opportunity to enjoy a snowball fight, sledding, or a brisk walk on the walking trail. Sledding at local hang outs will be sure to bring fun when you grab a friend and hit the hill! Hospital Hill, Walsh Park or St. Joseph’s Cemetery are all great places to sled. A great way to add an extra boost of exercise to your sledding is to challenge your sledding partners a race back up to the top! Another great way to stay active during the second semester is to add an activity course to your schedule. Ross High School offers semester long courses that will provide you with physical activity. Check with the guidance office to see if you can fit Swim, Physical Education, Personal Fitness or Strength and Conditioning in your schedule. The Wellness Center will feature monthly wellness facts, tips and articles that correspond to the district’s four student wellness goals. We hope our Fremont families ﬁnd the wellness information beneﬁcial. T HE FCS W ELLNESS CENTER KNOW ! THE F ACTS, RESPECT THE MEDS Did you KNOW! teen medicine abuse is on the rise? According to the Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS), there was a 33% increase in American teens abusing prescription drugs over a five-year period. Prescription meds now rank in the top three most popular drugs of choice among youth, just after marijuana and alcohol. Statistics reveal that ONE in FOUR teens have misused or abused prescription drugs. What exactly is prescription drug abuse? Anytime a person takes a medication prescribed for someone else, or takes his/her own prescription for reasons not intended by his/her physician – like getting high. What drugs are teens abusing? The most common drugs of abuse are OPIOIDS (painkillers), DEPRESSANTS (to relieve anxiety or induce sleep) and STIMULANTS (especially those used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - ADHD). Where are teens getting such drugs? The majority of youth obtain prescription meds from the home medicine cabinets of family and friends - many times without them even knowing. Why are young people abusing prescription drugs? Teens abuse prescription drugs for a number of reasons. They may use not only to get high, but to stay alert, go to sleep, lose weight, stop pain or as a study aid. Many teens and adults falsely believe prescription drugs are safer than illegal drugs; and many say they’d be in less trouble if caught using a prescription drug vs. an illicit “street” drug – both of which contribute to teen use. Why should you be concerned? Regardless of why young people choose to abuse prescription drugs, their developing bodies and minds are negatively impacted (in addition to the legal, social, educational and personal ramifications it can cause). Depending on the drug and what it is mixed with, physical side-effects may include anything from chest pains and decreased breathing to seizures and loss of consciousness – which can ultimately lead to death. Prescription drugs also change a person’s brain chemistry, potentially leading to addiction and interfering with the brain’s neurotransmitters which can impact everything from basic survival functions, like breathing, to more complex functions, like the ability to think, solve problems and make decisions. Respect the meds! Prescription medications have many beneficial effects. When used under proper medical supervision, they can help us live longer, healthier lives. But these same medications have the potential to produce dangerous and even deadly side-effects, especially when misused or abused. Because of this potential for harm, prescription medications should be used precisely as prescribed, and only by the person for which they are intended. HEALTHY MEAL PLANNING IDEA CHICKEN SOUP WITH BEANS Directions: In a small skillet, sauté onion and garlic in oil until tender. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the chicken, beans, corn, tomatoes, water, chopped green chilies, lime juice, and seasoning. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until heated through. Ingredients: 1 large onion 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 ¼ pounds, boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cubed 2 cans (15 ½ ounces each) great northern beans, rinsed and drained 2 cans (11 ounces each) white corn, drained 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained 3 cups water 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies 2 tablespoons lime juice 1 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning 1 teaspoon ground cumin ¼ teaspoon salt & ¼ teaspoon pepper www.fremontschools.net ANONYMOUS. SIMPLE. TEXT. Students can now anonymously report incidents of other students participating in risky/dangerous behaviors or illegal activities, such as bullying, child abuse, assaults, cutting, dating violence, eating disorders, suicidal threats, fights, weapons, underage drinking, planned parties, alcohol/drug/ tobacco use, etc.
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