Tigers of the Week: D.J. Scheele & Landon Butler

Congratulations to D.J. and Landon, our TIGERs of the Week.

D.J. Scheele and Landon Butler – One Act Play

D.J. and Landon, as are many of the One-Act participants, are the kind of students you wish would never graduate and instead would just stay as permanent members of the community of Hutchinson High School. As leads, they exude responsibility, dependability, and leadership and people want to be around them. Their kind and caring attitude is exactly what we want from any individual and they make those around them better.

Chemical Health Trend Corner

In this edition . . .

  • Tobacco 21 Laws
  • What are dabs “carts” and how do they make smoking THC easier to hide?
  • Should your teen take that Opioid prescription?
  • Buying Drugs Online
  • Teenagers Advice to their Parents on Drug Prevention
  • Adderall Abuse Among College Students

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Activities: January 27 – 31, 2020

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James and the Giant Peach

School Board Meeting: January 27, 2020

The ISD 423 Board of Education will conduct a quarterly meeting on Monday, January 27, 2020 beginning at 5:30 pm in the Media Center at Hutchinson Middle School (1365 South Grade Rd SW).

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Tigers of the Week: Jordan Ludowese & Leyton Peterson

Congratulations to Jordan and Leyton, our TIGERs of the Week:

Jordan Ludowese – Knowledge Bowl

Jordan is the positive influence in knowledge bowl – willing to include all and keep all of the teammates engaged at each practice and tournament. She helps people move beyond differences that they may have personally to help the team work together in all circumstances.

Leyton Peterson – Knowledge Bowl

Leyton goes the extra mile helping out with the Middle school program and providing them a great role model. He’s always willing to be of assistance and provides the energy and excitement to Knowledge Bowl that extends beyond his Varsity teammates.

Activities: January 20-24, 2020

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Tigers of the Week: Austin Hagen & Michaela Stamer

Congrats to Austin and Michaela, our TIGERs of the Week:

 

Austin Hagen – Boys Hockey

Austin has been a consistent contributor to our season. His numbers of a .912 save percentage and a 2.40 goals against have been at or near the top of the conference all season. Austin is a great teammates that works diligently at his position. He comes to work everyday and puts a great deal of effort into his work which is contagious. He always shows a great deal of respect for his teammates, opponents, officials, and the game. Austin never takes things for granted and is always working to improve.

Michaela Stamer – Girls Basketball

Michaela continues to lead our team with her shooting, her defense, and her passing. But this award is given to her for her outstanding leadership both on and off the court. Michaela has worked very hard on her skills and puts in the extra time that makes someone a special player. Her dedication to our program is evident in all the volunteer hours she has put in with our youth basketball teams.  Hutchinson can be proud of this Tiger!

Teenagers Advice to their Parents

Teenagers Advice to their Parents
on Drug Prevention and How to Communicate  Effectively

By Carmen Morrow, Chemical Health Prevention Specialist

Navigating the drug world can be very difficult these days. Ask any teenager and most can tell you the reasons why teens use, the availability of drugs in our community, and even rattle off the health and repercussions of use. However; if you want to see teenagers become passionate, ask them if they feel their parents talk to them about drugs in an effective manner that helps them avoid drug use. Sometimes the best advice to parents comes from their own teenagers.

When talking about drug use, teens agree that parents that initiate open conversations and  listen without judgement have the best results. Conversations that place blame or shame behavior are not as effective in keeping communication lines open as talks that focus on drug use as a health issue. Tone matters when communicating and broaching addiction. Teens say they respond best to open conversations that are without threats, dire warnings and accusations. It’s important to note that teens hanging out with healthy friends are motivated to do well and stay away from drugs just to fit in with a group. Teens feel their parents should set clear boundaries and expectations. A clear and consistent message can help deter your teens drug use. Be clear what the rules are, and what’s going to happen if they break the rule. If a teen lives in two different households, parents should agree to the same rules about drugs.

Teens say parents need to understand that drug use and mental health usually go hand in hand. Anxiety and depression are two common mental health issues teens try to suppress with drugs. Drug abuse prevention can start without even mentioning drugs if you address the root of the use. They suggest parents should focus on teaching their children how to build healthy coping skills, emotional awareness and resilience. It’s about building resiliency as many teens turn to drugs to self-medicate, self-soothe or escape. Teens state they are watching and noticing how their parents deal with stress. Parents should try to set a good example of healthy coping skills and avoidance of drugs and drink in moderation. Parents should continue to be active in helping enhance positive connections to healthy peers, adults, organizations, and sports.

Most teenagers agree that the drug talk is very necessary especially in light of the confusion with CBD and potential legalization of marijuana. If a teen is caught with drugs, or even suspected of using, they recommend parents don’t wait to act. They state that while initial drug use may be a voluntary decision, it becomes less and less of a choice as addiction takes over. Parents may have the best buy in when they point out real-life examples. Parents should point out the real-world dysfunction of drug use/addiction in a neutral way, with the cause and effect. Talking openly about who they might know who may have had a problem, or who currently has a problem. Families with a history of mental issues or addiction problems should communicate to children that they are at a higher risk of developing a substance abuse problem.

There’s good news for our parents and teens that are navigating the drug world of today. The majority of teens are not using drugs or using alcohol, according to the annual 2019 Monitoring the Future Study.

Activities: January 13-17, 2020

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