Preparing Graduates, Engaging Minds, Developing Character
We are all shocked and saddened by the tragedy in Connecticut. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Newtown school community.
The safety of our students and staff is our first priority. We have asked principals to double-check their schools to ensure all security safeguards are in effect and we encourage students to notify school staff if they have any reason for concern about safety in their schools. School Resource Officers from the Sumner County Sheriff’s Department work in our high schools, and we use security cameras and other measures to keep our schools safe.
Each of our schools has a crisis and emergency response plan that is reviewed and updated annually. In light of Friday’s events, we have asked all principals to review their emergency plans with staff. A clear understanding of emergency procedures improves our ability to respond effectively in the event of an emergency. Sumner Schools and local emergency management maintain a strong partnership to help prepare for emergencies.
Our school psychologists and social workers are available to assist schools as needed. Schools are often are a good place for children to regain a sense of normalcy. Being with their friends and teachers can help.
We also want to share with parents these tips from the National Association of School Psychologists for helping your children cope with this disturbing news. See www.nasponline.org for more information or to read these tips in Spanish, Korean or Vietnamese.
4. Review safety procedures. This should include procedures and safeguards at school and at home. Help children identify at least one adult at school and in the community to whom they go if they feel threatened or at risk.
5. Limit television viewing of these events. Limit television viewing and be aware if the television is on in common areas. Developmentally inappropriate information can cause anxiety or confusion, particularly in young children. Adults also need to be mindful of the content of conversations that they have with each other in front of children, even teenagers, and limit their exposure to vengeful, hateful, and angry comments that might be misunderstood.
6.Maintain a normal routine. Keeping to a regular schedule can be reassuring and promote physical health. Ensure that children get plenty of sleep, regular meals, and exercise. Encourage them to keep up with their schoolwork and extracurricular activities but don’t push them if they seem overwhelmed.
Suggested Points to Emphasize When Talking to Children
NASP has additional information for parents and educators on school safety, violence prevention, children’s trauma reactions, and crisis response at www.nasponline.org.
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Bass, Joseph A – MNPS, Dec. 2012
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Thank you for visiting our Watt Hardison Elementary Website. The Panther staff and students are very proud of Watt Hardison and we invite you to continue on your virtual tour of our school.
The 2012-2013 school year is off to a wonderful start. We have so many exciting events and activities planned for our students this year. We want every student to want to come to school every day so that our fabulous staff can help and support each child through their educational journey. We hope each parent will help us as we strive for each of our students to be able to grow and learn to their individual maximum potential.
Our desire is for our students to come to school and learn, so that when they walk out of our school and into the "real world" they will be able to apply all these skills to be successful in all walks of life.
We want your child to feel safe and loved by our entire Watt Hardison family. We want all of our students to be excited about the relationships they will build while engaging their minds in new learning experiences on a daily basis.
Our Parent Teacher Alliance (PTA) has been busy working to help us get off to a great start. We hope you will join our PTA organization and become a Parent Partner to help all of our children reach success for this year.
Our parents and the Portland Community also help to make up our Watt Hardison family. Parents are encouraged to have lunch, assist on field trips or volunteer time in the classrooms and in our school. We want to develop partnerships with members of the community so that we can work together to help our students be successful in all areas of their development. Our PTA and fabulous Parent Partners help to make this a reality.
Everything we do at Watt Hardison Elementary is with the goal of giving our children the best educational year possible. Please stop by and see education excellence at work!
We look forward to seeing you soon!