Saturday, October 28, 2017

Oct. 30-Nov. 3

Red Ribbon: What a great week, we have had a great time. The lessons, activities and video clips were powerful and started the conversations for you and teachers to talk about the dangers of drugs. Mrs. VanPatten, Mrs. Hinsley, Ms. Kiernan, and all the student Eagle Leaders worked very hard to build a great week with a great message. Please see the Facebook and Twitter accounts for the Elementary culminating event today (Friday 27th), a human chain around the entire building. I had the opportunity to take pictures from the roof with students holding hands to create a large chain symbolizing the unity we have to defeat poor choices at OPA.

Electronic Devices (mainly phones):
As technology has improved our work and social lives, it has consumed our students lives. Video, computer games and phones are a topic of discussion everyday. This year at OPA, teachers in the secondary are planning more lessons to include personal technology for research, quizzing, photography and academic games. Students are not required to have personal phones because technology is provided for planned activities.

Phones are a luxury and are the student's responsibility. Students in the secondary are asked to secure phones on their person, lock them in a locker, or leave them at home. The goal of technology at OPA is to use it as a tool for information gathering, problem solving, communication and the writing process and creating art in photography or animation. However, the bulk of phone activity has become social connection and disruption, loss, damage or theft. OPA provides needed technology and cannot manage personal phones. OPA is not responsible for loss, damage or theft. Inappropriate social connections or disruptions are managed as they impact student culture and the educational process. In addition, cyberbullying, possession or distribution of pornography or inflammatory materials are turned over to the authorities immediately.

In Utah, students must be provided with internet safety instruction. We ask that you monitor your students phone use, it is OK and effective to go through your student's phone if you have concerns. A few websites that provide good information are as follows:
1. https://www.fbi.gov/resources/parents
2. http://www.netsmartz.org/PARENTS
3. https://www.icactaskforce.org/Pages/InternetSafety.aspx


Upcoming Events:
October 31: Halloween
     Several in-class activities have been planned to discuss Halloween, Fall, Dia de Muertos, "pumpkin labs," and safety. Remember costumes are NOT to be worn on Tuesday at school.

November 2: Family Art Night for 4th, 5th and 6th graders. If you haven't signed up check the front office for openings.

November 3: Early Release, Uniform Dress Down Day $1


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