Trends in Smartphone Apps

A new app came out over the summer called Sarahah that can work in conjunction with SnapChat.  This is an app that allows others to post pictures and comments on your profile anonymously.  It is possible to prevent this by unchecking the box in settings to not “allow anonymous people to post”, but the default is to allow.  While the app has an appeal because it allows for kind comments and compliments that you may be too shy to share if identified, it also allows for the type of pictures and comments you would never send if you were identified.  The connection with SnapChat does allow for the messages to be screenshot and passed on.  Attached is a good read for parents about Sarahah.  If your child has Sarahah, do not panic, just help them to put measures in place to protect themselves from any unkind or unwanted messages and remind them that you are here to listen if they or their friends have any negative experiences.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/everything-you-need-to-know-about-sarahah-the-anonymous_us_599b51eee4b0ac90f2cba943

Snowflake

Snowflake will be undergoing exciting new changes for the 2017-2018 school year.  In the past, a small group of 8th graders worked all year preparing for one big presentation to 6th grade students.  Now, we are taking a much larger group of both 7th and 8th grade students to work with the 5th and 6th grade students REGULARLY throughout the year.  7th and 8th graders in Snowflake will be put in small groups and work with one advisory per group all year long, providing them with the opportunity to create a bond with those younger students in more of a mentor role.  8th graders will be assigned to a 6th grade advisory and 7th graders will be assigned to a 5th grade advisory.  Meetings will be Wednesdays during 7th and 8th grade lunch periods.

Social Work Services

Social work counseling is offered to students who are struggling with social or emotional issues that may be interfering with academic success. Any Central School student is eligible for social work services. Each of our social workers is assigned two grade levels. The grade level assignments rotate every year so that each student will have access to the same social worker all four years.

Difficulties may include:

- Peer relationship issues
- Family stress (divorce, loss, etc.)
- Motivational problems
- Self-esteem concerns
- Anxiety
- Depression
- Difficulty concentrating
- or any other issues that may be interfering with academic success


The social workers visit each advisory classroom at the beginning of the school year to introduce themselves, or in most cases re-introduce themselves to the students and explain how to access social work services as well as the types of situations that would typically require social work support. Students are encouraged to seek out social work support for additional assistance problem solving or coping with any given situation that is distracting them from their academic responsibilities.


Students may be referred for social work services by:

- Parents
- Teachers
- Principal/Asst. Principal
- Themselves


For more information, please contact:


Jason Glassman (5th & 7th grade)
847-835-7852
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Heather Olson (6th & 8th grade)
847-835-7834
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Amy Langendorf (District wide)
847-835-7811
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