San Marcos Unified is a collaborative community with many different voices throughout our district.
Tell me about your experience with student clubs and leadership?
What do you hope to accomplish in your new position?As a southern director, I am most excited to help other students with their leadership through CASL's Leadership Development Days. I am also hoping to use the ideas and strategies I find through my CASL experience to better my own school and our community of San Marcos as a whole.
After high school, I hope to get into a college that will best suit my needs to become a Sports Broadcast Journalist. Sports have always been a passion of mine and to make a career around my passion would be my greatest dream come true.
Based on the feedback received from the pilot event, we plan to refine and test the program once more by hosting an event at Twin Oaks Elementary School towards the end of the 2014-15 school-year. Starting in 2015-16, CNS hopes to offer our Farmer’s Market Program to all elementary schools within the district.
I’m addicted to HuffPost. From Politics to Entertainment, which are sometimes the same thing, it’s a lot like ampm - too much good stuff. Working in education, I’m always interested in issues that affect K-12. There was a recent HuffPost Teen story on self-esteem that caught my attention. Besides just being impressed by the fact that the content was created by teens for adults, the message itself made a strong impact.
Think about what you’re saying seems like a simple enough concept. As adults, we worry about bullying, what kids are saying to other kids, but are we cognizant of the kind of damage we can do to a teen’s self-esteem with a simple, but exceedingly dumb comment?
The video below, created by SheKnows Media, tackles the concept of microaggression, a form of unintended discrimination. The girls in the video do a phenomenal job of explaining why this is something that needs to be brought to our attention:
This message is timely, particularly since San Marcos High School will be hosting the Girls World Expo – an empowering event geared towards girls aged 11 to 18 and their families - this coming Sunday, February 22nd. Girls will have an opportunity to hear from powerful women in our community talk about a path to success, as well as Counselors from MHHS and SMHS who will discuss cyber-bulling and the college search. The event runs from 12pm – 4pm, and you can acquire (free) tickets here.
If you’re in the area this weekend, it’s worth checking out this event. Bottom line - words matter, people. Seriously.
I remember my own experience in middle school - your friends were defined by the people who sat with you at lunch. If you needed the scoop on homework assignments, you picked up the kitchen phone (complete with an actual cord) and called a friend. If there was a school bully, you knew to avoid them.
In the technology age, your friends number in the 100’s - way more than can sit at your lunch table. If you need to obtain your homework assignment, it is from a tablet, iPad or website. Your kitchen phone, if you even have one, never rings unless it’s a telemarketer. Bullying has been taken to a cyber level, which leads me to ask...How do you avoid what you can’t see or don’t know? Where do cyber bully’s live?
Parents need to be educated on all the current technology and social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Vine, Vimeo, etc). Are those 100’s of friends a young tween has really friends? Is friend #131 going to tell #66 the left an unkind comment on a picture? Is #131 going to agree with #66 and your child’s new shirt is gross green?
As a recovering helicopter mom, what do I do? Do I ignore social media completely? Ban Facebook, Instagram and the rest? If it is banned, then does it become the forbidden fruit? Do I allow subscriptions to these accounts and return to sleepless newborn nights monitoring every site like when I previously watched the baby monitor for breathing and movement? Do I become Robomom, hunting down Cyberbullys?
Of course, I want my child to experience new technology, but that means I must teach my child the manners and etiquette of social media. However, are all parents doing this, and are they even aware of the age requirements to create social media accounts? Most social media accounts require a minimum age of 13 to create a personal profile.
The information highway is present in almost every aspect of our lives. Studies have shown integrating technology into the classrooms increases student learning and engagement. Social media helps in communication, but, as parents, we need to know that note passing is now speeding along at 6GB/second. How do we ensure sanity, confidence and freedom from bullying in grades 6-8?
We educate ourselves. We make sure that our children understand the Student Responsible Use/Digital Media form that we received in their packets. We check out the district recommended site, www.commonsensemedia.org - they rate, educate, and advocate movies, games, TV, books, apps, websites, and music for kids, families, and schools. Is that app age appropriate? Search for it on their site, and it will give you all the information to make a decision. Their parent blog is so helpful with topics from knowing 15 Social Media Tools Parents Need to Know About Now to the Best New Fall TV of 2014 for Teens and Families.