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13 Reasons Why Talking Points

13 Reasons Why Talking Points

There is a new Netflix show based on the book “13 Reasons Why” that many young people across the country are watching. The story deals with difficult topics such as sexual violence, bullying, and teen suicide. Although it is thought that the makers of the show were trying to portray the tragedy of the situation, there are reported cases of students responding negatively to the story.

Because the issues shown are so uncomfortable, the SAVE and JED anti-suicide foundations have created a “13 Reasons Why Talking Points” list to use when discussing the story. Please see the linked document and if you feel you have concerns, don’t hesitate to contact the school. You can contact me, Mr. Havens, Ms. Stone, or any staff member. We can never be too concerned with our kids!

Click here to read the 13 Reasons Why Talking Tips

2017-2018 Scheduling

2017-2018 Scheduling

As a reminder, all 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th Grade students and parents/guardians must have a PEP meeting with their advisor to request courses for next year and update the student’s career interest.

Several students have already completed their PEP updates for next year. Montcalm High School students continue to choose courses that will help them reach their goals and we are exited to help students plan their futures.

Therapeutic Services, Careers in Education/Tomorrow’s Teachers, Automotive Technology, and Welding programs are nearly full at this time. Please do not hesitate to schedule your meeting soon, as we hope to help every student choose a program that will assist them in reaching their goals.

YLA Teen Entrepreneurship Summit

YLA Teen Entrepreneurship Summit

Now in its 40th year, this camp week is sponsored by the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Local Chambers of Commerce, and the Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Association with special support from business and industry, the Appalachian Regional Commission, Department of Education, West Virginia Development Office and local schools.

Discover the principles of entrepreneurship, civic leadership and volunteer service in six days of fun interactive learning. Meet business persons and successful entrepreneurs, make connections and discover new possibilities for your future.

This year’s summit dates are June 11-17, 2017. Students who are interested should visit the Youth Leadership Association site for details and applications. Montcalm High School has two scholarships to offer, one male and one female, which makes the cost of attendance only $75, so hurry and secure your spot!

2017 WV Sheriff’s Association Youth Leadership Academy

by J. Williams
2017 WV Sheriff’s Association Youth Leadership Academy

The West Virginia Sheriffs’ Youth Leadership Academy is an annual, 6-day residential summer program for teenage citizens from throughout the State. The Academy seeks to deter risk-taking behavior patterns by introducing the participants to recreation alternatives and educating them on the negative consequences of drugs, alcohol, and violence. The Academy provides our youth with the leadership skills necessary for them to go back to their home communities and help others deal with these challenges. The Academy also encourages participation in citizenship activities and teaches responsibility. The Academy does require a certain amount of physical activity during the week. However…The Academy is for mainstream youth and is NOT a juvenile “boot camp”.

The Academy offers a challenging, educational, and fun summer camp experience!!

All applicants must be enrolled in either a West Virginia public or private school. First time applicants, or cadets, must be completing the 8th grade and expected to be entering the 9th grade in the Fall of 2017. The Academy is open to both male and female students who qualify in accordance with the WV State Board of Education Extracurricular Activities Participation Rule. Cadets must have attained at least a 2.0 on their most recent grade card. The fee, which covers the entire week of activities, food, lodging and t-shirts is $100.00 for each camper.