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August 8, 2014

Dear Parents:
The school district does not provide any type of health or accident insurance for injuries incurred by your child at school.

As a service to students and their families, our school is making available a student accident insurance plan for your child at a very nominal cost.  The district offers this program because of trends in rising family health and dental insurance costs, increased deductibles, co-payments, or lack of health or dental insurance coverage.

REASONS TO PURCHASE THIS COVERAGE:

  1. Deductible and co-pays in your health plan. Many health plans have increased the amount of out-of-pocket expenses.
  2. No insurance.

This plan will provide benefits for medical expenses incurred because of an accident.  If you have other insurance, benefits can be applied to your deductible or co-pays.

If you have no other insurance, this will become your primary accident plan.

PURCHASE COVERAGE ON-LINE (with Visa or MasterCard) at www.1stAgency.com and then follow directions at "Find Your School."

OR

PRINT BROCHURE PDF FROM SCHOOL DISTRICT PAGE at www.1stAgency.com and pay with check or money order.

For your convenience, a summary of plans and premium costs are copies on the back of this notices.

All questions regarding this coverage should be directed to First Agency, Inc. at (269) 381-6630, or toll free at (800) 243- 6298.

 

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ENERGY DRINKS - TOO RISKY FOR KIDS

The latest dangerous trend affecting children is energy drinks. There are no age restrictions, so young children are routinely purchasing energy drinks at grocery and convenience stores.

What are energy drinks?

Energy drinks:
~Are carbonated beverages claiming to increase alertness and endurance;
~Contain up to 3,000 mg of stimulants per serving (compared with 34.5 mg in a can of Coca-Cola); and
~Common brands include Red Bull, Monster, and Rockstar.

What are the risks?
Energy drink companies are marketing these drinks to children through television shows and sports advertisements. Adolescent males are quickly becoming the top consumers of energy drinks in this $10 billion industry. A recent study titled "Epidemic: Teen Perceptions and Consumption" indicates that by age 12, one in three students had tried energy drinks. By age 14, 80 percent had tried an energy drink and nearly 50 percent consumed the drinks on a routine basis.

Energy drinks have large amounts of stimulants, including guarana (one of the most potent sources of caffeine). While companies are required to state caffeine is an ingredient, they are not required to list other stimulants or to include the amounts. Companies are not required to list the potential risks of the beverages. Known side effects of consuming excessive stimulants in energy drinks include:

*Heart palpitations;
*Caffeine addiction;
*Severe Headaches;
*Rapid Heartbeat
*Jolt and crash episodes;
*Jitteriness and nausea;
*Insomnia; and
*Increased propensity for strokes

The long-term effects of children using energy drinks are unknown. Research indicates that childhood energy drink consumption might be linked to future illicit drug use.

What Can We Do?

Talk to your kids about the risks of energy drinks to prevent first trial. "Our children don't need more drugs (or more stimulants) like the caffeine these drinks contain, not to mention the empty calories provided by these drinks," says Denise Koo of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Speak to your pediatrician if you suspect that your child may be experiencing these symptoms.

Prevent energy drink consumption at schools. Talk to your child's school about your concerns. Limiting students' access to unhealthy foods and beverages is important to their health. Restricting the use of energy drinks on campus, particularly for elementary and middle schools, can send a strong message about the potential harms of these beverages. An important step was taken by the Los Angeles Unified School District, which eliminated energy drinks from vending machines and school stores as part of its ban on sale of sugar-sweetened drinks, notes Steven Teutsch, chief scientist at the Los Angeles County Public Health.

This report to Parents was written by Shoshanna Goldin.
National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)

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Johannesburg Lewiston Area Head Start

Head Start

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FOR MORE INROMATION OR SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
CALL SUE SUMAMPOW OR ANTHENA SHERBERT AT 989-786-5181 or 989-731-1015. 
CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES ARE WELCOME TO APPLY!!

The Johannesburg-Lewiston Head Start Program attempts to meet the needs of the pre-school child and his family in several ways.
The Head Start staff works with families and their children on activities that will promote family and community partnerships.

The Head Start Program offers the child the opportunity to progress at his individual pace. Social and emotional development are important parts of the Head Start curriculum. One of the Head Start goals is to develop self worth in a relaxed atmosphere, using developmentally appropriate activities. The "play-based" curriculum includes: art, music, science, reading readiness activities, cognitive and motor development, health, safety, mental health and nutrition awareness. Special needs children are welcome in Head Start. Planned programs are specially designed by the Intermediate School District, teaching staff, and other agencies to meet the needs of these children and their families.

An important part of every Head Start Program is the family. Head Start maintains that the parent is the child's first and most important teacher. Parent involvement is necessary and encouraged in all areas of the program. Parents are encouraged to volunteer in the classroom, attend parent workshops, plan field trips and to use community resources made available to them by staff members. Many Head Start families are active members in the community and are involved in building working partnerships with other organizations.

Fore more information about Head Start, call 989-786-5181 for the Johannesburg/Lewiston area and
989-731-1015 for the Gaylord area. You can also visit NEMCSA

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Dear J-L Parents/Guardians:

I would like to bring your to your attention some information about a growing concern I have that directly or indirectly relates to all our students. During the past several years there has been a growing problem of drug abuse among school age children. For many, the source of the drugs does not come from a drug dealer on the street or in a dark alley, but right from the medicine cabinet that exists in most of our homes.

Drugs that are outdated, left over from previous illnesses's or injuries, and current prescriptions are the culprits. Most of us do a poor job of disposing of outdated and unused prescriptions. We have concerns about the environment, clean water, or where we can take old drugs to be
properly destroyed at no cost to ourselves.

Currently, there are several ways of disposal to consider:
1. The Otsego County Sheriff (see below) has a "no questions asked" free disposal plan;
2. Some drug stores will allow you to return old drugs; please check with your pharmacist; and
3. A growing number of Northeastern Michigan Pharmacies are supporting the Yellow Jug Old Drugs program which promotes the concept of clean water. There may be other programs that I am not aware of at the moment. Please feel free to contact me if you know of other disposal alternatives.

We all want our children to be safe and healthy as possible. Please take the time to check your own medicine cabinets and cupboards and take an inventory of what you have. Think about a lock box for the drugs you are currently using and take the others to a proper disposal site. It is not unusual for school age students to visit the home of friends or relatives or spend the night. Please pass the word about securing and/or disposing of prescription drugs to them.

Thank you in advance for making life safer for all our children.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Otsego County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Otsego County Prosecutor's Office and the Otsego County Board of Commissioners are pleased to announce the implementation of a prescription drug turn in and disposal program. This program will allow individuals to bring in unused, unwanted, or outdated prescription medication to the Sheriff's Office for disposal by Sheriff's Office Personnel. With the growing concern of prescription medications contaminating ground water by being flushed into city sewers and private drain fields, not to mention the possibility of prescription narcotics being taken from private garbage after being discarded, a safe, effective alternative has become necessary. This public service is offered free of charge and aside from some Sheriff's Office bookkeeping measures, no questions will be asked. Prescription medications may be turned in at the Otsego County Sheriff's Office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday or by appointment.

Please contact Under Sheriff Matthew Nowicki at 989-731-7282 for further information or to set up an appointment outside of the normal scheduled turn in hours.

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SCHOOL BUS STOPS...
What Every Driver Must Know

1. Yellow lights flashing - PREPARE TO STOP.
2. Red lights are flashing - STOP NO CLOSER THAN 20 FEET FROM BUS.
3. Red lights are turned off - Proceed.

SCHOOL BUSES WITH OVERHEAD RED LIGHTS ONLY
1. Red lights are flashing and bus is moving - Prepare to Stop.
2. Red lights are flashing and bus is stopped. Stop no closer than 20 feet from the bus.
3. When red lights are turned off - Proceed with caution.

ALL SCHOOL BUSES
Yellow hazard warning lights are flashing - Proceed with Caution.

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Help your child succeed in school!

7 Tips for a Healthy School Year
Get organized, get the kids to bed - and get everyone breakfast

It's back to school time, the perfect time to set up healthier school-day routines at home. Consider these your "new school year resolutions" for minimizing stress and maximizing well-being. Here are seven strategies:

1. Organize the night before.
A mad morning rush gives everyone's day a stressful start. Skip the drama by taking a few unhurried minutes in the evening to load backpacks and lay out school clothes. Are there forms to be signed? Do snacks or lunches need packing?

2. Set a bedtime and stick to it.
School children need nine to 11 hours of sleep. Kids who don't wake easily, often seem irritable or lack daytime energy need more sleep. Sleep is important for many things, from overall growth to learning and concentration at school. Help kids wind down quietly before lights-out.

3. Make Breakfast.
If your child hasn't eaten since dinner the night before, there's no energy to draw from - the gas tank is empty. Kids learn better with food in their stomachs. Kids who eat breakfast are leaner because they're not as likely to snack on high-calorie, low-nutrient foods later in the day.

4. Learn what's up.
Ask open-ended questions, such as: "What were the best and hardest parts about today?" or "What things stress you out?" Kids are more apt to open up about problems if you show interest.

5. Teach Safety.
Think through your child's day from the moment he or she leaves for school to the time he or she gets home. How can he or she be safe? - from wearing a bike helmet to avoiding strangers and keeping doors locked at home?

6. Spell out expectations.
Discuss appropriate classroom behavior, a homework policy, balancing social time and schoolwork, and grade goals. Set the path for them and they'll know when they are on track.

7. Practice relaxation.
It's important for everybody to have some downtime, even children. As you sign kids up for sports and other activities, ask yourself: "Whose needs are being met - mine or my child's?"

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HELPFUL WEBSITE'S for Parents & Students

From www.RIF.org: Research and practice show that one simple activity — reading aloud — is the best way to prepare children for learning to read and to keep them reading as they learn and grow. Reading aloud helps your children develop the language skills that they will use in school and throughout their lives.




Helpful sites:

A+Math

AAA Math

EZ School
(Math & Language arts activities)

Learning Planet



For cool science experiments
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Reading to children, even for a few minutes each day, prepares them to read
and encourages a positive attitude toward reading. Children who are read to at
home learn to read more easily, have a higher vocabulary, and are more likely to
develop a love for reading than those who are not read to on a regular basis.
Simply put, this cannot be done too early or too often.


PARENTS:
There is a great website to encourage reading!
www.bookadventure.com.
It’s user friendly and there is an opportunity to win great prizes.
This is part of the Sylvan Learning Center site.

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Michigan CSI
(Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative)

10 Internet Safety Tips

1. Create clear and simple ground rules for children to follow.
2. Place a computer with Internet access in a location that is visible to other members of the family (not in a child's bedroom).
3. Explain to your children that they should never give out identifying information: name, home address, school name, or telephone number in a public forum such as a chat room or a bulletin board (newsgroup) or to people they do not know.
4. Discuss the importance of telling you or a trusted adult if someone ever makes your child or teen feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused while online.
5. Get to know the Internet and any services your children use.
6. Become familiar with blocking and monitoring programs.
7. Never allow a child to arrange a face-to-face meeting with another computer user without parental permission or accompaniment.
8. Tell you children never to respond to messages or bulletin board items that are suggestive, obscene, belligerent, threatening, or make them feel uncomfortable.
9. Report messages that present a danger to local law enforcement.
10. Remind your children that people on the computer may not (and are likely not) who they seem; and that everything people say online may not be true.

Help keep your child save on the internet!!!
Visit the
Internet Keep Safe Coalition

KEEP SAFE - KEEP AWAY - KEEP TELLING

I keep safe
my personal information - all of it! I never give my real name, address, phone number,
the name of my school, or a picture of myself to anyone online.

I keep away
from Internet strangers - no matter what they tell me because I have no way of knowing who they really are. I don't talk with them online, and I never meet them face-to-face.

I keep telling
my parents or a trusted adult about anything that makes me uncomfortable.

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MEAP Testing

What is the MEAP?

MEAP stands for the Michigan Educational Assessment Program. It is a statewide testing program initiated by the State Board of Education, supported by the governor, and funded by the legislation.

MEAP consists of a set of tests that assess reading, mathematics, writing, science, and social studies. The tests reflect the Michigan Essential Goals and Objectives in these five content areas. The state requires that all Michigan public schools administer these tests each year to students in selected grades.

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Good Luck Students on the 2008 M.E.A.P. Test!
How to prepare your child for the MEAP Test:

• Be sure they get a good night's sleep, eat breakfast and dress comfortably.

• Remind them to listen to the directions and focus on the test questions.

• Make sure they leave home with a
positive attitude.

• Encourage them to take a few deep breaths before starting the test.
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1. Attend School Every Day - On Time
-Attend physically and mentally - Be prepared for class (take your books, pencil and paper with you) and pay attention when you are there.
-If you have to be absent and know ahead of time, talk to your teachers ahead of time to get assignments and let them know you will be gone.

2. Be Organized
-Use your planner to keep track of tests, quizzes, and assignment due dates.
-Keep all notes and assignments for the same class together. It may help to have separate folders and notebooks for each class.
-Keep all of your returned assignments to review for tests and quizzes. If there is a question about your grade later, you can refer back to the assignment in question.

3. Manage Your Time Wisely
-Use class time and seminar to work on your schoolwork.
-Do your homework the same night it was assigned. Do not put it off until the next day because you forget how to do the assignment.
-Choose a block of time to designate each night for studying and homework.

4. Pay Attention in Class and Ask for Help if Needed
-Don't sleep or talk while the teacher is teaching. Try your best to pay attention and take notes on what is being taught.
-Ask questions if you do not understand what the teach said.
-Use seminar time to get additional help if you are still having trouble with the homework or what was taught in class.
-You can also seek help from your peers in the same class. Be sure that they understand it themselves and can explain it to you in a manner that is easy to understand. Otherwise see the teacher. Do not just copy answers from a peer, as this will not get you very far when it comes to test time.

5. Take Good Notes
-Learn to recognize what is important and write it down.
-Write your notes neatly and in an organized fashion so you can read them when you look at them later.
-Take notes from the textbook when you read the assignment.
-If you are absent, borrow and rewrite someone else's notes.


6. Complete All of Your Assignments on Time
-Make sure you complete each and every assignment and hand it in on time.
-Make sure you complete each assignment before you turn it in.
-Be sure to make up any assignments when you are absent. It is your responsibility to get the assignments from the teacher.

7. Practice Good Study Habits
-Find a quiet table where you can study without distractions. Do not study while lying down, as you are more likely to feel tired.
-Don't wait until the last minute to study, study a little bit each day leading up to the test or quiz.
-The more focused you are when you study the less time it will take to learn the things you need to know. When studying, do not have distractions around you like the phone, music or food.

8. Test-Taking Strategies
-Read the directions before you begin.
-Relax. When you are properly prepared, it is easier to relax for the test.
-Answer every question with as much information as you know. This may get you some partial credit even if you have the wrong answer.
-Make a note next to the questions you may want to revisit after you have finished the other questions. Then if you have time, you can go back and spend more time on those questions.
-Take your time and use all of the time available to you. Check your answers when you are finished.
-Go over all returned tests to learn from your mistakes and to ensure that the teacher has graded it properly.

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Public Notification of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Opportunities

Johannesburg-Lewiston Area Schools offers Career and Technical Education programs at the high school. These programs are designed to prepare students for a broad range of employment and training services and are offered under the guidance of certified teachers. The following is a list of programs that are currently offered and the criteria for admission.
Program ....................................................................Admission Criteria
Business Administration..........................................No prerequisite
Construction Trades................................................No prerequisite
Drafting and Design Technology...............................No prerequisite
Family and Consumer Sciences.................................No prerequisite

All career and technical education programs follow the district's policies of non discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, gender, age, disability, height, weight, or marital status in all programs, activities, and employment. In addition, arrangements can be made to ensure that the lack of English language skills is not a barrier to admission or participation.

For general information about these programs, contact:
Mr. Curt Chrencik, High School Principal
Johannesburg-Lewiston High School
10854 M-32 East
Johannesburg, MI 49751
989-731-4420

Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies should be directed to:
Mr. Rick Holt, Superintendent
Johannesburg-Lewiston Area Schools
10854 M-32 East
Johannesburg, MI 49751
989-732-1773

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*Help your student identify and strengthen academic areas that need improvement.

*Find out how much college costs (the cost of tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies,
transportation, and other personal expenses).

*Students who have received Medicaid benefits for 24 months within a 36 consecutive month period are eligible for the Tuition Incentive Program. This program will pay college tuition and mandatory fees for eligible students. Students may become eligible as early as sixth grade. The Michigan Department of Treasury will send an application form to the home of each eligible student. Parents need to send back the form before the student graduates to maintain eligibility. If you need another confirmation letter, call 1-888-447-2687.

*Start saving for college.

*Consider visiting a financial advisor to help structuring your college savings.
There are specific programs out there to help with saving for college, such as MESP (1-877-861-6377) and MET (1-800-638-4543).


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*Emphasize to your teen the importance of taking "college prep" courses - 4 years of English, Mathematics (Algebra or higher),
Natural Sciences and Social Studies, and 2 years of Foreign Language.

*Continue saving money for college.

*Ensure your teen continues taking college prep courses.

*Start visiting college campuses.

*College-bound sophomores may want to take the PLAN. This is a pre-ACT that is given in October. The results will help your student estimate how they will score on the ACT and give them ideas about careers. If your student is interested in taking dual enrollment courses during their junior year, they must take the PLAN. These scores will be used to determine dual enrollment eligibility.

*Continue saving money for college.

*Learn about different types and sources of financial aid.

*Investigate financial aid resources.


*Ensure your teen is taking appropriate college prep courses.

*College-bound juniors should take the PSAT/NMSQT in October. This test is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, and if your student scores in the top percentiles, he/she could be eligible for scholarship money. Also, if your junior did not take the PLAN last year and wishes to dual enroll as a senior, the PSAT is required for dual enrollment eligibility.

*Attend the college fair in Gaylord in the spring. (Letters will be sent home with details.)

*Visit college campuses with your teen. Students can use "college days" if they must miss school. Contact Mrs. Nowak for details.

*Students planning to go into the military should sign up to take the ASVAB in February.

*Juniors will be taking the Michigan Merit Exam in the spring. This is the new test that is replacing the MEAP. One component of this test is the ACT. By taking the MME, it may not be necessary to take the ACT on the national test date.

*Juniors may register to take the ACT on the national test date in April. The ACT is given in Johannesburg in April and October.

*Let your teen know how much you can afford to contribute toward his/her schooling.



AUGUST-NOVEMBER
*If your senior still has not taken the ACT, he/she should sign up to take it in October, or December at the very latest.

*Have your student obtain college applications from Mrs. Nowak or print one from the college's website.

*Help your teen track college applications and decision deadlines.

*Students who still need to pass a portion of the MEAP to earn the Merit Award will have an opportunity to retest in November.

NOVEMBER
*Keep an eye on the Scholarship Newsletter. This is updated the first of every month with new scholarship opportunities. These newsletters are available from the high school office and by clicking here.

*Watch out for scholarships and financial aid scams -avoid any service that charges a fee to help you find financial aid.

DECEMBER
*All college applications should be in by now. This good practice measure ensures your student top consideration by their schools of choice. It also simplifies the process of applying for financial aid and scholarships.

*Help your teen make their final decision about which college to attend. This decision should be based on programs offered, affordability, location and size.

*Start collecting the documentation you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

*Save your last pay stub for this year to help you complete the FAFSA.

JANUARY
*Make sure your teen gets a FAFSA. These are available from Mrs. Nowak.

*Complete and file the FAFSA form as soon as possible after January 1st. (The sooner the better - federal aid can run out.)

*If you need help completing the FAFSA, attend the Financial Aid meeting after the January Parent/Teacher Conferences. Information will be sent home about this just after the new year.

*Prepare and file your federal income taxes as early as possible; schools may ask for them as verification of income.

*Be sure to keep an eye on the scholarship newsletter. Most local scholarships come out just after the first of the year so students should be busy completing scholarship applications.

FEBRUARY - MAY
*Be sure to keep an eye on the scholarship newsletter. This is the busiest time for local scholarships.
Most deadlines are around the first of April.

*Students planning to go into the military should sign up to take the ASVAB in February.

*Students who still need to pass a portion of the MEAP to earn the Merit Award will have one more opportunity to retest this April.

*Letters of admission and financial aid offers will usually arrive by April.

*Seniors qualifying for the Merit Award should be receiving a letter of confirmation from the Michigan Department of Treasury this summer. Seniors must certify to use their money for the upcoming school year by November 15. This can be done online or through the mail.

*Read, sign and send in a promissory note if your borrowing money.

Some of this information was taken from ACT's website, this website is a helpful resource for parents of college bound students.

GREAT RESOURCES FOR COLLEGE BOUND STUDENTS

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Updated 8/11/14