Friday, January 31, 2020

Cardinal Counseling 5 Bullet Friday for Jan. 31st


The Chadron High School Cardinal Counseling Department is excited to share our 5 Bullet Friday Newsletter for the 2019-20 school year!  Each week we will be providing readers with five facts, tips or tricks to help make the school year a success academically, emotionally, and socially! 

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1. Watch this Week's Cardinal Cast on the Scheduling Process!

When will we start scheduling?  What is the process?  How do I ensure I get the classes I want?  CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW!

2. New Class Highlight: Veterinary Science!

Speaking of scheduling.... the next two classes sound AMAZING please sign me up NOW!  Check out this Agricultural offering taught by our one and only Ms. Moore!  This class is an every-other year offering so it will not be available every year, don't miss out!
Veterinary Science class:
Course Objectives:
  • Utilize best-practice protocols based upon animal behaviors for animal husbandry & welfare
  • Apply principles of animal reproduction to achieve desired outcomes for performance, development and/or economic production
  • Apply effective animal health care
  • Learn about career opportunities and how to achieve those opportunities such as the nature of the work, salaries, and requirements necessary for obtaining a job in the (AFNR) field 
  • Demonstrate employability skills for college and career readiness
  • Identify and demonstrate personal financial management and planning
  • Identify and apply workplace safety (on live animals & fieldtrips)
  • Evaluate the role of agriculture, food and natural resources (AFNR) in society & the economy
  • Identify and practice leadership skills and traits in demand in the agricultural industry
Potential Topics:
  • Personal Safety & Animal Handling (OSHA, Hazards)
  • Animal Roles in Society
  • Issues in the Animal Industry
  • Veterinary Terminology
  • Care & Management of various Species
  • Microbiology
  • Biosecurity
  • Body Systems (Integumentary, Skeletal, Muscular, Nervous, Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Digestive, Nervous, Urinary, Reproductive, Endocrine, Immune)
  • Pharmacology
  • Parasitology
  • Physical Exams
  • Hospital/Clinic Procedures
  • Office Management
  • Laws and Ethics
  • Disease identification, treatment or prevention
  • Nutrition

3. Way to Go Nebraska!

Students, Parents, Teachers, & Taxpayers should be both proud and happy!

Nebraska has great schools! ❤🍎✏📚

(Via the Nebraska Department of Education)

4. Youth Suicide Prevention

The following two bullets were generated by the SCIP Nebraska Team.  SCIP stands for School Community Intervention and Prevention.  SCIP is funded in part by: Lincoln Public Schools, United Way of Lincoln/Lancaster County, Region V Systems, Nebraska DHHS: Division of Behavioral Health and Region 4 Behavioral Health System
In Nebraska, suicide is the leading cause of death for ages 10-14. Nationally, suicide was the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 10-24 in 2017 (10.6 per 100,000), according to a study completed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This is a sharp increase (56%) from the steady suicide rate observed in 2000-2007 (6.8 per 100,000). These numbers are alarming, but there are ways to prevent youth suicide and it all begins with awareness and education.

Risk Factors
There is not just one specific cause or predictor that would indicate whether or not a person is contemplating suicide. Several factors increase the risk of suicide. Possible risk factors include:
  • Recent relationship loss; this may include the death of a loved one or a close friend moving away
  • History of trauma or abuse; this may also include bullying or family violence
  • Mental health or substance use concerns
  • Family history of suicide
  • Lack of social support
  • Lack of access to health care, including mental health treatment
  • Access to lethal means
Warning Signs
The presence of one or more of the signs listed below may indicate an increased risk of engaging in suicide:
  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Expressing feelings of hopelessness or feeling trapped
  • Appears withdrawn or isolated from friends or activities they once enjoyed
  • Extreme mood swings or increased irritability
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Giving away possessions
It is important to note that a person may not directly say that they want to die or they want to attempt suicide. They may say something like “The world would be a better place without me”. These feelings may also be expressed through a note or social media post. These comments need to be taken seriously and should not be kept secret. Encourage youth to talk to a trusted adult if they are concerned about something a peer said or posted online.
When a youth is displaying signs that they are contemplating suicide, calmly ask the person directly if they are thinking about suicide. Listen to the individual, validate their feelings and provide emotional support without judgment. Assure the person that they are not alone and that help is available. Do not leave the person unsupervised. Contact the parents or guardians of the student and get help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 (1-800-273-8255).

5.  The Benefits of Extra-Curricular Activities!
(Continued from SCIP Newsletter)

Extracurricular activities are organized activities that require a routine time commitment outside of regular school hours, such as being on a sports team (school team/club), 4-H club, band, Boy & Girl Scouts, church group, science club, drama club - the list goes on and on.

Extracurricular activities not only provide kids with structured and supervised instruction, but they also teach everyday life skills in a more practical and hands-on way.

And while extracurricular activities provide lots of benefits, like most things, they also have a downside to them as well. When making a decision about which activities to participate in, kids and parents should consider the pros and cons.

The Benefits of Extracurricular Activities:

Higher Academic Success:

There has been a multitude of research studies done that indicate kids who participate in extracurricular activities generally perform better in school than those who do not. Not only did kids have higher grades, better attendance and higher rates of graduation, these studies also show kids who participate in extracurricular activities also had more positive feelings overall about school and they had higher reported desire to continue their education beyond high school, according to researcher Douglas Reeves.

Explore & Develop Interests:

Kids who participate in different extracurricular activities have additional opportunities to discover interests, skills and purpose beyond home and school. And while kids often have a wide range of subjects they can explore at school, extracurricular activities most times allow kids to explore an interest more in-depth than what they would get during school hours.

And when skills and interests are developed and enhanced, many times they can lead to a new interest that a student wouldn’t have been exposed to or considered beforehand.

Many extracurricular activities also provide experiences that help develop and broaden a kid’s perspective of the world, especially experiences that involve volunteering and/or providing community service to others. And in this day and age, and because of technology, developing a global understanding is becoming more and more necessary for kids to grow, maneuver and flourish as adults in the current and future workforce.         
Provide Social Opportunities:

Let’s face it, making friends can be extremely hard but one of the easiest ways to make friends is through extracurricular activities. Extracurricular activities provide opportunities for a kid to interact with other kids close in age who have a similar interest, which may help foster friendships outside of their normal group of friends.

Furthermore, being part of a club or team gives most kids a sense of belonging and a sense of pride.

Yet, there are certainly concerns and drawbacks to/for kids and families that are involved in a lot of extracurricular activities.
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