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            "Roots of Change" LGBTQ Regional Workshop: Tuesday, May 3rd 
SS/HS of HLCS and Saginaw Public Schools is sponsoring this event and will be funding HLCS Principals, Social Workers, two Board of Education members, and select other employees to provide a better understanding of safety issues for students who are LGBTQ.

March 17th: Mr. Sura and the HLHS Drama Classes presented the play, "Cyber Mare" to two groups of middle school students.  One play was for 4th and 5th graders; the other was for the 6th and 7th graders.  Cyber Mare illustrates the dangers of online activities and bullying.  Also, Mr. Robert Moore did a wrap-up presentation following each Cyber Mare performance and also presented to all 8th through 12th grade students about the value of being self-confident, being a "true friend", and being "comfortable with the true you".

            "Darkness to Light" Workshop: Thursday, April 14th
SS/HS will be sponsoring two sessions of the Darkness to Light Workshop.  One will be offered from 4-6pm and the other will be offered from 6:30-8:30pm.  Darkness to Light is an evidence-based program to assist adults in seeing warning signs and signals that children may be enduring sexual abuse but are too young or too scared to tell an a caring adult what is happening to them.  This event will be presented by Sue Browder of the Northern Michigan Community Action Agency and is free of charge.  Please contact Shad Fish (  fishs@hlcsk12.net ) to register prior to the end of the day on Wednesday, April 13th.

March 3rd & 4th:   SS/HS at HLCS sponsored a 3 hour SafeTALK certification (24 people were certified that day).  SafeTALK Training for Trainers (T4T) was held the remaining 1.5 days and resulted in 7 additional people being certified to provide SafeTALK in our area.

February 22nd & 23rd:  Communities That Care and MiPHY surveys were administered to all 6th through 12th grade students at HLCS.

February 11th & 12th:  Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) Certification workshops were held at COOR ISD and at HLHS.  Nearly all of the Collins Elementary staff and all of the district special education, counselors, OT’s, and administrators are now NVCI certified!

February 9th:   Guiding Good Choices Parenting Class began.  The class was successfully marketed and we had 17 families start on the first night.  Numbers were so large that in retrospect, we might have been better served to have moved the workshop to a different location to allow people to spread out or we should have broken the group in half and used two classrooms.

February 4th:   Leif Williams and Shad Fish met with the Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce and presented highlights of PBIS and RJ at HLCS.  Several members are partnering with us on handing our 200 club tickets to students who show exemplary behavior at their place of business.  A few are donating prizes for 200 Club winners from each of the HLCS buildings.

January 27th:   PBIS Kickoff started at HLHS and finished up on February 17th at HLMS.

January 27th:   Kim Phillips-Knope met with a group of students at HLAE and another group of students at HLHS to discuss what the school environment was like to LGBTQ and SMY students.  She then provided a 2 hour workshop for all K-12 staff (including HLAE) to discuss LGBTQ terms, recent developments in the LGBTQ community, legal issues regarding the treatment of LGBTQ students, as well as blanket statements which may be construed as derogatory toward LGBTQ students.  This was very well received and informative for our staff.

January 22nd through January 29th:   Botvin’s Prevention Curriculum was presented to all HLMS 6th and 7th grade students.  Workbooks were provided through SS/HS funds.  Previously, Botvin’s had to be presented without workbooks due to their cost.

Week of January 20th:   PBIS School Climate Surveys was done electronically for all 3rd-12th grade students, parents, and staff.

January 20th:   Nancy Schertzing presented a Restorative Justice (RJ) workshop for representatives from each of HLCS’s 4 buildings.  This laid the groundwork for beginning to implement Restorative Circles at HLAE, which Cristen Heyer and Leif Williams have been doing each Monday and Friday.

January 5th:    Leif and Shad drove to Ypsilanti Student Advocacy Center to discuss how they are executing Check and Connect.  We are now doing Check-in/Check-Out with students at all 4 buildings at HLCS.  We are doing Check and Connect with 4 students at HLHS.

January 5th:   Leif and Shad also visited Roseville M.S. to witness how they are incorporating PBIS and RJ.
Both of those visits gave us some good first-hand information on how we do and do not want to set up our system, without having to try and re-invent the wheel at HLCS.

       Youth Mental Health First Aid Workshop: Tuesday, November 5 and Tuesday, November 19     
Safe Schools/Healthy Students is offering a two-part workshop in Youth Mental Health First Aid for any interested adults on the dates above from 4:15 to 8:30.  Location: Room 127 of at HLHS.  To complete the workshop attendees must attend both parts of this workshop.  If interested, SCECH's are available for those completing both sessions.  SCECH's are free to all HLCS employees and only $5 for non-HLCS employees.  
Contact Cristen Heyer:heyerc@hlcsk12.net / 989-366-2022 or Kristi Sidelko: sidelkok@hlcsk12.net / 989-366-2008  
http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/take-a-course/course-types/youth/

        True Colors Workshop: Wednesday, October 7 from 1:30 to 3:30
Safe Schools/Healthy Students will welcome Nancy Persing of MSU Outreach as she presents a workshop on True Colors.  This workshop will be open to all HLCS students from 8th to 12th grades in room 127 at HLHS.  True Colors is a workshop to help people understand themselves and others based on their personality characteristics.  Understanding your personality and the personalities of others provides insight as to motivations, attitudes, and actions.  Knowledge of differing personality traits can help people communicate more effectively and build more positive relationships.
https://truecolorsintl.com/

        Safety Presentations: Friday, September 11 from 8:15am to 10:15am at the HLHS Auditorium
The Roscommon County Sheriff's Department, Roscommon County Prosecutor's Office, and Michigan State Police will be presenting to all 4-5 graders, 6-7 graders, and 8-12 graders about internet safety, safety tips to and from school, safety tips while at school, the OK-2-Say Program, and the legal ramifications of sexting (this presentation will not be given for the 4-5 grade students due to age appropriateness considerations).  

        Welcome Back Night: Tuesday, September 8 from 5pm to 7pm at HLHS
Our annual welcome back night was a terrific success, despite the stormy weather!  Thanks to all students, parents, and community members who attended the event.  Check out the pictures in the picture tab.  Welcome back and let's make it the best school year yet! 

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