SADD Announcements

SADD update May 2017

posted Jun 5, 2017, 7:35 AM by Kevin Hatch   [ updated Jun 5, 2017, 7:54 AM ]

To:  Dean Brouder

CC:  Jackie Rubino

Re:  Jr.SADD update -  Timony Grammar School

From:  Diane Alaimo

 

May 1, 2017

 

May Meeting dates:  May 11 and 25

 

April Activities

·      Students worked on bulletin board

·      Planned a school wide ‘Hat and Cultural day’ fund raising event for the Methuen Arlington Neighborhood ‘back to school’ program to be held in early June.

 

 

May meetings:

·      Continue with our April work

·      Begin planning for 2017-8!

 

 

Several students ordered SADD T-shirts and sweatshirts (through Liz Fulks) showing their support and commitment to the program. 

 

High School:

The high school had a Relay for Life team, which raised over 1,000 dollars for the American Cancer Society. The group discussed ways we can become more involved with the community on a more regular basis next year. The group plans on doing a lot more volunteer work and students expressed interest in leading a strong anti-drunk driving campaign during prom season.


Timony:

May Meeting dates:  May 11 and 25

April Activities
Students worked on bulletin board
Planned a school wide ‘Hat and Cultural day’ fundraising event for the Methuen Arlington Neighborhood ‘back to school’ program to be held in early June.


May meetings:
Continue with our April work
Begin planning for 2017-8!


Several students ordered SADD T-shirts and sweatshirts (through Liz Fulks) showing their support and commitment to the program.  

 

 

 

 

SADD Updates November and December 2016

posted Jun 5, 2017, 4:49 AM by Kevin Hatch

SADD Updates November and December 2016



High School: 

-Held two meetings this month, 35 and 45 in attendance. 

-Hosted a district-wide gingerbread house competition and SADD Festival of Trees decorating night. 140 students in attendance.

-Walked in the Santa Parade-30 high school students and 20 more SADD members in the band.

-Having a cookie decoration evening 12/7-cookies will be presented to the senior center for their holiday open house.


CGS:

The CGS SADD group will be holding their December meeting next Thursday December 8th. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss what type of philanthropy we will engage in during the holiday season. Students have talked about volunteer work at the MSPCA as well as possibly helping out at the Lazarus house or a soup kitchen. We are still undecided, but hope to have a solid idea in place next week. Also, we are in the process of setting up a time with Methuen Police department to come and speak to the group regarding drugs and alcohol as they now have an education program in place which includes the use of goggles that will show the students what it feels like to be impaired and how difficult tasks can become in these moments. If there is anything else that you need please let me know.


Tenney:

12/1/16 Meeting

Students worked on Tenney Giving Tree (Posters, wrapping boxes for food for food drive, etc)


12/22/16 Meeting

Activity based on "National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month"

Off. Farelli coming to speak.

Students learning about impairment of drunk/drugged driving

Activity: Students use alcohol impairment simulation goggles while doing activities


Ongoing for month of December: 

Giving Tree (Christmas/Holiday food/ gift)

Backpack Program (food program) 


Timony:

December Meeting date:  December 1

December Activities:   December 7 -  Evening with Santa at the Timony



November activities consisted of 

  • Attended Methuen High School evening event to make ornaments for SADD Festival of Trees and participate in the gingerbread contest  (10 students attended)
  • Marched in the Methuen Santa parade (again, 10 students attended)


During the December SADD meeting students will make multi-colored trees with red ribbon bows and positive messages to help deck the Timony halls for ‘Evening with Santa’.  Students will sign up as ‘Santa’s helpers’ during that evening to be held on December 7.


We will discuss ways to support the Holiday families adopted here at the Timony as well as a clothing drive to help the Bridge program.  


Marsh:

I took a group of 25 students with me to March alongside the PBIS float for the Marsh. Also, a group of 20 students and I volunteered for the Marsh PTO to unload/organize $35,000 worth of merchandise for the recent school fundraiser. After organizing all boxes, students worked directly with Marsh families to distribute the items sold. They were extremely helpful, polite and made the Marsh very proud by the way they conducted themselves



SADD updates January, 2017

posted Jun 5, 2017, 4:28 AM by Kevin Hatch

SADD updates 1/2017


High School:

In January, we met twice and had a discussion about school culture and things we would like to change or improve about it. We are brainstorming ideas about partnering with the winter sports captains for a service activity.

February we will be attending Dr. Ruth Potee’s presentation on the 16th and the skateland field trip on February 17th.

Student leaders will be participating in a program with Jeff Osgood which will involve them being trained in educating younger students at the grammar schools. This is an excellent opportunity for SADD students to showcase their leadership skills and assist with prevention at the grammar school level.


Marsh: Detectives Little and Noonan from the Methuen Narcotics Unit spoke to the group at the January meeting.  The meeting was extremely informative.  All students were engaged and asked really good questions.  We also decided to participate in Start with Hello Week in February (more details to follow).  Looking forward to skating in February too



Tenney: Currently SADD is working on planning a week of kindness that will be held the week before Feb. vacation.


Monday: Kind to Self

Tuesday: Kind to Peers

Wednesday: Kind to Community

Thursday: Kind to Adults

Friday: Kind to School


Students in upper and lower school will participate and have a choice board to complete one activity per day for each category.


SADD students will complete activities that promote each day also.


Monday: SADD students will create a bulletin board for viewing that state positive comments about ourselves and explain the week ahead.

Tuesday: Students will write positive messages to upper and lower school students and place on lockers and desks.

Wednesday: Students will collect food for backpack program and work on storage and organization/ distribution.

Thursday: Writing notes and filling baggies with tootsie rolls "Thanks for the "roll" you play each day...distribute to all staff in building.

Friday: Filling out form/ students create cards for "Buddy Bench" Gift Program.  Goal to receive buddy bench for playground.



Timony:

January activities:

• SADD students are re-doing the SADD bulletin board to announce meeting dates and activities and will include a SADD student inspired positive message board.

• Students began brainstorming ‘Kick Butts’ day activities.

February meetings: continue with our January work…

• Discuss and invite students (preferably with a parent) to attend the Ruth A. Potee, MD presentation at MHS (February 16)

• Discuss Skateland (February 17) and make posters to advertise event to 7th and 8th grade students.

• Begin planning for ‘Kick Butts’ event to take place on March 15, 2017.

• Continue with our informative and inspirational bulletin board.


CGS: This month the CGS SADD chapter will be meeting (today) Feb 2nd to discuss our skateland trip and finalize numbers for that event. We will also be discussing a school wide activity that will be sponsored by the members of SADD, as well as a community service event that we could complete. All of these will be student driven therefore much of the meeting will be spent brainstorming ideas.


April, 2017 Updates from the SADD Program

posted Jun 4, 2017, 8:34 AM by Kevin Hatch

April, 2017 Updates from the SADD Program

High School:

The group had two meetings in March to plan a hiking event as well as the plan on attending the Merrimack Valley Substance Abuse Coalition community forum at the end of the month. Two of our star SADD students, Sarah Dockham and Cori Rizzo will be on the expert panel with Ms. Rubino to discuss substance abuse prevention in the community.

Marsh:

We have a meeting next week and I will try to organize a group to help with rail trail clean up.

Timony:

April Meeting dates:  April 6 and 27

March Activities:  ‘Kick Butts’ day -- March 15

Since we had a snow day on March 15, we celebrated Kick Butts day on March 16th.  Students decorated the glass corridor with ‘clothesline’.  Using clothespins, they hung lots of white paper T-shirts with Big Tobacco quotes discussing the importance of luring young people to purchase their products to replace older people as they ‘die off’.

Students filled out a questionnaire during lunch and we held a drawing.  The winner received a Loews movie theater and Orange Leaf gift certificate.  

April meetings: continue with our March work…

  • Continue with our informative and inspirational bulletin board.
  • Discuss plans for the next several meetings.

Tenney:

The focus for the month of April is alcohol awareness month. We will be doing activities to promote awareness of the dangers of alcohol and promoting facts amongst Tenney upper school. We will also continue volunteer work with backpack program. I will upload pics throughout the month.

March, 2017 Updates from the SADD Program

posted Apr 4, 2017, 8:02 AM by Kevin Hatch   [ updated Jun 4, 2017, 8:37 AM ]

March, 2017 Updates from the SADD Program

High School:

The high school group had 20 children participate at the district-wide Skateland

The high school group will meet on Wednesday, March 8th to plan the next high school only trip to Wamesit Lanes in Tewksbury.

SADD will also be working with the captains club and spring sports captains on a project under progress between Matt Curran and Ms. Rubino.

SADD will also be working with the health dept to be trained in and teach middle school health classes this spring.


Tenney: Unfortunately, due to snow days before vacation, we had to hold off "Kindness Week" until this week. Today we did amazing in our food drive for the Tenney's backpack program. During March 1 meeting, students will be sorting through food tomorrow, checking expiration dates, taking inventory, and filling backpacks to send home for Friday.   

March 15th- National Kick Butts Day
Create Display (Fatal Figure Statistics) in front of main office, create fact for announcement of the day, create fact cards for around school

This month we are focusing on Kindness Week, completing some volunteer things to help around the school (i.e. backpack program), and focusing on developing things for National Kick Butts Day. I am also speaking to the students tomorrow so see if they are interested in creating that video for the contest on distracted driving due March 30.

CGS:

For the first time the CGS chapter of the SADD program will have its own bulletin board in the school. For now the bulletin board will be located in the 7th grade hallway to give seventh graders something to ponder as they enter eighth grade and then high school. The bulletin board will feature the life contract, the SADD logo, a summary of what SADD hopes to accomplish, and various facts of the week that will be completed by the students. The facts will deal with drugs, alcohol, distracted driving, internet safety, and a variety of other topics to get the students thinking about the decisions they make everyday. Once completed, be on the look out for pictures!


Timony:

February Activaties:
• Ruth Potee Presentation – February 16
I did not see any of my students/parents at this presentation.  I attended and it was very informative.
• Skateland - February 17
Very well attended… Lot’s of FUN!
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March meetings: continue with our February work…
• Planning for ‘Kick Butts’ event to take place on March 15, 2017.
• Continue with our informative and inspirational bulletin board.


Marsh:

The Marsh had about 20 students attend the trip to Skateland.  They all seemed to really enjoy themselves. Also, in February, we took part in the Sandy Hook Promise: Start with Hello campaign.  We discussed the negative impact social isolation can have on teens and encouraged students to make everyone feel welcome.  We all wore lime green bracelets that read, "Start with Hello" and made an extra effort to invite students to join lunch tables or join games on the playground.  I encouraged kids to look around and pay attention to peers that might feel isolated and think of ways to make them feel more included. It can be as simple as making eye contact and saying hello

SADD updates February, 2017

posted Mar 7, 2017, 7:20 AM by Kevin Hatch   [ updated Jun 4, 2017, 8:43 AM ]

SADD updates February, 2017

 

High School:

In January, we met twice and had a discussion about school culture and things we would like to change or improve about it. We are brainstorming ideas about partnering with the winter sports captains for a service activity.

February we will be attending Dr. Ruth Potee’s presentation on the 16th and the skateland field trip on February 17th.

Student leaders will be participating in a program with Jeff Osgood which will involve them being trained in educating younger students at the grammar schools. This is an excellent opportunity for SADD students to showcase their leadership skills and assist with prevention at the grammar school level.

 

Marsh: Detectives Little and Noonan from the Methuen Narcotics Unit spoke to the group at the January meeting.  The meeting was extremely informative.  All students were engaged and asked really good questions.  We also decided to participate in Start with Hello Week in February (more details to follow).  Looking forward to skating in February too

 

 

Tenney: Currently SADD is working on planning a week of kindness that will be held the week before Feb. vacation.

Monday: Kind to Self
Tuesday: Kind to Peers
Wednesday: Kind to Community
Thursday: Kind to Adults
Friday: Kind to School

Students in upper and lower school will participate and have a choice board to complete one activity per day for each category.

SADD students will complete activities that promote each day also.

Monday: SADD students will create a bulletin board for viewing that state positive comments about ourselves and explain the week ahead.
Tuesday: Students will write positive messages to upper and lower school students and place on lockers and desks.
Wednesday: Students will collect food for backpack program and work on storage and organization/ distribution.
Thursday: Writing notes and filling baggies with tootsie rolls "Thanks for the "roll" you play each day...distribute to all staff in building.
Friday: Filling out form/ students create cards for "Buddy Bench" Gift Program.  Goal to receive buddy bench for playground.

 

 

Timony:

January activities:
• SADD students are re-doing the SADD bulletin board to announce meeting dates and activities and will include a SADD student inspired positive message board. 
• Students began brainstorming ‘Kick Butts’ day activities.
 
February meetings: continue with our January work…
• Discuss and invite students (preferably with a parent) to attend the Ruth A. Potee, MD presentation at MHS (February 16)
• Discuss Skateland (February 17) and make posters to advertise event to 7th and 8th grade students. 
• Begin planning for ‘Kick Butts’ event to take place on March 15, 2017.
• Continue with our informative and inspirational bulletin board.

 

CGS: This month the CGS SADD chapter will be meeting (today) Feb 2nd to discuss our skateland trip and finalize numbers for that event. We will also be discussing a school wide activity that will be sponsored by the members of SADD, as well as a community service event that we could complete. All of these will be student driven therefore much of the meeting will be spent brainstorming ideas.

October. 2016 updates from the SADD program

posted Mar 7, 2017, 7:02 AM by Kevin Hatch

CGS: Mr Matt Twoomey:

As you may or may not know I am the director of the junior SADD program here at the CGS. Next week is one of the most important weeks of the year for our program being that it is Red Ribbon week which aims to raise student awareness about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and other destructive decisions. In speaking with Mr. Reeve about the plan for the week, we have decided on a few activities that we would ask for your help in facilitating during the upcoming week to raise the aforementioned awareness of the students. Please see below for the activities that we have planned.

1. on October 21st,  members of the SADD program went around to each homeroom in the upper school with red ribbon coloring pages. We would ask that you take some time on Monday have the students sign their ribbon, color it red, and hang them on the door (or frame) of your homeroom as a show of support for this cause.

2. SADD students will be wearing their red ribbons all week and cutting ribbons for staff as well.

3. Wednesday (October 26th) will be designated as red day for staff and students. We would ask that everyone please show their support by wearing red that day and please let your students know about this important spirit day. Also, there will be red ribbons placed in all teachers rooms so that staff may wear ribbons also that day.

4. On Friday October 28th we will be showing the film "If Only" to our 8th grade students. The film was produced by Mark Wahlberg and takes a look into the increasingly important subject of opiate abuse. The film is about 40 mins. long. If the 8th grade teachers would like, we would like to use the last 45 min. of the day to show the film in the auditorium. Please let me know if this works for you.

As everyone is well aware we are in the midst of an epidemic in Merrimack Valley Communities and anything we can do to start the conversation and help raise awareness is very much appreciated. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Thank you in advance for your support.
Matt Twomey 
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Timony Diane Alaimo

Methuen Public Schools will participate in Red Ribbon Week activities onWednesday, October 26.  Red Ribbon Week is the most widely recognized drug prevention campaign in the country.  This years theme... YOLO... be drug free.

Students in the SADD program at the Timony aim to project a unified, positive message to work toward a drug free community.  Students in grades 5-8 signed Red Ribbons pledging to remain tobacco, alcohol and drug free.  These pledges are displayed at the main entrance of the building.  The black ribbons displaying the message 'You are not forgotten' are in remembrance of our family, friends and neighbors lost to accidental overdose in Methuen from 2012 to 2015.  7th and 8th grade students will participate in an assembly by 'No First Time' inspiring students to remain drug free.

Please join me in wearing red on Wednesday October 26 and wear the Red Ribbon you will find in your mailbox... compliments of Timony's Students Against Destructive Decisions.

Thank you.

DIane Alaimo
SADD advisor
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Methuen High School-Jackie Rubino

I have booked our Christmas tree decorating night in the cafeteria for Thursday, November 10th. Could you please let me know by Monday, November 7th if you are coming and how many students will be attending, just so I have enough materials. Also, please let me know by that date how many students will attend the Santa Parade. 

Thank you so much for all that you do! You are making a huge difference in students’ lives!


Jackie

September 2016 updates

posted Nov 1, 2016, 3:12 PM by Kevin Hatch

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To:  Dean Brouder

CC:  Jackie Rubino

Re:  Jr.SADD June update -  Timony Grammar School

From:  Diane Alaimo

October 4, 2016


October Meeting dates:  October 13,20


   

Our first meeting of the year will be held on October 13. It is during this meeting that I hope to gain some fresh faces from my 7th grade students.   

We will begin the year with the red ribbon campaign.  During health classes, students in grades 5-8 will pledge to stay tobacco, alcohol and drug free.  They will sign this red ribbon pledge and these will be displayed in our glass corridor.  

We look forward to the NO FIRST TIME presentation being sponsored at our school on Wednesday, October 26th… I will urge SADD students to wear their SADD apparel with red arm bands and be a visible presence in the audience


Plans for 2016-7:

  • Red ribbon campaign (October)

  • Methuen festival of trees and/or Timony’s annual holiday celebration (November/December)

  • Methuen SADD Skateland event highlighting positive social activities (January/February)

  • Kick Butts campaign (March)

  • Back to School program fundraiser for  Methuen Arlington Neighborhood (April/May)

  • Additional field trips with other Methuen SADD programs (TBA)

  • End of year wrap up…

SADD Updates April 2016

posted Oct 6, 2016, 2:08 PM by Kevin Hatch   [ updated Oct 6, 2016, 2:09 PM ]

CGS and High School: Students have been working on end of the year activities. CGS students would like to have an end of the year pizza party/outdoor celebration and high school students would also like to do something outside. Both groups are considering utilization of Forest Lake. We will also be participating in the Holy Family cleanup this month. 

Marsh: Students attended a school dance as a group in March. There actually was a good number of kids that came back to school from 6-8 to attend. They were all very well behaved and had a fun time. 


Timony: March Meeting dates: March 10, 24 April meeting: April 7 

March: Prepared white paper T-shirts to hang in glass corridor displaying quotes from ‘Big Tobacco’ to ‘air out Big Tobacco’s dirty laundry. Students hung clothesline along the inside windows and used clothespins to display the t-shirts. 

March 16 was Kick Butts day. SADD students distributed questionnaires to upper school students at lunch time with the following questions:

More than 39,000 Massachusetts high school students smoke• Tobacco companies would never want young people to smoke. 
• Tobacco companies spend more than 145 million dollars each year on advertising. 
• Tobacco-related health care costs are more than 4 billion dollars per year. 
• 3,900 Massachusetts kids under 18 become new smokers each day. 
• Second-hand smoke is especially harmful in young children and causes thousands of children to become ill. • Tobacco 21 is a local law that raises the cigarette purchase age to 21 and is being adopted in many cities across the country. 


The completed questionnaires were entered into a raffle for 2 Launch certificates. 

April:

Agenda will include registration for Holy Family Hospital trail clean up

SADD Updates March 2016

posted Apr 11, 2016, 10:07 AM by Kevin Hatch

SADD Updates March 2016


Over 100 SADD students from the Timony, CGS, High School and Marsh attended the field trip to skateland.


High School: 20 members of the high school SADD group attended the Skateland field trip on February 26th. Additionally, students have been preparing for their last field trip plan as well as the end of the year celebration.


CGS: 37 members of the CGS groups attended the Skateland field trip and had a wonderful time. At our last meeting, Detectives Aaron Little and Tracy Noonan visited and spoke to the students about their jobs and had an open discussion about making good decisions.



Tenney: SADD Tenney will be gearing up for March's KickButts Day and beginning talk about fundraising for Relay for Life in conjunction with Girls on the Run. We have also been working with a local charity, Debbie's Treasure Chest to supply Tenney students with school supplies if they cannot afford them.


Timony


February Meeting date: February 4


March Meeting dates: March 10, 24


Skateland event: February 26


February:


Discussed how we will recognize ‘Kick Butts’ day (March 16, 2016). Some ideas included ‘I am not a replacement’ campaign and ‘Airing out big tobacco’s dirty laundry’



Made and displayed posters for Skateland 



Held Skateland event. 10 students from the Timony attended. District wide, the Skateland event was well attended.



March: 



March agenda will include ‘Kick Butts’ recognition activities.


Marsh: We had a ball at Skateland too! I am so glad we went.


Besides having about 35 students attend the Skateland trip, I have a group coming to a Student Council sponsored dance at the Marsh on Friday night from 6-8. At this point, I am trying to provide opportunities for safe, healthy gatherings. I want students to see they can have good, wholesome fun without making destructive, unsafe decisions.

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