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April, 2017 Updates from the SADD Program

posted Apr 4, 2017, 8:12 AM by Kevin Hatch   [ updated Apr 4, 2017, 8:18 AM ]

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.


"How the opioid epidemic became America’s worst drug crisis ever, in 15 maps and charts"-Vox.com

posted Apr 4, 2017, 7:56 AM by Kevin Hatch   [ updated Apr 4, 2017, 7:56 AM ]

Vox Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than HIV/AIDS did at its peak. These maps and charts tell the story. Read the full story


Do You Know the Signs of a Drug Overdose?

posted Mar 28, 2017, 8:14 AM by Kevin Hatch   [ updated Mar 28, 2017, 8:16 AM ]


Video: "More kids using plant seeds to get high"

posted Mar 21, 2017, 4:35 AM by Kevin Hatch


The SADD Program Update for March. 2017

posted Mar 7, 2017, 9:09 AM by Kevin Hatch


SADD March Updates

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

Ruth A. Potee, MD "The Physiology of Addiction and the Developing Brain" Thursday, February 16, 2017- 7:00 pm

posted Jan 10, 2017, 4:12 PM by Kevin Hatch   [ updated Jan 10, 2017, 4:13 PM ]


Methuen Police Offer Guidance on Marijuana Legalization - John Guilfoil Public Relations

posted Dec 17, 2016, 9:55 AM by Kevin Hatch   [ updated Dec 17, 2016, 9:56 AM ]


METHUEN — With the legalization and regulation of commercial and recreational marijuana set to begin on Thursday, Mayor Stephen N. Zanni and Police Chief Joseph Solomon seek to inform the public on what has changed and what remains the same under state law.Law enforcement agencies statewide received guidance on Wednesday from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security and Secretary Daniel Bennett. “The Methuen Police Department is a public safety agency, first and foremost, and we want our residents to understand the new law clearly,” Chief Solomon said. “I am grateful to EOPSS for providing much-needed guidance to police departments.”

Read the full press release with all the details by clicking here.

The Opioid Epidemic: By the Numbers

posted Dec 17, 2016, 9:34 AM by Kevin Hatch   [ updated Dec 17, 2016, 9:35 AM ]

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https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B642Gj2QWxg3VmJGUEhDS1NLaFE/view?usp=sharing

PLEASE READ: New Marijuana law doesn't change MPS schools policies

posted Dec 13, 2016, 9:02 AM by Kevin Hatch   [ updated Dec 13, 2016, 9:06 AM ]

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The Evan Foundation | No First Time

posted Dec 11, 2016, 8:35 AM by Kevin Hatch   [ updated Dec 11, 2016, 8:36 AM ]



The Evan foundation was organized in 2014 -15 after founders, John & Stephanie Greene, lost their son, Evan, to an opiate overdose. Like so many others, Evan’s journey began with one pill offered by a peer. That one pill led to a horrific addiction that ultimately ended his life. John & Stephanie bravely share Evan’s Story as part of a comprehensive program that includes an educational component presented by a Massachusetts State Trooper & Drug Recognition Expert, and an awareness component presented by a recovering addict. The No First Time 45 minute presentation and 15 minute question and answer period is designed to educate young people on the danger of experimenting with drugs and engaging in risky behavior.

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