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Cybersafety Presentation – December 1, 2016

Check out this presentation at UCCC tomorrow evening.

The Ulster County Safe Harbour program will host “Internet Awareness: Tools for Keeping Youth Safe in Cyberspace”  on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at UCCC’s  Quimby Auditorium from 6-8:30pm .  

According to a study titled, “2014 Teens and the Screen study: Exploring Online Privacy, Social Networking and Cyberbullying,” 87% of youth have witnessed cyberbullying versus 2013 when 27% of youth witnessed cruel behavior online. Additionally, an increase in cases of suicide have been attributed to sexts gone viral.  

While 79% of youth have never used the Internet or social media to reinvent themselves, one in three youth feel more accepted on social media than they do in real life.  Traffickers utilize social media sites such as Facebook to groom and lure youth into trafficking situations via tactics such as fraud (promises of a romantic relationships or lucrative employment offers) and coercion (threats to the life of the survivor and their family).  Thorn, an agency that studies technology’s role in sex trafficking, found that 70 percent of their surveyed child sex trafficking survivors were, at some point, sold online.

cybersafety-flyer

Contact Jackie Arsenuk at (845) 340-3927 or ulster.safeharbour@gmail.com with any questions.

Oppose Ulster County Local Law 17

The Ulster County legislature is considering Proposed Local Law 17 Prohibiting Cyber-Bullying.  This legislation is slated for public hearing on Tuesday December 13, 2016 at 6:10pm and is expected to be voted on by the legislature after the hearing.

While Cyber-Bullying is a problem that we all want to address, there are a number of concerns with Proposed Local Law 17 (see policy-education-sheet) even after considerable changes made to the law from what was presented initially in January 2016.

  • inadequately addresses any restorative/educational component
  • brings kids as young as 10 in front of Juvenile Delinquency proceedings in Family Court
  • invests police officers the right to arrest your child
  • provides the first placement after arrest as JUVENILE DETENTION CENTERS where children may stay up to 72 hours before initial hearing
  • is entirely opposed as-is by one member of the 5-person Legislative Programs,  Education and Community Services committee
  • is concerning to 3 of the other 5 committee members
  • was written by the Public Defender’s Office without adequate input from community members, parents, or citizens

Please contact your Ulster County legislator and tell them:  I do not support Proposed Local Law 17 and I am asking you to vote NO. This law is inadequate and our children deserve better.

 

Cybersafety Presentation

Parents – Mark your calendars to attend the presentation “Internet Awareness:  Tools for Keeping Youth Safe in Cyberspace” on Thursday December 1, 2016 from 6-8:30pm at UCCC’s Quimby Auditorium.

 

The event is hosted by the Safe Harbour Program.  Contact Jackie Arsenuk at (845) 340-3927 or ulster.safeharbour@gmail.com with any questions.

HOPE 2015 on November 14, 2015 canceled

 

H O P E

Helping Others Protect Everyone

Ways to resolve conflicts and improve relationships in our homes and communities

November 14, 2015 9am – Noon

CANCELED due to unexpected circumstances

The HOPE conference will not be rescheduled.

The KHS PA knows that bullying and the broader scope of conflict are pervasive problems in our society that not only impact the education of our students but their entire lives. Since the HOPE workshops were providing information intended to help parents and students deal with conflict more successfully as well as help each person feel more empowered to help others and protect themselves, the KHS PA is making arrangements to offer the workshops as part of upcoming KHS Parents Association meetings.

Mark your calendar to attend the KHS PA meetings now and watch the KHS PA webpage for meeting topics.

The next meeting is December 3, 2015 at 6:30pm

How to live with your teen without losing your mind

Adoring and adorable children can become adolescents who say and do things that result in hurt, anger, conflict, and fears for their safety. In plain language, learn about exciting new research that sheds light on “why did you do that?” and “what were you thinking?!”. Practical tools for retaining your sanity will be shared.

Love Shouldn’t Hurt

Teen Dating Violence 101: Recognizing and Responding to Physical and Emotional Violence in Teen Romantic Relationships. A workshop for parents and teens in middle school and high school.

Signs and Symptoms of Depression

Are you or someone you know or love suffering from depression? How do you tell? What can you do? Come and learn some of the signs of depression and how you can help.

While you are waiting for the next KHS PA meeting, check out this video posted as part of the monthly Matters Helping All Parents program from MHA in Ulster County.  “Practical Tips to Reduce Conflicts with Parents and Children”

HOPE 2015 – November 14, 2015

HOPE 2015 CANCELED as of 11/10/15 – details here

The Kingston High School Parents Association (KHS PA) is excited to present HOPE 2015 on Saturday November 14, 2015.

Bullying and the broader scope of conflict are pervasive problems in our society that not only impact the education of our students but their entire lives.

It is our desire with HOPE that students, parents and our community as a whole will learn information that will help each person to deal with conflict more successfully whether it is in their own life or in the life of a friend or loved one. We want each person leaving HOPE to feel more empowered to help others and protect themselves.

HOPE 2015 flyer

HOPE 2015 Flyer

 

HOPE 2015 – Helping Others Protect Everyone

HOPE 2015 CANCELED as of 11/10/15 – details here

Save the date!

 HOPE 2015

Helping Others Protect Everyone

Ways to resolve conflict and improve relationships in our homes and communities

Saturday November 14, 2015  9am-Noon

Kingston High School

 Workshops will address the different ways conflict, including bullying, manifest itself in family relationships, friend relationships and dating relationships.  A variety of workshops will be available for elementary, middle school and high school students as well as for parents and community members.

HOPE 2015 Save the date flyer 6 8 15

News for Kingston High School Parents

If you are a parent/guardian of a student at Kingston High School and are not part of the Kingston High School Parents Association, please consider joining.

Fill out the form below and you will be added to the KHS PA distribution list.  Include your name and email address as well as your KHS student’s name and grade in the comments section of the form.

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The following e-mail was sent out to KHS PA members today:

Dear Kingston High School Parents Association members,

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year!

The KHS PA exists to support parent involvement and communication between school and home.  You will receive occasional emails (several today but generally only one or two a week) with information that we hope you find useful.  You are also invited to come and chat with other parents at the KHS PA meetings.

The first KHS PA meeting is Thursday October 22, 2015 6:30pm at Kingston High School.

Also mark your calendars for HOPE 2015 hosted by the KHS PA on November 14, 2015.  The Helping Others Protect Everyone conference is for parents and students in grades K-12 and will focus on ways to resolve conflicts and improve relationships in our homes and communities.

HOPE 2015 Save the date flyer 6 8 15

Upcoming dates/events for KHS PA members :

  • KCSD Board of Education meeting September 16  7pm Cioni building – presentations on KHS Capital Project and Building a Better Broadway plan
  • College Night Tuesday September 29  6pm – 7:30pm KHS Field House
  • KHS Open House Thursday October 1  6:30pm – 8:30pm
  • KHS Homecoming Parade and Football Game Friday October 2 5pm
  • SAT (old format) Saturday October 3  KHS register at www.collegeboard.com
  • PSAT (new format) Wednesday October 14  KHS 11th graders ONLY
  • KHS PA monthly meeting Thursday October 22  6:30pm KHS room 107
  • SAT (old format) Saturday November 7  KHS register at www.collegeboard.com
  • HOPE 2015 conference (flyer attached) Saturday November 14, 2015 9am – Noon KHS
  • ACT Saturday December 12  KHS register at www.actstudent.org

KHS Construction :  An article on the district website details access to KHS for students, teachers and visitors starting today as well as traffic patterns during construction.

KHS TV Announcements :  If your student is not able to hear the daily announcements in class or if you want to know what is in the announcements, printed copies of the announcements are available in the guidance office.  The announcements are also posted each day on the school webpage under KHS-TV Announcements in the left sidebar.

Last week the KHS students saw an interview with KHS 10th grader Alexina Chasin who participated in the teen Chopped competition on the Food Network.  Here is the KHS-TV video and here is a newspaper article about her participation.  You can also find an article about Alexina on the school district website.  Watch Alexina in the second level of competition tonight!

If you are aware of any information that other parents would find helpful, please contact Jolyn Safron, KHS PA President so the information can be shared with KHS PA members.  Also if you have any questions or things you are wondering about, send a note to Jolyn.

Here’s to a great year for our students at KHS!

Jolyn Safron, KHS PA President

www.kingstoncityschools.org/khspa

HOPE 2015 – Helping Others Protect Everyone

HOPE 2015 CANCELED as of 11/10/15 – details here

The Kingston High School Parents Association (KHS PA) invites students, parents and community members to mark your calendar for the HOPE 2015 conference this fall.

HOPE 2015

Helping Others Protect Everyone

Ways to resolve conflict and improve relationships in our homes and communities

Saturday November 14, 2015  9am-Noon

 Workshops will address the different ways conflict, including bullying, manifest itself in family relationships, friend relationships and dating relationships.  A variety of workshops will be available for elementary, middle school and high school students as well as for parents and community members.

HOPE 2015 Save the date flyer 6 8 15

 

If you have any questions about the conference, suggestions for workshops or you would like to volunteer to help with bringing this conference to  our community, you can RSVP as above or fill out the form below since I happen to be the contact person for the conference.

 

Kingston Board of Education meeting tonight – January 7, 2015

The first Kingston Board of Education meeting for 2015 will be held tonight in the Cioni Building on Crown Street.  Public comment is expected to begin at 7pm.  The agenda for the meeting is available here on the Kingston City School District website.

The Superintendent’s Report portion of the meeting includes:

  • Ulster BOCES – Dr. Charles Khoury
  • JFK Playground Update
  • District Recognitions – Mr. Glen Maisch, SRO Harry Woltman, Rachel Meyers
  • Meagher RFP

Other items that I find of particular note to parents include:

  • Adoption of a new textbook for the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program at KHS
  • KCSD supporting complaint filed on December 13, 2013 by Enlarged City School District of Middletown with the Office of Civil Rights within the United States Department of Education regarding discriminatory state aid.
  • Declaration of January 19-23, 2015 as No Name Calling Week
  • Changes to Policies 1900 School-Family-Community Partnership, 5110 School Attendance Boundaries, 5500 Student Records, 8635 Information Security Breach and Notification

Hope you can attend the Board of Education meeting tonight or listen to the meeting from home via the public access cable channel (not sure if it is available via live-streaming on the district website or not).

positive-learning

Note:  the next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for January 21, 2015 at George Washington elementary school.

What if we treated grown-up bullies the way we treat school bullies?

What if we treated grown-up bullies the way we treat school bullies?  Watch this video and see what you think.

http://www.inquisitr.com/1267306/bullying-video/

Bullying is unacceptable for adults and it is unacceptable for our children both for the student who is bullying and for the student who is the target of the bullying. Students are not able to fix the bullying epidemic on their own.  We parents and the entire Kingston community must step up to the plate on behalf of our students.

The Kingston High School Parent Association hosted the Kingston Community Anti Bullying Conference on May 10, 2014 to address this important topic and hopes to be able to move forward with a follow-up conference in the fall once the new principal is settled into his position at the high school.

If you have any thoughts/suggestions regarding the conference and possible actions for next year, post them here or contact Jolyn Safron, KHS PA President www.kingstoncityschools.org/KHSPA