2017 Summer School Info

Dates:

June 1, 2017, through July 14, 2017, with No school on Monday, July 3, and Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Location:

High School Summer School takes place at North Star High School. North Star’s address is 5801 North 33rd Street: View Map

Summer School Office Hours:

The summer school office at North Star High School will be staffed from 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., May 31, 2017 – July 14, 2017. The phone number is (402) 436-1640.

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Why We Need to Talk About 

13 Reasons Why

Your student may have viewed and even had some questions about the most recent Netflix series hit, 13 Reasons Why, based on the popular book by Jay Asher. The series follows a group of high school students as they piece together a story left behind for them by their classmate Hannah Baker, who died by suicide.

While this popular series sheds light on important topics, there are some shortcomings in its execution. Without mention of mental illness, which affects one in five adolescents, and coming dangerously close to romanticizing suicide, this show is missing a crucial opportunity to discuss an issue that is affecting so many teenagers. Additionally, there is no example of successful help-seeking with a theme of silence throughout the story. As Hannah’s classmates struggle with the aftermath of her suicide, there are no scenes highlighting her peers reaching out to talk with their parents, teachers, or coaches despite having a difficult time coping. Without showing how to ask for help, or that treatment and counseling are available, the show is only depicting what not to do without giving an example of what to do.

In addition, there is an unfortunate scene in which Hannah visits a counselor at school and discloses that she has been raped and is struggling. The counselor not only doesn’t offer hope, compassion, or resources, but blames her for the rape and lets her leave while she is clearly distressed. Schools need to be aware that teens are getting this message and make sure students know that their counselors are responsive.

Despite some of its faults, 13 Reasons Why does provide insight into the cultural psyche of the 21st century American teen, and will certainly resonate with viewers. It is a good time to remind students of the messages of hope that you have instilled using the SOS Program and stress that suicide is never the solution. Remind students that there is always something they can do if they are concerned about something someone has said or done in person or online: Acknowledge, Care, Tell (ACT):

  • Acknowledge that they are seeing warning signs and that it is serious
  • Care: show the person your concern
  • Tell a trusted adult

Please let your students know they will find trusted adults at school to talk to who reinforce the ACT message.  Families are also encouraged to contact local and national resources as needed:

  • CenterPointe Crisis Line (Lincoln):  402-475-6695
  • Nebraska Family Helpline:  1-888-866-8660
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255)
  • National Crisis Text Line:   text START to 741741 (text charges from your phone carrier may apply)

The last page of the May 2017 Rocket Messenger, included talking points you can refer to when talking with your student.  Please contact your student’s counselor if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your attention to the information included in the message.

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Student Opportunities:

UNL College of Architecture’s Adventures on the Niobrara River July 23rd-26th, 2017

3 ½ day camp that provides high school students with a unique experience to explore and discover the design profession of Landscape Architecture in the outdoor classroom we call the Niobrara River. Campers will have the opportunity to explore some amazing waterfalls and learn how Landscape Architects have played an important role in the design and management of Nebraska’s parks. After a long day of exploration, students will enjoy fireside meals and camping in the great outdoors-loving nature and learning at its best! Come explore with us!

Apply online at: architecture.unl.edu/workshop/application

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2017 Natural Resource Camp       July 10–14, 2017

The Natural Resource Camp is a great way to gain exposure to the world of natural resources, including fish, plants, wildlife, soils, invertebrates, and water. The camp offers opportunities to gain hands-on experiences in natural resource ecology and management. The camp is intended for high school students, entering grades 9, 10, 11, and 12, who have a strong desire to learn more about the natural world or who have an interest in pursuing a career related to natural resources. Permission of parent or guardian is required.

To learn more visit: https://www.sdstate.edu/natural-resource-management/natural-resource-camp

 

 

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Camp Erin – Grief Support Camp September 22-24, 2017

Application due: August 1 2017

Camp Erin is a FREE three day, overnight bereavement camp for children and teens ages 6 through 17 who have experienced the death of someone significant in their life, such as a parent, sibling, family member or friend.

For more information or to register for Camp Erin please visit their website

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Scholarship Opportunities:

ScholarshipQuest  website is the place to find all local Nebraska based scholarships.  National and school-based scholarships that are sent to our attention will be updated on this site as we receive notice.

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  • NEBRASKA DEMOCRATIC WOMEN’S CAUCUS INSPIRING WOMEN SCHOLARSHIP 2017:  In Honor of Lincoln Mayor Helen Boosalis

    Essays must be submitted by July 1, 2017

    Three $500 scholarships will go to women who are active in their communities and progressive politics.  A scholarship will be awarded in each Congressional District.

    Applications are limited to Nebraska Democratic women who are:  1) graduating from high school and will be attending college, or 2) continuing in their higher education.  Applicants are asked to submit an essay of up to 500 words about a female democratic politician or community activist who inspired their own community service and political involvement.

    Applicants must also provide the following information:

    Name

    Address

    High School or College she is currently attending or will attend

    Email address

    Brief Biography and Resume (if you have one)

    Please email your essay and other information to: ndpwomenscaucus@gmail.com .