THE RAPTOR | Issue 9-10
A NEWSLETTER FOR THE NORTH FAYETTE VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITY
On The Road To Victory
The theme for Homecoming 2018, On The Road To Victory, takes a trip across America over the course of the week ending smack-dab in the Midwest and the home of the North Fayette Valley TigerHawks! The student council started working last spring pulling together ideas and activities for the week long celebration that will start on Sunday, September 30 and culminate with the dance on October 6.
The activities kick oﬀ with hallway decorating on Sunday. We have brought back the Powder Puﬀ game between girls in the junior and senior classes, and weather permitting, the evening will end with a bonﬁre. Disney Day is the theme for Monday and the Homecoming Royalty will be announced to the student body. An advisory contest will be held at the end of the day. The road goes to Louisiana and a taste of Mardi Gras on Tuesday. One Wednesday the road ends up in Texas for Hick Day. On Thursday students will be very busy on Tourist Day. In the afternoon our students will give back to the community with service projects. Some will remain at the high school to assemble ﬂoats for the parade that will be held that evening in West Union at 7:00. This will be followed by a community pep rally on the plaza stage and the announcement of our homecoming royalty. Our cheerleaders and a handful of senior athletes will visit elementary schools to teach some cheers and get them ﬁred up for the football game Friday night.
We will host our annual all-school pep rally on Friday afternoon. The public is invited to attend and see the spirit generated by a gym full of TigerHawks! On Friday evening our football team faces oﬀ against rival Oelwein. Our drill team and marching band will perform and we will recognize our scholar athletes from the Class of 2019. The week ﬁnishes with the dance Saturday.
IN THIS ISSUE
Each month NFVHS Principal Todd Wolverton shares his thoughts on a variety of topics, most of them having to do with school!
Hey Mr. Clark!
School counselor Bill Clark shares pertinent information relative to the academic, social, and emotional needs of our students.
WHAT’S GOING ON AT NFVHS
Decline in Response Time50%
A person that “pulls an all-nighter” sees a 50% drop in their response time.
Today’s Sleep Deprived Workforce30%
30% of working adults get less than 6-hours of sleep per night.
by Todd F. Wolverton
Off and on over the past few years I have looked in to the issue of sleep,specifically the importance of sleep for young people in terms of how that impacts their performance at school.There are some things that we all know about sleep, such as young people need to have eight hours of sleep a night, but I not sure many of us know how truly important it is for teenagers to get a full nights sleep. Deep down we all know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep, yet few of us actually do! And, at what cost?
Almost half of Americans report that low-quality or insufficient sleep interferes with their daily life at least once a week, according to The National Sleep Foundation. We all know that the longer hours we work, the more tired we get and the more mistakes or errors we make in our job and personal life. All of us have experienced the sluggishness that comes with being tired as well as procrastination and blocks to our creativity and thought processes.
Way back in the 19th century they recognized that workers were not as productive when they were tired and cut back from the common nine-hour work day to the current, common eight hour day. Current research in the labor markets has the same conclusion: the first barrier to productivity is insufficient sleep. In a number of comparison studies those workers who were good sleepers consistently outworked those that were sleep deprived, in some cases up to three times more productive! Corporate America is concerned about their employee’s sleep patterns because lower productivity costs them money. I personally do not think anyone is surprised by this. So what about high school kids?
First off, I am going to tell you that the American school system apparently does not give two hoots about young people getting a sufficient amount of sleep. If it did, we would see significant changes in our schools. I’ll get back to that. Let’s look at what research is telling us about sleep deprived kids.
Our kids that are not getting enough sleep. Again, according to the National Sleep Foundation, 60% of teenagers report feeling tired during the day and 15% have fallen asleep at school. Kids who are not getting enough sleep perform lower academically, are more likely to be overweight, display symptoms of depression, and are more likely to smoke, drink, and use other drugs. Sleep is incredibly important, yet we have a generation of kids that are not getting enough.
So, back to the contribution schools make to the problem. According to a survey done by the Center of Disease Control, 93% of high schools in our country start before 8:30. Consider that teenagers report that they go to bed to go to sleep on average at 11:00 p.m., and assume that it takes an hour to get out of bed, get ready for school have breakfast and get to school, these kids would be getting eight-and-a-half hours
of sleep a night, which is a half hour less than the recommended nine hours per night for teens.
We currently start school at 8:15, but we have a large percentage of kids that are at school at 6:00 a.m., and we have another large percentage of students who roll in around 7:30. For some of those that get here at 6:00, they had to get out of bed shortly after 5:00 in order to dress, maybe grab something quick to eat and get to school. So for those kids we’re talking about six hours of sleep. Houston, we have a problem!
With today’s teens, it goes beyond the amount of sleep. Quality of sleep for many is maybe an even more important issue. Research is showing that using electronics at night before going to bed reduces the quality of sleep. Greater demands on them increase the stress on them, impacting quality of sleep.
I have known all of this for some time, and I have discussed it in different forums with people. Yes, I allow coaches to start strength and conditioning at 6:00 a.m., but when I asked them to move to a 7:00 start student athletes objected because they did not have time to go home and get ready for school and come back. In other conversations I have suggested we move the start time for school to 9:30, but that is generally rejected because of parents needed to get to work by 8:00 and child care needs, the concern about kids practicing after school later into the evening, and complaints from adults in school who don’t see why we’re starting so late already!
Kids don’t help themselves. This generation is so attached to screens and the bedtime for teenagers, if there even is one in a home, has been pushed later. And many of our kids are communicating with friends and checking things out online while they lie in bed. In essence, we are shooting ourselves in the foot, or our kids in the foot, when it comes to something incredibly important to their health: sleep.
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I want to share a website that I think a lot of you will find interesting and perhaps helpful. I ran across childmind.org, from the Child Mind Institute a couple of months ago, and subscribed to their newsletter. It’s good!
Hey, Mr. Clark!
by Bill Clark, School Counselor
This is the first of a three part series of articles on why our kids are so anxious. This comes from the Linda Stade Educaton Blog.
More people suffer from anxiety today than did during the Great Depression. Particularly young people. The first time I heard that I was stunned. How is that even possible? But then it is borne out in the research. 1 in 5 females suffers anxiety and the number of 15/16-year-olds with the condition has doubled in the last 30 years. It is the most common of teenage problems. It seems we are a bit of an anxious mess. In asking the ‘why?’ question, there tends to be a fear of blame. Whose fault is this? That is not the aim here. Parenting is hard. Teaching is hard. And nobody is setting out to make kids anxious. In fact, some of it can be genetic or chemical or just life being particularly tricky. But, by looking at some of the factors that contribute to the problem, we may see adjustments we can make which might make life a little easier for anxious kids.
The average teenager checks their social media up to 50 times a day. That is 50 times that they are looking at Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram and making comparisons. It is likely that in these comparisons they are coming off second best, especially considering the pervasion of Photoshop. They do not understand that these platforms are presenting an idealised version of each person’s reality, a so-called highlights reel.
Anxiety around body image is rampant. Young girls are constantly bombarded by a sexualised version of femininity. The music and advertising industries, in particular, are creating a role for a woman that is subservient and one dimensional. This role does not serve women, yet girls are shaped by it by pure force of repetition. There is a standard set that is not realistic, impossible to live up to and frankly, not desirable. n the past, we tended to think this was a problem only for women, but now with the advent of bigorexia we can welcome boys to this worry cauldron. Bigorexia is also known as muscle dysmorphia. It s a mental health condition where people become obsessed and unrealistic about muscular mass and appearance. It affects mainly teenage boys who are driven to a ‘manly’ version of masculinity. 25% of Australians with an eating disorder are male.
RAISED ON PRAISE
The star chart has a lot to answer for. From a very young age, children are taught that we do things for external reward. In trying to ensure that our children have high self-esteem have we compromised the development of true character? Our society has become big on attainment and low on values. The processes of Instagram and Facebook reinforce this need for praise. Children are rewarded with ‘likes’. They are given very definite messages about what is good and what isn’t. Unfortunately, it seems that pulling a duck-face and showing a lot of cleavage is what is being rewarded. If your post does not garner maximum likes’, there is anxiety around self-worth. It is hard for parents and teachers to compete with the internet in shaping what a young person should be valuing. Anxiety comes when we do not deeply understand hat our value lies in more than the way we look.
PROUD TO BE NFV!
A TigerHawk cross country runner takes a bath at our invitational earlier in the year.
Train Ugly speaker Trevor Ragan visited NFVHS to speak to students about learning and mindset.
Some Hungry Hippo competition between advisor groups!
NFV Staff Receives Suicide Prevention Training
Prior to the start of this school year, the teaching staff at NFVHS participated in pilot training for suicide prevention. In the last legislative session, new law was made requiring schools to train their teachers starting with the 2019-20 school year in suicide prevention. Keystone AEA reached out to us to see if we were interested in having our staff take the training from one of the options they are considering making available to area schools. With an increase in mental health issues, and our school’s dedication to educating our students in this area, we were willing participants.
Two presenters from The Crisis Center in Iowa City provided the training for our staff, emphasizing the research that is available and providing resources to us to help students. Of course, quite a bit of time was talking about the conditions that exist that lead to students taking their life, as well as the warning signs.
This is a tough topic for people to talk about, and our staff found it difficult during that training. However, hard conversations took place and teachers walked away with more knowledge and a higher level of awareness. We recognize that there is a high percentage of teens who are struggling with issues that most adults did not have to deal with when they were the same age. We are fortunate that we have teachers that get to know their students and have developed relationships where they have the insight to know when something is amiss. This is not fail safe training, but it does provide all who attended additional knowledge and skills to better support those who need it.
North Fayette Valley High School Staff
Administration and Guidance
Todd Wolverton - Principal
Bill Clark - School Counselor
Ron Imoehl - Liaison
Robin Albert - Secretary
Barb Schroeder - Secretary
Stephanie Wagner - Nurse
Cassie Peterson - Interventionist
Brent Kuker - Teacher
Jacob Pedersen - Interventionist
Antwyan Cullar - Associate
Debbie Ruroden - Associate
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