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It’s spring, be wary of ticks

April 30, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

As the weather improves and children spend more time outdoors, it’s important to take precautions against the threat of Lyme disease. Lyme disease is an infection transmitted by deer ticks and the western black legged tick. Although other types of ticks carry Lyme bacteria, there is no evidence that their bites transmit the disease. According […]

Heroin: Cheap high can have deadly consequences

February 24, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

It seems as if every day there is a new story about a young person who has died as the result of a heroin overdose. The stories are heartbreaking, a tragic reminder of life’s fragility. The victims are frequently beyond their high school years, but for many, drug use of some kind began in their […]

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February 24, 2014 | Posted in: High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Lauren Astley was 18 years old when she was beaten, strangled, and stabbed to death on July 3, 2011, by Nathaniel Fujita in the garage of his parents’ Wayland, Mass., home. Lauren’s horrific death at the hands of her ex-boyfriend made headlines across the nation and became the subject of a “48 Hours” special entitled, […]

Is Jack Frost nipping at your nose?

December 19, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Just about everyone who lives in New York State can relate to the experience of coming inside out of winter weather with an ice-cold face, hands or feet. As you start to warm up, your ears, nose, fingertips and toes begin to tingle and perhaps burn a little. Most of us simply settle in with […]

Why we need to pay attention to our kids’ social media

November 13, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Just when you think you have a handle on all the social media sites your child could possibly frequent, a new one crosses your radar. Take Ask.fm, a social networking website that originated in Latvia and allows users to anonymously ask and answer questions of each other. (It’s similar to the U.S. based Formspring, and […]

Dignity Act asks you to help stop bullying

October 29, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Imagine 4,500 people together in one place. Forty-five hundred people; quite a crowd. Picture all their faces. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), that’s approximately the number of U.S. teens who die from suicide every year. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, and a Yale University study argues […]

Kids love the USA, but don’t necessarily feel safe here

October 29, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

A study released by Highlights magazine this month indicates that children feel patriotic about our country, but fewer feel they are safer than their parents were growing up. It’s an interesting survey to read in light of a recent wave of violence in schools, including the school shooting in Nevada and the murder of a […]

Tomorrow is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Tomorrow is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

October 25, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Saturday, Oct. 26, is the 7th annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications. The free and anonymous service will be available at thousands of locations across the United States, […]

Safety first in shifting social media scene

September 16, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Police in the upstate New York town of Gloversville last week arrested a man who they say harassed and made threats to a high school girl through the social media site Snapchat. The man allegedly sent indecent photos of himself to the girl and threatened to “go Columbine” – a reference to the 1999 mass […]

Beware the down side of social media

August 23, 2013 | Posted in: High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Social media can be important for networking both personally and professionally. It’s a great tool for keeping up with old friends, connecting with people in your field and communicating long distance. But even with strong privacy settings, you can’t be sure who can find out information about you. When not used wisely, social media can […]