September was National Suicide Prevention Month. Through honest conversation and by providing kids who need it with help, we can prevent suicides and save lives. Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. Suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues. -Child Mind Institute
Additional Suicide Prevention Resources
Every October, schools, and organizations across the country join STOMP Out Bullying™ in observing National Bullying Prevention Month.
The goal: encourage schools, communities, and organizations to work together to stop bullying and cyber-bullying and put an end to hatred and racism by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of all forms of bullying on all children of all ages.
Report Bullying and Harassment in Kewaskum Schools
PARENT NIGHT Topics (past resources)
Teaching Middle Schoolers About Pain
Talking About Talking KMS
Kewaskum Vaping Presentation
Here are a few things you can do to help protect your child
Apps and Social Media
PBIS - Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
The Kewaskum School District strives to provide a safe and purposeful learning environment. As a school, we want to be proactive in teaching our students the Kewaskum Way, positive behaviors in their everyday life.
Kewaskum Middle School is participating in a very important program this year called PBIS, which stands for “Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.” We are using this program to help our students have a safe, positive learning environment, and to provide consistency in all areas of our school. Please click on the more PBIS information link.
What to do and (not do) when children are anxious
Electronics and Social Media: What Do Parents need to know?
Responding to Traumatic Events
Healthy Kids LEARN more
Mental Health Issues in the Classroom
Anxiety in the Classroom
Breaking the Behavior Code
How Trauma Affects Kids in School
How Sensory Processing Issues Affect Kids in School
Twice-Exceptional Kids: Both Gifted and Challenged
What’s ADHD (and What’s Not) in the Classroom
5 tips for cultivating empathy
Middle schoolers start experiencing more strenuous coursework while developing their sense of self and facing the stronger influence of their peers. Check out this link for a parent toolkit for Middle School.
Teaching organizational skills
INTERNET and SOCIAL MEDIA
Is Internet Addiction Real?
How Using Social Media Affects Teenagers
Media Guidelines for Kids of all Ages
7TH GRADE HEALTH CLASS
In the upcoming week(s) the seventh graders will begin health class during their physical education period. This year we will be adding a lesson to the health curriculum that will address human trafficking and how students can protect themselves. Human trafficking is on the rise in Wisconsin, and new requirements (Public Law 114-22) are causing school districts to address this issue.
We believe that educating our students about the facts, warning signs, and where to turn for assistance will help keep them safe. For more information, please see this online guide. As always, feel free to contact me, Mrs. Skelton (KMS principal) or Mr. Grotenhuis (KMS Health teacher) if you have any questions or concerns.