Hey Highlanders! Get in the holiday spirit and help out your community by donating to the BHS Food Drive. Donations should be submitted to your first period teacher, and steel center students will put their donations in the box in the main office. The group with the most donations will win a celebration breakfast that will occur on Friday, December 5th during 1st period. Ends on Wednesday, 11/26 after 1st period so gather your donations asap!
Update: Today, Tuesday, Feburary 10th is Safer Internet Day. Check out the article below for some safety (and common sense!) tips on how to appropriately use Social Media. Also check out the website for more information on Safer Internet Day 2015: http://saferinternetday.us/2015-event/
“How to Survive High School (and Life) in the Age of Social Media”
Social Media – we’re talking Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc. – is not the enemy! There are many positives to Social Media, such as keeping you up-to-date with friends and family that don’t live close. It’s a great way to share and learn from others. For example, many news outlets post articles with brief headlines that reach those who don’t read newspapers or watch the news on TV. Also, Instagram and Pinterest can be fantastic for DIY ideas or other creative outlets. Honestly, even if Social Media is the enemy, it’s not going away anytime soon. So the question is: how do you exist on these platforms safely and smartly? Below is a list of tips to help you understand the ever-changing world of Social Media.
Don’t friend/follow/accept people that you do not know in real life. I know the internet can sometimes seem like a magical wonderland where you can meet all these new people that seem more interesting than the people from your hometown. While that may appear to be true, there are also lots of dangerous people out there and you never really know who you’re talking to unless you already know the person in real life (MTV’s Catfish anyone??). It’s not a popularity contest – what’s the point in having 456,897,589,658 followers if you only really know 25?
o Case in point – See Dr. Lutz’ letter below about a recent news story where a local man friended teens on Facebook and then convinced them to meet up with him with some not so good results.
TMI!! I know we all get annoyed by the friend that tweets every time a thought pops into their head, but more importantly I’m talking about the personal information that you should never ever share online. The biggest no-no’s are: social security #, birth date, home address or home phone#, as well as bank account or credit card information. Beyond that, it can come off as pretty egotistical to post a selfie at every angle along with your opinions about everything. Pump the breaks every once in a while.
Do not share your passwords for anything with anyone at any time for any reason (unless your parents want it, and that’s just life).
Use Privacy Settings - They exist for a reason folks; you need to protect yourself on the world wide web. If you don’t know how to use these settings, do a Google search for “how to set up privacy settings on ____” and you will find many helpful articles to guide you.
Google yourself! What you post online can not only be seen by your friends, but eventually it could be seen by employers, college admissions officers, teachers, admin, and coaches – even the police. “Recent research found that 70% of job recruiters rejected candidates based on information they found online,” (staysafeonline.org). This is a great first step to see what people are able to find out about you simply by typing your name into a search engine.
Online actions have real world consequences. When you post or send something, remember that it is permanent! It can’t be undone, even if you delete it. I’m not just talking about screenshots. All social media formats have databases that store what their users post, which can be accessed by the police or hackers at any time.
o Case in point #2 – In October 2014, there were over 100,000 snap chat pictures that were hacked and made public on the internet. Don’t be fooled into thinking that it deletes within 10 seconds or less.
Avoid being impulsive. How many times have you tweeted something not so nice about another person, and then deleted it a few minutes later? While that may be better than just leaving it posted, how about not tweeting it in the first place? Give yourself some time to consider if it’s really something that you should be posting to the world. Free advice? If you wouldn’t want it posted about you, then you probably shouldn’t post it about someone else.
Here’s a quote from a BHS senior student to leave you with:
“It’s a lot easier to type something than it is to say it to someone’s face. When you say something it is just to that person or maybe the people around them. But when you post something it is for all their friends and peers to see. They will read it over and over again and feel even more hurt and embarrassed when people that are uninvolved begin to know and talk about it. If you wouldn’t announce it at a football game or on the school announcements, you shouldn’t post it online.”
Written by: Mrs. Trevithick 11/20/2014
This week November 17th through Friday the 21st is Anti-Bullying Week. The BHS Diversity Club and our school's social worker Dr. Giovanazzi have worked together to arrange this week’s events. Show your support with the following:
Monday- “We Are All Unique” – Wear Crazy Sock Day
Tuesday- “We All Shine” – Wear Neon, Tie Dyed, or Bright Colored Clothing
Wednesday- “We Are All on the Same Team” – Team Apparel
Thursday- “We Are True Blue Friends”- Wear BLUE clothing
Friday- “We Are All Good Citizens”- Wear Purple & White
If you would like your transcript sent out before Thanksgiving Break, please be sure you submit your Transcript Request Form, stamped and addressed envelope, and any other documents to the Counseling Office as early as possible this week. Requests submitted during the week of November 24 cannot be guaranteed to be sent prior to the break.
Remember - If you have requested recommendation letters, please make sure they have already been submitted to your counselor, otherwise there will be a delay in sending out your materials.
Penn State Applicants - the first wave of applications for Penn State is due by the end of November. Students should submit a Transcript Request Form only (no envelope or letters required) as soon as possible this week in order to make sure everything is electronically sent to Penn State by November 30.
Report cards for the first nine week marking period are now available for review in Skyward Family Access. Once logged in, please select the ‘Portfolio’ button to view your child’s report card.
It is important for our schools to have updated information about your child and your family. If you have not already done so, please visit the BWSD Information Update Portal and complete the update process. You can access the portal by following this link: https://infoupdate.bwschools.net/ezregistration.html
Your username and password were mailed to you in August with the back to school district mailing. If you no longer have this information, please contact your child’s school or call 412-884-6300, select option 2, and select your child’s building.
Finally, students and families should all have access to the health care they need. The Pennsylvania Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) can help. For many Pennsylvania families, CHIP is free or offered at a low cost. Parents can access CHIP information using the links below.
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