Happy Saturday, everyone! The snow has begun to come down, so I hope you are all bundling up and enjoying the wintry weather.
Last Thursday, Ryan Dawson came to speak to parents about “Teens and Screens,” and I was glad to see many of you in attendance. He has been a valuable resource to Dawson, speaking both with parents and students, and he provides a valuable message.
As we navigate this digital age, we as a school are constantly assessing our practices, both embracing the opportunities that technology offers and making sure we are educating our students as best as we can about appropriate use. This happens in a variety of venues. First, the Middle School Handbook includes an extensive section on technology use, and we review the handbook with students at the start of the year, just as we ask you to read it with your children.
Additionally, several of our advisory activities over the course of the year focus on technology use. We talk about appropriate language for emails and texts, finding a balance with technology, digital footprints, thinking before posting, and group texting. These topics also come up organically in classes, assemblies, and informal chats. Here is a link to an advisory activity we did earlier this year with all grades (though this particular presentation is geared towards fifth graders): https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1hAzpCYcUci8PFN0au9B2FkRKil4sDbdxt3BYA__MyCE/edit?usp=sharing
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