Tuesday, March 21, 2017

What Parents Need to Know About the ‘Eraser Challenge’

A viral Facebook post is calling attention to a dangerous game being played at schools around the country. The social media account of East Iredell Middle School in Statesville, North Carolina recently published a photo of a burn on a child’s arm—the result of the “eraser challenge,” the caption states.
“Kids are rubbing an eraser across their skin while having to do or say something,” the post continues. “It's causing serious burns and we've seen several cases of this at EIMS.”
School-age children burning themselves with erasers may be nothing new; several commenters on the post recall engaging in similar antics when they were younger. But thanks to the challenge’s spread on social media, as Today reported, it’s getting new attention and reaching a wider audience of vulnerable kids.
According to Today, one version of the dare involves children reciting the alphabet while rubbing the skin on their arm with an eraser. The goal is to not drop out first—even if the rubbing motion leads to burns and open wounds. “Social media is filled with videos of kids and teens filming themselves doing the challenge and wincing in pain,” the morning show reported.
Why, exactly, would kids want to harm themselves in this way? It seems like a combination of showing off and peer pressure, says Joelle Simpson, M.D., an emergency medicine and trauma physician at Children’s National Health System. Dr. Simpson hasn't treated any patients with eraser burns herself, but she has heard about the phenomenon.
“Peer pressure is no longer contained within the school yard, but it’s expanding into the virtual world of social media,” says Dr. Simpson. “Kids are always trying to up the ante when it comes to challenges like this, so it’s important for parents to be aware of what their children are engaging in.”
And while eraser burns may sound goofy, they’re nothing to laugh at. Like any other burn—from fire or another form of friction—they can be painful and lead to permanent scarring.
They can also be dangerous. “The skin is one of the largest components of the immune system; it’s our largest organ,” says Dr. Simpson. “And when you practice this challenge, it can compromise that barrier and leave you susceptible to catching an infection.” The risk is especially high for children who already have weakened immune systems because of other health conditions, she adds.
And serious issues have been reported: In 2015, KHSL-TV reported that a high-school student in California contracted toxic shock syndrome from a strep infection after doing the challenge.
If a parent does notice these types of burns on their children’s arms, Dr. Simpson recommends washing the area with soap and water, applying an antibiotic ointment like Neosporin, and following up with a doctor if it doesn’t start to heal in a few days.
Of course, this sort of injury isn’t necessarily something a child will go to their parents about willingly. “It’s always on the parent to be vigilant and engage in talking to a child about any unusual scars or marks they might notice,” says Dr. Simpson. “Parents shouldn’t ignore things like this; being upfront and having an open conversation about what happened, and why this happened, can help families avoid similar problems in the future.”
This article originally appeared on RealSimple.com

College Search for Junior and Families 7 pm in Commons

Tonight, Tuesday, March 21,  the counselors and the College and Career Center  

Staff are hosting parent/student information sessions focusing on the COLLEGE SEARCH. 

We are revisiting College Search I from 6:30 to 7:00 and presenting College Search II at 7:00 P.M. 

These will be taking place in the lunchroom commons area. 

The target audience is Juniors and their families, but all students are welcome.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Tickets Going Fast - Sweet Charity - Wonderful Southwest Musical - Reserve Your Seat

SW Theatre Presents the Spotlight Musical "Sweet Charity" 
- Tickets on sale now!

This beloved musical comedy written by Neil Simon was originally directed and choreographed for Broadway by Bob Fosse, who brought to life Charity Hope Valentine, an unlucky-in-love dance hall hostess. Follow her misadventures along with a colorful cast of characters in this amazing musical! 

Excellently directed by Margaret Berg, Colleen Callahan, Bryan Fisher and Reid Wixson.

March 16-18, 7 pm
March 19, 2 pm

March 23-25, 7 pm
March 26, 2 pm

For tickets and information: www.southwesttheatre.org 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

MCA Test Scores To Test Our of Remedial Courses


10th and 11 Grade MCA scores can be used to test out of remedial courses at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities starting in 2018-19
MDE has just provided notice that starting in 2018-19, students who are at or above the identified scores outlined below are expected to be able to successfully complete credit-bearing coursework without the need for remediation. Students with scores above the ranges indicated below must not be required to take remedial, non-credit courses in the corresponding subject area at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. As MCA scores will start being used in this way in 2018-19, current juniors and sophomores who are taking the MCAs this year will be able to take advantage of this new policy.

Intended Course of Enrollment (or equivalent)
Enrollment in Developmental Course Unless Additional Information Indicates Otherwise
Need More Information on Readiness
Enrollment in College Level Course
College Algebra
1151 and below
1158 and above
1145 and below
1148 and above
Other mathematics
1145 and below
1150 and above
Reading Intensive
1041 and below
1047 and above

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College Search & Selective College Admissions Presentation: Tues 3/21 7pm in the Commons/Lunchroom

Juniors and families, 

You're invited to next Tuesday's College Search & Selective College Admissions presentation by the SWHS Counseling department. This presentation will focus on secondary factors for admission (essay, letters of recommendation, activities), selective college admissions, and a behind-the-scenes look a the admissions process. The presentation will begin at 7:00pm in the Commons/Lunchroom on Tuesday, March 21st. 

This presentation is the 2nd part of our 2-part College Search curriculum with juniors and families. The first College Search presentation, "Starting the College Search" took place at the Passport College Workshops on October 1, 2016.

If you'd like to review that information, the presentation is attached. "Starting the College Search" and other October 1 presentations can also be found at the SWHS Counseling Archived Presentations link here: http://southwest.mpls.k12.mn.us/2016-2017_2.html 

Counselors/Coordinators will present highlights from "Starting the College Search" presentation at 6:30pm on Tuesday, March 21st in the Commons/Lunchroom prior to the main presentation for anyone who missed or would like a reminder of October's presentation.
In this presentation and the presentation for Seniors and families coming up this fall, we will reference Naviance, our online-based software program to assist students with post-secondary planning including college seach, college lists, college applications, career interests and exploration, scholarships and more.

Parent/Guardians: If you have not already registered for the parent/guardian account in Naviance, please keep an eye out for an email with your specific, individual registration code and instructions for getting started on Naviance. These emails should be sent within the upcoming week, prior to next Tuesday's presentation. 

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, March 21st! 

Your SWHS Counselors and CCC Coordinators

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