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United High School Newsletter 

Notes from:

Mr. Edwin Propst, Principal

Please inform the school if your child will be absent. The phone number is (304) 326-7560.

A Reminder from Mr. Propst
All electronic devices are to be turned off and out of sight during the school day, including lunch. These include but are not limited to cell phones, IPods, MP3 players, and digital cameras.
1st time: Teacher collects item until end of AM or PM classes and reports it to office.
2nd time: Item is turned in to office and parent/guardian will have to retrieve it at the end of the school day (2:10).
3rd time: The office will hold the item for 24 hours and a parent/guardian will have to pick it up at end of school day (2:10).
24 hours are added for each infraction.
If this leads to an unscheduled conference, immediate out-of-school suspension will occur.
Attention: United High School students are not permitted to ride with other students or with their friends. If someone is going to pick a student up, please inform our office (304-326-7560) Thank you.

Principal’s Notes:   Did you know?

WHAT TO DO ABOUT BULLYING – Just because bullying is common does not mean you must accept it. There are steps you can take to reduce bullying. 
1.        Remember that bullying is the problem-not you. If someone is bullying you, don’t think it’s your fault.
2.        Remember that bullying is not permanent. Most bullies will move on to their next victim is they are not successful with intimidating you.
3.        Understand several facts about bullies. First, bullies are often (but not always) lonely and insecure people. A second fact about bullies is that they often want desperately to be accepted by “the crowd.”
4.        If at all possible, tell someone else about your experience.
5.        Find safety in numbers. Try to have witnesses around when the bully strikes.
6.        Tell a school official. This could be your teacher, Prevention Resource Officer, principal or counselor.
7.        Get active. Join a school or community group. This could be a sports team, band, student council, scouts, 4H, chess team, or a volunteer service group to help others. Getting active can be one of the healthiest and safest steps you can take to reduce bullying in your life.
8.        Use specific responses to deal with the bully.  Laugh along.  Roll with the punch. This tactic steals away the bully’s power and control. 
Change the subject.
Learn verbal self-defense.
Give the bully “permission” to tease you.
Act as if you don’t care
Act as if you have other things to worry about.
Address the bully’s attack directly.
Reject the bully’s insults.


1.  Refuse to join in.
2.  Walk away when bullies are acting up.
 3. Distract the bully.
 4. Report any bullying you see. Tell the closest adult!
 5.  Speak out. 
 6.  Stand up to the bully
 7.  Work with other to reduce bullying. Talk with your friends about ways to resolve conflicts and to better treat new students.

1.        Know your “friends.”
2.        Protect your accounts.
3.        Use privacy settings.
4.        Keep private information private.
5.        Don’t respond online. “Unfriend” the bully.
6.        Block the bully’s attacks.
7.        Change your accounts.
8.        Record the attack.
9.        Talk to a trusted friend.
10.     Tell the service provider.
11.     Report the attack to a school official.
12.     Unplug and go offline.


Tobacco Use and You

     In previous year's at United High School, we have had several students who have been ticketed by the Harrison County Sheriff's Department, for possession of tobacco products.   These tickets cost each of these students $110. 
     In accordance with the West Virginia Board of Education Policy 2422.5A, W.Va. §126CSR66, Tobacco-Free Schools, and Harrison County’s Tobacco Policy, “a student will not smoke, use tobacco, or possess any substance containing tobacco in any building/area under the control of the Harrison County school system, including all activities or events sponsored by the county school district.” County policy 4101.7.12 also bans the possession of lighters and/or matches.
     Students are continually monitored and checked by HCSD for possession of tobacco products. Students will continue to be ticketed if found to be in possession of these products. The best thing for a student to do is stop using tobacco. This will save you $110 and will likely save your life.
From the American Cancer Society:

“Each day, more than 4,000 kids under the age of 18 try their first cigarette and another
1,100 become regular, daily smokers. About one third of these kids will die prematurely
from a smoking-related disease.”
“Most young people who smoke regularly are already addicted to nicotine. In fact, they
have the same kind of addiction as adult smokers. Almost 3 out of every 4 regular
smokers in high school have already tried to quit but failed. Yet out of 100 high school
smokers, only 3 think they will still be smoking in 5 years. Studies show that about 60 of
them will still be smoking 7 to 9 years later.”

“Cigarette smoking causes serious health problems among children and teens, including:
· Coughing
· Shortness of breath
· More frequent headaches
· Increased phlegm (mucus)
· Respiratory illnesses
· Worse cold and flu symptoms
· Reduced physical fitness
· Poor lung growth and function
· Addiction to nicotine
As they get older, teens who continue to smoke can expect problems like:
· Early heart disease and stroke
· Gum disease and tooth loss
· Chronic lung diseases, like emphysema and bronchitis
· Vision problems, such as macular degeneration”

“Spit or smokeless tobacco is a less lethal, but still unsafe, alternative to cigarettes. There
are many terms used to describe tobacco that is put into the mouth, such as spit, spitless,
oral tobacco, and chewing or snuff tobacco.
The use of spit or smokeless tobacco by any name can cause:
· Cancers of the mouth
· Cancers of the pharynx (throat) and larynx (voice box)
· Cancers of the esophagus (swallowing tube) and stomach
· Cancer of the pancreas
· Receding gums and gum disease, which can [cause] the teeth fall out
· Nicotine addiction”

“If your child has already started using tobacco, the CDC offers these suggestions to help
them kick the habit:
· Try to avoid threats and ultimatums. Find out why your child is smoking or using
other forms of tobacco. Is he or she trying to get your attention? Or maybe trying to
fit in with a peer group? You may find out that just going through the teen years is
quite stressful to your child.
· Show interest. Ask a few questions. Find out what changes can be made in his or her
life to help your child quit smoking.
· If you smoke, try to quit. If you did smoke and have already quit, talk to your child
about what it was like for you. Personalize the little problems around smoking and the
big challenge of quitting. Teens and pre-teens often believe they can quit smoking
whenever they want, but research shows most teens never do. Try to share these facts
with them in a non-threatening way.
· Support your child. Both you and your child need to prepare for the mood swings and
crankiness that can come with nicotine withdrawal. Offer your teen the 5 Ds to get
through the tough times:
· Delay: The craving will eventually go away.
· Deep breath: Take a few calming deep breaths.
· Drink water: It will help flush out the chemicals.
· Do something else: Find a new, healthy habit.
· Discuss: Talk about your thoughts and feelings.
· Make a list with your teen or pre-teen of the reasons why they want to quit. Refer back to this
list when your child is tempted.
· Finally, reward your child when he or she quits. Plan something special for you to do
together. Helping your child quit using tobacco is one of the best parenting activities you could ever do. If you're a smoker, the second best thing may be quitting yourself.”

From the American Cancer Society website article: “Child and Teen Tobacco Use” (2010)

3 Key Ideas for Families about the Next Generation Standards


The Next Generation Standards (NxG) emphasize cititical thinking - a skill for any career path.  In a world where content is available at the click of a button, the NxG Standards forcus on the PROCESS of learning. This focus requires students to analyze more, discuss more, evaluate more, justify more, and exmplain deeply their thinking and understanding, often in writing.  

Thinking deeply is a challenge.  Challenge your child and help them talk out the process.


The NxG Standards emphasize learning across content areas.  Therefore, reading; math; science; and social studies will be integrated and taught together at times.  Reading skills can be taught using a science text and math concepts may be taught using other texts too!  Students will spend more time working together with different settings, structures, and tools.  

Problems and solutions happen every day, everywhere in the real world, not only in isolation.


The NxG Standards emphasize proof & evidence.  Long gone are the days of fact memorizations and skill & drill.  Students are not taught this way and will not be assessed this way.  

The new tests will require student to explain how they know the answer.  

How can you support the NxG Standards at home?

1.     Ask *why* when children tell you something.  Help them investigate.

2.     Use the word “because” after *no* or *not tonight*.  Give them reasons.

3.     Encourage questions and explore answers.

4.     Explain and discuss issue or problems in your house, neighborhood, and community.  Brainstorm solutions.

5.     Compare how things are alike and different.

6.     Look for patterns.

7.     Describe & categorize items.

8.     Encourage and celebrate opinions.