I wanted to inform you that I addressed the student body this morning to discuss three very serious topics. I reminded students that fighting, substance abuse, and inappropriate uses of social media are not appropriate and lead to severe consequences. In many cases we have found that after investigating a fight between two students that it stemmed from horseplay and/or arguments through social media.
Please reiterate that students must keep their hands and feet to themselves. Students are not allowed to book-check, hit, kick or trip another student as a game. Please keep school counselors and administrators informed if you know that your child is consistently not getting along with another Crofton Middle student so we can mediate and hopefully prevent an incident from happening. Last night our PTO hosted a great workshop for parents concerning prevention of substance abuse. It was informative, relevant and provided parents with countless tips. Please see our school counseling dept. or PTO for resources to help get the conversation started. Also, if your child has a prescription from a doctor for medication it must be administered through the health room. Student may not carry prescribed medication. Many students are aware that they must have their cell phones off and away at school. However, students can receive consequences for inappropriate uses of social media even if used at home or after hours if it leads to a disruption at school. Therefore, parents we are asking that you please use the student handbook to review the definitions and consequences for fighting vs. attack, substance abuse and inappropriate uses of social media (inciting/participating in school disturbance, disrespect towards others, and bias behavior). Mrs. Ludd and Mr. Zetwick also plan to do the same next week for each grade level using a power point presentation.
I hope you can understand our need to review a few important topics in order to maintain a safe and structured learning environment. Crofton Middle is a fabulous school where the majority of our students make appropriate choices and we commend their positive behaviors.
Nuria E. Williams
Crofton Middle School