Good morning, Parents.
Below is a message that Mr. Cole asked me to pass along for sophomores and their parents, but I also want to make a couple of requests of parents in the wake of the school shooting in Florida. Like all of you, we are very concerned about the safety of our children when they are at school. Of course the TV coverage gets into the political issues around the tragedy, and what others should do, but these two requests just relate to what each of us can do to try to make our children a little safer. We also want parents to know that we will continue do everything we can to be prepared to respond in a crisis situation in as effective a manner as is possible. We have been trained by law enforcement, we have a coordinated plan in place, and we have practiced our plan.
As I was watching the coverage from Florida this weekend, two suggestions I heard made sense to me. The first suggestion was that someone should remind parents, who may have guns in their homes, to please make sure those weapons are always locked and secure. The second suggestion was to ask each parent to please talk with your children, and teach them that we are all responsible if we “see something to say something.” Experts tell us that in most of these terrible situations there are warning signs that sometimes provide an opportunity to prevent tragedies, but that can only happen if people who see the warning signs speak up and bring concerns forward. If all of our students understand the responsibility that if they see something they must say something, this practice alone can make a considerable difference in our children’s safety. Teaching our children this responsibility is important because it is most likely that these warning signs will happen in the context of their world’s on social media, so we will have to rely on them in many cases if we wish to prevent similar situations. Young people can report potential concerns to their parents, to their teachers, to their counselors, or to their principal. If we hear of threats, we will certainly pass them along to law enforcement when appropriate.
Sorry about the somber topic this Monday morning, but if our action on these requests make our children a little safer, that makes the discussion worthwhile.
I want to take a moment to inform you about an opportunity that your sophomore son/daughter will be participating in on March 16 along with every sophomore in the county. The event is called Explore your Future and will be held at Lakeshore Technical College (LTC); put on by the Sheboygan Chamber and its Business Education Partnership, in cooperation with INSPIRE Sheboygan and Lakeshore Technical College. I have attached two informational letters that describe in detail the event. (Click images to enlarge.)
This event aligns perfectly with our mission at OHS which is focused on preparing our students to be college and career ready by the time they graduate. This event is also a direct extension of what your son/daughter has been working on with their ongoing participation with Career Cruising, as well as, the completion of their student led conference this past January.
All transportation for this event will be provided by the school, and there is no cost. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have about the Explore your Future event.
Thank you for your time!
Josh Cole, OHS Counselor