South Side Education News & Notes
Child Guidance & Family Solutions offers free seminar on school safety
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Child Guidance & Family Solutions (CG&FS) is offering a seminar for educators titled “Including Mental Health in Your School Safety Plan.”
The program will be presented by Sally Dean, MSSA, LISW-S, a school-based therapist at CG&FS, March 5 from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at Akron Family Restaurant, 250 W. Market St. The seminar includes breakfast and is suggested for building principals, superintendents and directors of special education.
Dean will discuss how mental health services can and should play a role in the prevention, intervention and postvention (an intervention conducted after a suicide) of all types of violence in schools.
To register for the free program, required by March 1, contact Stacy Greenamyer, CG&FS school services manager, at SchoolServices@CGFS.org or 330-762-2557.
The CG&FS School Based Services program focuses on partnerships with many area schools, where CG&FS clinicians offer onsite mental and emotional health care to those in need.
Enrollment open for Ohio Business Week 2013
OHIO — Ohio Business Week (OBW), an entrepreneurship experience for high school students, is accepting applications for its 2013 summer program.
A weeklong residential program managed by the Ohio Business Week Foundation, OBW will be held on the campuses of Ohio Dominican University June 23-29 and Youngstown State University July 28 through Aug. 3.
During OBW, participants are assigned to a student company with 10-12 other students in order to complete business, financial and marketing plans for a simulated start-up business venture.
Space is limited to 250.
The full cost of attendance is $850; however, each student accepted to OBW receives a $500 scholarship from a business, civic organization, foundation or individual to attend the program. Corporate support enables the foundation to offer OBW at a reduced cost. There is a $350 commitment fee to attend. Financial aid is available for families who cannot afford the entire commitment fee. A $50 early-bird discount will be given to students who apply before Feb. 28.
For an application, call 888-377-7414 or visit ohiobusinessweek.org. Applications should include a school reference and a short essay. All applications must be postmarked no later than April 30.
Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.
CVNP seeks teachers for summer work in CVNP
CVNP — Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) is seeking qualified teachers who would like to work this summer in the Teacher to Ranger to Teacher (TRT) program.
This National Park Service (NPS) program links national park units with teachers from predominantly Title 1 school districts.
Under TRT, selected teachers spend eight weeks in the summer working as park rangers. They perform various duties depending on their interests and the needs of the park, including developing and presenting interpretive programs for the general public, staffing the visitor center desk, developing curriculum-based materials for the park or taking on special projects. Teachers have the opportunity to earn graduate credit for the experience.
During the school year, these Teacher Rangers bring the parks into the classroom by developing and presenting curriculum-based lesson plans that draw on their summer’s experience. In April, during National Park Week, Teacher Rangers wear their uniforms to school, discuss their summer as a park ranger and engage students and other teachers in activities that relate to America’s national parks.
This is the sixth year for CVNP staff to include Teacher Rangers.
For more information, call Pamela Barnes at 330-657-2796, ext. 113, or visit www.nps.gov/learn/trt/index.html. The deadline to apply is March 30.
Ohio students can participate in poster contest
COLUMBUS — The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness is looking for students in first through sixth grades, including specialized instruction classes, to participate in its annual poster contest.
The purpose of the Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest is to have Ohio’s youth demonstrate through illustrations of actions they can take before, during and after severe weather events to protect themselves and others.
“Ohio has experienced extreme weather this past year: a derecho; a superstore with hurricane force winds; winter with record-breaking high temperatures on one day and snow and bitter cold the next,” said Nancy Dragani, executive director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency. “This poster contest provides the perfect opportunity for students to learn about Ohio weather, and through their creativity, teach others about safety and preparedness.”
Ohio schools have until April 16 to send their first-place posters (per grade) to their regional National Weather Service (NWS) offices. The NWS offices will judge all poster entries and choose their top regional winners per grade. In early May, the Severe Weather Awareness committee will judge the top regional posters to determine the state and overall state winners.
Schools will be notified of their regional winners by the end of May. All regional winners will be invited to attend the poster contest awards ceremony, which will be held at the Ohio State Fair’s DiSalle’s Creative Arts Center Aug. 3.
All regional winners and their parents will receive four entry passes for the day at the Ohio State Fair. All regional-winning students will receive a host of prizes, certificates and awards. State-level winners will receive additional prizes, and the overall state winner will receive more prizes, along with a personalized trophy. The overall winner’s school will be loaned a “traveling trophy” to display during the school year.
Ohio’s Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 3-9. This year, the safety campaign coincides with FEMA’s and NOAA’s National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.
Ohio’s statewide tornado drill will be conducted March 6 at 9:50 a.m. Many Ohio county emergency management offices will test their outdoor warning systems. The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness encourages schools, businesses and homes to practice their tornado safety drills during this time.
For complete rules and forms to participate in the poster contest, visit www.weathersafety.ohio.gov. Go to Just for Kids and click on 2013 Poster Contest Rules.
Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.
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