Stillwater high school and the Prevention Council of Saratoga
partnering to educate teens for the
2016-17 school year
Aug. 8, 2016 – The 2016-17 school year at Stillwater High
School will include a series of programs designed to help Stillwater
teens make responsible decisions concerning alcohol, tobacco and drug
use. The Prevention Council of Saratoga will present a series of
classroom and extracurricular programs highlighting the dangers of
substance use as well as the consequences of harmful or threatening
"In working with SADD and The Prevention Council of Saratoga, we were
able to survey our needs, collect the data, and enhance our prevention
plan for the 2016-17 school year efficiently. We are excited with the
programming that is in place for our students this coming year," said
Paul Morcone, Stillwater K-12 assistant principal. “We want to make sure
each student is exposed to various activities throughout the year that
address important issues related to their well-being. It is our
responsibility to provide that for our Stillwater families," he
All school programs focus on building skills in order to achieve social,
emotional, and academic success. Courses are taught by trained staff who
work closely with each school district to meet student and scheduling
needs, while also meeting New York state learning standards.
Programs planned for the 2016-17 school year include:
- August 15: Fall Sports Parent Information
Night: During a sports presentation for athletes and families the
Prevention Council will review positive behaviors for parents and
athletes, including sportsmanship.
- September 22: High School Open House:
Informational table set up with literature for parents/guardians.
- October 14: Stillwater Homecoming: the
Prevention Council will have representatives at the homecoming
game to share literature and information with students and
families on gambling and drug prevention.
- November 7: “Marijuana Usage and Safe
Driving” will be the topic of a presentation to seniors by Ms.
Kilgore, LMSW, CASAC Director of Counseling Services. They will
discuss the implications of harmful substances and the reality of
- December 2016: “Alcohol and Texting while
Driving,” will be the focus of a presentation to juniors by
Officer Pecor from the Stillwater Police Department. He will
highlight the dangers of impaired and/or distracted driving.
Students will also have the opportunity to drive a simulator.
- February 2017: “Substance Abuse” will be the
focus of this presentation by Jen Wood, Director of Coalition and
Community Outreach Services, to high school sophomores. Students
will play an interactive game of Jeopardy with their classmates to
discuss all substances.
- April 2017: “Cyber-Safety” will be the theme
of a presentation to freshmen by Stillwater PD will demonstrate
how predators set up fake profiles and other strategies for luring
The Prevention Council provides several evidence-based programs in
local schools. To see more about these programs, visit the Council’s