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November 18, 2017
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Stillwater News

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 online behavior.

"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 concluded.

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 driving impairment.
  • 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 teens.

The Prevention Council provides several evidence-based programs in local schools. To see more about these programs, visit the Council’s website at preventioncouncil.org.

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