High School students have had many opportunities this year to learn about interesting careers though virtual Lunch and Learn presentations, which have been sponsored by CESA 10. Future Lunch and Learn presentations will include adults in the following fields:
March 8: Business Management
March 15: Government & Public Administration
April 12: Information Technology
April 19: Law & Public Safety
May 10: Human Services
May 17: Arts, A/V & Communications
Specific information about these presentations will be shared with students, and they can participate in these virtual events by notifying Mrs. Scherer of their interest.
Mrs. Scherer and Mr. Dieckman met with all the students in grades 8-11 regarding course registration for the 2023-24 school year. Students have received their materials and instruction on how to request classes for next year. There are always changes happening in course offerings here at Loyal—the students are very excited about their options. Look at our course offerings by looking at our Course Description Book on our website here: https://www.loyal.k12.wi.us/school-counseling/my-pages/course-description-books Grade 7, 6, and 5 students will register for their music selections later this spring.
Audit tech agreements
If you purchased your child a tech-based gift for the festive season and you don’t already have a family tech agreement in place, setting one up is an essential step before allowing your child to use technology. Ensure your agreement is created as a family, with input from your children to help them take ownership of creating their own good digital habits. This is especially important for parents of tweens and teens!
For those who already have an agreement in place, now is an excellent time to perform an audit to see what’s working well and what could be improved. Your agreement will likely need to change as your children mature, so this would also be an appropriate time to update it accordingly.
You may even consider creating a separate tech agreement with relaxed rules that apply only during the holidays. To make things more fun, include family challenges such as ‘whoever touches their phone during dinner has to clear the table’, or ‘the person who suggests the best movie gets extra ice cream’.
Regardless of what you decide, it’s important for all family members to respect the family tech agreement rules, including parents – so, remember to model good tech habits yourself!
Whether it is during a holiday or not, it’s still important to find a balance and, where possible, carve out blocks of time daily where you and your family can enjoy some tech-free (or at least tech-minimal) activities.
Our brains experience an energy peak in the morning, making this a fantastic time to set tech aside and, instead, harness our brain power to read, listen to music, learn a new skill, exercise, complete house chores, take pets out for a walk, or unleash our inner creativity through drawing or writing. Encourage your child by setting a positive example yourself.
Encourage them to use the Internet to find fabulous decorating ideas they can recreate at home or discover a baking channel with festive recipes they can try. Alternatively, allow them to utilize a music streaming service to create a playlist for the family to enjoy, pick out audiobooks they can listen to either alone or with other family members, or download a fitness or wellbeing app to get the whole family moving and working on their wellness goals.
Read the fine print
Data privacy and the protection of minors are just as important as healthy tech habits; therefore, to help keep your children safe, it’s imperative you read and understand these conditions as thoroughly as possible (no matter how boring they seem). Knowledge is power, and the information contained in privacy policies and community guidelines will outline the kind of data that the app or game collects from your child, how it will be stored and used, and if it will be shared with any third parties, enabling you to make an informed decision about how (and if) you will allow your child to use the app or game.
Access, not ownership
If you have a younger child and are planning on gifting them a new smartphone or tablet, we recommend that you start their first online device experience with access rather than full ownership. It's best to ease them into the responsibility of owning and operating a sophisticated piece of technology by teaching them to become a responsible digital citizen who knows how to navigate online risks appropriately. Your child should only be given full ownership of their smartphone or tablet once they can demonstrate some fundamental responsible online behaviors, such as proving they can keep themselves (and others) safe online, showing they know how to respectfully communicate with others, and demonstrating they can set healthy screen time boundaries.
Pavkovic, Teodora. “Fostering healthy digital habits over the holiday season.” Online Safety Hub, 8 Dec. 2022, https://loyal.onlinesafetyhub.io/parent/blogs-articles/fostering-healthy-digital-habits-over-the-holiday-season
As part of our ongoing effort to improve the way we communicate, we have a text messaging system. Notice of school closings, meeting reminders and other school-related information will be sent via text in addition to the previous methods. If you would like to receive these notifications, please:
Text* the message @6673eg to the number 81010.
If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @6673eg to (715) 338-3469.
This is available for all students and community members as well.
Como parte de nuestro esfuerzo continuo por mejorar la forma en que nos comunicamos, contamos con un sistema de mensajes de texto. Los avisos de cierre de escuelas, recordatorios de reuniones y otra información relacionada con la escuela se enviarán por mensaje de texto además de los métodos anteriores. Si desea recibir estas notificaciones, por favor:
Envíe* el mensaje @6673eg al número 81010. Configúrelo para recibir mensajes en su idioma natal.
Si tiene problemas con el 81010, intente enviar un mensaje de texto @6673eg al (715) 338-3469.
Esto está disponible para todos los estudiantes y miembros de la comunidad también.