February 2008

Guest Speakers

February 19, 2008

Lt. Kevin Fessel, Patrol Division Shift Commander                                      Mr. Brandon R., speaker
Hamilton County Sheriff's Department

Here is what some students said about the presentation:

“Now what I learned from Brandon is [that] you shouldn’t drink and drive. Not so you don’t get arrested, but you might just spare someone’s life that day. And you shouldn’t drive after you [have] been in an argument.” ~K.H.


“One thing I will remember about what the speaker said was when I go home tell my parents that I love them…He said that no matter how hard things may get, you can depend on your parents for a lot of things. They can become your best friends if you let them. Always tell your parents that you love them no matter what it might be the last time you see them…” ~Anonymous Student


“The officer showed us a clip from an accident that happen[ed] in 1998. When he was showing those clips everybody didn’t know that he was sitting in the back of the room he came to the front crying, that’s when everybody realized that was him. He was 18 when all of this happened…When he was younger he was a good boy, but about the time he got to high school his freshman year, that’s when his behavior started to change. He started to hang out with guys that he thought were his friends but they really [weren’t]. When that accident happen[ed] he was in his truck without a care in the world, he was drinking and driving, he hit a car with 5 people in it, there were a couple in that car that died 2 of the 5 people.” ~ M.C.


“The guest speakers also told us about car crashes and about how dangerous it is to lie to our parents…” ~ Anonymous Student


“After hearing the speakers and what they had to say today, I am now thinking about changing my ways when it comes to being around my family and the way I act towards my mom and dad when it comes to not listening…” ~Anonymous Student


“Sometimes you don’t even have to be the one driving to be at fault, sometimes you have to take control and take their keys if you know they were drinking. If you’re with your friends and one of them is drunk and trying to drive, take their keys because if they get in a crash and hurt themselves or someone else you don’t want that on your conscience. The reasons why you shouldn’t drink and drive is because you could hurt someone or yourself, you could take someone’s life and put their family through that pain.” ~M. K.


“Imagine one day you were a normal 18 year old and the next day you were a convicted felon and within 3 months, you were in jail…Brandon made one bad mistake and his life was ruined. That is a prime example of [what] drinking and driving can do. You could just have 1 beer and think you are okay until you crash and kill three people because of 1 beer…” ~Anonymous student


“I felt bad for Brandon because one minute he was living a normal life and the next moment he was a convicted killer...but the main person I felt sorry for was the daughter who lost her parents in the crash.” ~Anonymous Student

February 12, 2008

Mrs. Cynthia Knabe, Director of Outreach Education, Julian Center

knabe speaker 2-12-08

We learned about the 5 different kinds of abuse: (1) Emotional, (2) Verbal, (3) Financial, (4) Physical, (5) Sexual Attacks.

Physical Abuse may include: hitting, pushing, kicking, slapping, punching, using weapons, pulling, grabbing, etc.

Verbal Abuse may include: put downs, yelling, swearing, saying "shut up", rude comments, threats, name calling, etc.

Emotional Abuse may include: jealousy, bossing others, peer pressure, embarassing, humiliating others, mean looks, scaring others, etc.

Community Resources:

The Julian Center ... 317-941-2200 ... They offer individual and group therapy for children, adolescent girls, and adult women.

Teen LINK ... 317-255-8336 ... Teen consultants provide confidential peer support, information about community resources, and crisis intervention in a caring and non-judgmental way. (5pm-9pm, M-F)

Genetic Disorders Project               group work

February 8, 2008

We just finished our Genetic Disorders Projects. The posters presented looked great!

Students researched one of the following disorders: Klinefelter's Syndrome, Downcri du chat presentation Syndrome, Turner's Syndrome, and Cri-du-Chat. This week, they presented their projects to the class so that we could all learn about the origins, symptoms, treatments, and who is at risk for each disorder.     

Counselor Visits

February 1, 2008 - Graduation Requirements

Counselor           students           student listening     
Students reviewed their transcripts and listened to class options for sophomore year.