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Touched by "Ryan's Story"

On October 7, 2003, John and Kelly Halligan lost their thirteen-year-old son, Ryan, to suicide. After his death, it was discovered that Ryan had been ridiculed and humiliated by his peers at school and online. On Tuesday, September 15, all WMS students were able to hear "Ryan's Story" which provided perspective from inside a family of a child who is a victim of bullying and cyber-bullying.  Parents were also invited to hear Halligan's presentation that night.  He spoke on the significance of open communication and internet safety as well as the importance of forgiveness.  

Before and after the presentation, students took part in classroom activities and discussions.  This information is shared with the school counselors who will kickoff WMS's own anti-bullying campaign "Peace Out, Purple Out" next week.  For more information or details about "Ryan's Story", please visit http://www.ryanpatrickhalligan.org/

 

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Crazy for Chromebooks!

Students have been issued Chromebooks this week, and everyone is excited to get started with all of the wonderful tools available for classroom instruction.  There are a few things that all students need to know upon receiving their computers:

  • Everyone must pay the $25 technology fee by September 30. Any student that has not paid the fee by the 30th will have his/her chromebook taken until the fee is paid.
  • It is strongly suggested that you take time this weekend to carefully examine your child’s chromebook for any damage that may have been overlooked during the summer inspection.  If any damages are found, please have your child take it to Mr. McNeil immediately. Union County will charge for any damages this year and reporting it a month from now will not be considered as pre- existing damages.
  • Each chromebook and charger has been labeled and checked out to a student. Please discourage students from peeling the name labels off.  When the equipment is returned, if the serial numbers do not match those that are checked out to them, the students will be charged.  In addition, any serial number
    that is peeled from the equipment will result in a replacement fee. The seral number labels do not come off without a great deal of effort.
  • When charging the laptop, please do not charge them overnight; two hours will be plenty of time. If they are properly charged, there will be enough battery life to last the entire school day.
  • Please encourage your student to bring the laptop in at the first sign of damage.  Often times it can be repaired without  any charges. However, when they ignore the  problem, it can often times get worse. Sometimes it is as simple as replacing a screw.
  • Mr. McNeil's office hours for students are 7:30-9:00 and 11:15-1:30
     
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