Monday, January 23, 2017

ALICE Training and Talking to Your Student

This week, students at Beach Middle School are going through ALICE training. For those of you who are unaware of this program, ALICE is a plan for individuals and organizations on how to more proactively handle an active threat.

Similar to fire drills, tornado drills, and other like it, the ALICE training drills are a way for students to practice responses to various intruder threats. By addressing this in class, students can dialogue and problem solve in the event that there is a threat.

ALICE is an acronym for "Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate". Students go through scenarios where they incorporate proactive methods, rather than passive strategies to stay safe in the event of a threat.

It's possible that your student will come home with questions about the training. If that is the case, please refer to the following website for more details. Also, don't hesitate to contact your student's team of teachers to discuss the training and how you can help facilitate your student's comfort and confidence in the program.

ALICE Training

Friday, January 20, 2017

After-School Homework Club at Beach!

We are so excited to announce the inception of a new after-school program that assists students who are struggling with homework completion. Through the generosity of the Chelsea Education Foundation, Beach Middle School is able to provide this opportunity.

The program is coordinated by Chelsea Raupp, a Chelsea native and paraprofessional at Beach Middle School. During this hour-long session, students review their grades and identify missing assignments to be completed. Students are provided a snack, support, and a safe, quiet environment to complete their work.

In order to be eligible for the program, teams of teachers evaluate their rosters to identify students that are falling behind in work completion. The team then reaches out to the student and their parents. With parental consent given and transportation organized, the student will show up in the media center on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays until all of the work is made up.

We make a point to explain to participants that the after-school program is not a punitive measure, meant to humiliate or discipline students; rather, the program is here as an additional support to those that need it. If you feel like your student would be a good candidate for the program, please discuss this with your student's team of teachers, as there are additional parameters that the student has to meet in order to qualify.

As always, we strive to do what is best for students, and feel confident and excited that the after-school program will be a step in that direction.

Go Dogs!