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Thank you for participating in Pennies for Patients and being a part of our Hero Squad!  This report outlines the members of your school that have achieved different Hero Squad Gear, our way of saying thank you for furthering our mission. Hero Squad Gear Qualifying Level Hero Squad Tattoo Student registers for an online fundraising page Power Ring Student brings in $5 *offline* (coin box) please see volunteer guide Hero Band Student raises $10 on their online fundraising page Super-Sidekick Student raises $25 on their online fundraising page Hero Squad Tee Participant raises $50 online *teachers are also eligible Mini-Champ Student raises $100 on their online fundraising page  *Remember: Students are also eligible to receive the Power Ring when they collect $5 in their coinbox and bring that into the teacher with the Coupon on their Dear Parent Letter. See your volunteer guide for more details!  For more information on our Hero Squad Gear, please see the qualifying levels above and by clicking on the above link to view your schools report! Or respond to this email to ask your local staff partner additional questions!

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Pennies 4 Patients

As of this morning, the following classes are tied for the Pennies 4 Patients online donations. Congrats to…

1. Mr. Barks

2. Ms. Sanders

3. Ms. O

You have until this Friday to donate online (or in your 4th period classes). Just go to the school website for the link to Pennies 4 Patients. The class with the most online donations will win a movie/pizza party during 4th period class!
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New DOC's Corner

UNDERSTANDING AND PREVENTING ADOLESCENT SUICIDE: PART II. In last week’s column, I presented warning signs and risk factors related to Teen suicide. This is, obviously, a very serious topic. Today, we’ll look at some of the things parents can do to make a difference, and to minimize the risks.

1. Knowledge is the first step. Knowing warning signs and risk factors is essential. Issues of depression and anxiety need to be taken very seriously. Warning signs do not mean your child will attempt to harm themselves, but should not be ignored. Their feelings need to be taken seriously, and not dismissed as a passing thoughts or need for attention.
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Pennies for Patients

Please donate to Pennies for Patients all next week, December 10th through December 14th. Locate your 4th period classroom teacher and donate to his/her classroom page. The class with the most online donations will win a movie and pizza party during their 4th period class! Click on "Pennies for Patients" above to be directed to the donation page. Thank you!
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10 Days of PVIS Kindness Challenge

Our 10 Days of Kindness Challenge starts on December 10th and runs through December 21st. Complete the attached form by December 21st and turn it into your 4th period teacher. Students who complete the form by December 21st will receive a treat for their acts of kindness! Click on "10 Days of PVIS Kindness Challenge" above to open the form.
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New Doc Corner


UNDERSTANDING AND PREVENTING ADOLESCENT SUICIDE: PART I. Adolescent suicide has become a national health crisis. Although it is difficult to talk about, and most of us would like to act like it doesn’t exist, knowing some of the causes, risk factors, and ways to get help can save tremendous distress, and even lives. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that it is the second leading cause of death among youth, ages 15-19. In 2016, 2,061 adolescent suicide deaths were reported, accounting for 18% of all reported deaths in this age group. Males are much more likely to die by suicide, by almost three times as much as females. While females have higher incidence of suicidal ideation and behavior, males are more likely to carry out the acts. Almost 20% of teenagers have contemplated suicide in the last year. The causes and risk factors of suicidal thoughts and behaviors are a combination of biological, psychological, and environmental factors. Mental health issues are clearly related to such thoughts. 20% of youth have a significant mental health issue, including depression and bipolar disorder which are most commonly associated with suicidal threat. Other psychological disorders are also related, including anxiety, conduct disorders, substance abuse, post traumatic stress, and eating disorders. When these problems are combined with external circumstances for teens, they often feel overwhelmed. Interpersonal losses, disciplinary problems, school failures, conflicts with peers, and bullying can lead to a sense of hopelessness. Adverse Childhood Events (ACE) and significant and serious family issues, like physical and sexual abuse, are high risk factors. Children who have gender identity or sexual identity conflicts are at high risk, with LBGT adolescents having the highest rates of suicidal ideation. Suicide is a relatively rare event, and difficult to predict, but there are some warning signs. As listed by the American Psychological Association, these include::
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New Doc's Corner!

THE IMPORTANCE OF VALIDATING FEELINGS. Every parent knows the value of communication with their children. It is probably the most sought after goal, and desire. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal cited research indicating that when communication breaks down, the mental health of adolescents suffer. The article quotes that “teens who disclose their daily activities and inner feelings to a parent tend to have lower levels of anxiety and depression and are less likely to engage in risky behaviors”. While seemingly obvious, why is it that the barriers to communication are often great? One study asked teenagers “who would you most like to talk to about problems” and the overwhelming majority answered an understanding adult. However, when asked “ who DO you talk to about problems”, the majority answered a friend/another teen
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Jazz Band Performances!!!

The Jazz Band will play one night only, Dec. 7th and the Choir will have 3 performances starting Friday, Dec. 7th thru Saturday, Dec 8th.

The Jazz Band will perform their Winter Concert, one night only, Friday, Dec. 7th at the Kelly Johnson Fieldhouse located at Peninsula High School. Tickets will be sold at the door the night of the concert, $5.00 for students and $10.00 for adults.

PVPHS Choir will present their Winter Concert on Friday and Saturday. Pre-sale tickets available at PVPHSChoirTix
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