Speaking of Safety and Wellness....
National Drug Control Strategy
According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the new National
Drug Control Strategy “is a science- driven plan for drug policy reform in
America. This 21st century drug policy outlines a series of evidence-based
reforms that address our Nation's drug problem as not just a criminal
justice issue, but also a major public health concern.” This plan is now
available for review
Queens Elementary School P.S. 244 is the first in the country to serve fully
a vegetarian breakfast and lunch. Developed by the school in cooperation with
the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food, lunch menus now feature
items like black bean and cheddar quesadillas with salsa and whole wheat
wraps with chickpea falafel. Students interviewed by local news stations
expressed their happiness that the new lunches have replaced former
“unhealthy” options like hamburgers.
P.S. 244 may be starting a trend;
according to NYC officials, by 2014 there will be salad bars in place at all
city schools. Read more
To learn more about this program and other schools increasing consumption of
fruits and veggies, visit the
NY Coalition for Healthy School Food
Help for Trafficking Victims
The Office of Juvenile Justice in the US Department of Justice is seeking
public comment on a federal plan to improve services for victims of human
trafficking. Public comments are invited through May 24, 2013.
To review the strategic plan, click
To add a public comment, click
Tips for Student Success
It’s the time for transitions: moving up and moving on, honoring of
past achievements, celebration of present joys, and sound advice to smooth
future paths. What points students towards success? How can parents
effectively support that success? National PTA offers an array of guides,
presentations and other handy resources to address these concerns
Blogger H. Wolpert-Gavron links educational success to the Top Ten
Responsibilities that Students Must Own
- Be your own advocate. Stake a claim in the classroom by making sure the
teacher knows who you are...in a good way.
- Ask lots of questions....and show confusion appropriately.
- Think of school as your office in training. Are you a good co-worker?
Find the whole list
Guidance on Common Core Assessments
The 15th District PTA in Jefferson County, KY received a National PTA grant
to organize workshops for parents on implementation of the Common Core
Their materials included a well-designed “Parents’ Guide
to Assessments in Kentucky” that is worth a look by parents/guardians here in New
York, where Common Core-based assessments are also being implemented.
view the guide, click
Pursuing a DREAM
With immigration reform once again on the legislative table, Congress is
working through literally hundreds of proposed measures, including the DREAM
Act, which would open a path to conditional legal residency for young
undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as minors, meet a number
of other criteria, and attend college or serve in the military.
Less known is the New York State’s DREAM Act (A.2597/S.2378), which would
enable New York's young undocumented immigrants who have a NYS high school diploma or
GED and enroll in an in-state college to apply for state financial aid.
Currently, these students are ineligible for any form of federal tuition
assistance, scholarships, grants or loans, which puts college beyond the
reach of many, regardless of their other qualifications.
The NYS DREAM Act has no impact on a student’s legal status or immigration
law, which are under federal jurisdiction.
See the bills, their sponsors and status at: