Tag Archives: Rainier School District

Minds Under Construction

Tips for Parents…

According to the Washington State Healthy Youth survey, the average age when students report drinking alcohol at least monthly is between 13 and 14 years old. This is also when they report first trying marijuana. This startling information highlights the need to talk to your kids early about the risks of using substances while their body and brain are still developing, and to clearly express your family expectations about the use of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs. There are many resources available to help parents prepare and initiate discussions about substance use. While there is no one right way to have this discussion, there are some common points that all the resources suggest. The ultimate goal of any conversation with your child is to express to them how much you care about their health, safety, and overall well-being. The following is a general set of pointers. A list of resources ...
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Rainier High School

Alternative Education at Rainier High School

We all want students to graduate from high school, so they can live up to their full potential. According to the US Census Bureau, earning a high school diploma dramatically impacts a person’s quality of life, for the rest of their life. In general, graduates have better career opportunities; the ability to further their education; higher salaries or wages; and better employment benefits & incentives. We also know from research that academic success is related to many positive outcomes and is directly linked to health.  Students with health risks are more likely to be academically challenged and vice verse. These health risks include unhealthy diet, not having enough sleep,  poor hygiene, alcohol use, smoking and drugs. The Rainier School District is working hard to provide the tools and support necessary to students whose circumstances make it challenging for them to succeed.  According to the Healthy Youth Survey data, Rainier School ...
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HIB Meeting Agenda

Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying Meeting

What is HIB?? The gym was packed for the HIB (harassment, intimidation and bullying) meeting to brainstorm about what our community can do to proactively address this issue with our children. The Program Supervisor for the WA State K-12 School Safety Center, Mike Donlin spoke first.  He said there are laws about harassment, intimidation and bullying.  The State of Washington has policies and procedures in place that all schools need to follow. Donlin emphasized that bullying is a buzzword that is getting a lot of media attention right now, but it is not an epidemic.  In fact, Washington State has one of the lowest numbers for bullying in the nation and our numbers are improving, because of the school safety policies and procedures in place. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) created the uniform definition of bullying, which is used nationwide.  Where harassment, intimidation and bullying are not identical, they are intertwined.  Donlin gave examples of each and said "Not all ...
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