Washington State 2014 Healthy Youth Survey

The Snohomish School District is participating in the Washington State 2014 Healthy Youth Survey during the week of October 13 – October 17.

 

The Healthy Youth Survey includes questions related to physical activity and diet, unintentional and intentional injury, substance use, risk and protective factors, and access to school-based services. Survey results are used by schools, communities and state agencies to plan programs to support our youth and reduce their risks. The Healthy Youth Survey is given to students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 across Washington state. Participation in the survey is voluntary and the students’ answers are anonymous.

 

Please read the Parent and Student Notification flier for more information about the Healthy Youth Survey.

Kaleidoscope Academy violin program to be offered in more Snohomish schools

The Kaleidoscope Academy Violin Program, which launched last year in the Snohomish School District, is expanding to more schools. Violin classes are offered before and after school for students in grades 1-12. The classes, which begin the week of September 29-October 3, are priced at $7.50/per 45-minute group lesson.  To register, visit www.kaleidoscope123.org and click on 123 Register Me.

 

The growing program has led to the hiring of an additional violin instructor, Amy Gudorf, who joins Jessie Scott, a pioneer in this program.  Both instructors are accomplished violinists and experienced instructors. Kaleidoscope Academy is an outreach ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Snohomish, also offering classes for the community at its home location.  New schools being served by Kaleidoscope Academy in 2014-2015 are Machias Elementary, Seattle Hill Elementary and Snohomish High School. To learn more about the program, contact Ann Lewis, director of the program, ann@snopres.org or (360) 568-6498.

 

For more information on the school programs, please click the appropriate link:

Enterovirus D68 information

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has reported two clusters of severe respiratory illness in children caused by enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), an uncommon infection first seen in California in 1962. About 100 types of enteroviruses are known and an estimated 10-15 million infections occur annually in the United States.

 

Enterovirus infections are more likely to occur in the fall. Children and teens are most likely to be infected. Although how these infections present can vary widely, EV-D68 infection has been associated almost exclusively with respiratory illness ranging from relatively mild illness not requiring hospitalization to severe illness requiring intensive care. The virus likely spreads person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches surfaces. There is no vaccine.

 

Given that children and teens are at greatest risk, we would like to remind students and parents that the best protection against enterovirus, influenza and other infections is:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers.  Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes.
  • Stay home when ill.
  • Get vaccinated when vaccine is available.

For detailed information on EV-D68, please click here.

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Our Mission: The Snohomish School District, in its commitment to excellence, places the success of each student at the center of all decisions and actions. Partnerships and strong academic programs ensure competent, responsible, lifelong learners.

 

The  Snohomish School District #201 does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. 

 

Special thanks to Snohomish community member Todd Elvig for providing the photos in the banner above.