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NORCO INTERMEDIATE BROADCAST Email 11/2/22

Lots of good things happening here at NIS!

Have you heard of our Bobcat Buck program? Students may be rewarded for getting caught being good, and meeting the CARE expectations!  Teachers distribute bucks according to their own positive reinforcement plans in their classrooms, and all staff members have a few on hand to distribute at random when we see those acts of kindness and responsibility! Bucks can be entered in raffles every 6-8 weeks, for small and large treats, and even fast food lunch order from the office! We’ve used this system for years, finished our first raffle Oct 14, and look forward to one on Nov 18th again!

We also have teachers choosing Students of the Month in class to be rewarded at lunch time (no formal assembly) and even reward our teachers with monthly games over the intercom that allow students to see their teachers compete and win prizes! Our next 2 teacher games will involve students as well, bringing a sense of community and positive competition to the classroom!

A few things our students need to keep up to keep good habits…

Planners – Please check planners each night, or at a minimum 2x a week to see that your child is writing down assignments and turning them in on time! A circle means something was missing! This can result in a Friday message for ZAP, at which time you should compare the planner to the gradebook in Parent Connect! Use the Q Parent Connect app on your phone to have all the info at your fingertips!

And…turn to the back…the very back…and check your child’s Citation page for info on some of the little things that may cause disruptions to campus learning.  If your child has NO dates/initials on the Citation Page, then WOW, WOW, WOW!!!  They are doing the right thing on the daily!! Great JOB!

Extra-Curricular Guidelines – Parent Connect has all the info on tardies, behaviors and grades! Use the Attendance tab to see # of periods missed (7 per day) and see if your child has more than 6 tardies.  That’s our number before discipline kicks in, such as after school detention or assignment to Saturday School to make up the time. Check that your student is maintaining a 2.0+ GPA by using the “Pulse” tab on Parent Connect. This is the best way to quickly calculate GPA.  If you need an admin to meet with your child about struggles in any area surrounding the Extra-Curricular Guideline, email us and we will speak to your student and set a goal!

THIS THURSDAY – Students interested in Cross Country, please meet after school in Room 11 for a 30+ min meeting!! 

THIS THURSDY- ALSO, Students interested in Science Fair…you should have an idea for a problem, hypothesis and a general list of procedures…MEET in Room 1 to hear all the latest on Science Fair rules and rewards! (If you’re interested in both…hit Room1 first, then hustle it to Room 11!)

Final practices this week for Basketball Playoffs next Tuesday…what a great season Bobcats!

SUNDAY NOV. 6 – FALL BACK…turn clocks back an hour!

November 11 – Veteran’s Day, no school. We honor all Veteran’s for their service!  THANK YOU!

November 21-25 – Thanksgiving Holiday week – NO SCHOOL for all Traditional Campuses.

December 15, THUR, 1/2 day school and last day for WINTER BREAK (Dec 16 is a teacher service day, no students)

DEC 16-JAN 9 – Winter Break – School resumes TUE. Jan 10 for INTERMEDIATE! (see your child’s planner for School Calendar of these district dates.)


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NORCO INTERMEDIATE BROADCAST 9/7/22

We understand that students can be uncomfortable when dress-coded, but we will enforce District Policies. We all deserve a space that is comfortable for learning, and socially appropriate to the school/work setting as opposed to the beach. THANK YOU in advance for reviewing the rules and setting aside the clothes that don’t work for school into a different drawer!  Please review the DRESS CODE on our website. https://norcoint.cnusd.k12.ca.us/our_school/policies___procedures/dress_code

CELLPHONES – Please discuss the 3 simple rules with your kids, which are:

1.  OFF and AWAY in class, unless using for teacher-led instruction.  Turn it on at passing period or lunch to check messages if needed. At lunchtime stay in the  PHONE ZONE if you have to be on your cell, which keeps our tables free of students snapping photos without consent, recording Tiktoks, or sharing any inappropriate content that is not filtered. It also means our students are interacting personally, and it’s great to see!
2. AVOID SCREEN SHARING –WHY? Because we find sometimes that shared content is inappropriate. It is purposely blocked by some parents, or blocked by students due to avoid confrontation, and it causes drama and conflict when certain content is shared. The cellphone is considered by Board Policy to be a PERSONAL communication device. Yours only, not for others. This is why we have the PHONE ZONE at lunch, so we can more effectively monitor and be sure students aren't making mistakes that lead to citations.
3. Do not use phone for photos, videos or music on campus, including our front sidewalks. It is a personal COMMUNICATION device…text and phone for urgent need only while on campus. MANY cyber-bullying situations begin with people taking and using photo/video without consent. We will seek to discipline for this if it means avoiding an incident of cyber-bullying for any of our students.

SOCIAL MEDIA TIPS FOR PARENTS - How to monitor effectively
Please help our students, and your own child too!  Don’t be shy about checking your child’s phone, and checking their accounts.  If your child won’t hand over their phone or give you their passwords, you might have a problem.  One common problem is your child having 2 different accounts one for you to see and one for friends.  Also, if your child doesn’t seem to have many texts available, they are likely deleting!  Or if they don’t post much to Instagram, you should check their Direct Messages (DMs).  Students can start group chats and speak terribly to each other! Then when the creator of the group deletes it, it disappears.  But the hurt of what’s said in the group chat doesn’t disappear, and it can feel devastating. 

Also, remind your students that faking a profile or stealing a picture to create a profile that belongs to an organization (such as a school logo) or another person (in order to “catfish” someone into believing they’re someone else) can become illegal, depending on the activity produced on the fake site. IS YOUR CHILD FOLLOWING ACTUAL PEOPLE, OR ANONYMOUS ACCOUNTS? Check their Insta and TikTok list of who they FOLLOW.  Accounts such as "LittleMissNIS" (TikTok) or "NIS.rumors" (insta) or other accounts are run anonymously by students as a way to hide bullying behaviors. Make your child block these accounts, and you can search and report them to Instagram for bullying too.  They don't usually cooperate much, but massive reports do make them often temporarily block the account holder for a good scare at this age.

Be aware!  Ask your child questions, and again, don’t be shy about getting that phone!  Ask your student about cell phone rules at school regarding no photos or recording. When we ask them what they know about the school policy, they admit that they know the rules…so we know they will be able to explain them to you!

DOES YOUR CHILD HAVE MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS?
Cell phones have changed our lives, and certainly our school concerns! Please take time to view your child’s accounts, especially Instagram (and TikTok!) They’re the biggest culprit for school concerns. Here’s some tips:
                1. Ask your child to open their Instagram account on their phone and double click on the bottom right small picture. If your child has a second account they use with friends, this double click will quickly switch to their “other” account.
                2. Please be sure this second account they may have doesn’t use our NIS name or logo.  There are many inappropriate anonymous accounts that cause concern, and Instagram doesn’t assist in shutting them down.
                3. On each account your child owns, click on the “home” logo and then the top right “airplane” triangle logo to view Direct Messages.  Many students don’t post as much as they spend time in the “DMs” creating group chats and having deep discussions with friends. Sometimes these conversations are inappropriate and demeaning to one or more people in the group, and they also may be sharing inappropriate pictures/videos/links through social media accounts so that you don't see them in texts.

As always, we appreciate your continued support to keep our children safe in EVERY way, physically and emotionally.  It's a constant battle on several fronts, and takes the entire community!

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