February 16, 2015
Earlier in the school year we
notified you that we planned a series of school-wide assemblies to address
issues students face. In November, we
addressed bullying, acceptance and intolerance through the “Say Something
Beautiful” Campaign which we feel was largely successful and has helped changed
the climate of CHS for the better. As we
continue the school year, we strive to perpetuate the positive message that was
ignited that day.
The next planned assembly is
Wednesday, March 18th which will focus on and address the heroin epidemic
that is not only crippling our nation, but stares us in the face here in our
community. In September, Putnam County
was designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area by the federal
government. For many reasons, including
this most recent designation, we feel it is necessary to address this problem
with all of our students.
On Wednesday, March 18th,
CHS students will watch a video called “Chasing-It” which is produced by Peers
Influencing Peers Partnership (www.peerspartnership.org/). Peers
Partnership has focused their efforts on the awareness and the dangers of using
heroin. The video features dramatic and
heart breaking interviews and the science behind addiction with Dr. Marc
Fishman. Additionally, the students will
hear from a member of the community who is currently in recovery. In the gymnasium, Juniors and Seniors will
attend the assembly during periods 2 and 3, while freshmen and sophomores will
attend during periods 4 and 5.
On Thursday, March 19th,
as a follow-up, students will debrief the video and the guest speaker in their
social studies classes through a series of guided questions. Additional specialized support personnel will
be on hand for both days should students and staff feel they need to speak with
Please note several specific
There will be no
changes to the transportation schedule.
will be open with their normal hours.
expected to attend the assembly during their designated periods and attend
their regularly scheduled classes, before and after the assembly.
will be excused from sessions 1 and 2 BOCES.
In addition to the above, we invite parents and the
community to view “Chasing-It” on Tuesday,
March 3rd, in Casey Hall at 7pm. We believe that we are all
responsible to do our share in helping shape a better community and to become
more aware of the dangers of heroin use.
We appreciate your support
with this important initiative. If you
have questions or concerns, please call or email Mr. Fink at the high
Louis T. Riolo