APRIL 2016 Pioneer Pride – Breaking Barriers



APRIL 2016 Pioneer Pride – Breaking Barriers
Pioneer Pride – Breaking Barriers
Mr. Gus Martinez, Principal Mrs. Elena Barham, Assistant Principal Mr. Joseph Guinther, Assistant Principal Mrs. Diana Calderon, Dean Mr. Steven Pickering Dean April 2016
Volume 8, Issue 8 We’re on the Web!
Sterling Middle School
201 W. Holly Avenue
Sterling, VA 20164
Phone: 571-434-4520
Fax: 703-444-7492
Absentee: 571-434-4522
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APRIL 2016
Sterling Middle School is Re-designated
A Schools to Watch® School!
Congratulations to the staff, students, and families of Sterling Middle School for being re-designated a
Schools to Watch® School. Schools to Watch® is an initiative launched by the National Forum to
Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. Through the Schools to Watch® initiative, the National Forum identifies
schools across the United States that are well on their way to meeting the Forum’s criteria for high
performance. Sterling Middle School is one of those schools! Forum members believe that three things are
true of high-performing middle-grades schools like Sterling Middle School:
They are academically excellent — these schools challenge all students to use their minds well.
They are developmentally responsive — these schools are sensitive to the unique developmental
challenges of early adolescence.
They are socially equitable — these schools are democratic and fair, providing every student with
high-quality teachers, resources, and supports.
To achieve this level of performance, high-performing schools establish norms, structures, and
organizational arrangements to support and sustain their trajectory toward excellence. They have a sense of
purpose that drives every facet of practice and decision-making.
Way to go Sterling. I couldn’t be a prouder principal!
Mr. Martinez
Inside This Issue:
School Information Calendar SOL Test Dates and Tips Pioneer Posts Congratulations Free Money Message from the Nurse Online Safety Tips Parent Resource Center Principal’s Page: Middle Years ADMINISTRATION
Mr. Gus Martinez-Principal
Mrs. Barham-Assistant Principal
Mr. Guinther-Assistant Principal
Mrs. Bartow-Main Office Secretary
Mrs. Bendel-Main Office Secretary
Mrs. Goodwin-Bookkeeper
Mrs. Siebs-Nurse
Mrs. Calderon and Mr. Pickering
Mrs. Sedor-8th Grade
Miss Perez-7th Grade
Mrs. Johnson-6th Grade
Mrs. Siebs
Cindy Luetkemeier
Visitors: Main Office
entrances are labeled A-5
and A-6. All visitors must
show a photo ID prior to
entry, then report to the
main office to sign in. You
will receive a visitor’s pass
and will be required to
wear a visitor’s name tag
while in the building.
Sterling Middle School
Attendance Hotline
Important information from the Attendance Office
Absences: As a reminder, the following absences are excused illness, death in the family, religious holiday, and court appearance.
In order for your child’s absence to be excused, you must contact
the school. An extended absence must be pre-approved by the
principal. The school will continue to work collaboratively with
you to ensure that no child has excessive absences.
Early dismissal: Please send a note with your student if you know
ahead of time that he/she needs to be dismissed early. This will
help avoid delays, especially if you have doctors’ appointments.
Late drop off: Students coming late will sign in at the House A
Office. Please make sure that you call or send a note with your
child that explains the reason of the tardy.
Please do not drop off your child before 8:00 a.m. Our building
opens at 8:00am.
Un mensaje de la Oficina de Asistencia
Ausencias: Como recordatorio, las siguientes faltas se consideran
justificadas- enfermedad, muerte en la familia, día festivo religioso,
y día de corte. Para que la falta de su hijo/a sea justificada, usted
debe contactar a la escuela. Una falta contínua debe de ser preaprobada por el director. La escuela continuará trabajando
colaborativamente con usted para asegurarnos que su hijo/a no
tenga faltas excesivas.
Salida Temprano: Por favor mande una nota con su niño si sabe
que va a salir temprano. Esto le evitará retrasos, especialmente si
tiene cita con el doctor.
Llegada Tarde: Los alumnos que lleguen tarde deben de
anotarse en la oficina del grado A. Por favor asegúrese de llamar
o enviar una nota con su niño que explique la razón de su retraso.
Por favor no deje a su niño antes de las 8:00am. Nuestro edificio
abre a las 8:00am.
To leave a message regarding your child’s
absence, call 571-434-4522. Please include the
following information:
Name of the student
Reason for the absence
Relationship to the student
Para reportar a su niño ausente, llame al 571-4344522. Por favor incluya la siguiente información:
Nombre del alumno
Razón por su ausencia
April 2016
*Grade Color Day
All-County Orchestra at
Freedom High School,
All-County Orchestra
7:00-8:30 pm,
Concert at Freedom HS
Strings Rehearsal -7th/8th
Student vs. Faculty
Basketball Game and
Sports Extravaganza 6-8 pm
at Park View High School
13 OTTW Fine Arts Night
14 End of 3rd quarter,
Autism Awareness Day,
No school for students
Strings Rehearsal - 6th
CAMPUS Parent Meeting &
Poertry Café in the library
Plan/Records/Conf. day
Workshop at Stone Hill MS
during each lunch block,
PTSA Meeting 6:30-library
7:00-8:30 pm,
Oakgrove Transporation
(Vote on By-laws)
PEP Meeting 6:30 in A14
Community Mtg. 6:30 pm
20 Strings Rehearsal - 6th,
4th quarter begins,
Chick-Fil-A [email protected]
District Solo/Ensemble
8th Grade Panoramic
Crossing 5-8, LCPS Academy of
Assessment - Seneca Ridge,
Picture 2-2:30,
Engineering & Technology
Strings Rehearsal - 7th
Information Meeting 7 pm,
MSAAC Mtg. 6pm Admin Bldg
Student Book Swap
6:00 - 9:00 pm,
SCA Meeting
AVID Assembly- 5th block
and Sale this week
7th/8th Band Work Session
9:00 - 3:30
SCA Meeting-End of
in the library
year celebration,
(School Event only)
Student Book Swap/Sale
29 8th Grade PVHS EXPO
Report Cards go out,
AVID Night 6:30-8:00 pm,
County Jazz Assessment
Band Rehearsal - 7th
District Jazz Rehearsals/
District Jazz Rehearsals/
Briar Woods HS
at PVHS 3:30-9
Student Book Swap/Sale
Earth Day
Performance-Briar Woods,
Performance-Briar Woods,
District Jazz Rehearsals/
Admin. Professionals Day,
ACDA Honors Choir Trip,
ACDA Honors Choir Trip,
Performance-Briar Woods,
Student Book Swap/Sale
Student Book Swap/Sale
Student Book Swap/Sale
ACDA Honors Choir Trip
Upcoming SOL Testing Information
Important SOL retake information SOL Testing Dates: May 13: May 16 & 17: May 18 & 19: May 20: May 23 & 24: May 25 & 26: May 31: June 1 & 2: June 3: June 6 & 7: Geometry SOL Reading 6 SOL Algebra SOL Math 8 SOL Reading 7 SOL Reading 8 SOL Civics SOL Math 7 SOL Science 8 SOL Math 6 SOL We want to inform you of legislation that allows certain students in grades 3‐8, who do not pass the upcoming Reading, Math, Science and/or History SOL test, a single opportunity to retake that test prior to June 15, 2016. Eligible students must score between 375 and 399 on the SOL test and be passing the class or classes. LCPS is notifying parents and guardians to make you aware of the opportunity and to advise you that verbal or written permission is required before your student can retest. Please note that participation in the retake opportunity is optional and will not impact your student’s grade in the course, promotion to the next grade, or next year’s course placement. If your student is eligible for the retake opportunity, the school will contact you in writing or by phone to further explain the opportunity and to obtain your consent or refusal. The legislation that requires parent/guardian permission before retesting students taking grade level SOL tests does not apply to End‐of‐Course SOL tests, such as Algebra I, Geometry or Algebra II. If you have any questions about this information, please contact your student’s Principal or Assistant Principal.
SOL Tips for Sterling
Middle Students:
What are SOL’s?
SOL stands for Standards of Learning. Virginia Public Schools establish minimum expectations for what
students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade in English, Math, Science, History,
Social Science, Technology, Foreign Language, Fine Arts, Health and Physical Education and Driver
Every year students are tested in different subjects at the end of the year.
As a parent, you can help your child to stay relaxed and calm during the SOL tests displaying a positive
attitude about the tests and helping him or her this way:
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SOL Tips for Sterling
Middle Students:
One month before
Review your child’s curriculum and the links in his teachers’ websites that contain resources for
the SOL’s
Know when the SOL test will be given and mark these dates on your calendar. This will help
you plan ahead, not scheduling many activities prior to the tests.
Make sure your child understands the value you place on his/her performance and achievement
Set clear expectations about the test results and plan how much extra time your student will
prepare for the test.
Ask your child’s teacher about specific areas of weaknesses and/or suggestions of how
to help your child improve.
Ask your child what are the strategies that he has used in the past during sol’s and see how
they have helped him/her.
Review all strategies with him/her (read the entire question, read all the answer choices,
use process of elimination, underline, circle, consider an educated guess, answer all the
questions, review, use all the tools available, read again, etc..)
One week before
Provide good balanced meals for your child. Avoid junk food!
Try not to have a hectic schedule for your child and make sure he or she sleeps well. No sleep
overs with friends the weekend before SOLs!
Review the SOL resources and websites recommended for review by the teachers
One day before the test
Send your child to bed early. A good night of sleep will do wonders for your brain! No phones
in the room, TV or computer late at night!
Have a good light breakfast packed with protein ready for your student for the next morning
If he or she wears glasses, make sure you student brings them to school all of the testing days.
The day of the test
Make sure your student gets to school on time, so you he or she doesn’t feel rushed on testing
Make sure he/she had a great breakfast and has a light snack with him/her
Encourage your child to try hard and do his/her best!
Remind him/her to use his strategies and read well!
Are you
Be your child’s number one achievement cheerleader!
Planea Antes Tips Para Tomar Los
Examenes SOL De La
Escuela Secundaria De
Qué son los SOL’s?
SOL son los Exámenes de Estándares de Aprendizaje de las Escuelas Públicas de Virginia en donde se
establecen expectativas mínimas que los estudiantes deben saber y ser capaces de hacer al final de
cada grado en Inglés, Matemáticas, Ciencias, Historia, Ciencias Sociales, Tecnología, Lengua extranjera,
Bellas Artes, Salud y Educación Física y Educación Vial. Cada año los estudiantes son evaluados en
diferentes materias al final del año. Como padre, usted puede ayudar a su hijo a mantenerse relajado y
tranquilo durante los exámenes de SOL mostrando una actitud positiva acerca de las pruebas y
ayudando a su hijo/a de esta manera:
Un mes antes
• Revisar el plan de estudios de su hijo y los enlaces en los sitios web de sus maestros que contienen
recursos para el SOL
• Sabiendo cuándo se dará el examen de SOL y marcando estas fechas en su calendario. Esto le
ayudará a planificar el futuro, no programar muchas actividades previas a los exámenes
. • Asegúrese de que su hijo entienda el valor que usted pone en su desempeño y el logro
• Establecer expectativas claras sobre los resultados de las pruebas y planificar la cantidad de tiempo
extra a su estudiante se preparará para la prueba.
• Pregunte al maestro de su hijo/a sobre áreas específicas de debilidad y / o sugerencias de cómo
ayudar a su hijo a mejorar
. • Pregúntele a su hijo cuáles son las estrategias que ha utilizado en el pasado durante los SOL y ver
cómo le han ayudado a él / ella.
• Revisar todas las estrategias con él / ella (leer la pregunta, lea todas las opciones de respuesta, el uso
de un proceso de eliminación, subrayado, círculo, considere una conjetura, responder a todas las
preguntas, comentarios, utilizar todas las herramientas disponibles, leer de nuevo, etc.)
Una semana antes de
• Proporcionar una buena dieta equilibrada para su hijo/a.
Evitar la comida chatarra!
• Trate de no tener un horario agitado para su hijo y asegúrese de que él o ella duerma bien. Que no se
quede a dormir con amigos el fin de semana antes SOL!
• Revisar los recursos SOL y sitios web recomendados para su revisión por los profesores
Un día antes de la prueba
• Envíe a su hijo a la cama temprano. Una buena noche de sueño va a hacer maravillas para su cerebro!
No hay teléfonos en la habitación, televisor o la computadora a altas horas de la noche!
• Asegúrese de que tenga un desayuno ligero lleno de proteínas listo para su estudiante para la mañana
• Si él o ella usa lentes, asegúrese de que el estudiante los trae a la escuela todos los días de los
El día de la prueba
• Asegúrese de que el estudiante llegue a la escuela a tiempo, por lo que él o ella no se siente precipitó
en días de exámenes
• Asegúrese de que él / ella tenía un gran desayuno y tiene un ligero aperitivo con él / ella • Anime a su
hijo a probar duro y hacer su / su mejor!
• Él / ella Recuerde a utilizar sus estrategias y leer bien!
 Ser el porrista número uno de los logros de su hijo/a!
40th Annual Student vs. Faculty Basketball Game and Sports Extravaganza! The Health and Physical Education Department at Sterling Middle School invite you to attend our “Sports Extravaganza” on Friday, April 8th at Park View High School from 6‐8 pm. This special night will include two events. From 6 – 7:30 pm there will be representatives from most of the sports clubs servicing the Sterling area. They will be able to answer questions about registration dates, cost, opportunities for scholarships and other general information. The second event will be our 40th annual Student vs. Faculty basketball game beginning at 6:30 pm. Teachers, administrators, and staff members will be playing Sterling Middle School students in a fun‐
filled basketball game. There will be halftime entertainment provided by our Latin Dance Club, a chance to take a half‐court shot contest, PTSA concession stand, and students performing the national anthem. There is no cost to visit the sports representatives. Tickets for the game will be $1.00 and will be sold at the door. We hope to see you there! More posts on next page
Library Poetry Café Original Poetry Readings by Sterling Middle School Students April 1st: Typed poems due – turn in to Mrs. Light, Mrs. Gold or Mrs. Schray Poetry Readings during lunch blocks on Thursday, April 14th 6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade 12:00 – 12:30 12:38 – 1:08 1:18 – 1:48 Sterling Middle PTSA Fundraiser
Chick‐Fil‐A Sugarland Crossing location Wednesday, April 20th 5:00‐8:00 pm Grab some dinner and support our PTSA at the same time! Just a reminder…
SOLs begin in May
May 13: May 16 & 17: May 18 & 19: May 20: May 23 & 24: May 25 & 26: May 31: June 1 & 2: June 3: June 6 & 7: Geometry SOL Reading 6 SOL Algebra SOL Math 8 SOL Reading 7 SOL Reading 8 SOL Civics SOL Math 7 SOL Science 8 SOL Math 6 SOL Loudoun County Public Schools Substitute Teacher Employment Opportunities Did you know that between kindergarten and twelfth grade, a student has had a substitute for the equivalent of one year? LCPS is currently seeking dynamic, creative, professional substitutes with training in the pedagogy of teaching. This is a great way to remain in the field of your choice with the flexibility of choosing your work schedule! If you are interested, please apply online at www.sub4loudoun.com and contact Sub‐
Central at [email protected] Thank you! Congratulations Pioneers!
Math Competition
8th Grade Strings
Stone Hill MS and Farmwell MS hosted a Math
Competition on April 2nd, for middle school students
in Loudoun County. It included students in private
schools, public school and home schooled
students. Sterling Middle School had 3 teams of 5
entered in the competition where they competed in 2
rounds: An individual round-where each student
worked independently on 10 timed questions, and a
team round-where the 5 team members worked
collaboratively on 10 timed questions. All of the
students did amazingly well on both the individual
and team rounds. One of our students, Rhea V., got
a perfect score on the individual round and went to
the "play-off" round where she earned herself a 3rd
place trophy. We are so proud of all of the students
for their hard work, dedication to learning and for
representing Sterling Middle School with pride and
academic excellence.
7th Graders:
8th graders:
Bruce Liska
Alex Schaefer
Kyle Johnson
Naomi Utgaard
Bryan Ayala
Rhea Vidyababu
Amro Kahar
Patrick Ryan, Jr.
Ram Luetkemeier
Thanh Ngo
Kaycee Portillo
Neehan Tahir
Melanie Rosa
Asma Ahmad
Fatima Shaikh
The 8th grade strings students earned an
Excellent rating at the District 16 Orchestra
Assessment held at Belmont Ridge Middle
School on Saturday, March 12th. They were
assessed on performance and sight reading.
They received an excellent rating on the
performance and a superior rating on the sight
reading. Congratulations to the students on a
job well done!
Battle of the Books
The first-ever Sterling Middle School Battle of
the Books team finished their season with a
third place finish at the county finals, held at
Trailside Middle School in Ashburn on March
17th. Our small five-member team made an
excellent showing against the much larger and
more experienced teams. Congratulations again
to Esteban, June, Natalie, Rhea, and Caitlynn on
your tremendous season! We are looking
forward to seeing you all again for next year's
Chorus News
8 grade chorus students Matthew Chesnutt
and Kaitlyn Smith made it to the 2016
American Choral Directors Association
(ACDA) All State MS Honor Choir. The
alternate is Kenia Hernandez. Matthew and
Kaitlyn were selected from a total of 1,071
applicants! They will travel to the Virginia
Beach area April 28 to 30 for a concert.
All-County Guitar
Auditions were held at Belmont Ridge Middle
School on January 15. The following Sterling
Middle School students were selected to AllCounty Guitar. They performed Friday and
Saturday, March 4th and 5th at the Loudoun
County Public Schools All County Guitar
Festival at River Bend Middle School.
Brian Ayala Miranda
Lauren Belt
Jahidi Medina
Isabella Ramos
Alex Shaeffer
Alison Vasquez-Orellana
Melana Washington
FREE You wouldn’t throw money in the trash would you? So don’t throw away the Box Tops for Education on many everyday products you use. Every valid Box Top is worth a dime. Clip them, bring to school and turn them into your advisory teacher. Each quarter we have a contest to see which advisory brings in the most. So far Mrs. Latourrette’s and Mr. Austin’s classes have won. Who will win the 3rd quarter contest? Time to say Adios to the Labels for Education program After many years of support the Labels for Education program is being discontinued. Please send in your labels now ‐‐‐ before the program ends and we can’t redeem them. GOOD NEWS!!!! There are still ways you can easily help support Sterling Middle School. Shop at Giant or Harris Teeter and be sure you register your store cards to support us. Who doesn’t like to eat out? Red Robin has a loyality program, and once you sign up you can earn free burgers and designate Sterling Middle and we receive a percentage of your tab. MONEY
An important message
from the school nurse
Please remember that in order to create a healthier and safer environment for all students,
Loudoun County Public Schools guidelines prohibit sharing or trading food in the school.
While we appreciate that birthdays and other special occasions are often celebrated with
food and other items, we are asking you to support the LCPS guidelines by finding other
ways to recognize these special days or saving your celebration for after school.
Additional information and suggestions are available at www.lcps.org at: Services:
Student Health Services: Food Allergy tab. We appreciate your support in promoting a
safer environment for our students.
Janette Siebs RN, BSN
Sterling Middle School
201 West Holly Ave
Sterling, Virginia 20164
Por favor recuerden que para poder crear un ambiente más saludable y seguro para todos
los estudiantes, los lineamientos de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Loudoun
prohíben compartir o cambiar comida en la escuela. Aunque apreciamos que los
cumpleaños y fechas especiales se celebran con comida y otras cosas, les pedimos su
apoyo al adherirse a los lineamientos de LCPS y encontrar otras maneras de reconocer
esos días especiales o esperar a celebrar hasta después de la escuela. Información
adicional y sugerencias están disponibles a www.lcps.org a: Servicios de Salud para los
Estudiantes: pestana de Alergias de Comida. Apreciamos su apoyo en promover un
ambiente más seguro para nuestros estudiantes.
Janette Siebs Enfermera Registrada, Licenciatura en Ciencias y Enfermeria
Escuela Secundaria de Sterling
201 West Holly Avenue
Sterling, Virginia 20164
Common Sense on
Safe Online Talk
What’s the Issue?
Kids love connecting with others online. Most young people talk online with their friends and family rather than
strangers. But as a parent, you might be concerned that a stranger with bad intent could contact your child.
“Online predatory behavior,” as it is commonly known, is when adults contact kids or teens over the Internet in
an attempt to “groom” them for inappropriate sexual relationships. Many experts, however, have found that the
more realistic threat for teens online is actually “online sexual solicitation.” This means encouraging someone to
talk about sex, give personal sexual information, or send sexual photos or video. (It does not always mean asking
for sex.) For instance, teens might receive inappropriate requests or messages from strangers or acquaintances.
However, contrary to popular belief:
•Teens (ages 13 to 17) are more at risk for online solicitations than “tweens” or children
•The majority of online solicitations come from teens themselves, or from young adults (ages 18 to 25)
•Adults that solicit teens are usually up-front about their true age and intentions (Subrahmanyam and
Smahel, 2011).
Why Does It Matter?
When teens are led astray about what to look out for online, they can find themselves in unhealthy situations
without realizing it. The allure of these kinds of relationships is not surprising, particularly for teens who are
already vulnerable. Solicitors can provide teens with a boost of self-esteem with compliments and attention. And
once teens engage in these relationships, they might agree to do things they would not normally do because of
the imbalance in power between them and the solicitor. It is often not until much later that they realize that they
were being manipulated.
common sense says
Discuss responsible online behavior. Talk about who it’s okay to chat with and what is okay to talk about.
Remember that many young teens are beginning to experiment with flirting and relationships. This is normal.
But online flirting with strangers or acquaintances is always risky. Flirting can quickly lead to inappropriate
conversations or requests. It may also lead young teens to believe they are in a serious, romantic relationship
with someone they don’t really know. Both situations can make teens feel uncomfortable or manipulated.
Block, ignore, or leave. Most young teens know how to brush off unwanted contact. Encourage this behavior.
Make sure your child feels safe telling a trusted adult. If something creepy or inappropriate happens, young
teens need to know they will not get in trouble if they tell you or another trusted adult about it.
Talk to your child about healthy relationships. It can be difficult for some young teens to recognize when others
are manipulating them, especially those young teens that want to experiment or prove that they are mature.
Discuss which factors make relationships healthy, and why young teens should not compromise on these values.
Look for warning signs. Does your child seem withdrawn, spend endless hours online, or appear to be hiding
something? Young teens who wind up in inappropriate online relationships often show these warning signs. If
you think this might be happening, ask your child about it.
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Enhancing Child Safety & Online Technologies:
Final Report of the Internet Safety Technical Task Force. 2008.
Smith, A. “Teens and Online Stranger Contact.” Pew Internet & American Life Project. Oct 14, 2007.
Subrahmanyam, K., and Smahel, D. Digital Youth: The Role of Media in Development. 2011, Springer, New
Ybarra, M., and Mitchell, K. J. “How Risky Are Social Networking Sites? A Comparison of Places Online Where
Youth Sexual Solicitation and Harassement Occurs.” Pediatrics (2008). 121(2), pp. e350-e357.
Wolak, K., Mitchell, K., and Finkelhor, D. “Online Victimization of Youth: Five Years Later.” 2006. National
Center for Missing & Exploited Children Bulletin. (http://www.unh.edu/ccrc/pdf/CV138.pdf).
consejos para familias
Common Sense opina sobre las
conversaciones en línea seguras
Escuela media
¿Cuál es el problema?
A los niños y adolescentes les encanta conectarse con otros en línea. La mayoría de los jóvenes hablan con sus
amigos y familiares en línea, en lugar de hacerlo con desconocidos. Pero como padre, es posible que le preocupe
que un desconocido con malas intenciones pueda contactar a su hijo.
El denominado "comportamiento depredador por Internet" se da cuando los adultos contactan a niños o
adolescentes por Internet con el fin de "adiestrarlos" para mantener relaciones sexuales inadecuadas. No
obstante, muchos expertos han concluido que la amenaza más real a la que están expuestos los adolescentes por
Internet son las “propuestas sexuales”. Esto significa incitar a alguien a hablar de sexo, brindar información
sexual de índole personal o enviar fotos o videos con contenido sexual. (No siempre implica hacer una propuesta
sexual.) Por ejemplo, los adolescentes pueden recibir solicitudes o mensajes inadecuados de extraños o
conocidos. Sin embargo, contrariamente a la creencia popular:
•Los adolescentes (de entre 13 y 17 años) corren más riesgo que los “pre-adolescentes” o niños de recibir
propuestas sexuales por Internet
•La mayoría de las propuestas sexuales por Internet provienen de otros adolescentes o de adultos jóvenes
(de entre 18 y 25 años)
•Los adultos que hacen propuestas sexuales a adolescentes suelen ser francos acerca de la edad y de las
intenciones que verdaderamente tienen (Subrahmanyam y Smahel, 2011).
¿Por qué es un tema importante?
Cuando los adolescentes se desorientan y no tienen los cuidados que deben tener por Internet, pueden encontrarse
inmersos en situaciones negativas sin darse cuenta. El atractivo de las relaciones de este tipo no es sorprendente,
particularmente, cuando se trata de adolescentes que ya son vulnerables. Los solicitantes pueden elevarles la
autoestima con halagos y atención. Una vez que los adolescentes quedan involucrados en estas relaciones, pueden
acceder a hacer cosas que normalmente no harían porque existe un desequilibrio de poder entre ellos y el
solicitante. Por lo general, pasa mucho tiempo hasta que se dan cuenta de que están siendo manipulados.
Common Sense dice
Converse sobre el comportamiento responsable en línea. Analice con quién está bien conversar y sobre qué
está bien conversar. Recuerde que muchos adolescentes están empezando a experimentar el coqueteo y las
relaciones. Esto es normal. Pero coquetear en línea con extraños o conocidos siempre es peligroso. Coquetear
con alguien puede desencadenar conversaciones o solicitudes inapropiadas. Además, puede que los adolescentes
se confundan y crean que están en una relación sentimental seria con alguien que realmente no conocen. Ambas
situaciones pueden hacer que los adolescentes se sientan incómodos y manipulados.
Bloquear, ignorar o salir. La mayoría de los adolescentes sabe cómo deshacerse de los contactos no deseados.
Aliente este comportamiento.
Asegúrese de que su hijo se sienta seguro hablando con un adulto de confianza. Si ocurre algo extraño o
inapropiado, los adolescentes deben saber que no se meterán en problemas si hablan con usted o con otro adulto
de confianza.
© 2012 www.commonsense.org
Hable con su hijo acerca de las relaciones saludables. Para algunos adolescentes, puede que sea difícil
reconocer que otras personas los están manipulando, en especial, para aquellos que desean experimentar o
demostrar su madurez. Dialogue acerca de los factores que hacen a las relaciones saludables y porqué los
adolescentes no deben poner en riesgo esos valores.
Busque signos de advertencia. ¿Su hijo parece estar retraído, pasa horas interminables en línea o parece estar
ocultando algo? Los adolescentes que se embarcan en relaciones inapropiadas por Internet suelen dar signos de
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Parent Resource Center
Winter-Spring 2016 Event Schedule
All events are held at the LCPS Administrative Building
21000 Education Court, Ashburn, 20148
Events are canceled when schools are closed or after school activities canceled.
Call 571-252-2185 or go to www.lcps.org/prc to register and for links to event flyers.
Leisure Skills for Students on the Autism Spectrum
A presentation for parents on developing leisure skills in the older child
Wednesday, April 13, 9-11 am
PATH to Employment
Panel presentation by public agencies about how and when to access services to
ensure a timely and smooth transition to employment for students with disabilities
Thursday, April 14, 6:30-8:00 pm
Developing Play Skills and Building Communication through Play
For young children with Autism and related developmental disabilities
Wednesday, May 11, 9-11 am
If, due to a disability, you need accommodations or an interpreter call the
Parent Resource Center at least five business days before the event at 571-252-2185.
Centro de Recursos para Padres
Horario de Eventos de Invierno-Primavera 2016
Todos los eventos ocurrirán en el Edificio Administrativo de LCPS:
21000 Education Court, Ashburn, 20148
Los eventos son cancelados si las escuelas están cerradas o las actividades después de la escuela han sido
canceladas. Llamar al 571-252-2185 o ir a www.lcps.org/prc para matricularse, los títulos están ligados al evento
de su volante.
Habilidades para el Tiempo Libre para Estudiantes en el Espectro del Autismo
Una presentación para padres en como desarrollar las habilidades durante el tiempo libre de su niño mayor
Miércoles, 13 de abril, 9-11 am (sesión por la mañana)
CAMINO hacia el Empleo
Presentación de panel de agencias públicas acerca de cómo y cuándo acceder servicios para garantizar una
transición a tiempo y sin problemas para el empleo de estudiantes con discapacidades
Jueves, 14 de abril, 6:30-8:00 pm
Desarrollando Habilidades de Juego y Construyendo Comunicación a través del Juego
Para niños menores con autismo y discapacidades de desarrollo relacionadas
Diseñado para niños que están comenzando a adquirir o que no han desarrollado aun habilidades de juego
Miércoles, 11 de mayo, 9-11 am (sesión por la mañana)
Si debido a una discapacidad, usted necesita ayuda o a un intérprete,
llamar al 571-252-2185 5 días laborables previos al evento.
Sterling Middle School
April 2016
Creative projects
Encourage your tween to
think outside the box for
school projects. Approaching them
in interesting ways can motivate him
to work hard and create a finished
product he’s proud of. Perhaps he’ll
include a “Wanted” ad with a paper
on an endangered species or a model
to accompany a report on an archaeological site.
Spotlight on effort
When your middle grader brings
home a graded test or assignment,
first ask what she learned rather than
what grade she got. You’ll send the
message that it’s not just her grades
that count— it’s also the effort she
puts into her education and what she
gets out of it. Plus, her answer may
lead to an interesting discussion.
Dressed for success
Warmer weather means your child
will start wearing lighter clothing.
Together, go over the dress code in
his student handbook so he knows
what’s allowed. For instance, maybe
he can’t wear “muscle shirts,” flipflops, or baseball caps in the building.
Worth quoting
“Somewhere, something incredible is
waiting to be known.” Carl Sagan
Just for fun
Q: What do you call an old
Water! © 2016 Resources for Educators, a division of CCH Incorporated
Agustin Martinez, Principal
Updating the rules
As your child gets older,
does it seem like the rules
you have don’t fit anymore?
Adjusting them can give her
room to gain independence
while still keeping her
safe. Try these ideas.
Pick priorities
As kids get older, they tend to
push boundaries. Some rules will be
nonnegotiable, such as no drinking or
smoking, and showing respect for
others. Beyond those, decide what
really matters to you at this age—
and stick to the rules you set. For example, you might expect your tween to keep
her bedroom neat and be okay with her
wearing light makeup. On the other
hand, another family may not consider
a tidy room a priority but feel strongly
about a no-makeup rule.
Get her input
Middle graders want to feel like they
have some control over their lives. Involve
your youngster in rule revisions. Perhaps
she wants to decide when to do her chores
as long as they’re finished by a certain
time. Make it clear you’ll think over her
ideas but that you have the final say. She’ll
be more likely to cooperate if you listen,
even if she doesn’t like your decision.
Let her earn privileges
Try granting more freedom when
your child proves she can handle it. Say
she wants her own smartphone or tablet.
If you’re open to the idea, have her show
that she can follow your Internet rules
on the family computer or your phone.
When you see that she chats only with
people she knows, asks permission
before downloading apps, and sticks to
time limits, you could consider letting
her have her own device.
Dinnertime learning
Put learning on the dinner table with these
fun suggestions:
■ Hang a map in the kitchen. Talk about where
your food is from, and point to the countries or
states. Discuss why you think the food is grown
or produced there (climate, altitude).
■ Play show-and-tell. Family members can take
turns bringing interesting or unusual objects to the table. Set the item in the center, and say what you think it is, where it came from, or what it could be used for.
■ Discuss your day at work. Your child may hear how you managed multiple priorities or handled computer glitches, for example. He’ll learn from your experiences — and learn about your world, too.
Middle Years
April 2016 • Page 2
The “write” subject
Cite evidence.
Strong writing skills are essential in every
class. Here are ways your middle grader can do
well when writing in all classes.
Use specific vocabulary.
Every subject has its own “language,” and your
child should include the proper terms
in his writing. Encourage him to incorporate the vocabulary, and even the verbs, in
his notes and textbooks. In a science lab
report, for instance, he might say, “I
observed…” instead of “I saw…” Or he
should write “numerator” to refer to the top number of a
fraction when explaining his math answer.
Parent Build a
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Tip: Good grammar and proofreading are key
to polished writing. Remind your youngster to
double-check punctuation, capitalization, and spelling.
A rocky friendship
Q My daughter has a friend who
doesn’t always treat her well. She likes
hanging out with the girl but says she’s
bossy and makes hurtful jokes. How can I help
my child handle this?
When I remarried,
my wife and I each brought a son and a
daughter into our new family. The kids
are different ages and go to different
schools, and they didn’t seem to have
anything in common. But in fact they
share something very special—our new
family traditions!
We have created our own
rituals for birthdays, holidays,
and other special
days. For example, on New Year’s
Eve, our family
picks one thing we
all want to add to our lives in the coming
year. This year we decided to be more
active, so we took up Rollerblading. And
on each person’s birthday, we set up a
treasure hunt that leads to a gift, and
everyone writes a nice comment about
that family member on a balloon.
We have a lot of fun, and I love that
we’re creating special memories to share
with our new family.
Suggest that
your middle
schooler use information from course
materials (textbooks, teacher handouts, recommended websites) to make sure his writing is accurate and credible. In a persuasive
paragraph for social studies, for instance, he
can weave in facts to back up his opinion. Or
in an essay about an author, he could cite lines
from her books.
A The next time your daughter complains
about her friend, ask what she gets out of the
friendship. Explain that there’s no such thing as a perfect friend — but in a friendship
worth keeping, the good should outweigh the bad. Suggest that she list pros and
cons to help sort out her feelings.
If she wants to save the friendship, encourage her to talk to the girl. You could
help her think of conversation starters such as, “Lately you’ve been deciding what
we do. Let’s take turns,” or “It hurts my feelings when you joke like that.”
A good friend should be willing to listen and work on the relationship. If things
don’t change, your child will need to decide if she wants this person in her life or if
she’s better off concentrating on other friends.
Reporting—from the past
If your youngster could travel back in
time and report on the Boston Tea Party
or the Industrial Revolution, what would
she say or “tweet”? She can dig deeper
into history class topics by pretending
she’s a news reporter. Try these ideas.
Breaking news!
Suggest that your middle grader write
a headline in her notes for each event
she studies. (“Colonists dump tea to protest taxes.”) She could
add headlines for follow-up stories as she
learns more. (“Protestors declare tea-drinking
unpatriotic.”) When she
finishes the unit, let her deliver a newscast for you.
Tweets and hashtags
Encourage your child to write tweets
about people, places, and events. She’ll
need to decide what’s most important as
she tries to fit her tweet into 140 characters. (“Mass production & faster travel
= big changes coming to America!”)
Idea: For more fun, she
might incorporate
clever hashtags into
her tweets, perhaps
“#railroadsrock” and
for the Transcontinental Railroad.
Sterling Middle School
Abril de 2016
Anime a su hijo a que
piense con originalidad cuando haga
proyectos de la escuela. Acometerlos de
maneras interesantes puede motivarlo
a trabajar duro y a crear un producto
final del que se sienta orgulloso. Podría
incluir un cartel de “Se busca” en un
trabajo sobre una especie amenazada o
una maqueta para acompañar un informe sobre un yacimiento arqueológico.
El esfuerzo en la mira
Cuando su hija traiga a casa un examen o
un trabajo corregidos, pregúntele primero qué aprendió en lugar de qué nota
sacó. Le dará a entender que no sólo importan las notas, también cuenta el esfuerzo que pone en su educación y lo que
consigue. Y además su respuesta puede
llevar a una conversación interesante.
Vestidos para el éxito
Al llegar el tiempo más cálido su hijo
empezará a usar ropa más ligera. Comenten juntos el código de vestimenta
que aparece en el manual del estudiante
para que sepa qué está permitido. Por
ejemplo, quizá no pueda llevar dentro
de la escuela camisetas sin mangas,
chanclas o gorras de béisbol.
Vale la pena citar
“En algún lugar algo espera a ser conocido”. Carl Sagan
Simplemente cómico
P: ¿Qué nombre le das a un viejo muñeco de nieve?
R: ¡Agua!
© 2016 Resources for Educators, a division of CCH Incorporated
Agustin Martinez, Principal
Normas al día
Según se va haciendo mayor
su hija, ¿tienen la impresión de
que las normas se le han quedado
pequeñas? Al ajustarlas pueden
darle el espacio que necesita
para ganar independencia
sin perder en seguridad.
Ponga a prueba estas ideas.
Elija prioridades
Los niños suelen empujar límites
al crecer. Algunas normas no serán negociables, por ejemplo no beber alcohol
o fumar y respetar a los demás. Aparte
de esas normas, decida lo que realmente le importa a usted en referencia
a la edad de su hija y siga a rajatabla las
normas que ponga. Por ejemplo, usted se
espera que su hija mantenga ordenado su
cuarto y no le importa que use maquillaje
ligero. Pero en otra familia el cuarto ordenado puede no ser una prioridad y en cambio no tolerar el maquillaje en absoluto.
Pídale opinión
Los estudiantes de la escuela media
quieren tener cierto control sobre sus
vidas. Implique a su hija en las revisiones
de las normas. Quizá quiera decidir cuándo
va a hacer sus tareas de casa siempre que
las termine a cierta hora. Explíquele con
claridad que tendrá en cuenta sus ideas
pero que usted tiene la última palabra.
Cooperará con más ganas si usted la escucha, aunque no le guste su decisión.
Permita que adquiera
Dele algo más de libertad cuando su
hija demuestre que puede usarla bien. Digamos que quiere su propio teléfono inteligente o tableta. Si a usted le parece bien la
idea, procure que demuestre que puede seguir las normas de uso de Internet en la
computadora familiar o en su teléfono.
Cuando vea que se comunica sólo con
gente que conoce, pide permiso antes de
bajarse aplicaciones y se adhiere a los límites de tiempo, usted podría permitirle que
tenga su propio aparato.
Aprender a la hora de cenar
Aprendan a la hora de la cena con estas divertidas sugerencias:
■ Cuelguen un mapa en la cocina. Hablen de
dónde vienen los alimentos y señalen los países
o los estados. Comenten por qué creen que esos
alimentos se producen allí (clima, altitud).
■ Jueguen a mostrar y contar. Los miembros de su familia
por turnos pueden traer objetos interesantes o poco comunes a la mesa. Coloquen el objeto en el medio y digan qué creen que es, de dónde procede y para qué se podría usar.
■ Comenten su jornada laboral. Su hijo podría escuchar cómo hizo frente a varias prioridades o solucionó fallos de la computadora, por ejemplo. Aprenderá de sus experiencias
y también aprenderá sobre su mundo.
Middle Years
Abril de 2016 • Página 2
Para escribir bien
Cita evidencia.
Sugiérale a su hijo
que use la información de sus materiales (libros de texto, fotocopias de los maestros, sitios web recomendados)
para cerciorarse de que su escritura es exacta y
verosímil. En un párrafo persuasivo de estudios
sociales, por ejemplo, podría intercalar información para respaldar su opinión. O bien en un
trabajo sobre una escritora podría añadir citas
de sus libros.
En cada clase es esencial tener buenas dotes
para la escritura. He aquí maneras de que su
hijo escriba bien en todas sus clases.
Usa vocabulario específico. Cada
materia tiene su propio “idioma” y su
hijo debería usar terminología apropiada en su escritura. Anímelo a incorporar
ese vocabulario, incluso los verbos, en sus
apuntes y libros de texto. En un informe
para el laboratorio de ciencias, por ejemplo, podría decir “Observé…” en lugar de
“Vi…”. O bien debería referirse a la parte superior de una
fracción como “numerador” cuando explique su respuesta
de matemáticas.
De padre Equipo
a padre familiar
Cuando me volví a
casar, mi esposa y yo contribuimos con un
hijo y una hija cada uno a nuestra nueva
familia. Los niños tienen edades distintas
y van a escuelas distintas, y parece que no
tienen nada en común. Pero lo cierto es
que comparten algo muy especial: ¡nuestras nuevas tradiciones familiares!
Hemos creado
nuevos ritos para
celebrar cumpleaños, fiestas y otros
días especiales.
Por ejemplo, en
Nochevieja nuestra
familia elige una
cosa que todos queremos añadir a nuestra vida el año que empieza. Este años decidimos ser más activos
así que empezamos a practicar patinaje en
línea. Y para el cumpleaños de cada persona
organizamos una búsqueda del tesoro que
conduce hasta un regalo y todo el mundo
escribe un comentario agradable en un
globo sobre ese miembro de la familia.
Nos divertimos mucho y a mí me alegra
que creemos recuerdos especiales para
compartir con nuestra nueva familia.
Proporcionar a los padres ideas prácticas que
promuevan el éxito escolar, la participación de los
padres y un mejor entendimiento entre padres e hijos.
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Consejo: Usar buena gramática y corregir los
borradores son elementos clave para escribir con
elegancia. Recuérdele a su hijo que repase la puntuación, las mayúsculas y la ortografía.
P Una amistad inestable
& ■
P Mi hija tiene una amiga que no siempre la trata bien. Le gusta estar con la
R niña, pero dice que es mandona y que
hace bromas hirientes. ¿Cómo puedo ayudar a mi
hija a que haga frente a esta situación?
R La próxima vez que su hija se queje de su
amiga pregúntele qué provecho saca de esa
amistad. Explíquele que la amistad perfecta no existe, pero que para que valga la pena
conservar una amistad lo bueno debe pesar más que lo malo. Sugiérale que haga una lista
de los pros y los contras para ayudarla a organizar sus sentimientos.
Si quiere rescatar esa amistad, anímela a que hable con esa niña. Podría ayudarla a
pensar en modos de empezar la conversación como “Últimamente decides siempre qué
hacemos. Vamos a turnarnos” o “Me hace daño cuando bromeas así”.
Una buena amiga debería estar dispuesta a escuchar y a esforzarse por la relación. Si
las cosas no cambian, su hija debe decidir si quiere a esa persona en su vida o si le vale
más la pena concentrarse en otros amigos.
Informando desde el pasado
Si su hija pudiera viajar hacia atrás en el
tiempo e informar sobre el Boston Tea Party
o la Revolución Industrial, ¿qué diría o
“tuitearía”? Puede profundizar en sus temas
de la clase de historia imaginando que es
una reportera. Pongan a prueba estas ideas.
¡Últimas noticias!
Sugiérale a su hija que escriba un titular
en sus apuntes para cada evento que estudia. (“Los colonos botan
el té para protestar por
los impuestos”.) Podría
añadir titulares para profundizar en las historias
conforme vaya aprendiendo sobre el tema.
(“Los manifestantes declararon que beber té es
antipatriótico”.) Cuando termine la unidad, pídale que le presente a usted un programa de noticias.
Tuits y hashtags
Anime a su hija a que escriba tuits sobre
gente, sitios y acontecimientos. Tendrá que
decidir qué es lo más importante al intentar
encajar su tuit en 140 caracteres. (“Producción en masa & viaje más rápido = ¡grandes
cambios llegan a EEUU!”)
Idea: Para divertirse aún
más podría incorporar
hashtags ingeniosos en
sus tuits, por ejemplo
“#railroadsrock” y
para el Ferrocarril
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