Friday Update

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is a national, evidence-based program that teaches caring adults how to help a young person who is experiencing mental health, addiction, or crisis situations. Mt. Adams will host three up-coming sessions: one on February 8th, one on February 25th, and one on March 8th. Each session begins at 8:00 am and ends at 3:30 pm. Participation is FREE to all community members. If you would like to attend, please register here.

Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) is a community-based process that follows the four developmental phases and values of belonging, mastery, interdependence, and generosity to support communities similar to the Mt. Adams community. The ultimate purpose of the GONA is to reestablish a safe, supportive, and nurturing community so that all of our youth can thrive and grow up in balance.   This growth is well aligned with the MASD Vision that all students will graduate from White Swan High School College and/or career ready.  The next GONA is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, February 23rd and 24th, from 8:00 am until 3:30 pm. Participation is FREE to all community members. If you would like to attend, please register here

Strengthening Families is a seven-week, evidence-based course for youth aged 10 to 14 and their parents or guardians. Strengthening Families helps parents and caregivers learn nurturing skills that support their children in all aspects of their lives.  Teachers, parents, and caregivers will learn to effectively discipline and guide their youth, give youth a healthy future orientation, and increase their appreciation of their roles as parents and caregivers.  The program teaches youth skills for dealing with stress and peer pressure. Our next session will take place on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at Harrah Elementary School. Classes will begin February 28th and end April 18th. Participation, including dinner and childcare, is FREE for all community members. Register for our English session here and for our Spanish session here

Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Family Night was a success!  Principal Widener reports that there were a total of 17 attendees that were there to participate in the raffle, eat some great food, and listen to the information on Harrah MTSS, McKinney Vento, and SEL Curriculum. It was a night full of fun and information. Families who attended were able to fill out the Satchel Pulse Survey and fill out an income survey if they had not already done so. We had a translator there for our monolingual families, the next one will be in April. 

Student of the month assemblies are in full swing this week on the Harrah Campus. They have been well attended and supported by our families and the students are excited about receiving their well-earned awards. The activities during the assemblies are a huge hit for students, staff, and families. Having the assemblies planned out well in advance and communicated to all teachers has proven to be effective.  Congratulations to all of our exceptional students of the month!

The Mt. Adams Middle School Girls Basketball team won both exciting games at home this week and went 1-1 away at Christ the Teacher Catholic School.  The Charger wrestlers traveled to East Valley for their match, and showed great skill and perseverance on the mats.                   Way to go Chargers!

Mt. Adams 8th grade Scientists had a unique, exploratory experience in Mrs. Zintzun's science class. Students were hands-on, dissecting Frogs and exploring evolution in the amphibian's anatomy.

Groundhog Day-Punxsutawney Phil rose from his burrow and saw his shadow Thursday morning in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, in front of a large Groundhog Day crowd as the nation anxiously waited to see what he would predict.

Phil's prediction was made official after speaking with Groundhog Club president Tom Dunkel in "Groundhogese," who then translated the prediction for the world. 

Phil spotting his shadow means we will have six more weeks of winter. The prediction comes as much of the country is dealing with another major winter storm.