Several years ago, the creation of a Central Kitchen for the school district entered into the minds of communities members in Sacramento. As proposed, the Central Kitchen is supposed to bring fresh food to SCUSD students. In this video, residents descend on Hiram Johnson High School to discuss the subject.
A parent might say that they know their kids very well. Perhaps some do, and perhaps some do not. According to National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five young students between the age of thirteen and eighteen suffer from a mental health condition. The condition could be minor such as an anxiety disorder to highly damaging one such as major depression. This directly correlates to the fact that suicide is the third largest killer of young adults from the age of ten to twenty-four. Nine out of ten of the victims of suicide deteriorated from a mental health problem.
Sometimes a teenager who is at risk and depressed could be seen by their parent as acting moody. According to the Telegraph, the mark of depression and moodiness often overlapped during the developing teenage years. Parents might dismiss a serious health complication as a teen being a teen because of stereotypes. When these things happen, researches believe that young person is more likely to commit suicides.
“Over time, there is less support within the family,” says David Baine of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. “However, communication skills about mental health never increase to accommodate that loss of family support.” People and organizations throughout Sacramento are trying to address these problems within their own communities. One such organization is the Youth Mental Health First Aid program which is aiming to train people to detect early sign of mental illness in teens and young adults. Their program offers free training to volunteers through federal grants which hope to offer relief for youth mental health problems. They have a “5-step action plan to help a young person developing a mental health problem or in crisis” which helps to de-escalate a crisis situation which involves teens with mental health problems with the risk of suicide. Upcoming mental health training dates can be found here.
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When people are sick, they are supposed to go to the doctor and get treated. Whether it’s a cold or a broken arm, a doctor can prescribe medicine or put a cast on you. But what do you do if the sickness is your feeling? Many people consider themselves weak when they think they have depression or a mental illness. Let the doctors tell you otherwise.
A few weeks ago here on AccessLocal.Tv, an article published explained how crucial the school climate is to the academic development of a student. Some more information has come up after an article posted on The Huffington Post on the same subject, school climate. A study by UCLA’s Civil Rights Project shows that schools in California sharply decreased the number of suspensions given to students from 2011 to 2014 while at the same time in many areas increased in academic achievement.
This suggests that the removal of many suspensions actually supported schools in an academically positive way. This relates with the commonly used phrase “School-To-Pipeline”, an idea that students with more suspensions and expulsions will be more likely to wind up in Juvenile or Criminal Justice Systems. This study done by UCLA discredits the assumptions of that when schools lower their suspension rates, bad things will happen.
While this may be a sign of positive effect on schools in the United States, some teachers have come out and said that they have not received the proper training or resources to deal with situations of conflict or misbehavior. While in their opposition, some say that teachers may not have the proper training or resources, but it doesn’t mean that schools should decrease the progress of lessening the suspensions of students in schools.
“My take is: We agree teachers need support but it shouldn’t be either/or,” said Daniel Losen, Director of the Center for Civil Rights Remedies. “We shouldn’t say, ‘Oh, let’s put up with something harmful to kids teachers are trained.’”
“Last year, students within the district were suspended more than 800 times for willful defiance. Afican-American students accounted for more than of those suspensions, despite making up only 17 percent of the student body.” Sacramento City Unified School District Chief Communications Officer Gabe Ross recently told News 10.
Students in school that have less than 20 minutes of lunchtime tend to eat less than students with more time to eat. In under 20 minutes they chose to eat less of the food given to them. The students also are more likely to not choose any of the fruits that go with their own meal. This was all said by Harvard researchers and reported in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
With a large obesity rate in the U.S. it would seem to most that eating less would be a good idea, but these lunches may just be the only healthy meal a student will have throughout their day. Experts say that when kids don’t eat enough to satisfy their hunger at lunchtime, it’s more likely for them to consume unhealthy foods later in the day.
“There has been a lot of attention given to the quality of the lunches over the past four or five years there have been big steps forward,” say Eric Rimm, a professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “There hasn’t been many research on the length of time children have to eat their lunch.”
Rimm and his colleagues conducted a study on the eating habits of 1000 and multiple elementary and middle schools in a low income school district in Massachusetts. Each of the schools had a lunch period of 20 to 30 minutes. They analyzed what the students chose in their meals and how much of their meals they consumed.
Children with less than just 20 minutes ate 13 percent less of their meals, 12 percent less of their vegetables, and 10 percent less of their milk. Compared to students who had a 25 minute long lunch period.
Locally, administrators with the Sacramento City Unified School District are pushing for more healthy food options for students and increased food literacy across all grade levels.
California Thursdays, a new program in the Sacramento City Unified School District, is bringing local fruits and veggies to area students as part of an effort to promote health.
May 3rd marked a very important day for members of Foothill High School’s Energy Academy Program. After three years of anticipation, the students flocked to the Old Spaghetti Factory to receive checks of $1,000, checks that teachers and Pacific Gas & Electric Company workers hope will help the students in their several career paths.
So, what is the Energy Academy?
The Energy Academy is basically a set of classes designed specifically for students showing promise in technical sciences. In the 2009-2012 school year, PG&E workers studied several schools within California, evaluating their likeliness to benefit from being a part of the program. Only a few schools were chosen, one of which being Sacramento’s very own Foothill High School. Several students—who were at the time freshmen—were interviewed from each of the selected schools. They were asked about their interests, their knowledge of sciences, and more. Over 70 students were chosen to enroll in the Academy in the next school year, and told that their incentive to remain in the program until the end was a paycheck that could greatly help them with their futures. Only 29 graduated from the Academy and received their hefty checks.
During the last three years, students in the academy have done everything from programming computers to building solar-powered boats. In 2012, Foothill’s Energy Academy won a contest in which the schools competed to see who could conserve the most energy by turning off lights and reducing electronic usage. The profits earned from the contest went into the academy’s funds to help students who enroll in the other rounds of the Academy have the best experience they can.
“I will miss many of them,” said Dave Yeroshek, the Energy Careers teacher for the Academy. “It’s been amazing watching the ones that stayed learn more and more.”
Other Academy teachers, such as Ms. Barrett, Ms. Rupley, Mr. Saltzen, agreed that the first round of the Energy Academy program was a great success. Hopefully, the well-earned checks will be going to good causes, helping the Energy Academy students to succeed in their future careers.
By Yvonna Williams
20 Hiram Johnson students were surveyed in a computer class about their history of smoking marijuana. Out of those who admitted to having smoked marijuana, 11 claimed to have started smoking in elementary school. 3 of those students said they were smoking by age 7 or 8 years old because members of their family smoked.
Many started smoking weed in junior high school. One student said, “I smoke because it makes me relax. ” Another student said “It relieves stress.” Some smoke because they feel like it and they’ve been through a lot in their past.
9 of the students surveyed believe marijuana is healthy for you while 8 of the students believe it is unhealthy.
Most students say smoking marijuana made them feel great. One student said it made him feel, “Bad, thats why I quit.”
One student said”I get to look back in time when I did and realize how much of a dumb person I was. After I stopped, my grades went from C’s to A’s and I’m proud of that. I’ve been more involved in school and I’m helping other students at a community center to persuade them to stop smoking.”
8 students have stopped smoking or planned to stop soon and 9 students don’t plan to quit. 9 students claim to smoke everyday.
6 students say they are setting a bad example for younger siblings. One student said “My family smoked around me since I was born so I don’t think its good or bad its normal.’’
Though it’s sad to say, tragedy tends to be the biggest inspiration for change. Recent events have inspired a lot of ideas in the past couple of months, both realistic and radical. So, how is it affecting schools and other institutions in the Sacramento area?
First off, one of the biggest things to come into question lately has been security in schools. The gated campuses that used to make students feel trapped now sometimes make them feel safer. In fact, according to a California Mental Health Care and Preparedness Survey compiled by the California Endowment, 50% of voters support putting armed police officers at every school, and 31% support allowing teachers trained with firearms to bring guns on campus.
“I think it’s sad that it’s come to this,” says Julia Franklin, a special education specialist. “However, some changes are absolutely crucial in order to protect our students.”
The physical well-being of students isn’t the only thing that has been threatened in recent years. According to the survey mentioned earlier, voters backed improving mental health services over installing more security cameras and metal detectors by a margin of 66% to 27%. Many believe that guns and high-security is not the way to go when it comes to easing the tensions that have arisen since the Newtown tragedy. An ideal strategy for preventing street violence is to treat mental illness before it gets out of hand.
California isn’t exactly ranked high in the nation right now when it comes to providing students with access to school counselors. The recommended standard is currently one counselor per 250. The average for California is one counselor per 1,014 students. That coupled with the fact that America’s economic state has greatly reduced funding for mental health treatment bring up many concerns.
With tensions worsening day by day, some argue that guns and guards are needed in order to keep school campuses secure. Others however believe that these somewhat extreme measures do more harm than good, by adding more pressure on students and making the once safe learning environment seem like a prison.
One way or another, a change in California’s learning system is inevitable.
Sacramento City Unified School District Student School Board Member Katrina Ye talks about her position on the board and her involvement with the Student Advisory Council