Our staff has been ramping up for our third year working in the Aspen schools. We've listened to your feedback and dreaming big, scheduling events and offerings to help kids and families be successful.
Check out our website for up to date information on workshops and events.
Most Recent Email from AHS Principal, Tharyn Mulbery
As a school we are taking even more steps to keep our students safe from the dire effects of vaping. We now have two SROs in the building who are walking through restrooms throughout the day. Administrators & teachers are also increasing their presence in the restrooms, and students have been warned that they may not congregate in bathroom stalls. In addition, students have commented that the new cell phone policy has diminished students meeting during class time to vape. We will be convening a student vaping council whose aim will be to support students with a nicotine addiction, and to develop tactics for prevention, intervention, and cessation. Lastly, we will be delivering a short lesson on the dangers of vaping during our weekly meeting time (date is yet to be determined).
Vaping infractions do receive a school consequence, however, our focus is intervention & cessation, not punishment per se. If a student is caught vaping they receive a deferred suspension, go through Second Chance (which is a web-based tobacco education program), and meet with a Substance Intervention Specialist who will introduce them to the Colorado Quitline. If a student has a second infraction, they will have in-school suspension, revisit the Quitline, meet with the specialist again, and be asked to speak to a peer audience about vaping.
Here are links to recent articles about the dangers associated with vaping, as well as a local bog about vaping.
Katherine Sand has a thirty year background of work in local and internationally-based non-profit organizations, and is finding her work as director of Aspen Family Connections to be the most powerful and rewarding of her professional career. Since moving to Aspen in 2001, she has been involved with a number of wonderful organizations in the community, including Theatre Aspen and the Aspen Thrift Shop, for which she is proud to still serve as a Board member and chair of the Grants Committee. Katherine is married to Scott and they have twin sons, Alex and Jeremy, who are juniors at Aspen High School.
October 8th Aspen Elementary School
Join Kathy Hegberg, from FocusedKids as she unpacks what it means to help build resilience in our children.
Workshop's focus is for preschool and elementary school parents.