Greetings to FHUSD Parents, Guardians and Friends,
Childhood has always run the spectrum of the joys and rewards of maturing and accomplishing goals to the difficulties of experiencing challenges and disappointments during stressful times. As a school system we strive to provide additional resources to assist students as they develop and mature. Several recent Fountain Hills Times articles featured school district supports available to help students in areas beyond academic issues. In addition to the counseling staff at Fountain Hills Middle School that shared their thoughts in the Times for coping with student stress, counseling staff at our other schools also provide support and guidance for students. Juanita Smart at McDowell Mountain Elementary School works with primary age students to help them deal with the social and emotional issues that affect that age group. At Fountain Hills High School, while Guidance Counselors Erika Philips and Jesse Love focus more on academic support, Counselor Jason Henslin takes on the role of being a listener and offering guidance to those in their teenage years as they deal with typical teen angst combined with the impact of the modern world of social media.
Often the issues that children deal with can be resolved through a thoughtful conversation with a compassionate adult. But some situations certainly require greater expertise and outside support. Also recently featured by the Times was an article about our girls volleyball team coordinating activities with the Arizona Teen Lifeline organization for suicide prevention. For one of their activities, bracelets with the Teen Lifeline phone number will be distributed to Fountain HIlls students and visiting girls volleyball teams during September games. The District is also proud to work with the Fountain Hills Coalition to prevent youth substance abuse. The Coalition’s support includes funding one of the counselors at Fountain Hills Middle School and offering parent workshops on substance abuse. A timely workshop on September 17th for parents is a Coalition presentation on Vaping and E-Cigarettes at the Church of the Ascension at 6:30 p.m.
The FHUSD mission is to strive to achieve and celebrate educational excellence, but the social and emotional support structure in our schools is also a critical component in helping students reach their true potential.
Robert Allen, Ed.D.