March 29 2015
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I believe I saw the sun on this glorious Sunday afternoon! I wanted to send you some quick reminders of upcoming events at Newtown High School in the next week.
April 7th at 7:00 p.m.
Chris Herren, former NBA player, will address the community at a special event (flyer attached). Mr. Herren’s poignant story describes his personal issue with substance abuse and his journey to recovery. This is an important message for both students and parents. The event is sponsored by our local PTSA. ChrisHerrenApril72015PDF
April 8th at 6:00 p.m.
A special screening of the documentary, Race to Nowhere, will be held in the high school Lecture Hall. This documentary highlights the stories of students across the nation who have been pushed to their limits due to over-scheduling and the pressure to achieve.
The film has been screened nationwide and internationally in more than 7,000 schools, universities, cinemas, corporations and community centers, and has initiated constructive dialogue among educators, parents, and key stakeholders regarding strategies for supporting our teenagers in a positive way – See more at: http://www.racetonowhere.com/about-film#sthash.iPyu0sIe.dpuf
Week of April 13
Vacation week for all!
I hope to see you at some of our upcoming events.
Dr. Lorrie Rodrigue
February 28, 2015
First, I wanted to thank you for your understanding of the need for a drug search at the high school, which was conducted in concert with local authorities. The recent headlines regarding substance abuse at a local Connecticut university has focused attention on the serious issue of drug use in young adults. Unfortunately, it is only one story among thousands. Our goal of ensuring the safety and well-being of all students at Newtown High School must be more than words on paper but actions we are willing to take as a community in the best interest of our students.
An update – on Friday, February 27th, a search of the high school was conducted using trained drug dogs. Students remained in classes while the search was conducted inside the building and throughout our parking lots. The entire search took no more than 40 minutes. As a result, 5 hits were made that led to various arrests and school disciplinary action. While student discipline is confidential in nature, we realize that the “buzz” around town and via social media is nearly impossible to control. However, I urge you to receive and trust only the information that you hear directly from the district, as misinformation can be counterproductive and hurtful to families and students. More importantly, the purpose of any of our actions should be viewed as supportive of our students and to make certain all students feel safe in their school environment. We realize that some lessons learned are not always easy, but they may save lives.
Searches like these are extremely helpful, but they are not the only means of conveying the importance of a drug-free school. As parents, please continue to have open discussions with your sons and daughters about the realities of substance abuse and the importance of making good decisions now and in the future. I am always available to receive information, answer questions, and discuss future plans for the safety of our high school students. My cell is 203-360-2566.
Dr. Lorrie Rodrigue