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  • Be On the Lookout!

    Your child will be bringing his/her report card home for the 3rd nine weeks today!

    2nd Nine Weeks Mid-Term time

    Parents/Guardians be looking for your child to come home with his/her mid-term on Monday Nov. 25th. If you have questions be sure to communicate with the teacher and find out where your child’s struggles are at in that classroom. Harrison County Middle School number is 234-7123.

    Important Roles of a Guidance Counselor


    Have you ever asked yourself what a school counselor does? Here are a few responsiblities of a school counselor below:

    * Aids parents and teachers in helping children succeed

    * Helps students develop and build self-understanding and self-              awareness

    * Helps students relate to others

    * Assists students with the growing up process

    * Provides individual and group counseling to students with academic, social, behavioral, crisis concerns

    * Gains understanding of students through observations and participation in the classroom

    * Serves as a bridge between home, school and community

    * Helps parents access community resources

    * Makes homevisits as needed

    * Oversees the implementaion of the 504 plans

    *Manages student schedules

    If you have any questions or concerns please come see me or call 234-7123 or email me at tracy.childers@harrison.kyschools.us

    Individual Learning Plans- Career Cruising

    For Parents: What is Career Cruising?
    The Individual Learning Plan (ILP) is fully integrated with the Career Cruising career guidance system. Career Cruising is an Internet-based career exploration and planning tool your child uses to explore career and college options and develop a career plan. Career Cruising can be accessed from school, from home, or wherever your son or daughter has access to the Internet. Features of the program include:
    ASSESSMENTS
    World-renowned assessment tools to help your child identify his or her career interests, skills, abilities, and learning styles
    CAREER PROFILES
    Thorough and up-to-date information about hundreds of different occupations, including direct links between careers and related college programs
    MULTIMEDIA INTERVIEWS
    Interviews with real people in each occupation, which add depth and realism to career profiles
    COLLEGE AND FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION
    Comprehensive college and financial aid information, with a number of useful search tools to help your child find the right college and the right scholarships
    EMPLOYMENT GUIDE
    Advice for all stages of the job search process, including developing a job search plan, networking, writing resumes and cover letters, preparing for interviews, and adjusting to a new job
    INDIVIDUAL LEARNING PLAN (ILP)
    An online portfolio where your child can develop and reflect on his or her academic, personal, and career exploration activities, and make plans for the future
    RESUME BUILDER
    Integrated with the ILP to help your child create, format, and print professional-looking resumes quickly and easily
    PARENT/GUARDIAN ILP TOOL
    Allows you to view the information your child has stored in his or her ILP, learn more about the careers and schools that your child is interested in, and communicate with your child’s career advisor.

    UK Engineers Open House

    UK has a wonderful event on Feb. 23rd that is an open house that allows students to see the engineering field. Check out the following website for more info.

    http://www.engr.uky.edu/eday/

    Take a Look!!!

    Midterms will be coming home today Feb. 6. Parents, please be aware of this.

    The Honor Roll Doughnut celebration will now be this Friday, Feb. 8.
    Also, a select group of 8th graders will be taking the NAEP exam next Wednesday, February 13, 2013.

    MAP – What is it?

    Parents, I am sure you are probably hearing the word “MAP” tossed around at home every once in a while. FYI – MAP is a test that will track your child’s progress throughout the year in the areas of Math, Reading, and Language Arts. All students must take this test and the tests are going to be taken in the computer lab. This will be another resource teachers can use to determine if your child is “getting it” or not.

    Report Card Week this Week

    Parents if you are concerned about your child’s grades please don’t wait!!! Contact your child’s teacher through finding their email address on the Harrison County Middle School page. Find the teacher and staff link, and click on the picture or name and it should give you an email address. If this is not an option for you; then call the school and someone will be glad to put you in contact with that teacher. It’s never too late to get involved!!!

    Facts about Anorexia Nervosa from womenshealth.gov

    What is anorexia nervosa?

    A person with anorexia nervosa (an-uh-RECK-see-uh nur-VOH-suh), often called anorexia, has an intense fear of gaining weight. Someone with anorexia thinks about food a lot and limits the food she or he eats, even though she or he is too thin. Anorexia is more than just a problem with food. It's a way of using food or starving oneself to feel more in control of life and to ease tension, anger, and anxiety. Most people with anorexia are female. An anorexic:

    • Has a low body weight for her or his height
    • Resists keeping a normal body weight
    • Has an intense fear of gaining weight
    • Thinks she or he is fat even when very thin
    • Misses 3 menstrual periods in a row (for girls/women who have started having their periods)

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    Who becomes anorexic?

    While anorexia mostly affects girls and women (85 – 95 percent of anorexics are female), it can also affect boys and men. It was once thought that women of color were shielded from eating disorders by their cultures, which tend to be more accepting of different body sizes. It is not known for sure whether African American, Latina, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian and Alaska Native people develop eating disorders because American culture values thin people. People with different cultural backgrounds may develop eating disorders because it's hard to adapt to a new culture (a theory called "culture clash"). The stress of trying to live in two different cultures may cause some minorities to develop their eating disorders.

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    What causes anorexia?

    There is no single known cause of anorexia. Eating disorders are real, treatable medical illnesses with causes in both the body and the mind. Some of these things may play a part:

    • Culture. Women in the U.S. are under constant pressure to fit a certain ideal of beauty. Seeing images of flawless, thin females everywhere makes it hard for women to feel good about their bodies. More and more, women are also feeling pressure to have a perfect body.
    • Families. If you have a mother or sister with anorexia, you are more likely to develop the disorder. Parents who think looks are important, diet themselves, or criticize their children's bodies are more likely to have a child with anorexia.
    • Life changes or stressful events. Traumatic events (like rape) as well as stressful things (like starting a new job), can lead to the onset of anorexia.
    • Personality traits. Someone with anorexia may not like her or himself, hate the way she or he looks, or feel hopeless. She or he often sets hard-to-reach goals for her or himself and tries to be perfect in every way.
    • Biology. Genes, hormones, and chemicals in the brain may be factors in developing anorexia.

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    What are signs of anorexia?

    Someone with anorexia may look very thin. She or he may use extreme measures to lose weight by:

    • Making her or himself throw up
    • Taking pills to urinate or have a bowel movement
    • Taking diet pills
    • Not eating or eating very little
    • Exercising a lot, even in bad weather or when hurt or tired
    • Weighing food and counting calories
    • Eating very small amounts of only certain foods
    • Moving food around the plate instead of eating it

    Someone with anorexia may also have a distorted body image, shown by thinking she or he is fat, wearing baggy clothes, weighing her or himself many times a day, and fearing weight gain.

    Anorexia can also cause someone to not act like her or himself. She or he may talk about weight and food all the time, not eat in front of others, be moody or sad, or not want to go out with friends. People with anorexia may also have other psychiatric and physical illnesses, including:

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    What happens to your body with anorexia?

    With anorexia, your body doesn't get the energy from foods that it needs, so it slows down. Look at the picture below to find out how anorexia affects your health.

    graphic on how Anorexia affects your whole body

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    Can someone with anorexia get better?

    Yes. Someone with anorexia can get better. A health care team of doctors, nutritionists, and therapists will help the patient get better. They will:

    • Help bring the person back to a normal weight
    • Treat any psychological issues related to anorexia
    • Help the person get rid of any actions or thoughts that cause the eating disorder

    These three steps will prevent "relapse" (relapse means to get sick again, after feeling well for a while).

    Is it safe for young people to take antidepressants for anorexia?

    It may be safe for young people to be treated with antidepressants. However, drug companies who make antidepressants are required to post a "black box" warning label on the medication. A "black box" warning is the most serious type of warning on prescription drugs.

    It may be possible that antidepressants make children, adolescents, and young adults more likely to think about suicide or commit suicide.

    The latest information from the FDA — including what drugs are included in this warning and things to look for — can be found on their website at http://www.fda.gov External link.

    Some research suggests that the use of medicines — such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, or mood stabilizers — may sometimes work for anorexic patients. It is thought that these medicines help the mood and anxiety symptoms that often co-exist with anorexia. Other recent studies, however, suggest that antidepressants may not stop some patients with anorexia from relapsing. Also, no medicine has shown to work 100 percent of the time during the important first step of restoring a patient to healthy weight. So, it is not clear if and how medications can help anorexic patients get better, but research is still happening.

    Some forms of psychotherapy can help make the psychological reasons for anorexia better. Psychotherapy is sometimes known as "talk therapy." It uses different ways of communicating to change a patient's thoughts or behavior. This kind of therapy can be useful for treating eating disorders in young patients who have not had anorexia for a long time.

    Individual counseling can help someone with anorexia. If the patient is young, counseling may involve the whole family. Support groups may also be a part of treatment. In support groups, patients, and families meet and share what they've been through.

    Some researchers point out that prescribing medicines and using psychotherapy designed just for anorexic patients works better at treating anorexia than just psychotherapy alone. Whether or not a treatment works, though, depends on the person involved and his or her situation. Unfortunately, no one kind of psychotherapy always works for treating adults with anorexia.

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    What is outpatient care for anorexia treatment and how is it different from inpatient care?

    With outpatient care, the patient receives treatment through visits with members of their health care team. Often this means going to a doctor's office. Outpatients usually live at home.

    Some patients may need "partial hospitalization." This means that the person goes to the hospital during the day for treatment, but sleeps at home at night.

    Sometimes, the patient goes to a hospital and stays there for treatment. This is called inpatient care. After leaving the hospital, the patient continues to get help from her health care team and becomes an outpatient.

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    Can women who had anorexia in the past still get pregnant?

    It depends. When a woman has "active anorexia," meaning she currently has anorexia, she does not get her period and usually does not ovulate. This makes it hard to get pregnant. Women who have recovered from anorexia and are at a healthy weight have a better chance of getting pregnant. If you're having a hard time getting pregnant, see your doctor.

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    Can anorexia hurt a baby when the mother is pregnant?

    Yes. Women who have anorexia while they are pregnant are more likely to lose the baby. If a woman with anorexia doesn't lose the baby, she is more likely to have the baby early, deliver by C-section, deliver a baby with a lower birthweight, and have depression after the baby is born.

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    What should I do if I think someone I know has anorexia?

    If someone you know is showing signs of anorexia, you may be able to help.

    1. Set a time to talk. Set aside a time to talk privately with your friend. Make sure you talk in a quiet place where you won't be distracted.
    2. Tell your friend about your concerns. Be honest. Tell your friend about your worries about her or his not eating or over exercising. Tell your friend you are concerned and that you think these things may be a sign of a problem that needs professional help.
    3. Ask your friend to talk to a professional. Your friend can talk to a counselor or doctor who knows about eating issues. Offer to help your friend find a counselor or doctor and make an appointment, and offer to go with her or him to the appointment.
    4. Avoid conflicts. If your friend won't admit that she or he has a problem, don't push. Be sure to tell your friend you are always there to listen if she or he wants to talk.
    5. Don't place shame, blame, or guilt on your friend.  Don't say, "You just need to eat." Instead, say things like, "I'm concerned about you because you won't eat breakfast or lunch." Or, "It makes me afraid to hear you throwing up."
    6. Don't give simple solutions. Don't say, "If you'd just stop, then things would be fine!"
    7. Let your friend know that you will always be there no matter what.

    Adapted from "What Should I Say? Tips for Talking to a Friend Who May Be Struggling with an Eating Disorder" from the National Eating Disorders Association External link.

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    More information on anorexia nervosa

    For more information about anorexia nervosa, call womenshealth.gov at 800-994-9662 (TDD: 888-220-5446) or contact the following organizations:

    8th GRADE EXPLORE TESTING THIS WEEK

    Eighth grade students are being prepared for the EXPLORE exam which will be given to them on September 18th. This is an intense 2.5 hour exam that is timed. Teachers are currently using their 4th hour class time to help prepare the 8th grade students for this exam.