SLICK TRACY CURRICULUM
The 6th grade curriculum is called Slick Tracy and includes Peer Leaders in the classroom, family involvement with the Slick Tracy Home Team Program, and the Slick Tracy Poster Fair. Peer Leaders are students chosen by their classmates and play an important role in facilitating the curriculum, leading small group activities and introducing new materials to the class. The Home Team portion of Slick Tracy consists of four activity booklets, including comic strips featuring "Slick Tracy" and his sidekick "Breathtest Nobeera" (see above), that students complete with a parent or other trusted adult. The culminating event in the Slick Tracy curriculum is the poster fair, which gives students the opportunity to present their own alcohol-related research projects to their families and community.
The Pacific County Health Department started teaching the Slick Tracy curriculum in Willapa Valley, South Bend, and Raymond 6th grade classrooms in March and I have been helping facilitate. The students have a lot of fun in the lessons (and so do I), but I think the most important aspect of the curriculum is the at-home component. Slick Tracy really gives parents some guidance and support around talking with their student about alcohol and drugs, which we know is a key factor in preventing our teens from using. I look forward to continuing to partner with the Health Department to work with the 6th grade students.
TAC Town Hall 2016
This year’s theme was Shine Online, featuring a community fair and dinner followed by a presentation by social media expert Josh Ochs. I was very excited to have over twenty community organizations at our community fair. It was a great opportunity not only for the community to learn about available resources, but also to increase connection and collaboration among those organizations. Plus it was awesome to see all of the good work happening in Pacific County!
The keynote speaker of the evening, Josh Ochs, is author of the bestselling book “Light, Bright And Polite” and he travels the country training 30,000 teens each year how to be safe and smart online. At Town Hall, Josh spoke with North Pacific County parents and community members for two hours, addressing questions around what makes apps unsafe for teens to use and how teachers, parents, and community members can help our teens to use social media positively and productively. If you are interested in learning more, you can find Josh’s Parent App Guide and additional information online at www.safesmartsocial.com.
I just want to say thank-you again to everyone who volunteered and attended for helping make TAC Town Hall 2016 a success!
Sources Of Strength
Students are grouped into "companies" who are guided by a volunteer from the local business community as they learn how to run a business, explore career options, make ethical and financial decisions, and compete for investors. The culmination of business week happens on Friday when student companies have stockholder presentations to a panel of community members during which they explain their business decisions over a simulated two fiscal years. Also on Friday is the trade show, during which students attempt to get community member "investors" to give them money for the new product their company developed.
I had a ton of fun at business week- seeing students learn by experience and really step up for the stockholder presentations and the trade show. I had the additional opportunity to talk with all the students about leadership for about an hour on Monday. (See slides below)