Middle High School Calendar
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Below, please find links to three articles written by Emily Richmond, who is the public editor for the National Education Writers Association.Community Wellness Coalition
The Pittsfield Wellness Coalition held its first meeting on November 12, with twenty-three community members and school district educators in attendance. The coalition met as a follow-up to the Chris Herren school and community presentations in September on the topic of addiction.
During the meeting, guest Annika Stanley-Smith, substance misuse prevention coordinator with the Capital Area Public Health Network, shared data from the most recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey anonymously completed by PMHS grades 9-12 students in spring 2013.
As a result of the data review, our Pittsfield Coalition identified nine “major concerns” centering on a range of risk taking behaviors of Pittsfield’s young people. The Coalition then identified the top three priorities for its attention and action in promoting youth wellness in Pittsfield: (1) heroin, methamphetamine, and opiate misuse; (2) alcohol misuse, and (3) mental health.
The Coalition plans to focus first on its top priority and will be reviewing a range of proven strategies for supporting youth wellness. Ms. Stanley-Smith will continue to support of the work of the Coalition in this important work.
The Wellness Coalition will next meet from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, November 30, in the PMHS media center. The meeting agenda will include completion of the Coalition’s charter and consideration of evidence-based strategies to prevent addiction. All Pittsfield residents are invited to participate.