The talent show is this Friday from 7:00-9:00. Admission is $5.00. My previous email indicated it was a 5:00 start but that was for the performers.

Our “Writer Fighters” (I made that name up) otherwise known as our Language Arts Club sits in first place after finishing first in Stage 1. Today they compete in Stage 2.

From the Lion’s Club:
The Fremont Lions Club collects used eyeglasses, which are taken to Ferris State University's College of Optometry. The college students clean, sort, and categorize the glasses, which are then taken on eyeglass mission trips to foreign countries. The optometry students participate in the mission trips as preparation for careers in the eyecare industry. Fremont Public Schools is partnering with the Fremont Lions Club by having used eyeglass collection boxes at Daisy Brook Elementary, Fremont Middle, and Fremont High School. People around the world will benefit from the used eyeglasses that you donate!

Talk Early, Talk Often still has open seats for tomorrow night’s talk about how to talk to your teen on difficult subjects. Call 924-5350 to reserve your seat. The event begins at 5:30 right here at the high school. Dinner and door prizes are provided.

We continue to work through some issues outside of the school involving anonymous sexting. Please, please, please talk to your children about your expectations. Six girls were asked for pictures, and all six declined. Their strength shows progress. I don’t think that would have been the case 10 years ago when our society started to deal with these types of things. At this point, we don’t know who the person is or where they live. We pushed the victims to file a report with the the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Department. I am very happy to say that the Sheriff’s Department is pursuing the issue through search warrants. That stance will make sure anonymous sexting/bullying/harassment will be rooted out no matter the time and effort.

We have a major issue in our society that nobody wants to talk about. One out of five females are sexually abused by age 17. 28% of children in our society are abused by the age of 17. We don’t like to discuss those statistics. We don’t see them reported too often. It has kind of become something we sweep under the rug. Thirty years ago, researchers couldn’t believe their numbers. After so many years of conclusive and overwhelming evidence, we still don’t want to deal with the facts. I know the above issue isn’t the same as physical abuse, but I see a strong connection.

Long story longer…Do I need to be spending this amount of time on something that didn’t happen at the high school? Shouldn’t I be more concerned about test scores and evaluation of teachers? My answer is “probably yes on both questions.” But if it involves our kids, then I need to support them. I look at the kids as if they are my family. I make decisions based on what I’d want to be done if they were my children. I’ve been told to mind my own business before, and I understand that perspective. When I stick my nose in, it is out of concern for the kids.

All statistics: http://victimsofcrime.org/media/reporting-on-child-sexual-abuse/child-sexual-abuse-statistics

Scott Sherman
It's A Great Day To Be A Packer!

Support Information
Arbor Circle in Newaygo County: http://www.arborcircle.org/programs-services
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 24/7 trained support
Crisis Text Line for Teens Text "Listen" to 741-741 24/7 trained support
Please remember to remind your child to report any neglect or bullying they see.