This Week With ISCA
Aug. 25, 2015

K-12 science instruction gets a digital boost
By Archita Datta Majumdar
Data released last year by the National Math and Science Initiative showed 44 percent of U.S. high school graduates are ready for college-level math, while 36 percent have shown proper readiness for college-level science. A dismal report by all accounts. Thus, it is hardly a surprise that more initiatives are coming up from both public and private sectors to improve these numbers. Now, a new project will pave the way for more innovation in K-12 science instruction.More

National Suicide Prevention Week is Sept. 7-13
Sept. 7-13 is National Suicide Prevention Week. Sept. 10 is National Suicide Prevention Day. The Morgan-Scott Suicide Prevention Coalition is hosting a "Walk Out of the Darkness" Event in Winchester, Illinois, on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. The Walk will include a candlelight vigil in memory of those that have lost their lives to suicide. Refreshments will be provided after the event.

In addition, citizens are asked to turn on their porch lights or place a candle in their window Thursday, Sept. 10 in recognition and/or support of National Suicide Day at 8 p.m.

The official ribbon color for National Suicide Week is blue and turquoise. The ribbon can be worn all week to signify and bring awareness to the National Suicide Week campaign.

Jacksonville High School will participate in the awareness week with daily messages in regards to the warning signs, helpline information, how to handle someone who is suicidal, and how to refer someone to a professional or adult. Ribbons will be available for students and teachers to wear throughout the week. Everyone will be invited to participate in the walk in Winchester and to turn on their porch lights on Thursday evening.

The State of Illinios school code mandates that all schools have some kind of suicide prevention education program. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for the ages of 15-24. JHS will provide pocket brochures for all students provided by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline organization. The lifeline number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Information for local mental health counselors will also be available. More

Do you know a kid doing extraordinary things?
We're looking for ordinary high school students doing extraordinary things, all across the state of Illinois. We are convinced there's at least one student in your school that fits that description, if not many! We ask you to personally invite students that are doing amazing things to apply for the second annual Celebrating High School Innovators award. Make sure your school has the chance to be included in this year's awards!More

Healthy friendships may reduce risk for depression among adolescents
Adolescents whose friends had healthy moods were significantly less likely to develop depression and more likely to recover from depression, according to study findings in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.More

New Trier named No. 14 In US
Daily North Shore
New Trier High School is the 14th best high school in the country and the top open enrollment high school in Illinois, according to a list published by Newsweek magazine.More

Privacy tips to help educators avoid a social media scandal
By Jessica Taylor
Thanks to social media, privacy is gone in the education world. Scandals and complaints involving teachers who misuse social media have been occurring more frequently around the U.S., which has led school districts scrambling to create new guidelines. Only educators can decide whether social media is right for them. There are benefits, but also risks when using it. This infographic gives some great advice on best practices for social media and teachers.More

Study: Military children more prone to risky behavior
The Wall Street Journal
Children from military families were more likely than their nonmilitary peers to report potentially harmful situations or behaviors, such as experiencing violence and harassment at school, experimenting with alcohol or drugs, and carrying a weapon on school grounds, according to a study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. More

School districts' spending, pension spiking deepen state's geographic fault lines
Reboot Illinois
If you asked Illinois lawmakers if it's fair that some school districts spend well above $25,000 per student and others spend just over $6,000, my guess is nearly all would say no.More

Illinois hit with downgrades as Springfield goes more than 50 days without a budget
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, R, agreed with lawmakers to designate pumpkin the official state pie. Reaching consensus on a budget is proving to be more difficult, and that's starting to ripple into the bond market.More

Happiness is contagious. Depression is not.
Yahoo News
Depression is not contagious, according to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Happiness, however, is more likely to spread between friends, and the results from the study may help remove some of the stigma surrounding depression.More

Free iTunes app to provide 'equity' for Illinois schools
A group of Illinois educators advocating for changes in the Illinois' public school system have launched a free iTunes app they say will level the playing field for Illinois public schools.More

Americans say there is more to school success than test results
The verdict is in, and test scores are out as the ultimate measure of school effectiveness, according to more than three-quarters of U.S. adults surveyed for the 47th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. Instead, more U.S. adults believe engagement with class work and feeling hopeful about the future are important indicators of school effectiveness.More

Clemson developing app to combat cyberbullying
Students at Clemson University are working on an app to help in the fight against cyberbullying. Developers said the app, called VC Defender, would to search photos and videos on social media for signs of cyberbullying.More

A passion for video games and a cause for mental health
Matthew Lee, 29, a Ph.D. student from the University of Pennsylvania's nursing school, received a Fulbright Scholarship. His research focuses on how video games can be applied to therapeutic use. More