Public School Works
November Newsletter | 2015
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How will you celebrate American Education Week?

Abusing Anonymity: How Teens Use Apps to Cyberbully Peers

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

Thanksgiving Safety Tips


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How will you celebrate American Education Week?

Monday, November 16, 2015 is the start of American Education Week. Created to combat the illiteracy seen among World War I's soldiers, NEA's America Education Week is meant to celebrate public education and the individuals who help students cultivate a high quality education.

The itinerary of the week is as follows:

  • Monday, November 16: Kickoff Day
  • Tuesday, November 17: Parents Day
  • Wednesday, November 18: Education Support Professionals Day
  • Thursday, November 19: Educator for a Day
  • Friday, November 20: Substitute Educators Day

Looking for ways to alert your staff of the upcoming celebration? NEA provided these free web banners, posters, infographics and more for you to share with staff. Also, check out these 25 ways to celebrate American Education Week from Education World.

Abusing Anonymity: How Teens Use Apps to Cyberbully Peers

School bullying, which used to take place just on school property or on the bus, is now following students home as bullying migrates from the blacktop to the laptop. According to a study Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project conducted in 2011, 90 percent of teens have witnessed cruel or bullying behavior on social media networks. Cyberbullying provides students with unprecedented anonymity — which makes bullying easier to start and spread. There are more and more social networks and apps popping up that help place a veil over a user's true identity.

Learn more about specific apps students are using in our blog post here!

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

According to research conducted by the CDC in 2013, 41,149 suicides were reported, meaning someone died by suicide every 12.8 minutes. In 1999, Senator Harry Reid, a survivor of his father's 1972 suicide, and the U.S. Congress designated the Saturday before American Thanksgiving "National Survivors of Suicide Day." Survivor Day gives those affected by suicide loss the opportunity to "find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope." This year's Survivor Day is Saturday, November 21, 2015. provides a map of local Survivor Day events, as well as resources for creating your own event.

WORKS' Student Safety, Wellness and Social Responsibility Catalog includes five separate courses to prep teachers for suicide response and prevention. Contact us to learn more.

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

This November, pay attention to this fact: Thanksgiving is the most deadly holiday of the year due to traffic accidents and coronary events — both of which are somewhat preventable.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) encourages drivers to be especially cautious around the holidays. Check the tire pressure in your tires and make sure your windshield wipers function in case of winter storms. Be cautious for erratic or drunk drivers. And lastly, don't rush. The NHTSA urges drivers to plan their routes ahead of time and leave early if necessary.

Doctors also notice an increase in heart attacks after Thanksgiving. Experts believe this can be attributed to the increased consumption of food, salt, and alcohol, as well as increased emotional and physiological stress. Traveling family members may forget crucial medications while rushing to see family. Overeating forces blood to the stomach for digestion, and this combined with over-activity (like football or other family traditions) can be fatal.

There are other less-fatal dangers surrounding the holidays, and as always, we want you to be safe! Here are a few additional tips to keep in mind while you celebrate: