Every Child Safe, Healthy and Connected
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Funding Available for Student Mini-Grant Projects
The AODA Student Mini-Grant Program allows students to submit proposals/projects, with costs up to $1,000, each fall. For more information regarding Student AODA Mini-Grants go to the following link. Applications are due on October 16th. Schools will be notified at the end of November on mini-grant application approval.
Student Mini-Grants Due October 16!
Mark Your Calendar

Readiness & Emergency Management for Schools Regional Conferences

November 10
Minoqua, The Waters

Novemeber 12
Green Bay, The Rock Garden

The Keynote will be Developing Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) K-12 101 Train-the-Educator (TtE) training followed by a series of breakout sessions.
Flyer coming soon!  Two more locations will be offered in March.
Registration Now Available for Building the Heart of Successful Schools Conference
Click here for more information. Keynote presenters are Joyce James and Dr. Adolph Brown. The conference is December 3-4, 2015 at the Kalahari Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells.

Special Conference Lodging Rate!
A block of rooms at a special conference rate of $82 is being held at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center until Sunday, November 1, 2015. To reserve a room under this block call 1-877-253-5466 and mention the "DPI Building the Heart of Successful Schools Room Block."
WI Safe and Healthy Schools Center Staff

DIRECTOR: Tracy Herlitzke
Phone: 608-786-4838

NORTH (CESAs #5, #9, #12)
Coordinator: Lynn Verage
Phone: 715-453-2141

WEST (CESAs #4, #10, #11)
Coordinator: Carol Zabel
Phone: 715-720-2145

CENTRAL (CESAs #2, #3, #6)
Coordinator: Jackie Schoening
Phone: 920-236-0515

EAST (CESAs #1, #7, #8)
Coordinator: Christine Kleiman
Phone: 920-617-5645

Brenda Jennings
Phone: 608-266-7051
Safe and Healthy Updates-September 2015
How Safe is Your School?
by Lynn Verage, WISH Center Regional Coordinator

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, through a grant with the U.S. Department of Education, is working with the Wisconsin School Safety Coordinators Association (WSSCA) to offer School Security Assessments during the 2015-2016 school year.  Two members of the WSSCA assessment team would spend a half day in your building conducting a security assessment.  The assessors will use a 25 point checklist.  A review of your building security will ensure school officials who are charged with incurring the safety of students and staff are able to answer "yes" to questions on the assessment tool if they implement the recommendations.  The recommendations are part of the final report that each school will receive.
Below are five sample questions from WSSCA's 25-point checklist:
  1. Does the school have a crisis plan?
  2. Is access to the school adequately controlled?
  3. Has the school staff received security training?
  4. Does the school have an adequate camera system?
  5. Is the school in compliance with state statute #118.07 (Act 309)?
The average cost of a School Security Assessment is approximately $1100 per building.  This varies due to travel expenses.  The Department of Public Instruction is able to subsidize the School Security Assessments at $1,000 per district.  This financial assistance is only available for the 2015-2016 school year.  Priority will go to districts having two or more school buildings assessed. Contact Lynn Verage, Wisconsin Safe & Healthy Schools Center Regional Coordinator, at lverage@cesa9.org or 715-453-2141 to schedule your School Security Assessment.
What is Emotional Health?
submitted by Jackie Schoening, WISH Center Regional Coordinator
We use the term mental health and of course we talk about physical health, but we very rarely talk about emotional health. Our emotions are integral to the way in which we relate and engage with our world.When we talk about mental health issues, we are not just talking about the way that we think. We are talking about the way that we feel, and the way that our feelings affect us. We all know that if we are feeling emotionally stressed or emotionally vulnerable or unstable that this will have a massive impact on our physical health as well. To have a healthy mind we need to be in a healthy emotional state, we need to be feeling alright, and this in turn affects our physical health and well-being as well. Both our mental health and our physical health are actually reliant upon our emotional well-being. When we talk about being mindful and teach people about mindfulness, what we are actually trying to do is to enable them to train their mind to be more reflective and more aware of what's going on, both in and around them and to develop their ability to listen to both themselves as well as to others. And it's our emotions, our feelings that are informing this process.
If we have no emotional language and we haven't learned to relate to our experiences or listen to what we are feeling, then we won't know how to interpret this information. We'll be lacking a vital skill that will enable us to navigate our lives and our life experiences successfully and with relative ease.  When we are able to take action that's reflective, thoughtful and based in choice rather than generating emotionally charged re-actions life tends to run much more smoothly. When we talk about being mindful what we are trying to do is to enable our mind to take charge and channel this emotional energy. We want our mind to consciously take charge of our actions.  Having an emotional language and an emotional vocabulary is a valuable life skill that we need to have in our toolkit. It creates the link between our emotions and our mind and is crucial to our emotional health and well-being. Learn more at our Educating Mindfully Workshops
WI Drug Overdose Deaths, 1999-2013
After falls, poisonings is now the leading cause of injury deaths in Wisconsin, and drugs cause 97 of 100 poisoning deaths. Deaths from drug poisoning, also called "overdose," have doubled since 2004 and surpassed motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2008.  In 2013, the state recorded 15.8 drug poisoning deaths per 100,000 persons compared to 16.5 fall deaths and 9.3 motor vehicle traffic deaths.  More Wisconsin residents died in 2013 from drug poisoning than from suicide, breast cancer, colon cancer, firearms, influenza, or HIV. Read the full DHS Report
2015-2016 WISH Professional Development Opportunities

Please visit our website calendar often for updates and to register for events: www.wishschools.org.

PREPaRE Crisis Prevention and Preparedness: Comprehensive School Safety Planning (Open to all school and community partners)
Workshop 1: Focus on Crisis Planning
Workshop 2 Focus on Crisis Intervention/Recovery
Educating Mindfully: Practice for Educators and Learners

*Graduate Credit Available for fee through Viterbo University

All events are contingent on a minimum of participants.

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