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      • Week 30 -- "Crossing the line" -- Grade 11

        Suite360 Student Lesson Name: Crossing the line. Brief Summary: Sexual harassment can be a serious problem in schools and the problem is more common than you may think.  A survey conducted by the American Association of University Women found that forty-eight percent of surveyed middle and high school students nationwide in public and private schools (approximately 1,000 girls and 1,000 boys) said they were sexually harassed at least once, typically by their peers, during the 2010-2011 school year. 
      • Week 29 -- "Breaking up is hard to do" -- Grade 11

        Suite360 Student Lesson Name: Breaking up is hard to do. Brief Summary: You can certainly remember your first big breakup. You can remember feeling like it was the end of the world. And now so many years later, your child sits in their room, sobbing and shouldering the pain of their own big breakup. It is a pain that runs deep and there is no magic wand, except for the wand of time, that will cut the feelings of loss. As a parent you can be there for support and help your child understand that this
      • Week 28 -- "Practicing Mindfulness Techniques" -- Grade 11

        Practicing Mindfulness Techniques  Grade 11 Brief Summary: Millions of people – teens and adults – are trying to manage massive amounts of information coming at them every single minute of the day. Like everyone else, they are trying to find ways to manage their attention so they can focus for more than a minute at a time. Trying to manage attention while keeping up with the steady flow of data into your brain ultimately stresses both your brain and your body. Mindfulness is a way to handle this
      • Week 27 -- "Don’t stress about stress" -- Grade 11

        Suite360 Student Lesson Name: Don’t stress about stress. Brief Summary: Stress is something we all face, even your kids. For your teen, stress comes from a variety of sources – school, making and keeping friends, romantic relationships, and managing what they perceive as your expectations for them. Of course, some stress can be positive in that it provides the energy needed to tackle a big test, a presentation, or even a sporting event, but too much stress can create unnecessary hardship and challenge. 
      • Week 26 -- "Choosing future employment options" -- Grade 11

        Suite360 Student Lesson Name: Choosing future employment options. Brief Summary: When your child joins the work world, it can be a very exciting time for them. They are developing independence, and beginning their lifelong relationship with money management. There is an enormous swing in terms of financial literacy - and it is important as parents to help your teen learn how to manage their money and live within their means. This includes choosing an industry that will fit their lifestyle and passion.
      • Week 25 -- "Giving Back" -- Grade 11

        Giving Back Grade 11   Brief Summary: In this lesson, students learn about socially constructive ways to give back to their community by donating their time and talents to causes and organizations they deem valuable. They learn about the benefits of contributing to their community and see examples of students like them engaging in a variety of community service options. Finally, they learn more about how to create opportunities to give back in their own communities.    Lesson Objectives Students
      • Week 24 -- "Changing the World: Creating My Social Impact" -- Grade 11

        Changing the World: Creating My Social Impact Grade 11   Brief Summary: This lesson is about changing the mindset that students cannot impact the world in which they live. We start with what Margaret Mead, a famous anthropologist once said, “ Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”   In this lesson, students will learn ways to have a social impact on their communities and the world at large. They will do this
      • Week 23 -- "Walking, talking, and playing like a leader" -- Grade 11

        Suite360 Student Lesson Name: Walking, talking, and playing like a leader. Brief Summary: Your athlete is a junior, an upperclassman. Almost overnight, your child has moved from a position of following to a position of leading. Upperclassmen are expected to lead, direct, and inspire the underclassmen coming up behind them. This responsibility can be overwhelming to some students. Some may never have imagined being in a leadership position. Others have longed to take the lead.  While not everyone
      • Week 22 -- "What Can I Do? Developing Global Empathy" -- Grade 11

        What Can I Do? Developing Global Empathy Grade 11   Brief Summary: In this lesson, students will learn ways to show empathy and compassion for others on a global scale and the importance of nurturing human connections. In the first part, they will explore what it means to show empathy and why it is important. In the second part, they will explore some of the biggest issues facing other countries and cultures. Last, they will be shown ways that they can develop compassion and empathy and use it to
      • Week 37 -- "My Social Impact: Small Steps to Change the World Around Me" -- Grade 10

        Suite360 Student Lesson: My Social Impact: Small Steps to Change the World Around Me Brief Summary: This lesson discusses ways a teen can change the world around them.  Whether the change is a community-wide change or simply making a difference in the lives of those closest to them, teens will realize that everyone is capable of making a difference that matters.  Teen’s today are more aware of the community around them.  It is not uncommon to see young adults passionate about a particular cause. 
      • Week 36 -- "Why Good Reputations Matter"-- Grade 10

        Suite360 Student Lesson: Why Good Reputations Matter Brief Summary: This lesson discusses with students the importance of understanding how to maintain a good reputation.  According to Forbes magazine, “Your actions + what others say about you = your reputation.   This formula is something that is very powerful and has the ability to determine success in school, friendships and in life.  When applying for schools, scholarships and even jobs, a recommendation from another person is often needed so
      • Week 35 -- "Sexting is not sexy" -- Grade 10

        Suite360 Student Lesson Name: Sexting is not sexy. Brief Summary: None of us as parents think that our child would ever take part in “sexting”, but the dangers are real! The best time to talk to your teen about sending nude or suggestive photos by phone or another electronic device is before it happens.  This also applies to your child if they receive one and what they should do to avoid problems.   Shared vocabulary: None Key Takeaways: Most teens don’t realize that the consequences of sexting can
      • Week 34 -- "When your date doesn’t hear the word “NO”: Sexual assault and date rape" -- Grade 10

        Suite360 Student Lesson Name: When your date doesn’t hear the word “NO”: Sexual assault and date rape. Brief Summary: Finding out your child has been sexually assaulted or is being sexually abused is something no parent wants to hear. It’s hard to know just how to react or even how to feel. You may feel angry, anxious, sadness, shock, and fear. It is important to keep in mind that there is no one “right” reaction, and that all reactions and responses are normal. Your child is counting on you for
      • Week 33 -- "Relationships and intentions" -- Grade 10

        Suite360 Student Lesson Name: Relationships and intentions. Brief Summary:  When teens are in the throes of their latest crush, it might be hard to tell them that their love interest isn’t so interested. Or maybe they are coming home already with the bad news in front of them – their love interest is newly paired with someone else. Regardless of how the news happens, being rejected can be a very painful experience. It takes the fragile self esteem your child is developing and crushes it like a tin
      • Week 32 -- "Am I Ready for a Relationship?" -- Grade 10

        Suite360 Student Lesson: Am I Ready for a Relationship? Brief Summary: It can be difficult to talk to teenagers about relationships and dating.   Teen milestones can be awkward to discuss with parents because it includes emotional, social and sometimes even physical intimacy discussions. It is sometimes necessary for a parent to bring up such topics first.  Make sure you know what you are going to be asking them.  Answer a few questions in your own mind so you are prepared for the conversation. 
      • Week 31 -- "Moderation Matters!" -- Grade 10

        Suite360 Student Lesson: Moderation Matters! Brief Summary: This lesson discusses the importance of understanding how “Everything in Moderation” can help change your lifestyle.  The  lesson discusses  healthy amounts of exercise and provides healthy nutritional advice.  The quality of our health goals directly affects our mental and physical health as well as the quality of life. This includes things like productivity, emotional health, brain and heart health, and even our weight. Students need to
      • Week 30 -- "Realistic and Positive Body Image" -- Grade 10

        Suite360 Student Lesson: Realistic and Positive Body Image Brief Summary: This lesson defines body image as the subjective picture or mental image of one’s own body. Students will be able to recognize the different types of body image (perceptual and cognitive) as well as discover how they SEE, THINK and ACCEPT their body.  The lesson will show several videos in which teens talk about body image and the impact society has on how they view their bodies.  Students will learn how to be realistic in
      • Week 29 -- "Sleep Matters" -- Grade 10

        Suite360 Student Lesson: Sleep matters Brief Summary:  This lesson discusses the importance of sleep.  Sleep deprivation is very common in teens.  The quality of your sleep directly affects your mental and physical health and the quality of your life while you are awake. This includes things like productivity, emotional health, brain and heart health, immune system, creativity and even your weight. Students will be able to recognize the different signs of sleep deprivation.  They will be knowledgeable
      • Week 28 -- "The importance of recreation" -- Grade 10

        Suite360 Student Lesson Name: The importance of recreation. Brief Summary: As parents, we are the first role model for our children. They look up to us and emulate us, which is why we need to be mindful of the habits we develop. As our children grow and become independent human beings, we take on a more supportive role, whether it’s encouraging our kids to get off the couch and move more, take time to read a book once in a while, or try a new hobby or sport. Although teens may seem to want to spend
      • Week 27 -- "What Makes Me Unique?" -- Grade 10

        Suite360 Student Lesson: What Makes Me Unique? Brief Summary:   This lesson helps teens discover what makes them unique and how to use it for success in school, work and their future.To be unique means to be the only one of its kind; unlike anything else.  Everyone is unique in their own way because we are all individuals.  It is important for students to find the one thing that makes them stand out and use that to their advantage to achieve their dreams, succeed in life, and live life to the fullest. 
      • Week 26 --"Athletic recruitment" -- Grade 10

        Suite360 Student Lesson Name: Athletic recruitment. Brief Summary: Your athlete is already a sophomore. Their time in high school is passing quickly. It’s important for your student to continue pursuing challenging coursework and maintain good grades in their courses.  You are also seeing your student’s skill level as an athlete grow by leaps and bounds. Their focus on their sport of choice, the skills they develop, and the development of their physical strength and fitness are paying off in their
      • Week 25 -- "Budgeting Your Money" -- Grade 10

        Suite360 Student Lesson Name: Budgeting your money. Brief Summary: When your child joins the work world, it can be a very exciting time for them. They are developing independence, and beginning their lifelong relationship with money management. There is an enormous swing in terms of financial literacy- and it is important as parents to help your teen learn how to manage their money and live within their means.  Shared vocabulary: None Key Takeaways: Keep things simple, with a focus on building a
      • Week 24 -- "Conversations With Parents That Matter" -- Grade 10

        Suite360 Student Lesson: Conversations With Parents that Matter Brief Summary: It can be hard to talk to teenagers about certain topics.  Topics like friends, dating, curfew, driving are all topics that often teens would rather avoid.  However, we can’t avoid it forever.  Teens will often wait until these things are right in front of them to bring it up.   Teen milestones can be awkward to discuss with parents because it includes emotional, social and sometimes even physical intimacy discussions.
      • Week 23 -- "Be Clear When Communicating" -- Grade 10

        Suite360 Student Lesson: Be Clear When Communicating Brief Summary: This lesson defines what it means to communicate both clearly and concisely.   Students will be able to recognize ways to improve their communication skills.  Teens are often asked to communicate clearly and concisely within their writing for school projects, papers, assignments,  correspondence with a teacher, friend or boss, on social media and in the work place.  Being able to communicate both verbally and in written format iis
      • Week 22 -- "The Dangers and Consequences of Vaping" -- Grade 10

        Brief Summary: This lesson explores the addictive properties of nicotine. It examines what vaping is and how it is both similar to and different from smoking cigarettes. We then explore the physical and cognitive issues associated with nicotine use and vaping. Finally, we explore the question of safety and vaping.    Lesson Objectives Students will identify the harmful effects of nicotine found in vaping devices.  Students will describe how the brain becomes addicted to nicotine and similar chemicals
      • Week 37 -- "The Dangers of Human Trafficking" -- Grade 9

        Suite360 Student Lesson Name: The dangers of human trafficking. Brief Summary: According to DoSomething.org, an organization that fights human trafficking, between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. annually. The U.S. State Department says 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year and 80% of those are female and half are children. In fact, trafficking women and children for sexual exploitation is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in
      • Week 36 -- "Is Vaping Safe?" -- Grade 9

        Is Vaping Safe Grade 9   Brief Summary: This lesson explores the addictive properties of nicotine. It examines what vaping is and how it is both similar to and different from smoking cigarettes. We then explore the physical and cognitive issues associated with nicotine use and vaping. Finally, we explore the question of safety and vaping.    Lesson Objectives Students will identify the harmful effects of nicotine found in vaping devices.  Students will describe how the brain becomes addicted to nicotine
      • Week 35 -- "Prescription drug use among teenagers" -- Grade 9

        Suite360 Student Lesson Name: Prescription drug use among teenagers. Brief Summary: In the United States, 2,500 young people between the ages of 12 and 17 will abuse a prescription drug for the first time every day. In fact, more people abuse prescription drugs — and more deaths occur as a result of that abuse — than cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants, and heroin combined. The most commonly abused prescription drugs are opioid pain relievers, ADHD stimulants, and anti-anxiety drugs. And while this
      • Week 34 -- "Mind your mind: Practicing mindfulness to manage your emotions" -- Grade 9

        Suite360 Student Lesson Name: Mind your mind: Practicing mindfulness to manage your emotions. Brief Summary: You may have heard the term “mindfulness.” What does it really mean? It might help to know that the idea of mindfulness has been around a long time. It’s sometimes called being grounded or being centered. It is about being in the present moment, not thinking about the past or worrying about the future. Most teens are going through a lot right now, emotionally. They will need their parents,
      • Week 33 -- "Finding Balance" -- Grade 9

        Brief Summary: This lesson explores goals, priorities, and expectations as they apply to teenagers and working adults. The lesson then shifts to provide guidance to students on how to manage their time and expectations, thus finding balance. The lesson includes tips for how teens can live a balanced life, having time for both work and fun.    Lesson Objectives Students will discuss the importance of setting goals based on priorities.  Students will discuss the importance of having a balance between
      • Week 32 -- "My Social Impact - Be the change" -- Grade 9

        Suite360 Student Lesson: My Social Impact - Be the change Brief Summary: This lesson examines what it means to be socially conscious in today’s world. We begin with a look at the development of one’s beliefs and how to be a critical thinker. Next, we explore ways to engage locally and globally with an issue to help students learn how to start making a positive impact on the world and make socially conscious choices.    Lesson Objectives Students will define what it means to be socially conscious. 
      • Week 31 -- "The Give and Take of Communicate" -- Grade 9

        Suite360 Student Lesson Name:  The Give and Take of Communicate Brief Summary: This lesson explores how teens can form their own view point and how one can benefit from the viewpoint of others. The concept of fact vs. opinion is explained to establish that one's point of view is just that, and opinion. It then examines the ways to communicate effectively yet careful on social media and other written forms. Finally, the lesson helps with tips on assertive communication and active listening.  Shared
      • Week 30 -- "Positive Body Image- What are realistic expectations?" -- Grade 9

        Suite360 Student Lesson Name: Positive Body Image- What  are realistic expectations? Brief Summary: This lesson will examine the idea of teens and their body image. Using videos and images, the lesson will unpack how one’s body image is created and how we can control our body image in a healthy and enduring way. There are some sensitive topics, words, and images in this lesson, yet they are necessary to address the topic effectively.  Shared vocabulary: Body dissatisfaction- being unhappy with one's
      • Week 29 -- "Get Some Sleep!" -- Grade 9

        Suite360 9th grade Lesson Name: Get Some Sleep! Brief Summary: This lesson explores the current status of teenerages and their sleep. As many would guess, they do not get enough of it. We will unpack the physical and mental issues connected with a lack of sleep in teenagers. We will also introduce and reinforce some tips on how to get a  better night's sleep.  Shared vocabulary: Sleep Hygiene - Good sleep habits Stress - a force of bodily or mental tension resulting from factors that tend to alter
      • Week 28 -- "The importance of healthy habits" -- Grade 9

        Suite360 Student Lesson Name: The importance of healthy habits. Brief Summary: Let’s face it: life is hectic. You’re busy running your child to practices, getting all the household chores done, shopping and paying the bills while having a litany of other responsibilities as a parent.  At the end of a long day, hitting the drive-through and lounging around on the sofa watching a movie sounds great.  While it is fine once in awhile, when it becomes a daily habit, it’s time for you to reflect on what
      • Week 27 -- "Understand your paycheck" -- Grade 9

        Suite360 Student Lesson Name: Understand your paycheck. Brief Summary: When your child joins the work world, it can be a very exciting time for them. They are developing independence and beginning their lifelong relationship with money management. There is an enormous swing in terms of financial literacy and it is important as parents to help your teen learn how to manage their money and live within their means.  Shared vocabulary: None Key Takeaways: There is a difference between what your hourly
      • Week 26 -- "Are you going to play in college?" -- Grade 9

        Suite360 Student Lesson Name: Are you going to play in college? Brief Summary: Your child is just beginning their high school athletic career. Why would we talk about college now — that’s four years away!  Many student athletes dream of playing at the college level. If that is something your student is considering, the time to plan for it is now. To play for an NCAA college or university, there are course requirements that begin in 9th grade.  The world of college athletic recruitment is complex
      • Week 25 -- "My Gifts, My Passions" -- Grade 9

        Suite360 9th grade Student Lesson Name: My Gifts, My Passions.  Brief Summary: Explores the concept of personal attributes, skills, and passions Examines the steps and skills necessary for success Share methods to developing attributes into passions / careers Shared vocabulary: Attributes- things that a person does well and can be considered a strength Soft Skills- human interaction skills such as having conversations, bringing a group together, etc.  Hard Skills- technical specific skills such as
      • Week 24 -- "Ending the cycle: Understanding others’ emotions and perspectives" -- Grade 9

        Suite360 Student Lesson Name: Ending the cycle: Understanding others’ emotions and perspectives.   Brief Summary: As your child learns to navigate and manage their own emotions, they need strategies to connect with other people who are going through similar experiences. Recent years have seen a sharp rise in bullying in schools, stemming from online activities and a general emotional disconnect among peers.  This lesson focuses on the difference between empathy and sympathy, emphasizing the gap between
      • Week 23 -- "Empathy, Got some?" -- Grade 9

        Suite360 Student Lesson Name: Empathy, Got some?  Brief Summary: This lesson will explore the idea of empathy as it pertains to teens being able to recognize other’s perspectives in the hope of feeling with others,  not for others. First, empathy and relative concepts will be defined, then their significance will be examined, and finally the lesson will conclude with a look at some techniques and practices for teens.  Shared vocabulary: Altruism Empathy Sympathy Compasion Pity Key Takeaways: There