District Response to 13 Reasons Why Netflix Series
There has been a lot of concern around the message and potential impact of 13 Reasons Why, a series on Netflix based on a 2007 book by Jay Asher. The series revolves around 17-year-old Hannah Baker, who takes her own life and leaves behind audio recordings for 13 people who she says in some way were part of why she killed herself. Each tape recounts painful events in which one or more of the 13 individuals played a role and glamorizes suicide. The content is rated TV-MA, which designates “unsuitable for children under the age of 17.” The series includes graphic scenes involving drugs, bullying, rape and suicide. See link for more information about content IMDB Parent Guide. Netflix has announced that a second season is in production.
Greg Hudnall, Executive Director of Hope4Utah and a well-known suicide expert in the state of Utah said, “the series is harmful for impressionable teens. In the long run, it can cause more trauma and more pain for a child.” His concern is based on the following things:
The Netflix Series:
- Offers no solutions to problems and challenges
- Does not educate people about suicide
- Could lead to more trauma and death
We strive to take a very proactive approach when it comes to suicide prevention in our schools and community and we’d like to share some resources that are available to help.
- 13 Reasons Why Talking Points (Spanish & English)
- Helpful Tips for Addressing Suicidality
- National Association School Psychologist Guidelines
- Parent Resource English
- Parent Resource Spanish
- Wasatch Mental Health Crisis Line: 801-373-7393 (available 24/7)
The message we want to share is that help is available. If you have further questions or concerns please contact your school’s Counselor or Social Worker.
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A huge thank you to a group of BYU students in the Technology Engineering Education Program at BYU. As part of a class project they made 80 trophies for a local basketball league and donated the profits to Spring Creek to pay for past due lunch balances.
**Congratulations Mrs. Lori Mellander**
Outstanding Classified Employee 2017
Voted on by the Spring Creek Faculty
There really are not words to describe what Lori Mellander does here at Spring Creek. From day one she made a difference for our students, parents and staff. We call her the Child Whisperer. From leading groups that help students learn life skills, to coordinating work crew, to check-ins, to developing the Sportsmanship training, to being the one that everyone can count on everyday she is incredible in every way. She watches for ways to increase her own capacity to lead and guide in productive ways. She is proactive and innovative. She has a beautiful balance of kindness and nurturing coupled with the highest expectations for our students and for us. We have learned so much from Lori and her influence and presence will be felt for a very long time. Thank you Lori Mellander for all that you have contributed to the Spring Creek Learning Community.
**Congratulations Kaden Hickman**
Central Utah Stem Fair Award Winner
1st Place in his category ~ Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics
Congratulations to the following students who qualified to move on to the
Central Utah STEM Fair at BYU on March 28th!
Here they are by their projects!
Ashley Garcia ~ Kaden Hickman
Micah Laughlin ~ Ostyn Medina
**Congratulations Mrs. Emily Nelson**
Utah PTA Volunteer Of The Year
also previously received
District & Regional PTA Outstanding Volunteer Award
Emily Nelson is an exceptional PTA volunteer. She has had students attend Spring Creek Elementary for over a decade. She has always been an active, involved parent, but she has been an exceptional member of PTA as well. She is not afraid to help in all capacities, no matter the size of the task. Emily is capable of everything from being in charge of an event and helping in a large capacity, but is not afraid to help in all the little ways as well. She truly is a woman who is willing to help and is willing to do whatever it takes to get things done and has even developed programs on her own that she felt would benefit the school. She is not afraid to stay until the very end if necessary, and is one of those people who can always be counted on to be there when she is needed. She continues to serve Spring Creek, even now, as all of her children have moved on to other schools. She is truly deserving of this award!
**Congratulations Mrs. Julie Martin ~ Education Resource Teacher**
Daily Herald Utah Valley Educator of the Week
Received the Provo Way Award at the April Board Mtg.
Julie Martin is a kindergarten through sixth-grade special education resource teacher for Spring Creek Elementary in Provo and was selected as the Daily Herald’s Utah Valley Educator of the Week.
She has worked with Provo City School District for about 30 years and has helped many students with learning challenges succeed in their schoolwork.
She has contributed to Spring Creek in many ways, but one of the ways she has made an impact is by creating sensory bags that help students calm down and self-regulate their behaviors. Teachers throughout the school have had the opportunity to utilize these bags and it benefits classrooms tremendously.
**Congratulations Kaden Hickman~ 5th Grade Student**
Awarded the ‘Provo Way Award’ at the March School Board Meeting
Kaden knew that another student was really struggling. He asked his mom if he do something for the student. The kind act was done anonymously. Kaden’s kindness is exemplary. He is kind to everyone even some that may be harder to want to be kind to. We appreciate Kaden’s awareness of those around him and his desire to help them feel accepted at Spring Creek.
**Congratulations Mr Hunt~ Instructional Assistant**
Awarded the ‘Provo Way Award’ at the March School Board Meeting
Mr. Hunt is such an asset to our Spring Creek team. He has been working with our students who are struggling readers and he has helped them to improve their reading abilities. He is patient and kind to all students that he works with throughout the day. He has proven to be a positive role model for our students who need one-on-one guidance. Mr. Hunt knows how to encourage students to be their best and students gravitate towards him. His work at Spring Creek has made a positive impact on the lives of our students and he should be recognized for his continued dedication.
**Congratulations Mr Op't Hof ~ 3rd Grade Teacher**
2016-17 Crystal Apple Award
Mr Op't Hof is a valuable asset to the Spring Creek Team. He has worked in several positions at Spring Creek. He is willing, hard-working, helpful and capable. Late last summer just before the school started we had a teacher decide to stay home with her new baby and not return to our staff. Dave was asked to step into that position. He accepted the request with a gracious and can-do attitude that was a breath of fresh air. We are blessed to have him with us.
His team says the following of him.
He is an extremely hard worker, always one of the first to arrive at the school in the morning. He is dedicated to the success of his students and is constantly evaluating their performance and implementing new practices, especially those that yield the highest growth effect size.
Dave is an easy-going and supportive team member. He shares ideas and always makes sure we all have enough copies of our spelling practices for the week. We have been blessed to have Dave on the third grade team. He is a respected colleague as well as a great friend. He deserves this recognition. And it's seriously about time! Congratulations, Dave!
**Congratulations Miss Boone ~ 5th Grade Teacher**
2016-17 PTA Golden Apple Award
Miss Boone expresses a level of concern and care for her students and their families that is above and beyond anything asked or expected of her. It is through those relationships that she is able to touch hearts and minds as she makes a powerful difference each day—as a friend, an advocate and an inspiring educator at Spring Creek Elementary. We love and appreciate the incredible contribution Miss Boone makes in the lives of our students and in our school community. There is no one more deserving of this wonderful award!
**Congratulations Miss Rossiter ~ 4th Grade Teacher**
2016-17 PTA Outstanding Educator Award
We are so grateful for the contribution Miss Rossiter has made in the lives of our students, as well as in our school community. As we stand back to admire it, her journey as an educator has created a canvas of lives and circumstances that she has touched and changed for the better. The colors are bright, and the influence is lasting as her “artist’s touch” and technique have molded her students and their learning. Her legacy as an educator is a true masterpiece, and certainly “outstanding.” As a thankful parent shared, “I will forever be grateful for Miss Rossiter in my children’s lives, as well as my own.”
**Congratulations to Melissa Haderlie**
Awarded the ‘Provo Way Award’ at the February School Board Meeting
Melissa Haderlie is new to Spring Creek this year. She has been amazing from day one and does so much more than just push the computer carts around the school and keep all of our technology up to date. She has the responsibility of being the school's social media manager taking pictures and videos of events happening at our school and posting them on Facebook. She is a HUGE resource to teachers with their computers, Promethean boards, iPads and Chromebooks. If she doesn't know something, she figures it out. She has stepped in on multiple occasions as an emergency substitute teaching in classrooms from Kindergarten to 6th grade. Melissa also organized events to celebrate Global Safer Internet Week and planned activities which included lessons on internet safety, guest speakers, a quiz drawing, and a poster contest. Her initiative and positive attitude are a great example to the faculty at Spring Creek. We don't know what we would do without her.
**Congratulations to Jean Jones**
Awarded the ‘Provo Way Award’ at the November School Board Meeting
Jean Jones is our head secretary. She has worked for the school district for over 30 years. Jean works to meet the needs of all who walk through the office doors. We receive compliments all the time about how friendly our front office is. She works hard. She always has a smile. She wants to help us in any way she can. Principal Franklin believes that the reason she was hired for her first job with Provo City School District is because Jean let her in to visit with the principal. Just a few short months later Mrs. Franklin was teaching at Maeser Elementary. Now Mrs. Franklin loves that she is back working with Jean.
Spring Creek is excited to announce the implementation of the
Positive Behavior Supports and Interventions (PBIS).
To help introduce this to our students we had an assembly,
As part of the assembly we had a very special "Queen Bee" who
introduced us to 3 other very important "B's",
our school wide beliefs:
Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible.
Ask your child what they learned about what it means to
Be Kind, Be Safe and to Be Responsible