Principal’s Newletter 8/23/19
Dear St. Francis Families,
As you are aware, we live in a world surrounded by digital media, where a Twitter, SnapChat, Instagram, Finsta or Facebook post can quickly take on a life of its own. As useful and indispensable as our digital devices may be, these do have the potential to harm others in a very tangible way.
Recent studies have shown that teenagers and adolescents feel overwhelmed by negative comments and images posted on social media. Some students can overcome the “mean” comments and move on, while others simply cannot. Clinicians have identified increased rates of depression, anxiety and poor body image as a result of these postings. Furthermore, the data indicates this effect/issue is particularly heightened for girls.
Why am I sharing this on a Friday afternoon, you may ask? As parents and partners in educating our Troubies, you are the first line of defense. Please speak with your daughter, and ask her what’s trending on her social media sites. Is there anything inappropriate being posted? Better yet, ask her to show you her feed and perhaps even “friend” you, though this is probably not socially acceptable!
At St. Francis, we’re dedicated to serving young women and families who seek a community of faith, excellence, leadership, and service, grounded in the teachings of Jesus Christ. We commit ourselves to educating young women to live full, responsible, meaningful lives to be a force for “peace and goodness” throughout the world. Any behavior which is contrary to the mission and philosophy of St. Francis is unacceptable and may lead to disciplinary action. Respect for all members of the St. Francis community and adherence to school rules are valued and expected at all times. Our Student – Parent handbook is always available on the SFHS website for your reference.
As we close the second week of the school year, it is important to have these conversations early so our students and parents are aware of the standards expected of a St. Francis Troubadour.
If you have any concerns or need assistance with situations your daughter is dealing with, feel free to contact her Guidance counselor or our Wellness counselors at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you believe your daughter is being victimized, please contact Mrs. Cost, our Dean of Students at CCost@stfrancishs.org. It is our goal to keep all students physically, emotionally, and spiritually safe.
St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!
Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),