It is our belief at BT that to position our students for unparalleled levels of success in life, we must educate the whole child - their intellectual, creative, physical, spiritual, and social selves. Our commitment to rigorous academics in support of the intellectual component of the "whole child" is the most easily identifiable, but every initiative we employ or decision we make is intended to support at least one component, often more, of that philosophy.
This edition of Heads Up has some excellent examples of teaching to the whole child:
- Lower School students will attend an assembly on Friday centered on positive mindset.
- Students in grades 5-7 will learn about digital wellness and safety in advisory over the next few weeks.
- All Middle School students will participate in Habitudes, BT's leadership development curriculum, and the Future-Focused Speaker Series.
Today, I want to place focus on the physical self - specifically the increased popularity of vaping among teens and the misconception that it is a safe or healthier alternative to smoking. In reality, there are many unknowns about vaping, including what chemicals make up the vapor and how they affect physical health. We do know that the vapor can contain as much or more nicotine than cigarettes, making it highly addictive and resulting in more consumption of this toxic substance. I was shocked to learn that the nicotine content of one JUUL pod is equivalent to one pack of cigarettes.
Because e-cigarettes can be packaged to look like common devices such as thumb drives and smart watches, BT's faculty and staff have a heightened awareness of the potential for students to easily disguise vaping devices. I encourage parents to talk to their children about vaping and its health risks. The following resources may prove useful in those conversations:
Our goal is to help support our students in making positive decisions for themselves. Thank you for being our partner in this effort.
Kristi N. Gibbs Ed.D.
Head of School
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