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November is National Scholarship Month, referred to by the National Scholarship Providers Association as a time to raise awareness of scholarship opportunities for current and future college students. November is also an excellent time to begin the scholarship application process if you have not done so already. Apparently, this is no coincidence and was, in fact, the reason behind changing National Scholarship Month from May to November in 2008. Many scholarship providers are posting new scholarship information and competitions for the next academic year, and November is also an ideal month to dedicate some time to finding scholarships for the current and coming academic years.
Winning scholarships can be vital to students’ college success. Scholarships help students from disadvantaged backgrounds gain educational opportunities that they would not otherwise have been able to access. Research suggests that scholarship awards open the doors to more prestigious colleges and higher graduation rates for low-income and minority students. Every student who wins a scholarship will benefit in some way, though, from borrowing less in student loans to spending less time working and more time studying — possibly even studying abroad. Scholarships can provide financial and motivational incentives to enrich a student’s college experience.
There are other scholarship advantages, too! Scholarships provide students with a sense of pride and accomplishment, as well as recognition for a job well done. Scholarships celebrate students’ unique talents, which can range from essay writing to something more unusual, like duct tape dress-making or fluency in the Klingon language. Recognition can be as simple as seeing your name on a scholarship website (such as our testimonials page) or being acknowledged at a national awards ceremony. Winning a scholarship can also be a powerful networking tool, giving students an opportunity to connect with members of the organizations that award their scholarships, as well as with other recipients of scholarship awards.
Earning a scholarship doesn’t end with a monetary prize but is instead the beginning of an overall experience of creating success in your academic and professional life. But to win a scholarship, you first have to apply. While the scholarship application process can be intimidating, Scholarships.com can help. By conducting a free scholarship search at Scholarships.com, students gain access to a database of 2.7 million college scholarships and grants worth over $19 billion. We then narrow this vast array of financial aid opportunities down to a manageable list of scholarships for which you actually qualify based on the information you provide in your Scholarships.com profile. You can then review your search results whenever you visit, mark your favorites, remove the scholarships that do not interest you and sort your list by deadline, dollar amount and other criteria. We also offer an extensive library of scholarship and financial aid resources, which are completely free to use, just like our scholarship search. There are scholarships out there for everyone, even so-called “average” students. So take advantage of National Scholarship Month and search for available scholarships today!
November is Tobacco Awareness Month and #NoVapeNovember as we push for Vaping Prevention & Education in EBRPSS. This year, we are focused on discussing the dangers of vaping and reminding students that “A Healthier Me is Smoke Free!”
The I CARE Program would like to remind students and families that #NOVAPENOVEMBER can be a family discussion as we know that vaping is on the rise. Each day in the U.S., about 1,600 youth smoke their first cigarette, and nearly 200 youth start smoking every day. Flavoring in tobacco products can make them more appealing to youth. Have honest talks with your child about vaping and tobacco use.
Try the following tips to promote honest and calm conversations:
Let your child lead the conversation and listen to their questions and comments.
Encourage your child to tell you how they feel.
Empathize with pressures they may be feeling to do drugs or drink alcohol from their peers or their environment.
Ensure to regulate your own emotions, especially right now.
Highlight the risks of tobacco and vaping.
Show that you value their perspective and make the conversation a win-win for them.
Did You Know?
E-cigarettes contain nicotine.
5 mg of nicotine a day is enough to establish a nicotine addiction.
Evidence shows that the effect of nicotine on developing brains may also lead to vulnerability to addiction to other drugs.
The U.S.’s lack of regulation of nicotine levels is dramatically different from other countries.
Many young people turn to nicotine to alleviate stress, anxiety and depression, but it may be making them feel worse.
Colliding crises: Youth Mental Health and nicotine use. Truth Initiative. (n.d.).
E-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated with lung injury.
What are the symptoms?
Cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills and weight loss.
What can parents do to safeguard against vaping?
Know the facts.
Try to understand why vaping was a choice to participate in and be ready to listen.
Convey your expectations.
Role play resistance skills.
Set a good example.
Fentanyl-related overdoses have become the No.1 cause of death among America's young adults (18-45), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC estimates that between October 2020 and October 2021, overdoses killed 105,000 Americans. Remember to have candid conversations about trying prescription or non-prescription pills and/or drugs. ONE PILL CAN KILL!
Taste The Rainbow
How to Learn to Love Vegetables and Fruits
If you grew up eating only a few fruits and vegetables, you might not have developed an appreciation for produce. But don’t worry. You can retrain your taste buds to love broccoli, kale and beets!
Here’s what you can do for yourself and your kids:
Step 1: Avoid processed food with lots of meat, cheese, salt, sugar and fat. These foods overstimulate your taste buds and put you into the Pleasure Trap, making fresh fruits and vegetables taste boring in comparison.
Step 2: Try new vegetables and fruits over and over again in different ways. It can take 12–18 tastes to acquire a taste for new food. So, if you once hated arugula or mushrooms, that’s OK. Try again in a different recipe. You might surprise yourself.
SERVINGS PER DAY:
4 servings of fruits a day
5 servings of vegetables a day
The secret behind the COLORS OF THE RAINBOW
Parents, guardians, and students, we are in the process of planning for the 12th Grade EBRPSS Internship Program for the 2024-25 School Year. This message is to invite all parents and guardians who would like to learn more about the program to a face-to-face informational meeting. Two meetings will take place. The first will take place at 5:30pm on November 13, 2023 at Woodlawn High School. The second meeting will take place at 5:30pm on November 27, 2023 at Scotlandville High School. In order to register for the meeting which, you would like to attend, please use the link provided below:
Your teen is likely forming their own opinions about a lot of things. Teens are known for their strong views on what is “fair” — something you may have experienced when discussing weekend curfew.
Beyond developing a tendency to take a stand on almost anything, as your teen goes through school, they are also learning to recognize and understand the different sides to an argument.
Use your teen's debating skills to promote their writing skills. Find out what they are passionate about. Is it politics? Maybe an elected official implemented a plan that she disagrees with. Is your teen more focused on student rights? Perhaps they think a school policy is outdated and unreasonable.
Once you identify an issue your teen feels strongly about, encourage them to do something about it. Have them write a letter expressing their opinion.
Suggest that they research the topic so they can write a well-reasoned explanation of their position. Help them find the name of the appropriate person to address a letter to.
Your teen may feel so energized by their attempts to change the world that they won't even notice they are improving writing skills — and learning to make a persuasive argument.
Louisiana Youth Seminar is a leadership seminar that helps build awareness of the importance of relationships in school, life and career. For 53 years, more than 12,000 high schoolers have benefited from skills learned during this life-changing week.
Every July, the energy of 300 LYS student delegates surges through the LSU campus. A team of young professionals and college student volunteers lead activities designed to help student delegates develop leadership skills through effective communication, team building, goal setting problem-solving and more.
Who is eligible to attend?
All rising high school juniors and seniors, and also sophomores feeling up to the challenge, are encouraged to attend.
When does my student need to register?
We accept registrations until we are full, but we have begun filling earlier each year. So we encourage you to get your registration forms in as soon as possible.
I don’t have everything I need to register right now, can I save my form? What happens with a “saved” form?
The registration form has a “save” feature that allows you to save a partially completed form via a link provided from the system. If you do not click “submit” filling out all required fields of the form, LYS is not in receipt of your registration. Therefore, your space is not held/student not registered. Only you or anyone with whom you share the link has access to the information in your saved form. LYS cannot access saved/incomplete forms.
I am having trouble completing registration. What do I do now? I did not get a confirmation of my registration?
We recommend you use Google Chrome or another updated browser to register. When you complete registration, there should be a “thank-you” message on your screen. Within the next few minutes, a confirmation email will be sent to the student and guardian email provided in the registration process from firstname.lastname@example.org.
If I am not from Louisiana, can I attend?
Yes, we have students attend from across the U.S. and even other countries! Hope you’re prepared to see why Louisianans are proud of their state.
If I paid my deposit, how do I pay the balance due?
We will send you email requests with balance due amounts and a way to pay the balance online before your student attends prior to the start of the seminar. Balances are due before the seminar to expedite registration. (Typically, the balance owed is $400 = $550-$150 deposit).
What are my payment options?
You can pay the full amount when you register or pay the $150 deposit online. You must register with your student information online first. We will email directions on how to pay your balance beginning in May to facilitate a smooth check-in process. (You can expect a dorm location and "what to pack" list a few weeks before the seminar via email as well.)
More4kids One of many parenting websites, More4kids is chock-full of articles on any aspect of parenting you can think of and for any age. Whether you’re nursing an infant, potty-training a toddler, helping a third-grader with homework or buying a cell phone for a teenager, this website has advice and ideas to help you out. https://www.more4kids.info
Dr. Michele Borba Dr. Michele Borba dedicates her life to helping families and children. She specializes in educational psychology and is an advocate for children. Her site is an invaluable resource helping to prevent bullying through encouraging empathy and resilience. Every parent needs to check it out. http://micheleborba.com/
Dr. Toy Need to buy a gift for a child? This website provides information and reviews on the best toys and educational products. It also offers tips on selecting and links to online toy stores. http://www.drtoy.com
Kids.gov The parenting section of kids.gov has a ton of resources for parents. You can learn about online safety, tips for teaching math to your child with the help from online math tutoring services, reading tips and a lot more. They also have different apps such as a Talmud app that can help you with Jewish Rabbinic texts. This is a great directory of resources every parent should bookmark. https://kids.usa.gov/parents/art-and-music/index.shtml
Family Education An all-encompassing website that covers all aspects of family life from pregnancy to babies, kids and teens. A comprehensive section contains articles about education and sel curriculum lesson plans from grade level help to home-schooling. Other areas of interest include areas of family life, food with meal planning cooking tips and advice from the experts. http://www.familyeducation.com/
The National Parenting Center While there are many parenting websites, this site has a little bit of everything — printables for the kids, recipes, parenting articles for all ages, a message board and more. Find support and advice for all things parenting. Discover what products and services receive their prestigious seal of approval. http://www.tnpc.com/
Zero to Three This website focuses on babies and toddlers up to age 3. Its parenting section includes articles on nutrition, brain development, child care, sleep and more. Learn all you can about early development and how to be the best parent to our youngest family members. http://www.zerotothree.org/
Parenting.com Parenting.com is the mother of the parenting websites. It covers all stages of parenting. Here you will find information for expectant parents, babies, toddlers, tweens and teens. http://www.parenting.com
Parent Previews Where do you turn when it comes to entertainment for the family? Parent Previews has done the homework for you when it comes to movies. Check the website and find out if the movie is fit for children. http://www.parentpreviews.com/
Parents Television Council Not all television shows are created equal and more than not are not fit for children viewing. The Parents Television Council is a nonpartisan education organization aimed to help parents raise their kids and make informed decisions when it comes to the entertainment their children watch. They offer means to get involved with their cause through their interactive website. http://www.parentstv.org
Common Sense Media We all need help navigating the media choices available to our children today. These websites review movies, television shows, video games and music to help us determine what is appropriate for our children. The website caters to parents, educators and advocates. http://www.commonsensemedia.org
CSPN The College Savings Plans Network gives comprehensive information about the 529 savings plans. Saving for college for your children is wise to start early. Receive advice and reports when it comes to saving for the important education of your child’s future. http://www.collegesavings.org
Parenting Teens A simple website with advice about parenting older children through their teen years. Advice covers many topics teens and parents face today. While some of the articles are dated, the advice is timeless. http://www.parentingteens.com/
Safe Teens Parenting teenagers brings a whole new set of issues and questions. Safe Teens.com offers articles and advice on everything from communication and curfews to drug use and internet safety. Also available are parents’ guides for social media usage. http://www.safeteens.com/
Youth Guidance, “Leaders in Training”
Youth Guidance, “Leaders in Training”, under the leadership of Andrea Simmons, is comprised of a cohort of fifty female and male students spanning grades 6th to 12th. Youth Guidance focuses on promoting positive outcomes essential to the development of our young learners. These include youth leadership and development, fostering self-advocacy, mentoring, self-care management, imparting survival skills, teen pregnancy prevention, offering career guidance, and enhancing financial literacy. Our commitment extends beyond the students themselves, reaching out to parents and the community as well. We offer a comprehensive array of resources, including workshops, student support services, parent support services, and access to community resources.
The LA State Police paid a visit to the students of Youth Guidance (L.I.T.) at Glen Oaks Magnet High School. The enthusiasm their team generated among the students was indescribable. The students had the privilege of receiving an engaging presentation and had the opportunity to explore the static display by the State Police, featuring a helicopter, SWAT truck, motorcycles, K-9 units, and their patrol vehicles. The event concluded with a breathtaking takeoff. The level of professionalism displayed by this team was genuinely outstanding. We want to extend our deep appreciation to the LA State Police for a job excellently executed!
Parent Power is a publication of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System
The East Baton Rouge Parish School System and all of its entities (including career and technical education programs) do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, national origin, disability or gender in its educational programs and activities (including employment and application for employment); and it is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of gender by Title IX (20 USC 168) and on the basis of disability by Section 504 (42 USC 794). The Title IX coordinator is Andrew Davis, director of Risk Management (ADavis6@ebrschools.org, 225-929-8705). The Section 504 coordinator is Danielle Staten-Ojo, (email@example.com., 225-326-5668). The Title II coordinator is Dr. Sandra Bethley, administrative director of Federal Programs (SBHorton@ebrschools.org, 225-922-5538).
All students have an opportunity to participate in career and technical programs of study, including but not limited to areas of health care; construction crafts and trades; automotive technology; IT computer technology; culinary programs; criminal justice; and agriculture. Admission requirements for each course can be found in the student course guide/schedule packet of the individual campus where the course is being offered. Please contact the guidance counselor at the specific school for additional information, program requirements and/or any questions you may have.
Dr. Sito Narcisse, Superintendent of Schools
Ben Lemoine, Director of Communications & Family Engagement