• Signs To Look For / MS HOPE PROCESS

    Here are a few, but not all signs that parents and other caring friends and family should be aware of when dealing with an adolescent who may be abusing drugs and or alcohol. They signs are broken down into ones seen at school and ones that may be seen at home. Some of the signs do overlap.

     

    At home:

    • Bloodshot Eyes: Not always a reliable assessment tool, but it is a sign of which to be aware.
    • Smell of alcohol or marijuana: This smell could be from recent use of from the after effects of continued use.
    • Work not completed: poor excuses for not completing assignments on time or at all.
    • Drug related jewelry, clothing: Clips, t-shirts with drug or alcohol related messages, mushroom necklaces, pacifiers, may also show up as drawings on book covers or in art.
    • Verbal Abuse: this is usually directed towards adults who represent authority.
    • Vandalism:
    • Drop in grades: This usually shows as a dramatic decrease in grades, could occur suddenly or over 6-12 months.
    • Peers: Students will hang out with those who are known troublemakers or known users.
    • Previous friends no longer apparently important.
    • Emotional highs and lows: easily upset, emotional state changes rapidly, dont seem as happy as he/she used to be.
    • Defiance to rules and regulations: pushing limits around the house, not doing chores, etc.
    • Becoming more secretive: Not sharing any, or very little of personal problems.
    • Withdrawal from family functions: not attending family functions, religious events and meals.
    • Change in physical hygiene: becoming sloppy, wearing same clothes frequently, and appearing unkempt and unclean.
    • Not informing parents of school activities: neglecting to tell parents of school open houses, time to meet teachers, detentions, warning, and suspensions.

     

    At school:

    • Not responding in class: Lack on concern regarding class and school in general. Difficult to motivate student.
    • Skipping class and or school: This is often seen in chronic absence from classes or for the entire day.
    • Constantly Late for class: Students usually has poor excuses for tardiness, may come in with a group of other students.
    • Work not completed: poor excuses for not completing assignments on time or at all.
    • Drug related jewelry, clothing: Clips, t-shirts with drug or alcohol related messages, mushroom necklaces, pacifiers, may also show up as drawings on book covers or in art.

      Sitting in the back of class: Sleeping, daydreaming, inappropriate laughing, lots of side talk about partying or drugs/alcohol.
    • Verbal Abuse: this is usually directed towards adults who represent authority.
    • Vandalism:
    • Drop in grades: This usually shows as a dramatic decrease in grades, could occur suddenly or over 6-12 months.
    • Peers: Students will hang out with those who are known troublemakers or known users.
    • Previous friends no longer apparently important.
    • Emotional highs and lows: easily upset, emotional state changes rapidly, dont seem as happy as he/she used to be.
    • Defiance to rules and regulations: pushing limits around the house, not doing chores, etc.

     

    Facts/ preventative measures that can be taken

     

    • Eat together as a family.
    • Have family outing that occur weekly, monthly or annually
    • Talk with your children and listen to them.
    • Praise and reinforce positive behavior.
    • Encourage children to talk about their feelings, anger, sadness, fear and happiness.
    • Tell them how much you love them
    • Hug or display affection in front of them.
    • Let children experience adventure, injury, risk, challenge, failure and frustration.
    • Encourage them to accept responsibility
    • Learn to trust them

     

     

    MS HOPE Process


     H.O.P.E. - Middle School Helping Our Pupils’ Esteem

     

    • Referral: A student can be referred by anyone. There are four areas of concentration – B.A.H.A. (Behavior, Academics, Health, and Attendance). This includes but is not limited to a self referral, or a referral by parents/guardians, a friend or a school staff member. This type of referral is not a discipline referral. The referral forms are located in the guidance area, the main office and on the 2nd floor bridge.
    • Deemed MSHOPE case: The MSHOPE team will discuss the referral and contact the parent if it is deemed an MSHOPE case.
    • Contact Parents/Guardians: A Parent or Guardian will be contacted by a case manager. The case manager is a staff member on the MSHOPE team.
    • Gather information: Specific information will then be gathered from all school staff that has contact with the referred student. Information will also be collected from the parent/guardian.
    • Course of action: Together, parents/guardians and the MSHOPE team will developan appropriate course of action to help the student achieve success in school.

     

    The entire process is confidential.