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We wanted to inform you of a new e-cigarette device that is rapidly gaining popularity nationwide among young teens. It is the “Juul” vaporizer (JUUL). Students refer to using this device as “juuling”.
The Juul can be very deceptive as it does not look like an e-cigarette or vaping device (see photos and associated links on next page). It looks like a small USB flash drive and can be charged while plugged into a laptop. It is small enough to fit inside an enclosed hand and does not emit any odor; therefore, making it easily concealable from adults and simple to use for teens. In addition, the pods used with the Juul come in flavors such as strawberry, mango, fruit medley, and mint, all flavors that might appeal to teens. These kid-friendly flavors make the pods appear harmless; however, one Juul pod contains as much nicotine as one pack of cigarettes. Even more concerning is that the Juul device can be used with marijuana. In addition, students can easily purchase these on Amazon without age verification.
It is extremely important that we work together to protect our students. We urge you to educate your children regarding the dangers of vaping and juuling. The use of these devices by minors is prohibited by state law and OUSD Board policy. We strongly prohibit the use of these devices, along with any other e-cigarette devices and vaporizers from our campuses. Students using or in possession of these devices will be subject to disciplinary action and potential reporting to law enforcement.
Together we can work to protect our children and support healthy practices at home and at school. Thank you for working with us to keep our children safe.
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Nordhoff coaches, athletic director, and administration have recently made a policy change to pilot a one-time academic probationary period for student-athletes. Per CIF rules, student-athletes must earn at least a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) in the preceding grading period to be eligible to compete in athletic contests. CIF does allow each member school to establish their own probationary periods which allow student-athletes to continue competing in contests even if their GPA is below a 2.0. The only stipulation CIF mandates is that a student-athlete may not use academic probation in consecutive grading periods. CIF believes that high school athletics promote positive quality traits and understands that our young athletes may experience some academic difficulties at some point in their high school careers for a variety of reasons. Rather than push student-athletes away from the benefits of team participation when they face academic difficulties, the Nordhoff athletic staff would like to retain these athletes while helping them overcome their academic difficulties.
Any student-athlete is eligible to petition for academic probation status one time during their high school careers at Nordhoff. The petition will ask students and parents to identify the causes of their academic difficulties as well as outline a plan for resolving those challenges in order to earn at least a 2.0 GPA in future grading periods. Further, administration will monitor academic progress at the 4-week progress grading periods to determine if adequate progress is being made. If a student-athlete is not making academic progress towards 2.0 GPA eligibility, a meeting between administration and coaches will take place to determine if a student-athlete needs more academic focus and less athletic participation.
Nordhoff Petition for Academic Probation for Athletic Participation
In an attempt to encourage greater participation in athletics and extracurricular performing arts, Nordhoff has started an initiative to allow student-athletes/artists to request no credit and grades for their involvement in these programs. This petition is intended to help students who may have a GPA greater than 4.0, are involved in multiple programs whose practices / rehearsals may conflict, or students who may have work conflicts.
For students who have an overall GPA greater than 4.0, a non-weighted letter grade in athletics or performing arts can actually lower their GPA--even if they earn an A grade. As well, some students may not be able to attend all practices or rehearsals if they are enrolled in multiple programs that practice or rehearse at the same time. With this petition, they can request a modified schedule. Finally, we recognize that some students have work or family obligations that make them unable to attend on a regular basis.
Any student who is interested in seeking flexibility with athletics or performing arts can download the form on our athletics page or from the link below. The petition will also help create communication between student, their family, and those teachers / coaches to establish participation expectations and scheduling.
Nordhoff Petition for No Credit.docx