Sunday, March 3, 2019

March 3 Update

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope this finds you well.  I would like to use this opportunity to follow up on Mr. Jason Levene’s message on the Momo Challenge that was sent out at the end of last week.  Mr. Levene is the district’s Administrator for Wellness and Counseling, and here is his message if you did not receive it.  Some of you responded by sharing information from internet articles or other news sources that concluded the Momo Challenge is a hoax.  I would like to remind everyone that even if the Momo Challenge is a hoax, I know there are some middle school students who are talking about it.  Although I have no concerns about this being a widespread issue at this moment, gossips as well as other lunchroom or hallway chatters among students can quickly turn a hoax into a reality.  Therefore, I strongly encourage everyone follow the advice of Mr. Levene and check in with your students about the Momo Challenge.  This is especially important if your students are sensitive to information about depression, self-harm, or suicide.  
Attached here is an article from Common Sense Media.  It describes many of the popular online challenges, including the Momo Challenge, that many of your students are likely already aware of.  As the author stated, not all online challenges are harmful.  Some may even be great activities for families to do together.  Therefore, I encourage everyone to take a read and educate yourselves about the online information that many of your students may already be getting.

On a separate note, please know that I am postponing this month’s Principal’s Coffee originally scheduled for this Wednesday morning.  I am planning to hold an information session to be held in the evening of this month to discuss the course selection process for next year.  Given that the impending override vote will impact what courses McCall will be able to offer next year, it will be more helpful to hold this meeting later in March when we have a better idea what the outcome of the override will be.

Thank you and enjoy the upcoming week.

James Lin
McCall Middle School

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