For the safety of our students…, part 1


A few statistics on teen driving:

(taken directly from

  1. “33% of deaths among 13 to 19-year-olds in 2010 occurred in motor vehicle crashes.
  2. 16-year-olds have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age.
  3. 56% of teens said they talk on the phone while driving.
  4. Statistics show that 16 and 17-year-old driver death rates increase with each additional passenger.
  5. Only 44% of teens said they would definitely speak up if someone were driving in a way that scared them.
  6. Teen drivers with involved parents are twice as likely to wear seat belts.
  7. More than 40% of teen auto deaths occur between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  8. Talking on a cell phone can double the likelihood of an accident as well as slow a young driver’s reaction time down to that of a 70-year-old.
  9. 1 in 5 of 16-year-old drivers has an accident within their first year of driving.
  10. 56% of teenagers rely on their parents to learn how to drive.
  11. Crash risk for teens increase incrementally with each mile per hour over the speed limit.”

So why might I share these statistics with you? Well, for several reasons: First, today we had an exciting, interactive activity presented by ThinkFast Interactive during advisement. Please ask your teen about it and ask them what they may have learned from it. Second, we have been noticing some “erratic” (even dangerous and illegal) driving in our parking lot by some of our students. Unfortunately, this has at times been accompanied by some unfriendly and inappropriate attitudes/gestures.

I am just wanting you all to be aware of this and to be sure that you have had discussions about driving safety with your teenager (and that you are modeling appropriate behaviors, attitudes, and actions for your own children and on behalf of our community). Officer Rodrigue (our SRO) has agreed to help and will issue citations (along with any accompanying fines/points) if necessary. But I really, really don’t want it to come to that–our primary concern here is safety. And when it comes right down to it at the end of the day, is it really worth it to sacrifice the safety of yourself or others for the sake of a text message, a phone call, or to just “look cool” to others around you? I hope not. As we learned today during our advisement presentation, those 4.6-second decisions often have disastrous consequences.

Just food for thought…




Random Acts of Kindness


At the beginning of this school year, my staff got together and gave me a very nice gift. Part of this gift included a binder full of encouraging notes, thoughts, jokes, and “suggestions” for how to handle my new position. That gift not only made my day two months ago, but still continues to make my day each time that I flip through those pages. There have been a number of times these last couple of months that I have been stressed, tired, burned out, and just downright discouraged. But those thoughts, jokes, and simple words of encouragement always help me to rediscover my passion and find the strength to keep on going.

This month, our character focus is on random acts of kindness. But I hope that we can see the value in extending this character trait beyond a single month and can make it a core part of our everyday attitudes and behaviors. In our highly self-centered day-and-age, it is rare for us to look beyond our own world and our own needs to touch the lives of others. This only makes the need for kindness that much more important in our lives.

So, I would challenge you to consider how you might change the world around you through some simple acts of kindness…a kind word, an encouraging note, a small gift. A little bit of kindness truly goes a long way.



SkyView’s First Homecoming



This was the scene at SkyView Academy this past Tuesday night after a thrilling sudden death overtime victory by our soccer team. Immediately following the game, we had our first ever SkyView bonfire. It was an incredible evening! I invite you all to attend our home volleyball games on Friday, October 7 at 4:00 pm. Let’s pack the gym!!!

On a different note, during fall break we will be updating our wifi access and passwords. Upon our return from break, we should be ready to provide students access to wifi during advisement so that they may use their laptops and tablets to access Google Classroom and Google docs. I apologize for the delay–these transitions are just not very easy.

That’s it for now. We’ll be looking for you at our homecoming volleyball game on Friday. See you then…