Pre-Registration and Reminder – CCP Meeting on Monday

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Dear Students and Parents,

This is a reminder that we are hosting Dayton Christian’s College Credit Plus Information Night on Monday, January  22nd at 7:00 PM. We will meet in the Auditorium in Building A. Students in grades 7-12 who are considering applying for funding through the CCP program should plan to attend. Several colleges and universities will attend to meet with you personally and answer questions about their programs, application procedures, and course offerings.

If you would like to save time at the door, please preregister via this link here.  You are still free to attend if you do not register, but instead of completing information at sign in, you may quickly check off your name as attending. Pre-Registration Form

You may also save time by completing the intent to participate prior to Monday and bring with you to the meeting.  This is the first step in the CCP application process. We will make copies and submit the form to the state for you. Letter of Intent

If you are unable to attend this meeting, please plan to attend an information night at Sinclair, Wright State, Clark State, Miami Middletown, or Cedarville. CCP meetings outside of our school will not have school specific information. We will have one brief make-up session on Tuesday in the warrior dining room at lunch.  This will abbreviated and less informative, so we highly encourage you to make every attempt to attend on Monday night.

Thank you very much,

The Guidance Team

Mrs. Reynolds, Mrs. Smith, and Mrs. Hendricks

Summer STEM Program at West Point

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Each year West Point’s Center for Leadership in Diversity (CLD) and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) conducts a 4-day resident workshop at USMA for students currently in 6thand 7th grades.  This unique middle school program offers students the opportunity to participate in hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities taught by Academy faculty and cadet mentors.  Other than transportation to/from West Point, cost is free for participants.

 
Workshop schedule
The 2018 Middle School STEM Workshop will be held 29 May – 1 June 2018.  (Please note, session dates are based cadet training schedules and facility availability.  While these dates may  conflict with some schools, they are the only dates available.)
 
Eligibility
Students must be a citizen of the United States, demonstrate a strong academic performance, and strong interest in pursuing college.
 
Tuition
CLD STEM has received generous donations allowing it to cover tuition for all students selected to participate in the 2018 workshop. Housing, meals, and all activities will be provided by the scholarship, however travel for students to and from West Point is not included and must be provided by the family.
 
Meals and Housing
Breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner are provided for all participants. During their visit to West Point all students will stay in the barracks under the supervision of cadet mentors.
 
Transportation
Each student is responsible for arranging transportation to and from West Point.
 
Application
More information and the on-line application for this year’s Workshop can be found at:  https://www.usma.edu/cldstem/SitePages/MS%20STEM%20Workshop.aspx
 

The application deadline is 23 February 2018.

New York Trip

The New York Fine Arts Class arrived to blustery conditions in the Big Apple last Friday evening. Wind chills were dipping well beneath zero degrees but that did not deter the team from venturing out to Times Square and Rockefeller Center.

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For many, this was their first time to partake of the sights, sounds, and tastes of New York. Mrs. Smith did not disappoint in making sure that this cultural experience was as complete and varied as seven days in the city would allow. The performing arts ranged from the “Hansel and Gretel” opera at the Met to “Stomp” in the East Village. Students were impressed and amazed at the talent of a particularly gifted cellist who stole the show at the symphony but the crowd favorite was seeing the Broadway show “Wicked” at the Gershwin Theatre.

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Taste buds were equally treated to such a variety of delights. A must have would be New York style pizza from John’s Pizza but it would be hard to pick a favorite between Virgil’s BBQ pork nachos or Carmine’s chicken Parmesan. For some, it might even be the late night run to the Shake Shack with Mr. and Mrs. Hunt for a burger and shake.

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The students visited many sites rich with history such as Ellis Island and Federal Hall and the beauty of the architecture of places such as Grand Central Station, the New York City Library, the Guggenheim  museum and the Empire State Building.

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Subway rides provided great opportunity for discussion about the places we just visited and the places we were going to. It also brought us very very TOGETHER at times!

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A real treat was getting to attend church with Hillsong of New York City. Very different from what us mid-westerners were used to was the security we had to go through to enter the building to worship.

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One minute we were exposed to such opulence and beauty and talent and the next we saw such dirtiness and poverty and homelessness. One evening some of our group were able to share our leftovers with those less fortunate. We saw the city firsthand as we walked between 7 and 11 miles each day! The week was full of wonderful opportunities and we took advantage of each and every one.

Welker Scores 1000th Career Point, Warriors Split Over Weekend

The Warriors used a smothering full court defensive press to forced conference foe Middletown Christian into 25 turnovers Friday night which resulted in a 66-48 victory for DC.  Senior Matt Welker scored his 1000th career point in the first quarter and finished the night with 16 points.  Sophomore Sam Dimario, making his first career varsity start, got the party started making steals early and finished the night with a team high 5. Not to be outdone, Welker also had 5 steals and overall the team had an astounding 20 for the night. A good portion of the steals were due in part to Junior Anton Webb’s 10 deflections who had 3 steals of his own. Webb also led all scorers with 23 points and Senior Ryan Fair added 15 along with 4 steals as the Warriors improved to 4-1 in conference play.

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Saturday night the Warriors came up short in a defensive battle against D2 Carroll 44-37. Carroll grabbed an early lead and while the Warriors fought hard they were not able to overcome the early deficit. Senior Matt Welker led DC with 21 points and Sophomore Luke Swanger added 9 as the Warriors fell to 7-4 overall.

The team is back in action tonight in an important conference game @ Yellow Springs. Come out and support the team as they will need their 6th man this evening!

January Term – Ultimate Leadership

 

35 Students took on the challenge of a J-Term class which will reap many future benefits.

In the AM they are working on learning the basics of Tae Kwan Do and attempting to earn a yellow belt. To do this they will demonstrate blocking, kicks, combinations, self-defense, and a “Form” or prearranged sequence of martial art techniques .

In the afternoon they are learning valuable skills in self-defense.  In addition they participate in life skills and leadership training that will help them learn valuable lessons on life, balance, relationships, and faith that they will carry with them in the future. This week they discussed the work/rest balance. It is important to work hard but we should also be obedient to the Lord’s command to have rest.  When we rest from our activities daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonally, and we devote that time to prayer and the study of Scripture, our work will then flow from these moments of study and prayer.

Many thanks to Ultimate Leadership Martial Arts and Mr. and Mrs. Mershad for providing this incredible experience!

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DC Basketball Varsity Warriors finish December with a 6-3 (3-1 league) record, in FIRST PLACE of the Metro Buckeye Conference!

 

On Friday, 12/29, the DC Basketball Warriors held off Carlisle’s furious second half rally to win 55-53.  It was a nail biter and this was a very important win over another D3 opponent.  Matt Welker led the Warriors with 23 points and 6 rebounds, 6 steals, and 4 assists.  Anton Webb had 10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 2 steals.  Shawn VanNoy led the way rebounding with 7 boards.

 

On Saturday 12/30, the DC Warriors lost to Miamisburg 59-54 in a hard fought battle.  This was a tightly contested game where both teams led in the 4th quarter and Ryan Fair’s potential go ahead 3 rims out with under 30 seconds to go weren’t enough as D1 Miamisburg edged out the Warriors.  Miamisburg was able to hold on making 3 key free throws at the end of the game for a 59-54 win.  Anton Webb led all scorers with a career high 28 points and Matt Welker added 15 for the Warriors. Anton also led the team rebounding with 6 boards.

 

Overall, Matt Welker leads the conference in steals with 3.7 SPG and is second in the conference in scoring with 19.4 PPG and assists with 4.7 APG.  Anton Webb is 4th in the conference in rebounds with 8.7 RPG and blocks with 1.1 BPG.  JT Thornhill leads the conference in blocks with 1.8 BPG.  Please say special prayers for JT Thornhill as he rehabs from a dislocated knee suffered during the win over Dixie on 12/16.

 

Warrior fans  — don’t miss this Friday’s game at Middletown Christian as Matt Welker (averaging 19.4 points per game) only needs 12 points to hit 1000 points for his career.

 

Next games:

  • @ Middletown Christian Friday 1/5, 7pm (JV – 5:30pm)
  • vs. Carroll Saturday 1/6, 7:30pm @ Miamisburg Middle School – J-Term Theme night, (JVB – 4:30, JV – 6:00pm)

 

GO WARRIORS!!

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Filtering 101: Protect Kids From Porn on New Devices

So your kid got a new tech device this year —cool! If you’ve already set up the parental controls and installed WiFi filtering in your home, well done! If not, don’t panic–this post is especially for you!

We’ll walk you through the three basic steps to protect kids from porn and create a safer home internet experience for kids of all ages.

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Protect kids from porn: get past filter frustration

Perhaps you’re like many parents who know they should do something to filter their kids’ devices but don’t’ know where to start! If that’s the case, I can totally empathize.

For years the terms internet filtering and parental controls were synonymous with frustration for me. Every solution seemed either too constraining (filter everything at the level of preschooler) or so complicated I needed an IT certificate to execute it.

Fortunately I’ve since learned three things that have helped me become more confident in my ability to protect kids from porn:

  1. First, filtering software products today are much more user-friendly than just a few short years ago. Plus they are often flexible enough to fit the needs of various family members.
  2. Second, filtering software programs have their limits. Although filtering is integral to protecting kids from online dangers it is only part of the solution.
  3. Finally, I don’t have to wait for the perfect product to protect kids from porn. I just have to get started and do something.

Know the risks: one in ten under 10

The more we know about online risks, the more we realize filtering needs to begin as soon as a child has access to the internet. Today, one in ten visits to porn sites are from children 10-years and under! Let’s do everything we can to protect kids from porn and change this trend!

Filtering 101 outlines three basic steps to ensure a safer home internet experience for your family:

  • Filtering the wireless signal in your home
  • Parental controls on individual devices
  • Helping kids develop internal filters

Filtering 101

1. Filter the wireless signal in your home

Time commitment: 1 hour

Why: Filtering the wireless signal to your home can protect kids from porn by greatly reducing the risk of accidental access to inappropriate content.

Plus, most filtering systems now offer other useful functions such as time controlsinternet pauseassigned bedtimes and device specific settings. This is especially popular among families with young children who want to monitor and limit screen time.

Getting started: There are lots of good products to choose from. Try not to get overwhelmed. The fact is that each internet filtering service is a little different. It may take some trial and error to find what works best for your family.

Your homework: Pick a filtering system —any filtering system! And get that extra layer of protection working for your family today!

Some products are free like, Open DNS. Others, such as Covenant Eyes(affiliate link) have a modest monthly subscription. And some systems like, Circle with Disney are purchased outright with a one-time fee.

No matter which you choose, these software programs help protect kids from porn. Your home will be safer as a result.

2. Set parental controls on individual devices

Time commitment: 1 week (a few minutes each day)

Why: We wouldn’t dream of taking kids on a drive without first insisting they put on a seat belt. Safety features built-in to your kids’ devices are like seat belts for the internet. Setting parental controls is another layer of protection to safeguard kids from accidentally accessing inappropriate content.

Getting started: If you’re not tech savvy, find a friend who is. Fortunately our good friend Chris McKenna from Protect Young Eyes is exceptionally good at setting parental controls. This is their area of specialty to protect kids from porn.

Check out this post, Set Parental Controls on Christmas Devices. Here you’ll find easy to follow instructions on how to set parental controls on this year’s most popular tech products.

Your homework: Make an inventory of all the internet connected devices in your home. (Be warned, the length of the list may shock you!) Every day over the course of this week set parental controls on two or three devices at a time until all devices have been set.

Note: Until well into teen years, parents should have full access to their kids’ accounts and passwords on all new devices.

3. Help kids develop internal filters

Time commitment: Ongoing

Why: While the first two levels of filtering help protect kids from porn and other inappropriate content, they are not fail proof. The current digital reality is that all children will be exposed to pornography sometime in their young lives. Kids need a plan to help them reject pornography before that happens.

[Related: Hidden Porn Exposure Leads Young Boy to Sibling Abuse]

Getting started: Teaching children about the harms of pornography is an ongoing process. See The Porn Talk: Five Tips Every Parent Needs to Know

At Protect Young minds we have amazing resources to help you define pornography in a way even young children can understand. Plus our blog is full of tips and ideas for parents. Above all you’ll want to create a safe place where kids feel comfortable talking to parents about anything.

Your homework: No discussion about internal filters would be complete without mentioning our best-selling books: Good Pictures Bad Pictures: Porn-proofing Today’s Young Kids and Good Pictures Bad Pictures Jr.: A Simple Plan to Protect Young Minds. Pick up a copy and read it with your child. If you’ve already read it together, do it again! Parents and experts agree it’s one of the best tools to help protect kids from porn.

When you read these books with your children they will be able to explain:

    • What pornography is
    • Why pornography is harmful
    • How kids can reject pornography (with a plan!) when they encounter it 

[Related: “Look Mommy! That’s Pornography!” How a 5 year old sparked a grocery store chain to cover up Cosmo]

Plus, each book contains a plan to help kids build their own internal filter. The CAN DO plan is a 5-step proven plan that any kid can use to reject pornography. Get a FREE copy of the CAN DO plan today! CLICK HERE

Congratulations! Give yourself a gold star!

Now that you know the three basic steps to providing your family with a safer internet experience, we’re confident that you’ll want to act now! Once you’ve enabled all the parental controls and installed an internet filtering software program, give yourself a gold star! You’ve passed your first course!

As you can see from this post, filtering is a layered process. It’s also something that you will work on and adjust over time. When you’re ready for filtering 201, have a look at Apps with Dangerous Doors to the Internet. At Protect Young Minds, we want to make sure that every parent knows that there is something they CAN do today to protect kids from porn.

Bonus gift

Another great place to start the conversation is with our downloadable guide My Family Media Standards. Talking together about your standards will help kids know which media is good and which media is not!

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