The Moment the Bell Rings

“If I had known then what I know now.”
That was the driving thought behind the original publication of The Moment the Bell Rings – a collection of personal stories and advice collected from high school students throughout the Casco Bay region.
Ninth grade is a year of so many first experiences. Some are positive, but others – like encountering substance use – are not. It can be hard to know what is the right thing to do in some situations. Thankfully, having some firsthand advice can make a huge difference.
Here you’ll hear personal stories shared by nineteen student writers. These are moments of real loss, frustration, personal connection, exhilaration, and encouragement. It’s here for you, and it’s what happens the moment the bell rings.

Talk. They Hear You.

Keeping kids safe from underage use of alcohol and misuse of prescription pain medications is a concern for parents. Parents and children are encouraged to communicate with each other early on and frequently in this public service announcement from SAMHSA’s “Talk. They Hear You.”

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Athletes who sleep at least 8 hours per night are 68% less likely to sustain an injury compared to those who get less sleep.

Lack of sleep impacts reaction times and performance and causes fatigue. Aim to sleep at least 8 hours per night to maximize muscle growth, repair and recovery. This will also help improve cognitive skills and concentration. All of these factors together can contribute to a lower rate of athletic injuries.

The Yellow Tulip Project

The Yellow Tulip Project is meant to let people know that “Hope Happens”. Why Yellow Tulips? The yellow tulip represents happiness and hope. Learn more about the Yellow Tulip Project here!

Steps to Manage Stress

Stress Management: Learn to Identify What Causes Stress

– Stress is not all bad
– Have a mindset of resilience
– Save energy
– Avoid catastrophic thinking
– Parents as role models
– Three questions to put things into perspective
– The power of yet: a word that shows change is possible

Learn more about these tips in the article from Center for Parent and Teen Communication here!