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Seniors returned to visit B.L. Miller Elementary School one last time before graduation. David Scarpitti, Dan Scarpitti, and John Scarpitti returned to Sebring McKinley for the final All-Star Alumni Series program. Sebring McKinley High School students enjoyed After Prom. Thank you to all the parents and community members for making it a success. Eight Sebring McKinley Junior High School students attended the Youngstown State English Festival on Friday, April 12, 2019. Paolo DeMaria, Ohio Department of Education's Superintendent of Public Instruction, watches an eighth-grade robotics class. Jake Arbitter, Haley Jackson, and Savanna Rowe were the speakers for the seventh edition of the "All-Star Alumni Series" Sebring McKinley High School was one of 14 local schools to be represented at the 10th annual JA Titan Business Challenge. Sebring McKinley High School's nine newest members of the National Honor Society: Jacob Hunter, Miles Shoffner, Noah Dennis, Camden Green, Zane Peterson, Hannah Warner, Chasity Smarr, Brenna Soules, and Joseph Clark. High school students unveil how much money was raised during February to provide #HopeForBrenden. Shawn and Mary Jackson returned to Sebring High School for the "All-Star Alumi Series" on Thursday, February 21, 2019. Freshman Mary Quinn won the 10th Annual Danielle Scott Memorial Poetry Contest, which is sponsored by The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. Sebring Local School District presented certificates to school board members for School Board Recognition Month. 2017 Sebring McKinley graduates Madeline Kreitzer, Danielle Porter, Kyle Youmans, and Brandon Dare returned for the 5th edition of the "All-Star Alumni Series." The 2019 Sebring McKinley High School Winter Homecoming Court: Kendra Shields, Aebigayle D'Ostroph, Devyn Reggi, Isabelle Jackson, Kyleisha Jays, Keyarra Nelson Spanish IIII created piñatas to celebrate Christmas, which is a tradition in Mexico. Sebring's Drama Department performed The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Michelle Vacca Sebring McKinley Junior High School offers robotics. Congratulations to the 2018 Homecoming Court: Jocelyn McMillen, Gabrielle Lozoya, Addison Brendlinger, Hannah Warner, Skye Somerville, and Riley Newell. Sebring Local Schools are 1 to 1 in technology, meaning all students have his or her own Chromebook. Sebring McKinley has a talented and passionate staff, who are dedicated to the students they teach. Positive messages can be seen throughout Sebring McKinley Junior/Senior High School. Sebring McKinley Jr./Sr. High School's "All-Star Alumni Series" McKinley Front Entrance McKinley Main Hallway McKinley Bell

Twitter Cyber Bullying

Dear Parents/Caregivers:

Sebring Local Schools is committed to the safety and education of all of our students.  Essential to this commitment is open communication with parents about issues such as cyber- bullying. For this reason, I want to make you aware of a recent social media situation affecting not only our district, but several school districts in Mahoning County.

At issue are Twitter posts that contain poll-like questions.  An innocent example of this would be “Who has the nicest smile.” and then answer Tweets follow.  The problem is that several of these Twitter polls are very inappropriate, use crude, degrading language, and often refer to particular students.  This amounts to cyber-bullying.

Cyberbullying is like traditional bullying in many ways, except that new technology makes the pace of harassment and the responses to harassment very quick, it sometimes has a broader audience and the anonymity of cyberspace can lead to more vicious attacks than we’ve seen in the past with traditional bullying.  While bullying and harassment in any form is unacceptable, these differences make cyber-bullying even more dangerous.

Sebring Local Schools takes these actions on social media very seriously and we are doing our part to protect our students from this growing threat. Students are not required to shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse door.  However, the right to free speech is not absolute and may be reasonably restricted.  With that said, please understand that I will investigate and punish cyber-bullying that interferes with our educational mission and that targets our students.  This is true regardless of where the harasser originally posted, sent, or otherwise delivered the harassment.

In response to this digital harassment we have:  

  • notified Twitter;
  • notified local law enforcement;
  • consulted with our legal counsel; and
  • launched an internal investigation

Our policies and procedures are only as good as the information we receive.  These cases can be difficult to track and solve quickly, so we ask for your help.  Please discuss the seriousness of social media attacks with your child, and if you discover anything that may assist in our investigation please contact us immediately.  Also, if your child is adversely affected by the nature of any social media post, please be aware we have counselors available and protocols in place.  Urge your child to talk with a counselor.

Please do not hesitate to call me at 330-938-6165 or email me at tviscounte@sebring.k12.oh.us if you have any questions or concerns.  Our partnership ensures a safe and supportive learning environment where all students can achieve at their highest potential.

 

Sincerely,

Toni Viscounte, Superintendent





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