Counseling Newsletter

Carson Middle School

1140 West King St. Carson City, NV 89703

(775) 283-2808


March 2019

Coffee with the Counselors

If you have an 8th grader heading over to the high school next year consider attending the next Coffee with the Counselors meeting on March 20th. Carson High School counselors are stopping by to answer questions and familiarize you with what to expect next fall. Parents may stop by as early as 7:30; the presentation will begin at approximately 7:50 a.m.

Smells like teen vaping

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Last December the U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams decreed teen vaping to be an epidemic. That sounds rather dramatic but he was compelled to do so because of the prevalence of usage among teens and the health risks involved in using the product. In November, the CDC and the FDA reported a 78 percent increase in vaping among high school students compared to the previous year. Middle schoolers using vaping devices rose by more than 50 percent.

Adams specifically called out Juul, an e-cigarette company, because of it meteoric rise in sales this past year and because of its high nicotine content. One Juul pod contains the same amount of nicotine as an entire pack of cigarettes and many students report they go through at least one pod per day. Students prefer Juuls because of their benign looking appearance. Adults unfamiliar with Juuls may come across one and think it is a USB device; and students can recharge them by plugging them into a computer.

Students will often say that vaping is not as dangerous as smoking cigarettes but the jury is still out on that point. They’re just too new to have strong data. What is known is that the adolescent brain is still developing and it is very sensitive to nicotine, a highly addictive substance. Students who are already caffeine connoisseurs report that vaping and Starbucks don’t mix. Caffeine and nicotine can cause severe mood swings and heightened levels of anxiety. Besides the nicotine exposure, there are nanoparticles present in e-cigarette vapor than can cause inflammation in the lungs that can lead to pneumonia.

So how can you tell if your child is vaping? Aside from catching them red-handed, a few indicators include an increase in fluid consumption (vaping is dehydrating), an increased preference for hotter, sweeter or saltier foods (vaper’s tongue causes a loss in flavor perception), increased nosebleeds, and increased acne. The vapor that is exhaled dissipates quickly but if you happen upon someone who has just vaped you may smell a sweet, fruity odor; e-juice flavorings include berry and cotton candy.

It is important for parents to discuss the risks of vaping, particularly for families with a history of addictions, and to dispel the myth of vaping being a healthy alternative to smoking. For adults who use vaping as a means to quit smoking, it can be useful, and less dangerous alternative. For anyone to use it as an introduction to nicotine, there is nothing healthy about it.

A message from our school nurse

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Attention all 6th grade going into 7th grade: All students entering the 7th grade must have 2 very important vaccines before the first day of school. Nevada laws requires all 7th graders have the Tdap and MCV4 vaccines. These vaccines protect against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis and meningococcal disease which are serious illnesses and can be life threatening.

It's not too early to get these shots next time your child is at a doctor's appointment! Also, these vaccines are available at the Carson City Health Department and through our Carson City School Based Health Center.

For more information, or to see if your child still needs these vaccines, please call the nurse office at 775-283-2815. Remember, your child will not be allowed to start 7th grade until these vaccines are given. For more information, check out these websites:

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Wednesday, March 6: GATE Parent Council Meeting at 6:00 PM in Library

Tuesday, March 12: School Board Meeting at 7:00 PM at Community Center

Wednesday, March 13
: Bring a Hero/Shero to lunch
                                           1st lunch - 10:49 to 11:21
                                           2nd lunch - 12:23 to 12:55

                                           Parent Engagement Night at 5:30 PM in Library


Tuesday, March 19:
PTA Meeting at 3:30 PM in Library Wednesday,

March 20: Coffee with Counselors at 7:45 AM in Library

March 25: CHS Counselors presenting to 8th graders

Tuesday, March 26:
School Board Meeting at 7:00 PM at Community Center

Wednesday, March 27 & 28: CHS Counselors doing registration for 8th graders

Thursday, March 28: Career Expo in Library during Encore