Principal's Welcome

August 13, 2019

Dear Students and Parents,

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer. I also hope you are relaxed, recharged, and ready to start a new school year. I am delighted that you are part of our amazing learning community. I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education and I look forward to working with you and your student(s).

All signs point to another incredible and productive school year. Our skilled and devoted staff are already planning and preparing for your student(s). Our enthusiastic office team is registering new families, ordering needed materials, and updating student files. Our hard working and conscientious custodians have spent the entire summer thoroughly cleaning the facility. I am honored to begin my third year as principal. I am excited and eager to continue the work that has been accomplished over the last two years.

The teachers, staff and I will work hard to continue the legacy of success established by OHS by building strong relationships with parents, students, and community partners. We will continue to focus on character education initiatives, the use of data to drive instruction, and provide consistent implementation of the curriculum in a rigorous manner in order to continue to increase student achievement. Our goal is to provide academic experiences that are rigorous, relevant, and help build relationships while making real-world connections.

Although academic success is key, I continue to encourage students to be involved in school activities that will better prepare them for success after high school and create lasting memories. It is important that each student find a sport, activity, club, and/or service area of interest that allows for participation in our school community. This involvement fully encompasses the qualities of The ONY Way.

I eagerly look forward to greeting students and families again. It remains an honor and privilege to serve as your principal. Please stop by and say “hello”. Together, I know we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for all students.

Sincerely,

Dracy McCoy


Dangers of Vaping

November 9, 2019

Dear Students and Parents,

The Washington State Department of Health is monitoring the outbreak of severe lung disease that has sickened hundreds across the country, including six people in Washington State (as of 9/24/2019). The disease is linked to the use of e-cigarettes and vapor products, which can contain THC (marijuana), nicotine, or flavored oils. Symptoms of the disease include coughing, shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting, and fever. Some extreme cases have resulted in death. The outbreak is especially alarming as most of the cases to date involve teens and young adults, who often use these devices to consume flavors.

Key things to know:

1. The healthiest option is to not vape or smoke. Nicotine and marijuana are addictive and can harm the developing brain. Vapor products also contain other harmful chemicals. Youth, young adults, and pregnant or nursing women should ALWAYS avoid these products.

2. Get treatment for symptoms. If you or your child use vapor products, monitor for symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, chest pain) and promptly seek medical attention if you have concerns. You can also call the Washington Poison Center at 1–800–222–1222.

3. If you or someone you know needs help quitting, there are resources:

Washington Recovery Helpline: Free help with substance abuse. Call 1-866-789-1511 or visit warecoveryhelpline.org for 24/7 anonymous and confidential support.

2morrow Health: A free smartphone app to help teens and young adults quit vaping. Visit DOH.WA.GOV/QUIT and follow the registration prompts to access an activation code and password.

Washington State Tobacco Quitline: Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit Quit Now to talk with a quit coach.

4. Talk with teens and young adults about not using any tobacco or marijuana products.

For help navigating these conversations, visit www.StartTalkingNow.org. If you’re looking for information that teens can view, please direct them to the youth-focused www.YouCanWA.org.

Please feel free to submit your questions or requests for more information to VapingResponse@doh.wa.gov. As always, the health and safety of all of our students is a top priority.


Sincerely,

Dracy McCoy

High School Principal, Onalaska School District