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Hays Free Press May 29, 2013 ~a~S ~r~e ~ress ........... ~:~ ......... . :,' ,H i!I SISTERLY LOVE Single mom saves daughter by finding her a big sister. - Page 1C \ Page 3B + ens are BY KIM HILSENBECK kim@haysfreepress.com The results of a risk behavior survey conducted among Hays CISD high school students in May 2012 were released pub- licly for the first time last week. Modeled after the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance (YRBS) conducted annually by the Centers for Disease Control, the Hays CISD version was conducted by district staff and distributed during health class- es. The findings gave adminis- trators insight into more than 3,000 high school students' behavior on a variety of risk factors including diet and ex- Members of the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC), which includes par- ents, community members, counselors, and medical and health professionals, recom- mended the district imple- ment the sur- vey. The SHAC provides guid- ance on stu- dent health is- sues to district leadership - the commit- tee was instru- mental in the implementa- tion of many of former su- ercise, sexual activity, seat belt perintendent use, driving under the influ- Jeremy Lyon's ence, illegal drug use, violence, w e 11 n e s s - bullying, depression and sui- based initia- cidal thoughts. Yet when the subjects are fives. The SHAC high school students - notori- recommended ous for risky behavior and poor releasing the choices- how much does Hays report. differ from other districts? The dis- The top two health and trict posted wellness employees at Hays the findings CISD conducted a compari- on its website son analysis of the survey with last week un- data from the YRBS at the state der the Health and national levels. The results Services sec- indicate Hays CISD students tion. An intro- are engaging in risky behavior duction to the in several key areas - drug and survey results alcohol use, depression and reads, in part, thoughts about suicide, rio- "Thesurveyre- lence, bullying, sexual activity veals some in- - at higher levels than students formation that in other areas of Texas and the is difficult to country, discover. How- Earlier this spring, the Hays ever, since the Free Press requested the survey survey reflects data, the summary report and the risk behaviors in which stu- questionnaire. District officials dents saytheyare participating, initially said they were not yet the information is important to ready to make the study find- have-particularlyifthe district ings public - they wanted to and community will have an develop a plan for how to ad- impact in reducing risk." dress what appear to be sensi- It continues, "It is important five issues, to note that the issues identi- fled in the survey data are is- sues that will be addressed on a community-wide scale, not just by the school district be- cause many of the risky behav- iors occur after and away from school." According The results to the find- ings, some of indicate Hays the problems happen dur- CISD students ins school, including are engaging in bullying and drag use. risky behavior Other behav- iors, such as in several key driving under the influence areas - drug and engag- ing in sexual and alcohol activity, hap- pen off school use, depression grounds and after school and thoughts hours. Had the district re- about suicide, leased the re- port findings violence, bul- months ear- lier, would the lying, sexual knowledge have prevent- activity - at ed any of the recent tragic higher levels events in the Buda/Kyle than students area involving current and in other areas former high school stu- of Texas and dents? Would the data have ntry prevented the cou , teenpregnan- cies or drug use? In April, a hit-and-run ac- cident near the intersection of 1626 and Kohler's Crossing that killed Kyle resident PhiUip Du- ran is still being investigated See RISKY BEHAVIOR, pg. 4B Gir| TaJWBoy Tatk As a means of starting the conversation about sexual activity, Hays C1SD teamed with commu- nity partners to develop a forum called Girl Talk/Boy Talk, modeled after a simi- lar program developed by San Marcos C1SD. The goal was to ignite the discussion about the birds and the bees in an informal, com- fortable environment. Earlier this month, Hays CISD organized two dif- ferent evening sessions for parents and their middle school students to attend a Q&A session with a panel of local experts, one for girls, one for boys. The forums, held at Seton Medical Center Hays, offered audience members the chance to text their questions about sexual development and responsi- bility to the panelists. Katie Campbell, the PEP coordinator for the district and member of the SHAC, was one of the key orga- nizers of the events. She reported that 44 girls and parents - mostly moms - attended Girl Talk; 22 boys and parents - also mostly moms- attended boy talk. The Girl Talk panelists were: Erica Gallardo, Pro- gram Manager Communi- ties in Schools (Live Oak Academy); Dr. Karyn Col- lins, Pediatrician, Pediatric Junction; Karen Thompson, Pastor, Metropolitan Com- munity Church; and Kelly Stone, Health Educator at Texas State University The Boy Talk panelists were: Dr. Michael Grady, Pediatrician, Corridor Primary Care; Charles Vestal, Director of De- velopment and Commu- nity Partnerships, Hays Caldwell Women's Center; Paul Goeke, Pastor, The Well; Eddie Reyes, Project Facilitator, Strengthening Relationships Strengthen- ing Families, Texas State University In both sessions, Camp- bell said seventh graders were the largest part of the audience. Overall, she said the sessions were success- ful in terms of attendance and usefulness. Both parents and students sent questions to the panelists. Some of the questions asked, in the language used by the questioner, included: 1. What age is it okay to have sex? 2. Can a girl get pregnant before she starts having her period? 3. How do I answer my friends if they keep pres- suring me to have sex with my bf?. 4. What could I say to a boy who wants to have sex and I don't want to? 5. How could someone like teens handle stress, depression, and sex? 6. My bf asks me to send pictures of me naked...I want to...Should I? 7. Can boys be abused or sexually assaulted in a relationship? 8. How do I know if I am ready for sex? 9. When and how do I bring up the sex talk? And how do I tell my kid to wait? STAFF REPORT These tests are not in- cluded in standard pre- In preparation for summer participation sports physical sports, Championship Hearts examinations. Both the ECG Foundation and Seton Medi- and ECHO are noninvasive, cal Center Hays will offer free painless and valued at over heart screenings for student $700. Results of the screen- athletes ages 14-18. The ins are immediate. event takes place from 8 a.m. This free event is made to noon on Saturday, June 1, possible in part by the at the hospital in Kyle. complementary use of Students facilities and who par- equipment ticipate in at Seton athletics, Hays; cheer- volun- leading, teer march- time of ing physi- band, clans drill from team Seton or other Heart strenu- Insti- ous sports tute; and and ac- financial tivities are underwriting encouraged to by Hays CISD's get their hearts Hays Heart Clas- screened for possible sic, an annual fund- deadly genetic heart raising tournament conditions such as hyper-inspired by the story of trophic cardiomyopathy former Kyle basketball (HCM). player and HCM patient The Championship Hearts Bobby Limon. screening includes a 12-lead While there is no charge ECG and a limited two- for the screening, a tax-de- dimensionalechocardiogram ductiblecontribution of $25 (ECHO, or picture of the is appreciated. Online pre- heart) to detect HCM, the registration is required visit leading cause of sudden car- http://setonhaysjunelst- diac death in young athletes, eorg.eventbrite.com. Students at Tobias Elementary School on Friday heard about several different professions at the school's Ca- reer Day. Second graders rotated through four differ- ent presentations; they learned about being a reporter for the Hays Free Press, a map maker for the Texas Parks and Wildlife agency, a car repair mechanic from Hays High School and working for the Hays branch of the YMCA. Questions from the students to the speak- ers included when did you start the job you're in now? What made you choose that profession, what do you like most about your job? (Above, left) Gisselle Rodri- guez, 8, Quashawn Mendoza, 9, and (right) Scout Holt, 8, sat down after the career presentations to share what they learned and what they want to be when they grow up. Gisselle said, "1 want to make art." "1 want to be an artist, too," Quashawn said. Scout said, "1 want to be an archeaologist." PHOTOS BY KIM HILSENBECK Programs for summertime stress COUNSELOR'S "t seems like onl.y yesterday we were preparing our , children for the first day of school and now another year has nearly come to an end. So now what? For many fami- lies, summer can be time of increasing stress when many school-based programs, resources, and referrals are halted until the school year starts up again. However, Kyle and the surrounding areas have a number of sum- mer community services to meet the needs of students and their families during the summer months. This summer, the Texas State University Professional Counseling Program is spon- soring five free counseling sessions for couples or fami- lies at the Assessment and Counseling Clinic. The focus of the sessions will be to help couples and families work through concerns and work towards impF roved commu- nication. Issues addressed may include substance abuse, infidelity, pre-marital counseling, and parent/ child relationships. Anyone interested should contact Elizabeth Kjellstrand at Texas State University by emailing akk6@txstate.edu for more information. Camp HeartSong and Camp Heartsong Too! are summer bereavement camps sponsored by the Central Texas Medical Center and serve children ages 8-18. Camp goals include helping children work through the loss of a family member or other significant person in their lives. Campers are pro- vided with a safe and stress- free environment where they can explore their feelings about their loss and can meet with group and individual counselors who specialize in loss. There is no cost for Camp HeartSong and Camp HeartSong Too! However, space is limited to 20 boys and 20 girls. Those interested should call 512-754-6159 for more information. Reading Heroes is a sum- mer camp for students with dyslexia and other reading needs, who will be enter- ing 1st through 6th grade in the fall. Students can attend two, three, or four week sessions at a cost of $150 per week. Students will be able to participate in activi- ties that include art, music, creative writing, and social skills building, in addition to research-based reading pro- grams designed for dyslexic students. Parents interested in learning more about Read- ing Heroes should call 512- 392-2664. Hays CISD will offer free meals during the summer months at selected campuses for all children 18 and under. Free breakfast and lunches will be offered at the follow- ing locations: Wallace Middle School, Negley Elementary, Hemphill Elementary, Tobias Elementary, Simon Middle School, and Lehman High School. Parents can also have a meal with their children for a nominal fee. Contact the individual campus for times and dates. Students and staff are looking forward to a rejuve- nating summer and a great start to the next school year. Hays CISD wishes all stu- dents and staff a safe and happy summer. To schedule an appointment, call 512-694-1746 + ADWARE SPYWARE MALWARE VIRUSES On-Site Removal (requires broadband ~0~ P' internet access) Norton Internet Security and Anti-Virus 2010 Mfr. Rebates Available to Previous Owners 468-4451 122 Main Street Downtown Buda at the traffic light Open every day 295-6008 FARMERS Debbie Thames Insurance Agency AUTO HOME LIFE, BOAT HEALTH 251 N FM 1626 #2C Buda,TX 78610 Office: (512) 312-1917 Fax: 312-0688 Email: dvthames @ austin.rr.com Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Your Business & Referrals Are Appreciated +