Craig Scott

Craig Scott
Mike Vitelli and Craig Scott

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Many Thanks!

Thanks to all those who volunteered and gave the gift of life at our bi-annual blood drive. I'd have to double check the numbers, but I'm pretty sure that this was our most successful blood drive to date. Including teachers, the Red Cross was able to serve over 100 donors. Awesome job everyone!! Also, HUGE thanks and congrats to our SADD group who did an absolutely flawless job. YOU guys are the biggest reason the blood drive has garnered so much attention and that it runs so smoothly. If you didn't get a chance to donate, we'll be hosting the blood drive again next fall and we plan on using the whole gym so as to serve all those people that we had to unfortunately turn away. Thanks again to everyone who played a part.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Melanoma Newsletter

Here is a great Newsletter to check out regarding Skin protection and the dangers of melanoma. With prom season approaching and warm weather on the horizon, keep in mind that the sun, natural or "fake" can be harmful.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Blood Drive/March 20th

Once again, the Blood Drive is coming to NHS. The SADD group will be running this event and it is set to take place NEXT Friday, March 20th. Please sign up during lunches for this life saving event. You can sign up with Mr. Barth, CJ McMahon...or any other member of SADD, or myself (Mr. Vitelli). REMINDER!!! Under new policy, 16 year olds are eligible to give blood with a signed consent form. Minimum weight limit to give blood is 110lbs.

It DOES NOT hurt more than a tad and it goes a long way towards helping to save lives. If you've had tattoos or piercings in the last year you are NOT eligible.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Kathi Meyer Presentation

Kathi is the mother of Taylor who was the young girl that lost her life in an alcohol related accident. Kathi will be sharing her personal story in hopes of influencing other teens to make safer decisions. She will discuss the underage drinking epidemic and strategies to protect against a similar situation occurring.

Kathi will be speaking to parents the night of March 12th at 6pm. She will then address the student body during the school day on March 13th. Parents are asked, encouraged and suggested to join us and members of SADD for her presentation the night of the 12th to help support in the fight to curb underage drinking.

National Nutrition Month

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month®? The American Dietetic Association suggests following these tips to help make healthy changes in your lifestyle.

Make a plan: Adopt a few specific small changes. “When you make a realistic plan, the changes won’t seem so overwhelming,” says Ginn-Meadow. “A few small healthy changes, such as adding one piece of fruit to your diet each day, aren’t difficult to do and can make a huge difference to your health.”

Focus on your food: “Plan out your meals so you aren’t forced to make unhealthy decisions based on convenience,” says Ginn-Meadow. “Making sure you eat balanced meals with appropriate portions will help you manage your caloric intake.”

Make calories count: “Make meal choices that focus on nutrient rich foods,” says Ginn-Meadow. The majority of your food choices should be packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients.

Increase physical activity: Regular physical activity is important for overall health and fitness. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults be physically active for about an hour a day.

Play it safe: “Even the right food choices can affect your health if you don’t follow food safety rules,” says Ginn-Meadow. Always clean hands and food-contact surfaces, keep raw and cooked foods separate, cook foods to a proper temperature and chill leftovers promptly to avoid illness.

Be aware of special needs: Nutritional needs change depending upon your age and overall health. “Older adults need more vitamin D and calcium to help maintain bone health,” says Ginn-Meadow. “It’s important to check with a registered dietitian to figure out what your specific nutritional needs are.”

The American Dietetic Association is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ADA is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the American Dietetic Association at