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Happy New Year to all of you. I hope you enjoyed time with friends and family over the break, while finding a moment to relax.

On Friday, January 6th, a letter was sent home from Mr. Kish and myself containing questions your child may have regarding the topic of marijuana. It is important we educate all of our children regarding the effects of marijuana use. As you may know, our country, and specifically Geauga County, is fighting a heroin epidemic. The news reports of the widespread abuse are alarming. Alcohol and marijuana are considered gateway drugs that can lead to widespread abuse of highly addictive and lethal narcotics.

Last fall, a drug and alcohol prevention program was brought to West Geauga High School entitled, “Hidden in Plain Sight.” The program did a fantastic job of relating personal stories and educating our families, regarding the casual drug use that often leads to consistent abuse. The program was attended by more that 100 of our middle school and high school families. Copley and Bath Police Departments, who created the presentation, have graciously allowed this presentation to be shared with the community. You can click here to access the presentation or through the parent resources link at the top of the newsletter.

We will continue to have important conversations with our students regarding the use of drugs and alcohol and hope you will, too. The topic is embedded in various aspects of our curriculum and it is important the message is also communicated at home. I recognize the importance of our partnership and welcome questions or concerns from our families. In addition to the “Hidden in Plain Sight” presentation, I have made available several links under the parent resources tab at the top of this newsletter.

As always, please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.


Jay Bishop


Jay Bishop

West Geauga High School

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