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A Message from Mrs. Gochenour, 5-12 Principal

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It’s hard to believe that this is the last Newsletter article for 2017! This year has gone so fast, and life at LoMa is always busy. Basketball and wrestling seasons have started, winter concerts are about to start, and semester tests will be here soon. Activities are plentiful at this time, but it is essential to keep students focused on their academics and their health.

Included in this Newsletter is a Parent Informational Flier on teen prescription drug use. The flier is from Smart Moves, Smart Choices, a website dedicated to educate both parents and teens about the dangers of prescription drugs. Please take the time to read the flier and talk with your children about prescription drug abuse dangers. Sometimes just starting the conversation is hard, so I have included a few possible conversation starters provided by Discovery Education:

1. There’s a lot in the news lately about teens who are misusing prescription drugs. How much do you know about this? Do you know if kids at your school are taking prescription drugs like OxyContin® and Percocet® that were not prescribed for them?

a) Sometimes teens will try to opt out of this conversation because they don’t want to share specific information about friends or peers. In this case, be ready with a possible story about your own teenage years and someone you knew or something that happened pertaining to drug use during that time. Talk about how you felt, and then ask what they would have thought had they experienced something similar. This is also an opportunity to talk about why this behavior is so dangerous.

2. I just heard/read a report about drug use by teenagers, and I wanted to talk to you about what it said…

a. Briefly summarize the report and talk honestly about how it makes you feel. Your child may be reluctant to talk about specific people they know, so make it clear that you are not fishing for information to get someone in trouble.

3. There is so much on the news today about people misusing prescription drugs. Are you aware of what can happen when people misuse medicine prescribed by doctors?

a. If your child is not presently taking any medication, they may question the need to discuss this issue. Explain that people who misuse prescription drugs often don’t have a prescription. Friends and family can supply the drugs—intentionally or inadvertently, when people leave old prescriptions in their medicine cabinets.

These are just a few suggestions to get the conversation started. Adjust the wording to make it work for you and your family. Prescription drug abuse is real and prevention starts at home.

The winter concert series is about to begin.

  • Grades K-4 is December 6

  • Grades 9-12 is December 13,  

  • Grades 5-8 is December 18.

All three concerts start at 7:00.  We hope that you are able to come out and see our students perform. The music department has worked hard to put together some amazing shows for you.

Semester tests for students in grades 7-12 will be December 21 & 22, 2017. The schedule for the testing will be out the week of December 11.  We will post the semester test schedule on our Website and send an email at that time with the schedule.

I hope your holidays are filled with love and happiness.

Mrs. Gochenour



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Hello, I am Christi Gochenour, the Jr./Sr. High School Principal. My husband, Rich, and I have three children and have lived in this area our entire life. I graduated from Lo-Ma in 1988. I earned my Bachelor's in Education from University of Nebraska-Omaha and my Master's in Educational Leadership from Northwest Missouri State University.

I have been the 7-12 Principal at Lo-Ma since 2010. I have worked in education for 17 years. My education career started at Alpha School in Omaha for 2 years. I then taught middle school at Missouri Valley Schools for 10 years, spent 1 year at Blair Community Schools as a TAG Coordinator, and then 2 years at Green Hills Area Education Agency as a Professional Development/School Improvement Coordinator before coming back home to Lo-Ma.

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