Weekly Roundup: Mental health, Rewire conference, CAP Scholarship

Catch up on what happened this week in Tabernacle.

Sun Editorial: Should the state implement depression screening for teens?

Backers of Assembly Bill 3926 say the number of kids and teens hospitalized for suicidal thoughts and attempts doubled from 2008 to 2015; some 50 percent of adolescents with depression aren’t diagnosed before adulthood; and as many as two in three don’t get the help they need.

Their ideas to help include implementing annual screening for depression for students in grades seven through 12. A school official, such as a counselor, would ask students a couple of questions. If the results indicate the student might be struggling, his or her parents would be notified. The American Academy of Pediatrics has supported screening kids 12 and older.

What are your thoughts? Should the state implement depression screening for teens? Should it look elsewhere for a solution? Send a letter to the editor with your thoughts to news@tabernaclesun.com.

Two-day Rewire conference was deemed a success by the superintendent

Educators from across the United States, a speaker from Scotland and all Tabernacle School District staff members were in attendance, and Robbins previously stated the goal of the conference was to rewire ways of thinking into the most accepting and diverse way possible, led by educators from across the globe.

He said he hopes students will leave Tabernacle Elementary School and Olson Middle School feeling good about themselves, for them to be self-confident and for them to know they are appreciated for who they are — regardless of their background.

The full story can be found here.

LRHSD received CAP scholarship and annual safety reports

Special to The Sun: From left are LRHSD BOE Vice President Barry Fitzgerald, Lenape Regional Foundation Chair Ed O’Malley and LRHSD BOE President Margaret Estlow.

The CAP Scholarship from the Lenape Regional Foundation provides district students the opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school.
Superintendent Carol Birnbohm explained CAP is a partnership between LRHSD, Rowan College of Burlington County, and Rowan University, where students can earn college credit for high school courses that have been approved by the college as being college eligible. She stated that last year more than 1,300 students earned more than 10,000 college credits in one school year.

President of the Lenape Regional Foundation, Ed O’Malley, presented a check to the foundation for $30,000 to grant more students access to the program.

The full story can be found here.