HHS Daily Announcements


    Daily Announcements


    National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

    Please see bottom of announcements for more information.

    Exam Schedule:

    Thursday, Jan. 24th – All class periods run normal times; 6th, 7th and 8th hour exams.

    Friday; Jan. 25th ½ day schedule with normal times 1st, 2nd and 3rd hour exams. No PM CTE. If you are taking exams you must stay in class the entire time.

    If you are not taking exams you must stay in the cafeteria; you will not be allowed to go to lockers so be prepared. You may sign out with parent permission. Roll will be taken in the cafeteria for those not taking exams.

    Hat day $1.00 every Friday! Hats only – does not include hoodies.


    Senior Photo and Quote due to Mrs. Coughlin by Feb 28, 2019. Photo needs to be in jpg format and emailed to Mrs. Coughlin at dcoughlin@stu.harrisonschools.com


    Friday February 8th after the boys Clare Basketball game there will be a "Glow Dance". The dance will be in the cafeteria from after the game until 11pm. It is intended for students to wear white at the basketball game for the dance where there will be black lights and neon lights. Students who pay to get into the basketball game will get into the dance for free. Boy Basketball players will get into the dance for free. If you have a seasonal pass or for other reason do not pay for the game, you will have to pay the dance fee of $5. Student Council will have a pre-sale starting Wed. 1/16. If you pay for a dance ticket during the pre-sale you will get into the game for free.


    Sports and Clubs…

    Monday, Jan 21st – JV/V Girls Basketball vs. Coleman at home; starts at 6 pm.

    Tuesday, Jan. 22nd – JV/V Boys Basketball vs. McBain at home; starts at 6 pm

    Tuesday, Jan. 22nd – Competitive Cheerleading at Houghton lake; starts at 6 pm; 3:45 pm

    Tuesday, Jan. 22nd – Ski meet; Cadillac Invitational at Caberfae in Cadillac; starts at 11 am

    Wednesday, Jan. 23rd – Bowling meet at Meadow Lanes, Gladwin; starts at 6 pm

    Thursday, Jan. 24th – JV/V Girls Basketball vs. Gladwin at Gladwin; starts at 6 pm; bus at 4:50 pm

    Thursday, Jan. 24th – Competitive Cheerleading at Coleman; starts at 6 pm; bus at 3:45 pm

    Friday, Jan. 25th – JV/V Boys Basketball vs. Gladwin at Gladwin; starts at 6 pm; bus at 4:45 pm


    Counselor’s Notes…

    Scholarships: All scholarships are available on the school website under counseling tab unless otherwise noted; please turn in applications to Mrs. Cooper.

    NEW: HHS Character Counts Scholarship; Gary J Stocking Memorial Scholarship; Fox Wrecker Service Scholarship in Memory of Carey Fox.

    NEW:.Delta College Foundation has scholarships available (watch deadlines) go to: www.delta.edu/scholarships to apply!

    Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) has launched its scholarship competition. To be eligible, the student or his/her parent must be employed at a business that is a member of MRA. Apply online at: bit.ly/mrascholarships.


    National drug and alcohol facts week links students to the truth about the myths they hear about drugs and alcohol from social media, TV, music, internet, friends, and movies. The week of Jan 22-27 we will be reading facts during the student announcements to help us students shatter the myths about drugs and alcohol.

    Monday: Marijuana

    Is marijuana addictive?

    Yes, the chances of becoming addicted to marijuana or any drug are different for each person. For marijuana, around 1 in 11 people who use it become addicted.

    True story; from age 13 to 18, Alby got high several times a day to help him cope. He went to school high and eventually dropped out. “I was losing focus. My attention went from 100 to zero. I was depressed”, he says. Now, after getting substance abuse treatment, Alby has been able to face his problems by talking them out with counselors and making new friends he describes as “positive”. As he puts it, “I feel a lot better about myself. I feel a lot sharper. I don’t feel lazy anymore”.


    • Marijuana can affect learning and memory by acting which part of the brain?
    1. Hippocampus
    2. Brain stem
    3. Visual cortex
    4. All of the above


    • “Spice” also knows as k-2 is:
    1. Considered to be, “fake marijuana”
    2. Has put people in the emergency room for vomiting, confusion, and hallucinations
    3. Is abused mainly by smoking
    4. All of the above

    Tuesday: Alcohol

    Fact, drinking and driving can add up to tragic endings. In the U.S., about 5,000 people under the age 21 die each year from injuries caused by underage drinking, nearly 40% (1,900) in car crashes

    Fact: More than 4 in 10 people who begin drinking before age 15 eventually become alcoholics.


    Myth: Alcohol isn’t as harmful as other drugs

    Fact: alcohol increases your risk for many deadly diseases, such as cancer. Drinking too much alcohol too quickly can lead to alcohol poisoning, which can kill you.

    Myth: Drinking is a good way to loosen up at parties

    Fact: drinking is a dumb way to loosen up. It can make you act silly, say things you shouldn’t say, and do things you wouldn’t normally do (like get into fights or have sex)


    Myth: Drinking alcohol will make me cool

    Fact: there’s nothing cool about stumbling around, passing out, or puking on yourself. Drinking alcohol also can cause bad breath and weight gain


    Myth: all of the other kids drink alcohol. I need to drink to fit in

    Fact: if you really want to fit in stay sober. Most young people don’t drink alcohol. Research shows that more than 70% of youth aged 12 to 20 havent had a drink in the past month


    Myth: I can sober up quickly by taking a cold shower or drinking coffee

    Fact: On average, it takes 2-3 hours for a single drink to leave the body. Nothing can speed up the process, including drinking coffee, taking a cold shower, or “walking it off”


    Myth: adults drink, so kids should be able to drink too

    Fact: a young person’s brain and body are still growing. Drinking alcohol can cause learning problems or lead to adult alcoholism. People who begin drinking before age 15 are five times more likely to abuse or become dependent on alcohol than those who begin drinking after age 21


    Myth: Beer and wine are safer than liquor

    Fact: alcohol is alcohol…..it can cause you problems no matter how you consume it. One 12-ounce bottle of beer or a 5-ounce glass of wine (about half a cup) has as much alcohol as a 1.5 ounce shot of liquor. Alcopops- sweet drinks with laced malt liquor often contain more alcohol than beer!

    Myth: I can drink alcohol and not have any problems

    Fact: if you are under 21, drinking alcohol is a big problem. Its illegal. If caught, you may have to pay a fine, perform community service, or take alcohol awareness classes. Kids who drink also are more likely to get poor grades in school, and are at a higher risk for being a crime victim

    Wednesday: Vaping and E-Cigs

    Smoke-free does not mean harm-free

    • True or false, the vapor is just water

    False, the “vapor” that e-cigarettes make is actually an aerosol (a fine mist of tiny particles). The aerosol can contain nicotine, toxic chemicals and heavy metals. It is more than just water

    • Which of the following is true about nicotine?
    1. Nicotine is a drug. It is as addictive as cocaine or heroin
    2. Nicotine affects your heart rate, blood vessels, and brain development
    3. Nicotine is safe
    4. Liquid nicotine is poisonous when swallowed or absorbed through the skin

    Any form of nicotine is addictive and bad news for your health. There are safety issues too! Reports of children and pets poisoned by liquid nicotine are on the rise.

    • The liquid used in vapes can contain the following?
    1. Formaldehyde
    2. Aluminum
    3. Acetaldehyde
    4. All of the above

    All of the above and more; there several chemicals found in e-juice including nicotine.

    Formaldehyde- used to preserve dead bodies and used in wood products. Increases the risk of cancer in the nasal passageways

    Aluminum- care to inhale a soda can? Aerosol contains higher concentrations than conventional cigarette smoke and acts as a breast-cancer causing agent

    Acetaldehyde- chemical used in paint stripper

    Arsenic: found in bug spray and is used to strengthen the copper coils

    Fluorine: used to keep your refrigerator cold

    People who vape may be inhaling all of these chemicals as well as others. Some are known to cause cancer.


    4) Vaping can lead to which of these health issues?

    1. asthma attacks
    2. popcorn lung
    3. lung and throat irritation
    4. all of the above

     Vaping can lead to all these health problems. Popcorn lung is a lung disease. It was first seen in workers at a popcorn factory who got sick after breathing the dust of a flavoring chemical. That same flavoring chemical is used in many vapes.

    • True of false? Vaping helps people quit smoking tobacco?

    False; There is no evidence that vaping helps people quit smoking. If it did, vapes would be approved as quit-smoking aids. Nicotine is addictive, and many smokers find they just trade one habit for another

    • Vape companies use what trick to get young people hooked on vapes?
    1. Flavored nicotine
    2. Ads that make vaping seem cool and safe
    3. Trendy-looking vapes
    4. All of the above

    Vaping companies use all of these strategies to make young people want to vape. They are more about making money than about your health.

    1. True or False? Vapes and e-cigs can explode

    True, many people have been injured or burned from e-cigarette explosions caused by issues with batteries and chargers. Using the wrong charger, charging or using e-cig for too long can cause it to over heat.

    What does addictive mean? Addictive means you feel like you need nicotine. You may feel sick without it. You may start to experience headaches, nausea, and fatigue without it. It is hard to get through the school day. If you or someone you know needs help quitting contact your local substance abuse prevention coordinator Shelby at (989) 802-0742 or spasch@1016.org

    Thursday: Tobacco

    Did you know? You are getting bombarded with messages about drugs in songs and movies. A study of the most popular songs found that;

    1 in 3 songs said something about drugs, alcohol, or tobacco use

    3 in 4 rap songs said something about drugs, alcohol, or tobacco use

    And of the top 90 movies over the last two decades, almost;

    7 in 10 movies showed characters smoking

    1 in 3 movies showed people getting drunk

    Tobacco: wrinkles, bad breath, yellow teeth, wheezing, stinky clothes….tobacco use can affect several parts of your body:

    Brain: addiction

    Skin: skin damage, wrinkles

    Eyes: cataracts

    Mouth: mouth cancer

    Throat: throat cancer

    Heart: heart disease

    Lung: lung disease

    Fact: over 13%, 3.3 million youth age 12-17 used a tobacco product in the past month. 28 ingredients that can cause cancer in your lips, tongue, cheeks, gus, and the top and bottom of your mouth

    Fact: tobacco affects your body’s development; smoking is particularly harmful for teens because your body is still growing and changing. The 200 known poisons in cigarette smoke affect your normal development and can cause life-threatening diseases such as chronic bronchitis, heart disease, and stroke

    Think of others; anyone who smokes puts others health at risk, including pets!

    Friday: Prescription drugs

    Opioids are a class of drug both legal and illegal that interacts with the opioid receptors in our brain. Most commonly used to treat pain, for most people, when taken as prescribed and only as-needed, they are relatively safe. They are commonly misused because of their effects when taken in large quantities and when not prescribed.

    There are some states, MI included where there are more prescriptions written than there are residents. Michigan has enough painkiller prescriptions written to give each resident 84 opioid pills.

    How can prescriptions be harmful when they are prescribed by doctors? Prescription drugs aren’t bad, they totally help a lot of people. It really depends on the who, how, and why of it- who were they prescribed for (you or someone else?), how are you taking them (as prescribed or not?), and why (to get well or to get high)?

    Some teens abuse stimulants thinking it will improve their grades; in fact, it may do just the opposite!

    Fact: prescription drug abuse is drug abuse

    • Is it safe to use prescription medications when:
    1. You’ve checked out WebMD and know what you are doing
    2. You’ve taken them before for another problem
    3. They are prescribed for you by a doctor for a current problem
    4. Your mom gave them to you from her prescription
    5. All of the above

    Did you know? Mixing pills with other drugs or with alcohol really increases your risk of death from an accidental overdose? Abuse of prescription stimulants like Adderall can cause serious health problems including panic attacks, seizures, and heart attacks

    You know they make you fuzzy, but what do drugs do to your brain? Different drugs do different things but they all affect the brain- that is why drugs make you feel high, low, speeded up, slowed down, or see things that aren’t there.

    Did you know? repeated drug use can reset the brain’s pleasure meter, so that without the drug, you feel hopeless and sad. Eventually, everyday fun stuff like spending time with friends or playing with your dog doesn’t make you happy anymore

    True story: Justin posted a comment on facebook saying he always thought that if he “huffs” markers in small doses, once in a while, it will cause little or no damage to his brain cells. Maybe, maybe not. We’re all different, so you never know when something dangerous will happen to you. Huffing may make you high for a few minutes, but it can damage your brain for a lot longer than that.


    Fact: there is treatment and it works

    • A person who is addicted to drugs
    1. Is beyond reach
    2. Can be helped with treatment
    3. Needs a brain transplant
    4. Can easily quit if they want to

    If you or someone you know is developing a drug or alcohol problem and needs help, contact your local substance abuse prevention coordinator Shelby at (989) 802-0742 or spasch@1016.org




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