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Prevention and School Culture

Staci McCormack Coordinator

Cynthia Redfern  Prevention Relations Lead
TEAM U.P. (Universal Prevention)
Castle Rock
Heather Riemer       heather.riemer[at]dcsdk12[dot]org
Highlands Ranch


620 Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Fax: 303-387-0119

upcoming events

A UNIVERSAL Approach to Prevention

Setting the tone for safe and healthy schools and students to impact:

  • bullying 
  • substance abuse 
  • suicide 
  • school violence 
Positive Messaging
Eliminating the Code of Silence through messages of Hope, Help and Strength
Social Dynamics
Creating a safe and supportive environment for all students.
Relational Safety
Strengthening Self-Advocacy skills
Breaking Hate, Promoting Peace, Creating Love


Resilient Me (Elementary level)

Resilient Me Helps students make connections, increase and develop strengths and gain resiliency. Mental Health and Resiliency begins with Prevention. Your elementary Resilient Me effort is directly aligned to an effort happening in our middle and high schools called Sources of Strength.


SOURCES OF STRENGTH (Middle and High School levels)

Our mission is to provide the highest quality evidence-based prevention for suicide, violence, bullying and substance abuse by training, supporting, and empowering both peer leaders and caring adults to impact their world through the power of connection, hope, help and strength. High Schools in DCSD with Sources of Strength programs include:CHS, CVHS , MVHS,PHS,Plum Creek Academy,  RCHS, and TRHS. Participating Middle Schools include: CRMS, Mesa, RHMS, and SMS.



Social Dynamics
Creating a safe & supportive environment for all students

In fact, we know before we can create an environment conducive to learning, our students must feel safe, secure and supported.  That is why we have developed an innovative Student Wellness & Prevention Framework (see above) to build resiliency skills and help students recognize when they need help and where to get the help they need. Our Student Wellness & Prevention Framework is full of ways to report anonymously, lists of warning signs,Test-A-Tip number, Safe2Tell and other resources.




Team U.P. now offers seminars to  6th grade students about healthy social relationships. The seminars consists of  break-out sessions which include intentional games, discussions, and activities to proactively help students navigate their way in social situations. Topics addressed during the event can include the following: respect, diversity, commonalities, leadership, and preteen culture. In addition, Team U.P can offer  sessions that talk about the differences between bullying and normal conflict, being a bystander and an upstander, and what sources of support  students can turn to when life gets tricky, regardless of the magnitude of the problem. Team U.P. is honored to work with schools in creating specific seminars to address their students needs.

                        Breaking Hate, Promoting Peace, Creating Love


                               Bullying Vs. Normal Conflict  Chart





Relational Safety 
Strengthening Self-Advocacy skills in friendships and teen dating relationships.


The Outrage – Teen Dating Violence Seminar

This seminar for tenth-grade high school students takes on teen/relational dating violence.



Have a healthy relationship

Dating Violence Performance
High School Sophomores

Team U.P. works with schools to create Restorative Cultures. By using the 5 R's of Restorative strategies , Relationships, Responsibility, Respect, Repair and Reintegration, we work to establish  positive communities in our schools.


Dating Bill of Rights

I have the right to…..

Ask for a date.

Refuse a date.

Have my own thoughts and feelings and

Communicate them.

Have my limits and values respected.

Be heard.

Set physical, emotional, and sexual boundaries.

Have friendships outside of my relationship.

Say “no.”

Be safe on a date.

Be treated with respect.

Disagree with my date.

Determine who I will date.

Control my own destiny.

Get angry.

Be assertive on a date.

Leave any dating situation when I don’t feel

safe or it doesn’t feel right for me.

Have a healthy relationship.

Learn More

Heather Riemer
Universal Prevention Team

Team U.P. is passionate about teaching healthy behaviors regarding substance abuse. We know that using alcohol and drugs can decrease a teen’s decision making skills and to make rational judgements, and increase their risk taking. Through the teaching of “Botvin Life Skills” we promote healthy behaviors by:



  • giving students the tools to develop high self-esteem
  • teaching students to make good decisions based on what is best for them
  • emphasizing good communication and assertive skills
  • encouraging healthy and positive relationships
  • developing positive coping skills to live a life that is free from substance abuse




Parent Corner


Underage Drinking: Confronting Peer Pressure

Communicate and role-play to protect your teen:

  • Start an ongoing dialog about peer pressure to drink
  • Talk about the dangers of underage drinking. Share facts. Share information. Discuss alcohol related issues in the news. Read your local newspaper for stories on car crashes, police blotters and arrests related to alcohol use.
  • Develop strategies with your teen for avoiding and confronting risky behaviors. Role-play ways to refuse alcohol. Role play ways to stop an impaired friend from driving.
  • Make sure your teen understands what binge drinking is and why it is particularly dangerous.
  • Make sure your teen knows how to identify impaired behaviors in others.
  • Have a family plan about what to do if your teen finds him/herself in a potentially dangerous situation.
  • Teach your teen the golden rule: YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY




As a parent, you have the right to:

  • Set limits with your teen

  • Talk with your teen about the illegal use of alcohol

  • Expect that your rules will be respected

  • Follow through with appropriate consequences if your rules are broken


As a parent host of a teen party, you have the obligation to:


Communicate with other parents about party details.

Put all your alcohol, valuables and weapons in a secure place.

Supervise the party. Frequently monitor all party areas, indoor and outdoor.

Make it clear that alcohol and other drugs are not allowed.

Know the guest list and keep uninvited guests out.

Restrict entry and exit areas to deter guests from bringing in alcohol and other drugs.

Be prepared to call a guest's parents if the guest is impaired or if he/she attempts to bring  alcohol or drugs to the party.

Set an end time to the party.


"Underage Drinking: What Parents Need to Know"  HUMAN RELATIONS MEDIA



A New Dangerous Trend: 1 in 4 Teens Who Use E-Cigarettes Report "Dripping"

By Amy Orciari Herman
Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and André Sofair, MD, MPH


Many teens who use electronic cigarettes have tried "dripping," according to results of a survey reported in Pediatrics. With dripping, small amounts of e-liquid are dropped directly onto an e-cigarette's atomizer coil to vaporize the liquid at a high temperature; users then inhale the vapor immediately.

Among some 1000 Connecticut teens who reported ever having used e-cigarettes, 26% said they'd tried dripping. Male sex, white race, use of multiple tobacco products, and more frequent use of e-cigarettes were all positively associated with dripping behavior. The most commonly reported reasons for dripping included the following: it "produces thicker clouds of vapor," the "flavor tastes better," and it provides "a stronger throat hit."

The authors note that while data don't exist on adverse events associated with dripping, "exposure of e-liquids to high temperatures results in significant increases in the levels of formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and acetone in the vapors."


Tobacco Use

Tobacco use is the #1 public health problem in the U.S                                              
 Over 440,000 Americans die yearly due to tobacco-related illnesses,
including 4,300 in Colorado. Tobacco claims more lives annually than HIV,
illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides and murders combined
The tobacco industry spends $15 billion a year promoting its products to new,
young customers including $113 million in Colorado.

Marijuana Use

                                             Effects of Marijuana on the Human Body

Professional Development is offered to school facilities from DCSD's Prevention & School Culture department.

Purpose & Structure of Professional Development

  • activities
  • structured conversations through restorative practices
  • shared meals
  • direct teach
  • games

All content is:

  • based on Social Contagion Theory
  • best-practice for changing unhealthy cultural norms to healthy norms
  • research based
  • based on increasing help-seeking and protective factors

  • When students are more connected to school and encouraged to be their authentic self, student achievement raises exponentially
  • Codes of Silence (bullying, suicide, school violence and substance abuse) lessen when students have a trusted adult in the building

Professional development days are created to help the adults recognize their role in an upstream prevention model. Modeling psychological health to students includes the modeling of:

  • Authentic self
  • Connectedness
  • Help-seeking
  • The use of protective factors for students serving as the first step in supporting students’ psychological safety

Psychological healthy adults foster healthy students & healthy school cultures.

Staci McCormack, DCSD Prevention & School Culture Department


Parent Resources:

Two great sites on how to talk to your kids about tricky situations.

Now's a good time to talk to your child.

Power to the parent website



How to talk to your teen

Let’s face it—teenagers are curious creatures. As your teenager gets older, he or she may become more curious about alcohol and other drugs. They may turn to you for answers and advice. Even if your teen doesn’t come to you, you should be the one to start the conversation. Since some questions may be difficult to answer, be prepared. Arm yourself with information and defenses against underage drinking and substance abuse. Use this opportunity to start an open, honest conversation.

Communicating With Your Teen

Be a good listener

           Be empathetic. Validate your teen's feelings.

   Express, don't vent your feelings.

                      Ask specific questions to generate discussion.

Give age appropriate, positive discipline.

           Offer praise for efforts, not accompishments.

                     Honor your child's search for identity.


Staying Involved With Your Teen

Set aside time to be with your teen

       Become involved in their activities..

                  Continue to show your love/concern and provide guidance.

Get to know your child's friends and their parents.

   Encourage involvement in school and community activities.

                                   The above is an excerpt from the Power to the parent website. Please visit the website for more information.