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    Emotional Intelligence - April 2021

    A report published in Forbes in 2014 (Emotional Intelligence - EQ (forbes.com) noted that emotional intelligence is the strongest predictor of performance in jobs and can account for 58% of success in jobs. It also indicated that individuals stronger in emotional intelligence skills can expect to earn up to $29,000 annually.  This applies for people in all industries, at all levels, across the world. This is a different message than what was traditionally thought of being the strongest predictor of success which was IQ.

    So what is emotional intelligence?  It consists of four skills: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.  And unlike IQ, which is fixed, EQ can be developed in our children as well as ourselves with practice.  It affects most of what we do and say each day.    

    As parents and educators, how we model the handling of emotions is crucial in teaching our kids how to handle theirs.  Naming and identifying emotions from an early age is a first step as well as listening and validating what our children are experiencing.  Mindfulness, which our district has incorporated in the last few years, is also a way to develop emotional intelligence.

    Here are several sites that have games, toys, and stories as well as apps that can help children with managing emotions and learning social awareness.

    Emotional Intelligence Apps and Games | Common Sense Education

    Is Emotional Intelligence Relevant for Kids? (Games, Cartoons + Toys) (positivepsychology.com)

    Furthermore, emphasizing these abilities is another way to develop skills and success, outside of academics, the creative arts, and sports.  These skills are not only as important, but likely more important in long term success and wellbeing.  So start talking about, modeling, and practicing emotional intelligence skills!



    The Dangers of E-cigarettes and Vaping

    In 2016, the National PTA approved a resolution to support legislation, regulation and/or other national, state and local measures to address the manufacturing of and ingredients in e-cigarettes and other ENDS (Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems) as well as to prohibit the advertising, marketing and sale of e-cigarettes and other ENDS, to youth (18 years or younger) and to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes and other ENDS in public places and school grounds. 

    Unfortunately, three years later, the situation with vaping has become much worse.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2018, there was a 78% increase in high schoolers vaping and a 48% increase in middle schoolers, leading to an estimated 3.6 million U.S. middle and high schoolers who reported vaping in the last 30 days.  Moreover, the majority of these students had never previously used cigarettes or other forms of tobacco, making e-cigarettes the main entry point for adolescent tobacco use.  Each pod in a Juul branded device contains the same amount of nicotine as a pack of cigarettes and as the need for more nicotine increases, youth are likely to begin to incorporate conventional cigarettes into their routine. 


    The CDC released a statement a week ago indicating there have been 94 possible cases of severe lung illness associated with vaping in 14 states from June 28th to August 15th of this year.  An article in Time last spring, https://time.com/5549340/vaping-addiction-treatment/ reported on the lack of available treatment for youths addicted to vaping due to its newness and the previous research that has been done on nicotine addiction has focused on adults. Juul is being criticized as well as sued for marketing devices to minors, particularly with all of the flavors it offers, as well as deceiving users about the risks.

    So what can you as a parent do?

    • The CDC recommends that you become very familiar with the different shapes and types of e-cigarettes, including being aware they can take the form of a flash drive or a pen
    • Learn about the risks of vaping. Talk to your children about this as well. Because of the way they are marketed, students may not realize the risks to their health and in becoming addicted.
    • Use the following as an additional resource: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/factsheet/index.html  

    Explanation of new Solon Schools e-cigarette vaping policy.

    E-cigarettes, vaping, juuling, or the use of other similar devices that are used to inhale or ingest foreign substances, will initially be treated as a drug offense. Within twenty-four (24) hours of the violation, the student may complete an approved drug screen with an approved testing facility. Test results must be sent directly to the school administrator from the testing facility. Upon receipt/review of the results, if administration is able to clearly establish that no illegal substance (other than nicotine) has been discovered, the administrator may reduce the violation to a vaping offense.