Help Kids Balance Their Media Lives

From phones and tablets to streaming movies and YouTube, tech and media are everywhere. Kids love easy access to TV shows, games, and information. Parents and caregivers love that kids can stay in contact while they explore their independence. But it’s easy to overdo it when the phone never stops pinging and the next episode plays automatically. Families can keep media and tech use in check by following a few simple practices.

Check out these 5 tips from Common Sense Media 

Create screen-free times and zones.

Help tweens and teens take breaks from tech by limiting screen time in bedrooms, during study time, or at the dinner table. Consider carving out regular family time when screens are either put away or enjoyed together.

Explore built-in digital well-being tools.

Together with your kids, check out the features on their devices and in their apps that can help them use tech more intentionally. Consider turning off autoplay functions, limiting notifications from certain apps, using settings that turn off devices at a certain time each night, and more.

Model the behavior you want to see.

Tweens and teens learn more from watching adult behavior than listening to lectures. Consider how you use your devices and other media, and make changes if your use doesn’t follow your expectations for your kids.

Help kids identify healthy behaviors.

Ask kids to notice their feelings, both physical and emotional, during screen and non-screen activities. Does their heart rate increase when their phone vibrates? Does their self-esteem dip after viewing a friend’s Instagram feed? Do they feel good when they get positive feedback on a post? Encourage kids to keep the constructive activities and let go of the rest.

Understand how tech companies make money.

Along with your tween and teen, research how digital devices, social media platforms, and apps and games get paid. Do they sell ads? Do they sell kids’ data? Discuss why companies might want kids to spend more time on their platforms and what tricks they use to keep their attention.

*Common Sense Education is a site by teachers, for teachers that helps you find the best educational technology resources and learn the best practices for implementing them in your classroom. Common Sense Education is brought to you by Common Sense Media, the nation’s leading independent non-profit organization dedicated to empowering kids to thrive in a world of media and technology.
found at https://www.commonsense.org/education/family-tips/6-12-media-balance-and-well-being

January 17 Announcements

Normal Bell Schedule

  • If you want to go out for a sport/activity you must get a golden ticket. There is a collection of them on Mrs. Huffer’s door. Go see Mrs. Huffer to be eligible.
  • Lose Something? The Lost & Found is overflowing again.  We have a tremendous amount of clothing, water bottles, lunch boxes and many electronic devices including cell phones and air pods.  Please come to the Attendance Office to identify.
  • Students interested in taking the ASVAB Career Inventory Assessment on Wednesday, January 22 Periods 1-3, should see their counselor to register.
  • Chugiak and Gruening National Honor Societies are sponsoring a “wear a hat for the day” fundraiser for Australia’s fire victim relief on Friday January 17. To participate, bring a minimum $1 donation to the crossroads before school or during lunch to get a stamp that allows you to wear a hat on Friday.
  • All Lockers that were decorated for the competition in December need to be taken down by the end of the day Friday.
  • Letters of eligibility to apply for National Honor Society will be delivered on Friday during 2nd and 5th periods.
  • We are looking for a couple of Seniors who are interested in doing a video about all of the great things CHS has to offer! Credit may be offered to students who successfully complete a video. Please see Mrs. McGlocklin if you are interested and for more details.
  • There will be an informational meeting about the Medical Thailand trip in March of 2021. If you have any interest, please attend the meeting during lunch on Thursday, January 30th in Mrs. Alex’s room, 21. See her for any questions.
  • Student Government is now selling Red-Out t-shirts in support of the American Heart Association.  T-shirts are $10 each. Please see someone in Student Government or Mrs. Portie to purchase a t-shirt.  We will also be selling t-shirts at lunch starting TODAY at the crossroads.
  • PENNY WARS – Starting next week, Tuesday, Jan. 21 and ending Tuesday, Jan. 28, Student Government will be hosting Penny Wars.  Buckets will be set out in the library from 7AM to 2PM every day. Pennies are worth positive points and silver coins/dollar bills are worth negative points.  PENNY WARS will be counted as a WACKO game, so bring in your loose change and let’s raise lots of money for AHA.
  • The Red-Out games ERHS will be Tuesday, January 28, in the CHS main gym.  We will have a RED OUT spirit day that day. We are asking everyone to come to school and the games decked out in red in support of the American Heart Association and Chugiak Basketball!  The varsity girls will start at 6:00PM and the varsity boys will begin at 7:30PM.
  • WACKO is Friday, February 21.  This year’s theme is Harry Potter.  Your class officers would like to invite you to help put together decorations after school.  Student Government class officers have designated the following times for CHS students to stop by to lend a hand.
    • Freshmen will meet on Mondays from 2 – 4PM in House 3, Room 182
    • Sophomores will meet on Fridays from 2 – 4PM in the House 1 Commons area
    • Juniors will meet on Wednesdays from 2 – 3:30PM in the House 2 Commons area
    • Seniors will meet on Wednesdays from 2 – 4:15PM in the House 3 Commons area

January 17 Announcements

Normal Bell Schedule

  • If you want to go out for a sport/activity you must get a golden ticket. There is a collection of them on Mrs. Huffer’s door. Go see Mrs. Huffer to be eligible.
  • Lose Something? The Lost & Found is overflowing again.  We have a tremendous amount of clothing, water bottles, lunch boxes and many electronic devices including cell phones and air pods.  Please come to the Attendance Office to identify.
  • Students interested in taking the ASVAB Career Inventory Assessment on Wednesday, January 22 Periods 1-3, should see their counselor to register.
  • Chugiak and Gruening National Honor Societies are sponsoring a “wear a hat for the day” fundraiser for Australia’s fire victim relief on Friday January 17. To participate, bring a minimum $1 donation to the crossroads before school or during lunch to get a stamp that allows you to wear a hat on Friday.
  • All Lockers that were decorated for the competition in December need to be taken down by the end of the day Friday.
  • Letters of eligibility to apply for National Honor Society will be delivered on Friday during 2nd and 5th periods.
  • We are looking for a couple of Seniors who are interested in doing a video about all of the great things CHS has to offer! Credit may be offered to students who successfully complete a video. Please see Mrs. McGlocklin if you are interested and for more details.
  • There will be an informational meeting about the Medical Thailand trip in March of 2021. If you have any interest, please attend the meeting during lunch on Thursday, January 30th in Mrs. Alex’s room, 21. See her for any questions.
  • Student Government is now selling Red-Out t-shirts in support of the American Heart Association.  T-shirts are $10 each. Please see someone in Student Government or Mrs. Portie to purchase a t-shirt.  We will also be selling t-shirts at lunch starting TODAY at the crossroads.
  • PENNY WARS – Starting next week, Tuesday, Jan. 21 and ending Tuesday, Jan. 28, Student Government will be hosting Penny Wars.  Buckets will be set out in the library from 7AM to 2PM every day. Pennies are worth positive points and silver coins/dollar bills are worth negative points.  PENNY WARS will be counted as a WACKO game, so bring in your loose change and let’s raise lots of money for AHA.
  • The Red-Out games ERHS will be Tuesday, January 28, in the CHS main gym.  We will have a RED OUT spirit day that day. We are asking everyone to come to school and the games decked out in red in support of the American Heart Association and Chugiak Basketball!  The varsity girls will start at 6:00PM and the varsity boys will begin at 7:30PM.
  • WACKO is Friday, February 21.  This year’s theme is Harry Potter.  Your class officers would like to invite you to help put together decorations after school.  Student Government class officers have designated the following times for CHS students to stop by to lend a hand.
    • Freshmen will meet on Mondays from 2 – 4PM in House 3, Room 182
    • Sophomores will meet on Fridays from 2 – 4PM in the House 1 Commons area
    • Juniors will meet on Wednesdays from 2 – 3:30PM in the House 2 Commons area
    • Seniors will meet on Wednesdays from 2 – 4:15PM in the House 3 Commons area

January 16 Announcements

Normal Bell Schedule

  • If you want to go out for a sport/activity you must get a golden ticket. There is a collection of them on Mrs. Huffer’s door. Go see Mrs. Huffer to be eligible.
  • Lose Something? The Lost & Found is overflowing again.  We have a tremendous amount of clothing, water bottles, lunch boxes and many electronic devices including cell phones and air pods.  Please come to the Attendance Office to identify.
  • Students interested in taking the ASVAB Career Inventory Assessment on Wednesday, January 22 Periods 1-3, should see their counselor to register.
  • Chugiak and Gruening National Honor Societies are sponsoring a “wear a hat for the day” fundraiser for Australia’s fire victim relief on Friday January 17. To participate, bring a minimum $1 donation to the crossroads before school or during lunch to get a stamp that allows you to wear a hat on Friday.
  • All Lockers that were decorated for the competition in December need to be taken down by the end of the day Friday.
  • Letters of eligibility to apply for National Honor Society will be delivered on Friday during 2nd and 5th periods.
  • There will be an informational meeting about the Medical Thailand trip in March of 2021. If you have any interest, please attend the meeting during lunch on Thursday, January 30th in Mrs. Alex’s room, 21. See her for any questions.
  • Student Government is now selling Red-Out t-shirts in support of the American Heart Association.  T-shirts are $10 each. Please see someone in Student Government or Mrs. Portie to purchase a t-shirt.  We will also be selling t-shirts at lunch starting TODAY at the crossroads.
  • PENNY WARS – Starting next week, Tuesday, Jan. 21 and ending Tuesday, Jan. 28, Student Government will be hosting Penny Wars.  Buckets will be set out in the library from 7AM to 2PM every day. Pennies are worth positive points and silver coins/dollar bills are worth negative points.  PENNY WARS will be counted as a WACKO game, so bring in your loose change and let’s raise lots of money for AHA.
  • The Red-Out games ERHS will be Tuesday, January 28, in the CHS main gym.  We will have a RED OUT spirit day that day. We are asking everyone to come to school and the games decked out in red in support of the American Heart Association and Chugiak Basketball!  The varsity girls will start at 6:00PM and the varsity boys will begin at 7:30PM.
  • WACKO is Friday, February 21.  This year’s theme is Harry Potter.  Your class officers would like to invite you to help put together decorations after school.  Student Government class officers have designated the following times for CHS students to stop by to lend a hand.
    • Freshmen will meet on Mondays from 2 – 4PM in House 3, Room 182
    • Sophomores will meet on Fridays from 2 – 4PM in the House 1 Commons area
    • Juniors will meet on Wednesdays from 2 – 3:30PM in the House 2 Commons area
    • Seniors will meet on Wednesdays from 2 – 4:15PM in the House 3 Commons area

January 16 Announcements

Normal Bell Schedule

  • If you want to go out for a sport/activity you must get a golden ticket. There is a collection of them on Mrs. Huffer’s door. Go see Mrs. Huffer to be eligible.
  • Seniors! Senior ads are due by January 15. They can be designed and purchased through yearbookforever.com.
  • Students interested in taking the ASVAB Career Inventory Assessment on Wednesday, January 22 Periods 1-3, should see their counselor to register.
  • Chugiak and Gruening National Honor Societies are sponsoring a “wear a hat for the day” fundraiser for Australia’s fire victim relief on Friday January 17. To participate, bring a minimum $1 donation to the crossroads before school or during lunch to get a stamp that allows you to wear a hat on Friday.
  • All Lockers that were decorated for the competition in December need to be taken down by the end of the day Friday.
  • Attention Riflery Members, If you are planning to attend this Friday’s banquet you must RSVP by 2:00 tomorrow. See either Gunny or Sully.

January 15 Announcements

Normal Bell Schedule

  • If you want to go out for a sport/activity you must get a golden ticket. There is a collection of them on Mrs. Huffer’s door. Go see Mrs. Huffer to be eligible.
  • Seniors! Senior ads are due by January 15. They can be designed and purchased through yearbookforever.com.
  • Students interested in taking the ASVAB Career Inventory Assessment on Wednesday, January 22 Periods 1-3, should see their counselor to register.
  • Chugiak and Gruening National Honor Societies are sponsoring a “wear a hat for the day” fundraiser for Australia’s fire victim relief on Friday January 17. To participate, bring a minimum $1 donation to the crossroads before school or during lunch to get a stamp that allows you to wear a hat on Friday.
  • All Lockers that were decorated for the competition in December need to be taken down by the end of the day Friday.
  • Attention Riflery Members, If you are planning to attend this Friday’s banquet you must RSVP by 2:00 tomorrow. See either Gunny or Sully.

January 14 Announcements

Normal Bell Schedule

  • If you want to go out for a sport/activity you must get a golden ticket. There is a collection of them on Mrs. Huffer’s door. Go see Mrs. Huffer to be eligible.
  • Offseason Football Workouts begin Tuesday, the 14th at 5:45pm in the CHS Weight Room. All those interested in playing football next fall should see Coach Landers or Coach Trombley and plan on attending Offseason Workouts this Spring.
  • SOCK DRIVE!!!! Who doesn’t like a new pair of socks? Partner’s Club is collecting socks from 1/6-1/14 to benefit ASD’s Child In Transition program.  Please bring new socks to rooms 5 & 200.
  • Seniors! Senior ads are due by January 15. They can be designed and purchased through yearbookforever.com.
  • Students interested in taking the ASVAB Career Inventory Assessment on Wednesday, January 22 Periods 1-3, should see their counselor to register.
  • Chugiak and Gruening National Honor Societies are sponsoring a “wear a hat for the day” fundraiser for Australia’s fire victim relief on Friday January 17. To participate, bring a minimum $1 donation to the crossroads before school or during lunch to get a stamp that allows you to wear a hat on Friday.

January 13 Announcements

PLC Bell Schedule

  • If you want to go out for a sport/activity you must get a golden ticket. There is a collection of them on Mrs. Huffer’s door. Go see Mrs. Huffer to be eligible.
  • Congratulations to the Chugiak High Library Book mark winners.  Third place Megan Staicer, 2nd place Emma Knueve, and in 1st place Summer Hall.
  • Offseason Football Workouts begin Tuesday, the 14th at 5:45pm in the CHS Weight Room. All those interested in playing football next fall should see Coach Landers or Coach Trombley and plan on attending Offseason Workouts this Spring.
  • SOCK DRIVE!!!! Who doesn’t like a new pair of socks? Partner’s Club is collecting socks from 1/6-1/14 to benefit ASD’s Child In Transition program.  Please bring new socks to rooms 5 & 200.
  • Seniors! Senior ads are due by January 15. They can be designed and purchased through yearbookforever.com.