Macopin Nurse

Welcome to the Macopin School Health Page

Macopin School Nurse

Mrs. Jeanine Stark, MA, RN, CSN-NJ

(973) 697-5691 ext.3020

Fax (973) 697-0301

jeanine.stark@wmtps.org

Middle School Health

Starts Here

Healthy Body and Self Image

Change “happens” to all middle schoolers and your middle schooler is no different. These changes might start with hair growth in new places on their body to unfamiliar body odors and more. Here are some ideas to get your tween of to a healthy start.

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Clean Body – Encourage your child to bathe or shower daily. If body odor is a concern, have your child use a deodorant.

Hair – Your child might want to start shaving facial hair or legs. Help them pick a razor that is safe and easy to use.

Eating – Pizza might be your tween’s idea of a balanced meal, and it can be… in moderation. A balanced diet is important for a growing mind. Make sure your child:

Gets three cups of low-fat or nonfat milk daily. Aim for five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Limits foods and drinks that are high in sugar and fat. Limits juice to no more than 1 cup per day.

Sleeping – Children this age generally need about 10 – 11 hours of sleep per night. Lack of sleep can make it hard to pay attention at school.

If your Child needs to wake-up at:

6:00am

6:15am

6:30am

6:45am

7:00am

7:15am

7:30am

Set their bed time for:

8:15pm

8:30pm

8:45pm

9:00pm

9:15pm

9:30p,

9:45pm

Physical Activity – Children this age should get at least 60minutes of physical activity per day. Make it a family playtime! Get outside for a walk or dance in the kitchen with your child.

Vision - Limit Screen time! Try to limit screen time to no more than two hours per day. This includes TV, DVD’s, video games, smartphones, tablets and computers. Excessive screen time can lead to eye fatigue, obesity and general middle schooler grumbles.

Oral Health – Tweens need to continue to brush twice a day and floss once a day. A dental check-up every six months is valuable. Some children may be fitted for braces around age 12.

Hearing – Listening to headphones or music too loud can cause tinnitus, which is an early indication of potential noise-induced hearing loss. It is easy to prevent. 
Buy noise cancelling headphones so your tween can listen at lower levels. 
Invest in volume-limiting headphones Set a safe volume limit in their device settings. Get ear plugs for concerts.

Skin Health – You might start seeing big changes in your child’s skin. Be prepared! You still need to slather that tween in sunscreen. Use at least SPF 30 and rea;;ly every hour 
Tanning Beds – Don’t do it. Some states have outlawed tanning bed usage for those under 18. It’s never a good idea. Even one indoor tanning session can increase users’ risk of developing cancer cells by 67% according to the American Academy of Dermatology

Bonus Material:

Need an easy way to kick-off a conversation with your tween about their health? Try the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine’s THRIVE app – in both the Apple store and on Google Play. This free app has an extensive library of teen health and wellness topics relevant to this transformative and often complex stage of life to help parents have important discussions with their teens and young adults. It also provides parents with conversation starters for difficult or sensitive topics: health exams and preventive health information (including vaccinations and well visits), risk-oriented behaviors (such as drinking, smoking, or sexual health), social media and more. LEARN MORE HERE: https://www.adolescenthealth.org/SAHM-News/SAHM-THRIVE-App.aspx

Public Awareness Campaign on Vaping


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Concussion
 Info:
Concussions can affect more than just participation in sports: http://www.state.nj.us/education/aps/cccs/chpe/concussions/ https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/

PARENTS & GUARDIANS

Any student participating in after school fitness or sports clubs must have a physical within 365 days prior to the start of the club. Please click on the links below for the forms:

Pre-participation Physical Evaluation forms.pdf  
Concussion Fact Sheet and Acknowledgemt Form.pdf
Opiod Use and Misuse Educational Fact Sheet.pdf
SportsRelatedEyeInjury.pdf

CHANGES TO PERSONAL INFORMATION:
Please make sure your personal information (i.e.: name, address, phone, work, cells) are updated in the Realtime Parent Portal.  Please make sure your child's physician name and phone number are also in the Portal.  Log into the Realtime Parent Portal and click on Contacts on the left.  Click update information to update any category.


HONEYWELL ALERT!
PARENTS...If your phone number has changed you must update your HONEYWELL ALERT information.  Click here to access the Honeywell Site.

HEALTH FORMS

 Student & Athletic Accident Insurance Information FY19.pdf
Student Physical Exam.pdf
Student Dental Form.rtf
Student Health History.pdf
Asthma Treatment Plan - Student.pdf
Medication Form for Allergic Reaction.doc
Food Allergy Questionnaire.doc
Medication request to dispense_1.doc
Emergency Information Form.PDF
Seizure Action Plan
Seizure Questionnaire for Parents
Annual Athletic Preparticipation Physical Form
Sudden Cardiac Death Pamphlet.pdf
SuddenCardiacDeathSignOffSheet.pdf

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION


Health Handbook.pdf 
NJ Parent Link
Head Lice Info.pdf
Flu_ A Guide for Parents.pdf
Whooping Cough (Pertussis).pdf
Chicken Pox (Varicella).pdf
HPV Vaccine Info.pdf

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Mrs. Jeanine Stark 
MA, RN, CSN-NJ