Junior / Senior High School
Poneto, IN 46781 (765) 728-5534
Kati Todd, Principal Ben Burman, Assistant Principal/A.D. Steve Wagner, Guidance
Dear Parents: January 15, 2020
The Indiana General Assembly passed SEA 355 that requires the Department of Education to provide child abuse and child sexual abuse education in schools from grades K-12. Northern Wells Community School, Bluffton-Harrison Metropolitan School District and Southern Wells have researched best practices and programs for delivering this instruction. We are very pleased to share that Victor Pacini will be visiting all of our county schools to deliver his program for grades 6-12 entitled, Be Seen and Heard©, a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program. At Southern Wells, this year, he will present to grades 7-12.
Victor Pacini, a survivor of sexual abuse, author and motivational speaker, will be assisting our schools in implementing this mandate. Mr. Pacini’s program is developmentally appropriate, interactive, and aligned with learning standards. The focus of his presentation is to teach children basic skills to keep them safe from dangerous or abusive situations. The concepts that will be discussed are:
• Distinguishing safe from unsafe touches
• Safety rules at home and school
• Saying “NO”
• Safe/Unsafe Secrets
• It’s not the child’s fault if someone touches him or her
• Telling a trusted adult
Southern Wells Jr/Sr High School Friday, January 24
7th/8th grade 8:30 - 9:10 a.m.
9th/10th grade 9:30 - 10:10 a.m.
11th/12th grade 10:30 - 11:10 a.m.
We will be hosting a parent informational evening with Mr. Pacini to preview the information that will be shared with the students and answer any questions. The parent event will be held on Tuesday, January 21st @ 6:30 at Norwell in the HS auditorium.
Requests to Opt-Out: If you prefer that your child opt-out of this prevention education session, please call the Jr/Sr HS Office, 765 728 5534.
Principal, Kati Todd