Welcome to April, and to the fourth marking period. It seems every year at this time we collectively observe that the school year is passing quickly, and this year is no exception. As outdoor sports resume and weekends become filled with family activities, remember to take the time to look around and appreciate the pleasant changes only spring can bring.
At Richboro Middle School we are fortunate to have a close working relationship with many Northampton Township departments. Last week Detective-Sergeant Charles Pinkerton, a long-time NHTPD veteran, treated our students to a presentation regarding social media safety. Sergeant Pinkerton, who addressed both 7th and 8th grade students, highlighted social media dangers; he also explained, in audience-friendly terms, the legal implications relating to inappropriate use of social media and electronic devices. Many students were surprised to learn that using social media inappropriately could result in confiscation of all household electronic devices by police - including the home computer and parent cell phones. Again, I am asking you to continue the conversation about social media and electronic devices, and digital responsibility, at home with your students.
Further relating to the police department, on occasion I receive inquiries as to why officers are in the school or why police vehicles are at the school. As mentioned above, RMS has a sound relationship with the Northampton Township Police Department; as such they visit us on a regular basis for a multitude of reasons including periodic walk-throughs to help with safety planning, lunching with students, handling potential student issues, and school and classroom informational sessions. Those visits, along with Detective-Sergeant Pinkerton’s presentation, are one way we keep our student’s welfare and safety a top priority.