North Country Road Middle School Student Submission Selected from More Than 2,000 Entries.
Miller Place, NY - April 19, 2017 - The Miller Place School District announced today that North Country Road Middle School student Ivy Newman was one of only 12 students to be selected as a winner of the New York State Office of Information Technology “Kids Safe Online” poster contest. Newman’s submission was selected from more than 2,000 entries submitted by 233 schools from across New York State.
“The Miller Place School District has a zero tolerance policy for bullying and takes any threat to student safety extremely seriously. Creating a culture of trust and security in which students feel they can share any concerns with adults is one of our highest priorities,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marianne Cartisano. “We are very proud of Miss Newman’s success, and her effort to raise awareness about the importance of cyber security is emblematic of our values and goals.”
Miller Place School District student Ivy Newman’s poster submission to the New York State Office of Information Technology’s “Kids Safe Online” poster contest. Newman’s submission was one of 12 winners selected from more than 2,000 entries submitted by 233 schools from across New York State. Photo Credit: Miller Place School District
The Miller Place School District hosts a number of anti-bullying and cyber security awareness events throughout the year as part of its mission to provide a safe, supportive environment for students. The District has previously hosted “How to Help a Friend” panels for students to come together to discuss the importance of mental health in adolescence and share tips on how to support their friends and peers. In addition, this year more than 30 Miller Place High School students participated in an intensive day-long training to learn how to become “Natural Helpers.” Natural Helpers is a District initiative which provides students with the tools they need to recognize when a peer may be struggling and offer effective support. Natural Helpers currently meet once every two weeks to discuss peer issues, the climate throughout the school, how they can best help and where to direct those struggling for additional assistance.
“The District provides a confidential, robust system of support for any student struggling with these critical issues,” said North Country Road Middle School Principal Matthew Clark. “We encourage all our students to participate in the “Kids Safe Online” poster contest as a way to help raise awareness surrounding this critical issue.”
The purpose of the annual poster contest is to educate students about cyber security by encouraging them to creatively depict what cyber security means to them and reinforce safe online practices through their artwork. The contest also serves as a tool to encourage teachers across New York State to address cyber security and online safety issues like cyber bullying, the appropriate use of text messages, and social networking in the classroom. The contest was hosted in partnership with the Center for Internet Security’s (CIS) Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center’s (MS-ISAC) national poster contest.
“We are pleased to partner with the MS-ISAC on this important initiative to raise awareness among our youth of the risks associated with using the Internet. The Kids Safe Online Poster Contest is a wonderful opportunity for teachers to address cyber security and online safety issues in the classroom and raise awareness of these issues in homes. We are continually amazed by the creativity, originality and compelling messages submitted by the students on the importance of cyber security. Kudos to all of the winners!” said Margaret Miller, New York State Chief Information Officer.
The winners’ art work will be featured in the 2018 New York State “Kids Safe Online” calendar and the winning entries have been submitted to the National K-12 Poster Contest, conducted by the CIS’s MS-ISAC.