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Award of Excellence

Eric Gugick, Leonia and Nicole Castaldo and Julie Maiorino of Edgewater receive
the American Legion Educator Team Award of Excellence. 


A message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Guardians:

There has been much chatter in our middle school about a Netflix series titled, “13 Reasons Why”, so much chatter that we thought we would provide you a quick summary and some talking points. Mr. Saco alerted parents yesterday and similarly, information was distributed by ACS and LHS administration to staff. Please read Mr. Saco’s letter below. We encourage you to reach out to the middle school or to administrators and counselors at ACS and LHS if you have concerns. If your child is viewing this series or chatting with friends about this series, it is a perfect opportunity for a family chat.


Good Afternoon LMS Parent Community,

I am writing to you today with some information about a current Netflix series called 13 Reasons Why. The series is based on the novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, and is meant to be a cautionary tale that explores a troubled teen’s motivations for committing suicide. The series, which is available for streaming now, is produced by the popular singer/actress Selena Gomez, and is very much on the radar of our students. The website Common Sense Media describes 13 Reasons Why as a series that “does not shy away from mature issues, as Hannah’s suicide is shown in great detail, as is more than one graphic rape scene involving a teenager. There’s teen drinking, voyeurism (a boy circulates a picture of a girl in a compromising position after a sexual encounter), and lots of swearing. While this challenging story could help parents start conversations with teens about issues like bullying, isolation, and depression, the way the series addresses these issues is complex and may be confusing for impressionable viewers.” You may read more at www.commonsensemedia.org.

As you may know, Netflix allows streaming of its content across multiple devices including your television, tablets, laptops, and cell phones. If you child’s personal device is connected to your Netflix account, they would be able to access this, and other shows on demand. Netflix offers parental control options that allow you to block content based on its rating. You can find information on how to set Netflix parental controls by going to https://help.netflix.com/en/node/264.

Please know that LMS takes your children’s emotional health and wellbeing as seriously as their academic growth. Should you have any questions about how to talk with your child about topics such as depression, bullying, relationships, or suicide, do not hesitate to call our school counselors Mrs. Feldman and Mrs. Whalen, our school social worker Mrs. Salmon, Mrs. Davis, or me. We can be reached during school hours by calling 201-302-5200, and then dialing the following extensions:

Mr. Saco – ext. 3200
Mrs. Davis – ext. 3201
Mrs. Whalen – ext. 3204
Mrs. Feldman – ext. 3205
Mrs. Salmon – ext. 3218

If your child hasn’t watched this series, you may want to preview it in advance. If they have watched all or some of the show, this may be an opportunity to have a discussion with them about their reaction to its content and message. Again, if you would like information about resources that could help guide your discussions with your child; please do not hesitate to contact us.

Dave Saco