Important Message from Dr. Smith


The death of a student presents us with many questions that we may not be able to answer right away.  Rumors may begin to circulate, and we ask that you not spread rumors you may hear. We'll do our best to give you accurate information as it becomes known to us.


If you feel that your son or daughter is having difficulty coping with this event, please let us know as soon as possible.  As always, our counselors will remain accessible to the entire student body, and with the help of our faculty, attempt to identify any students who may be having ongoing difficulties.


Please keep in mind that any traumatic event can trigger an emotional reaction, even to an unrelated event (family illness, prior losses, etc.).  Please review the below links for suggestions on how to comfort someone after an unexpected loss and common characteristics of an adolescent who may be having difficulty coping (see links below).   



Thomas A. Smith, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Trauma and Grief Resources

How to Help a Grieving Teen

Books for Children Dealing with Loss or Trauma

Addressing Grief

Good Grief Resource Site