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Parents meet with teachers at Gilbert’s Open House event

Parents got to know the teachers who teach their children during The Gilbert School's Open House event on Thursday, Sept. 12. At the event, parents got to tour the classrooms at Gilbert. Parents also got to talk to teachers about the work students are doing in the classroom. Read the full story.

Senior class to hold fundraisers throughout the year

This year’s senior class at The Gilbert School, the class of 2020, will be holding fundraisers throughout the year. The class is responsible for fundraising for their prom and all senior outings and activities. Read the full story.

Football season a few weeks away

The Gilbert School and Northwestern Regional High School’s combined varsity football team, The Yellowjackets, held a scrimmage against Torrington High School’s Red Raiders on Friday, Sept. 6.
While the game was just a warm-up for the upcoming season, both the team and spectators showed school spirit as the game went on. Read the full story.


International Students Welcomed to Gilbert

At the beginning of the school year, new students to the International Program were welcomed to The Gilbert School. According to Dean of Student Affairs Ashley Perry, the program currently has 29 students enrolled in the program. Read the full story on the News page.

The Dangers of Vaping



Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that at least 298 people have been hospitalized across the country with severe lung disease apparently related to vaping. There have also been reports of teenagers going into seizures and dying from vaping. The Health Department in Milwaukee took the bold step of telling people to stop using any kind of vaping device.

Given the dangers of vaping it is important that all of us learn as much as we can about the hazards of vaping. The following brief on vaping was adopted from the CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC 24/7: Saving Lives, Protecting People at



Quick Facts on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults


What’s the Bottom Line on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults?

  • The use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for kids, teens, and young adults.
  • Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s.1
  • E-cigarettes can contain other harmful substances besides nicotine.
  • Young people who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to smoke cigarettes in the future.


The use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for kids, teens, and young adults.




What Are E-cigarettes?

  • E-cigarettes are electronic devices that heat a liquid and produce an aerosol, or mix of small particles in the air.
  • E-cigarettes come in many shapes and sizes. Most have a battery, a heating element, and a place to hold a liquid.
  • Some e-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some look like USB flash drives, pens, and other everyday items. Larger devices such as tank systems, or “mods,” do not look like other tobacco products.
  • E-cigarettes are known by many different names. They are sometimes called “e-cigs,” “e-hookahs,” “mods,” “vape pens,” “vapes,” “tank systems,” and “electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).”
  • Using an e-cigarette is sometimes called “vaping” or “JUULing

Some e-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes.

Some look like USB flash drives, pens, and other everyday items.

How Do E-cigarettes Work?

  • E-cigarettes produce an aerosol by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals that help to make the aerosol.
  • The liquid used in e-cigarettes often contains nicotine and flavorings. This liquid is sometimes called “e-juice,” “e-liquid,” “vape juice,” or “vape liquid.”
  • Users inhale e-cigarette aerosol into their lungs. Bystanders can also breathe in this aerosol when the user exhales it into the air.
  • E-cigarette devices can be used to deliver marijuana and other drugs.


What Is JUUL?


  • JUUL is a brand of e-cigarette that is shaped like a USB flash drive. Like other e-cigarettes, JUUL is a battery-powered device that heats a nicotine-containing liquid to produce an aerosol that is inhaled.
  • All JUUL e-cigarettes have a high level of nicotine. According to the manufacturer, a single JUUL pod contains as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes.2
  • News outlets and social media sites report widespread use of JUUL by students in schools, including classrooms and bathrooms.
  • Although JUUL is currently the top-selling e-cigarette brand in the United States, other companies sell e-cigarettes that look like USB flash drives. Examples include the MarkTen Elite, a nicotine delivery device, and the PAX Era, a marijuana delivery device that looks like JUUL.
  • Additional information about USB-shaped e-cigarettes and actions that parents, educators, and health care providers can take to protect kids is available at CDC’s Infographicpdf icon [PDF – 1.2MB]


Why Is Nicotine Unsafe for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults?

  • Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine—the addictive drug in regular cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products.
  • Nicotine can harm the developing adolescent brain.1 The brain keeps developing until about age 25.
  • Using nicotine in adolescence can harm the parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood, and impulse control.1
  • Each time a new memory is created or a new skill is learned, stronger connections – or synapses – are built between brain cells. Young people’s brains build synapses faster than adult brains. Nicotine changes the way these synapses are formed.
  • Using nicotine in adolescence may also increase risk for future addiction to other drugs.1



What Are the Other Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults?

  • Scientists are still learning about the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes.
  • Some of the ingredients in e-cigarette aerosol could also be harmful to the lungs in the long-term. For example, some e-cigarette flavorings may be safe to eat but not to inhale because the gut can process more substances than the lungs.1
  • Defective e-cigarette batteries have caused some fires and explosions, a few of which have resulted in serious injuries.
  • Children and adults have been poisoned by swallowing, breathing, or absorbing e-cigarette liquid through their skin or eyes.


What Is in E-cigarette Aerosol?

  • E-cigarette aerosol is NOT harmless “water vapor.”
  • The e-cigarette aerosol that users breathe from the device and exhale can contain harmful and potentially harmful substances, including:
  • Nicotine
  • Ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs
  • Flavoring such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease
  • Volatile organic compounds
  • Cancer-causing chemicals
  • Heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead1
  • It is difficult for consumers to know what e-cigarette products contain. For example, some e-cigarettes marketed as containing zero percent nicotine have been found to contain nicotine.3


Can Using E-cigarettes Lead to Future Cigarette Smoking Among Kids, Teens, and Young Adults?

  • Many young people who use e-cigarettes also smoke cigarettes.1 There is some evidence that young people who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to smoke cigarettes in the future.
  • Specifically, a 2018 National Academy of Medicine report found that there was some evidence that e-cigarette use increases the frequency and amount of cigarette smoking in the future.4
  • But e-cigarette use among young people is unsafe, even if they do not progress to future cigarette smoking.


Aren’t E-cigarettes Safer Than Cigarettes?

  • E-cigarettes expose users to fewer harmful chemicals than burned cigarettes.1 But burned cigarettes are extraordinarily dangerous, killing half of all people who smoke long-term.
  • The use of any tobacco product, including e-cigarettes, is unsafe for young people.


What Can I Do to Prevent My Child from Using E-cigarettes or to Help Them Stop?


Talk to your child or teen about why e-cigarettes are harmful for them. It’s never too late.

  • Set a good example by being tobacco-free. If you use tobacco, it’s never too late to quit. For free help, visit smokefree.govexternal icon or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
  • Talk to your child or teen about why e-cigarettes are harmful for them. It’s never too late.
  • Get the Talk With Your Teen About E-cigarettespdf iconexternal icon[PDF – 5.2MB] tip sheet for parents. Start the conversation early with children about why e-cigarettes are harmful for them.
  • Let your child know that you want them to stay away from all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, because they are not safe for them. Seek help and get involved.
  • Set up an appointment with your child’s health care provider so that they can hear from a medical professional about the health risks of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.
  • Speak with your child’s teacher and school administrator about enforcement of tobacco-free school grounds policies and tobacco prevention curriculum.
  • Encourage your child to learn the facts and get tips for quitting tobacco products at Teen.smokefree.govexternal icon.


Where Can I Learn More?

  • Information for teens who use tobacco products, including tips on how to quit.
  • Basic information about e-cigarettes from CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health.Resources



Internet Safety for Students


Scott Driscoll, President of Internet Safety Concepts, recommends the following safe internet practices for students


  • Never share personal information
  • Never take pictures you are not ready for the whole world to see
  • Don’t say or do anything online that you would not do offline
  • Don’t communicate with strangers
  • Talk to your parents
  • If something does go wrong, tell a trusted adult immediately
  • Don’t share your password with friends
  • Don’t make “anonymous” postings on anyone’s page or site
  • Do not share other people’s contact information



Students Begin 2019-20 School Year

The first day of The Gilbert School’s 2019-2020 school year was on Aug. 30. Both teachers and students were more than ready for the school year to start at a kick-off ceremony at the school’s auditorium. Read the full story.

Katherine Wood Semi-finalist for Teacher of the Year

Katherine Wood has been named as a semi-finalist for the state’s Teacher of the Year honor. She joins a field of 16 other semi-finalists from all over the state. Wood graduated from Gilbert in 2004 and is going into her seventh year of teaching at the school. Read the full story.

Convocation Ushers in 2019-2020 School Year

"Good morning! And welcome back!" Gilbert School Principal Susan Sojka said at the beginning of the convocation ceremony for the school year 2019-2020 on Monday, Aug. 26. In the audience of the school's auditorium were members of Gilbert's faculty and staff. Read the full story. 

High Energy Performance Winds Up Band Camp

After one week of intense rehearsals, students of The Gilbert School’s band camp performed for an audience of more than 50 people at Van Why Field on Friday, Aug. 23.

During the week-long band camp, students in the week-long program practiced, sometimes for 12 hour days, to get ready for the band’s season of playing home football games and at three competitions during the school year. Read the full story.

Band Camp Gets Students Ready for Season

While school officially starts for all grades on Aug. 30, starting on Aug. 19, 50 students showed up early to take part in Gilbert’s summer band camp. According to music teacher Scott Minnerly, during the week of Aug. 19 students practiced often for 12 hour days to get ready for the Gilbert Marching Band’s season. Read the full story