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EHS Principal Kiley tackles bullying Continued from page 1 encouraged. “I want to create an environment where kids have someone to go to,” Mr. Kiley said. Having been a school administrator previously, Mr. Kiley has dealt with the issue of bullying before, and he wants students to be able to talk to him directly. He encourages students to feel comfortable walking directly to

“I want to create an environment where kids have someone to go to.” his office to talk about an issue, and hopefully resolve it. “I want students to come to me so that we can develop an action plan,” Mr. Kiley said. According to the National Society For the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the government conducted a study in November of 2011 which found that 38% of students have experienced cyber-bullying. 46% of children say that they have experienced bullying in their school. 18% of bullied students said that they were afraid to talk to their parents

about it. Two thirds of LGBT (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender) youth have experienced bullying in school, and 28% of those students are afraid to talk about it. Even though there are so many people who care, many still are reluctant to talk about it. The statistics are alarming, but nobody is alone. The majority of kids across the country have said they too have experienced bullying either from a physical or a psychological standpoint. The most important thing that Mr. Kiley wants kids to know is, if you are being bullied, there are adults in the school who can help. “My goal for a person being bullied is for them to realize that there are many people in the school who will listen,” Mr. Kiley said. “There are so many great people in this building.” There is nothing to be ashamed of. You are never alone. And no matter what you may be going through, it can and will be resolved if you take the time to talk to somebody. There are many people around you who care and will help, and it’s your responsibility to be one of the many people who care and will listen to those who need to talk. Nobody deserves to be bullied for any reason.

September 28, 2012

Exeter welcomes Nika Bracun, our new student from Croatia By Sydney Petersen

Students

Against Bullying How to Handle Bullying . Don’t respond with violence . Stand up for yourself . Tell them to stop . Write down the situation, put it in the box in the library and the group will respond with advice . Have a conversation with the bully If you see bullying going on, intervene to help the person. Come to the ‘Students Against Bullying’ group on Tuesdays at 7:00 in room F154

A few more fresh faces in the Exeter High faculty Ms. Gendreau This is Ms. Gendreau’s first time teaching at a high school. In the past five years, she has taught at CMS and Hampton Academy. She grew up in Nashua, New Hampshire. After graduating college, she became a mechanical engineer. “Growing up, I convinced myself I would never be a teacher because my mother was a teacher. I just wanted to do something different. But I guess it was always sort of in me.” After working as a substitute, she decided teaching was her preferred profession and has loved it ever since.

Mrs. Flammini Mrs. Flammini, an Exeter High School graduate herself (Class of 1987) is our newest nurse here at Exeter, has been working with kids for sixteen years. Mrs. Flammini was at Kensington Elementary School during that span and felt ready for a change. She also noted that she has noticed differences between her new surroundings as compared to the old. “You guys are much more self-sufficient,” Mrs. Flammini said. “You’re almost adults.” Despite the new environment, Mrs. Flammini’s goal is to remain consistent. “I just want to be helpful,” she said.

Photo Credit: Cam Bumsted

Nika Bracun, a junior from Croatia, a small European country east of Italy, has left all she has known to fly halfway across the world and come to EHS as a part of the foreign exchange student program. Nika is from Slavonski Brod, which is the sixth largest city in Croatia. Nika hoped one of the perks when coming to Exeter would be an easier workload. At her old school Nika, needed to take 16 subjects per year to graduate. The prospect of a 7 class-per-semester maximum appealed to her. Hopefully her junior year at EHS will not be as stressful as her junior year in Croatia would have been. “I came mainly to learn a new language,” Nika said of the reasons she decided to come to America. “I was taught four different languages at my old school,” Nika explained. These languages included Croatian, Latin, German, and English. Nika’s main incentive for coming to America was to better advance her English. All these languages have come in handy for Nika considering how much she has traveled. She has visited Spain, France, Italy, and Austria. Now she can add the United States to her ever-growing list. Upon arriving to the school the first thing Nika thought was just how big it was. “Oh my god, I’ll be lost here everyday at least ten times.” Nika said, remembering her first thoughts about the building. Her school back home had about 1,000 students, but in a much more confined space. The switch from her old school to a school as enormous as EHS would likely be overwhelming to anyone, foreign or not. Like all new students however, she has adapted and is now a pro at walking the EHS hallways. Nika’s favorite class at EHS is Law and Society; she dreams of being a lawyer when she grows

up. Nika explained the reason she wanted to become a lawyer in the first place. “Well that’s a funny story. I watched the blonde from Legally Blonde and I really liked the part when she went to Harvard.” Nika said she was thinking about going to a college in the states, but because her family is so far away she would rather go to a law school in Zagreb, Croatia, her country’s capital. Like many students at EHS, Nika’s favorite sport is basketball. She once travelled to Italy with her team from Croatia to play in a tournament there. She misses her teammates back in Croatia but

“Nika is excited to be able to put on a blue and white jersey this winter and represent the Blue Hawks.” she is excited to be able to put on a blue and white jersey this winter and represent the Blue Hawks. Nika has adapted very well to American culture saying it is not so different from her own. She even carries an iPhone in hand to complete the American look. “It was the first thing I bought here,” Nika said. The reason for this, Nika explained, is that the price in Croatia for an iPhone 4 is three times more expensive than in America. And she wasn’t kidding. An IPhone 4 in Croatia cost $809.99 while in America it now only cost $99.00. So one can imagine the excitement Nika felt at being able to buy a phone for almost $700 less then in her home country. Nika is staying with a host family for the remainder of her stay in America.


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