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  • PSA! FIRE ON THE BAYOU

    Posted by Web Administrator on 10/10/2019

    The West St. Mary High School football team will take on the Franklin Senior High School Hornets TONIGHT, October 10, 2019, at THE DEN for our annual FIRE ON THE BAYOU beginning at 7:00 P.M

    Admission into the game is $8.00 for everyone. 

    Friday night lights at THE DEN! GO WOLFPACK!

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  • LA HAN--Vaping Associated with Severe Lung Disease in Louisiana

    Posted by Web Administrator on 9/2/2019

    Message Urgency: HIGH

     

    This is a message from the Louisiana Department of Health Emergency Operations Center (LDH EOC) to share a Louisiana Health Advisory Network (LA HAN) message on "vaping” associated with severe lung disease in Louisiana. Please share and distribute with relevant stakeholders and partners through your own distribution channels.

     

    Background

    The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) is investigating recently reported cases of severe lung disease among individuals in Louisiana who report e-cigarette product use, or "vaping.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 193 possible cases, including one death, have been reported by 22 states. These illnesses are primarily occurring among adolescents and young adults. No single product has been implicated. Patients have reported high variability in substances/products they used in vaping, including tobacco and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) containing products as well as other products. LDH is working to determine if the recent cases reported in Louisiana fit the clinical picture being described by other states and the CDC.

     

    Response

    LDH asks health care providers to be alert for patients presenting with severe lung disease with an unknown etiology who report a history of vaping and to report suspect cases to LDH by calling 1-800-256-2748.

     

    Clinical Presentation and Evaluation

    Patients have initial respiratory symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue with worsening over days or weeks before admission to the hospital. Other symptoms reported by some patients included fever, chest pain, weight loss, nausea, and diarrhea. Patients are typically between 17-35 years old and report no significant past medical history. Chest radiographs showed bilateral opacities, and CT imaging of the chest demonstrated diffuse ground-glass opacities, often with sub-pleural sparing. Because symptoms are consistent with an infection, a thorough evaluation for infectious diseases should be conducted.

     

    Recommendations for Louisiana Healthcare Providers

    • Clinicians treating patients with significant respiratory disease in the outpatient setting should assess their patients for recent or prior use of vaping products and consider the potential for worsening disease progression if risk factors are present.
    • Clinicians in the inpatient setting who are managing patients with severe pulmonary disease should consider the following:
      1. Assess patients for vaping history including vaping tobacco, THC, and/or other products.
      2. Consider this syndrome in these patients, particularly those who have prior history of respiratory disease and no apparent etiology, infectious or otherwise.
      3. Consider a pulmonology consultation to guide additional diagnostics and management for these patients.
    • Educate all patients on the risks associated with vaping and the use of tobacco products and provide patients information on where to seek care if symptoms worsen or return after initial resolution.
    • Healthcare providers should ask patients about any retained or remaining vaping product, including devices and liquids, in order to ascertain availability for possible testing to be coordinated by LDH.

    Case Reporting

    All cases of suspected severe lung disease potentially associated with vape products should be reported to LDH’s Infectious Disease Epidemiology Section: 1-800-256-2748.

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  • West St. Mary High School Announces 2018-2019 Student of the Year

    Posted by Carey Martin on 12/4/2018

    Congratulations!

     

    Justin Chauvin

    WSMHS 2018-2019 Student of the Year

    Picture of WSM Student of the Year 2018-2019

     

    Good Luck Justin at District Competition

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  • WSM

    West St. Mary High School
    18333 Highway 182W
    Baldwin, LA  70514
    School Phone: (337)924-7990    

    Office Fax: (337) 924-7999    Counselor Fax: (337) 924-7147

     

Character Counts!

  • October 14, 2019 - October 18, 2019

    Posted by Gidget Everitt on 10/10/2019

    Student: "The simple act of caring is heroic."  -Edward Albert

     

    Staff: "To make a difference in someone's life you don't have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful or perfect. You just have to CARE."  -Mandy Hale

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SMP CyberSAFE

  • Scholarship Scams and How to Avoid Them

    Posted by Susan Dupre on 10/9/2019

    It's that time of year when high school seniors who plan to pursue university degrees begin considering exactly how much getting there will cost. After all, even though a TOPS award will help with tuition, the other things--books, transportation, housing, food--are still costs that must be met. Unfortunately, the Internet has made scamming current and potential college students much easier. 

    For example, a recent email urged recipients to apply for a $1000 nationwide scholarship with no eligibility requirements.  However, the scholarship website included no contact information and no listing of past award winners. By offering $1000 (with no evidence that any money was awarded to students), these crooks collected the personal information of thousands of unwary high school seniors and created a database which was later sold to other scammers.  

    Another email scholarship offer requires students to sign up for an account with a "homework helper" website before applying for the scholarship. While this company does award the scholarships, they also use the application information to entice students to pay $10/month for their service once they enter college.  Student quickly discover that they have been charged up front for the entire year and that the website does not contain enough information to be helpful at all.

    Since identity theft and financial loss are primary concerns, students should look for these red flags before completing any online scholarship application: 

    • An Application or Disbursement Fee: No legitimate scholarship will collect money for handling or processing.

    • Membership Requirements: If you are already a member of a group that offers a scholarship, that's great--the applicant pool will be smaller. However, if you have to buy something or join an organization where fees are required, skip it. Claims like "We Have Exclusive Access to . . . " or "We'll Do All the Work for You" should be warning signs.

    • "You've Won!" or "You've Been Selected" Without an Application:  A phone call or email that says you've won something should be immediately questioned, particularly if you didn't apply.

    • Unclear Eligibility Requirements: Legitimate scholarships will have a list of requirements. If anyone can apply, it may be a scam.
       
    • Missing Information: Anyone can create a scholarship website. Does the website provide clear contact information and represent a legitimate company? When you ask questions, are they answered promptly? Is there evidence of past winners? If not, skip this one.

    • Requiring Too Much Personal Information:  Any scholarship that asks for credit card numbers, social security numbers, and bank account information should be immediately red-flagged. Check the privacy policy, too, if you are asked to disclose information about personal attributes that you might like to keep private.
       
    • Spelling or Grammar Errors: Scholarships are serious matters, and the providers will make sure their applications and websites are professional.
       
    • Scholarship Seminars: In these "informational" sessions, representatives often pressure you into buying access to a scholarship search or resume preparation service. In some cases, the product is not even related to a scholarship--it's a time share or life insurance policy. Just skip this, too. 

     

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  • SMP CyberSAFE Archives

    Posted by Susan Dupre on 8/5/2019

    CyberSAFE
    See past postings at the SMP CyberSAFE archives page.

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