Presentation on theme: "Dress Code Issues/Reminders:"— Presentation transcript:
1Dress Code Issues/Reminders: Shorts/Skirts – Mid-thigh in length (not fingertips)Spaghetti straps, tank tops not allowedShirts/blouses should cover undergarments; we don’t want to see strapsNo athletic shorts – period!T-shirts/clothing should not have inappropriate words or references to sex, alcohol or drugs
2Some Safety Issues: Only 4 doors unlocked/monitored before school Do Not let strangers in locked doors! They must enter through a monitored door. Think safety!Know the evacuation plan – students report to their advisory teachers on the field.Know what to do in other situations: Lockdown, Severe Weather Evacuation, etc.
3Highland Park Middle School 2013-2014 A Respectful SchoolHighland Park Middle School
4ObjectivesReview school expectations about put- downs and bully preventionUnderstand how to build a respectful school climate
5Respect (from the dictionary) Respect is……showing high regard for an authority, other people, self and country…treating others as you would want to be treated…understanding that all people have value as human beings
6No Put Down Policy From the Student Handbook (Agenda Book): Verbal or non-verbal negative expressions for the purpose of making someone feel inferiorPut Downs are not toleratedClassroom Behavior – Teachers DomainHallways/Cafeteria – can be a problem
7Bullying – Definition: When a student or group of students engages in:Written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means or physical conduct that occurs:On school property,At a school sponsored or related event,Or in a vehicle operated by the school, And …
8Bullying – Definition: The HPISD School Board or Administrators determines that the behavior:Has the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property, or placing the student in reasonable fear of harm to person or property, orIs sufficiently severe, persistent and pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment.
9Bullying - Definition This conduct is considered bullying if it: Exploits an imbalance of power between the student engaging in bullying and the victim through written or verbal expression or physical conduct, andInterferes with a student’s education or substantially disrupts the operation of a school.
10What is Bullying? Key Concepts: Written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means or physical conduct,Has the effect of causing physical harm, damaging property, or causing fear of harm,Is severe, persistent and pervasive enough that it creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environmentExploits an imbalance of power, andInterferes with a student’s education or substantially disrupts the operation of a school.
11Bullying Examples Verbal aggression Name calling Teasing Threatening Social aggressionSpreading rumorsExclusion from a groupFacebook PostsInstagramPhysical aggressionHittingKickingDestroying propertyIntimidationGraffitiDirty tricksNote writingTexting
12Cyber-BullyingUse of an electronic communication device(s) to engage in bullying or to threaten students, teachers, volunteers, etc.Includes posts, texts, messages, Instagram, etc., that are harassing, threatening, obscene or damaging someone’s reputation.
13Cyber-Bullying Actions occur on or off school property Key phrase: “Interferes with a student’s education or substantially disrupts the operation of a school.”Thus it creates an intimidating or threatening environment.
14Cyber-SafetyRemember: When you post something or hit “Send,” it is Public and Permanent!Pictures, FB posts, etc. Think before you “Send!”
15Reporting BullyingBullying is not tolerated by the district and any student or parent who believes that a student has experienced bullying or that a student has engaged in bullying is encouraged to immediately report the incident. Retaliation against anyone involved in the complaint process is a violation of district policy and is prohibited.Students or parents may report an alleged incident of bullying, orally or in writing, to a teacher, counselor, principal or other district employee. More information about the district’s bullying policy can be found in the campus administration office or school board policies FFI(LEGAL) and FFI(LOCAL) at
16Sexual HarassmentComments or actions of a sexual nature which are unwelcome and make the recipient uncomfortableCoerced, unethical, and unwanted intimacyComments or actions are repetitive; creating an intimidating/threatening environment
17Sexual Harassment Examples Rude soundsWhistling suggestivelyJokes about sexGesturesGraffitiUnwelcome physical contact
18Have you ever been a… ? (Please don’t raise your hand!) Victim or TargetBullyBystander
19What is a bystander? Not actively involved as a bully or target Remain silent or inactive when bullying occursAware of bullying, but unable or unwilling to take action
20Why do people “stand by”? Don’t know what to doAfraid of retaliationAfraid to make the situation worse
21Consequences for bystanders: How does the bystander feel? Anxiety and guiltLoss of self-respect and self-confidenceDesensitized to negative behaviors, diminished empathy for others
22Be A Courageous Bystander! Don’t be part of the “Silent Majority”All it takes sometimes is ONE PERSONTake responsibility for creating safe and respectful school“Lend A Hand” to the Target (an acronym/things to do to help the victim)
23Courageous Bystander: Let bully know it’s not okay(Show) Empathy to the TargetNever bully backDistract the bully – make conversation with the bully
24Courageous Bystander Ask an adult for help Hang out with the target; let them know you careAsk the target to join your group
25Courageous BystanderNever cheer the bully on, laugh, encourage or stand around and watchDon’t ignore the bullying; it will only get worse“Lend A Hand”
26If you’re bullied: “Take a Stand” An acronym for the target/things he/she can do:Tell an adult – parent, teacher, counselor, administratorAgree with the bully - use sarcasm: “Thank you; Thanks for sharing”Keep friends close; walking the hallsEmotions – share, don’t bully back
27If bullied or targeted.……. Avoid the bully – walk a different routeStand up for yourself – “Leave me alone; Stop making fun of me; That’s not funny.”Talk to someone about how you feel – Counselor, safe adult, friends, parents
28If bullied or targeted…….. Ask the bully questions – “Why are you doing that?”Never bully back – but be assertiveDon’t show fear – but show that you can be confident/assertive
29Don’t be a victim…Don’t laugh it off if it offends you. This sends the wrong message.Don’t hesitate to tell your teacher, counselor, principal, and/or parents.Don’t ignore the situation. This can lead to a cycle of ongoing harassment and victimization.Harassment is not your fault!
30Our Goal – To Build A Respectful School Respect between peersRespect between students and teachersRespect for our school traditions