Stone Hill Middle School Anti-Bullying Program
What is bullying?
Bullying is the repeated use of one's strength of status for the purpose of intimidating or injuring another person. Bullying is about an imbalance of power. The key phrase is repeated. A one time incident between two students is NOT considered bullying.
A comprehensive bullying program has many components.
First, a school must research what the social climate is. The way that we do this at Stone Hill is surveying our community. Each Spring, we survey our students, facutly and parents. The surveys are anonymous and we receive great feedback on what is really happening here and suggestions on how we can help.
Next, we plan our program for the following year. We start the year by educating our staff. We do a staff workshop early in the year, where we present the results from the bullying surveys. This gives our staff a realistic view of what is happening here at Stone Hill. We also teach staff how to recognize bullying and what to do about it when they see it. This year, the staff receives a "Bullying Tip of the Week" from Ashley Harper, our lead counselor. This tip is usually a teaching strategy or some other useful information that teachers can use in their daily lives here at SHMS to combat bullying.
We then begin our student education programs. Each grade level covers bullying from a different angle:
6th grade covers the basics of bullying. We separate boys and girls since the way they bully is so very different from one another.
In 7th grade the concentration is on Sexual Harassment, which is mandated by the county.
In 8th grade they work on Cyberbullying.
Throughout the year we try to provide parents an opportunity to learn more about how we are combating bullying by having parent coffees and sharing information via our guidance website. We will post all of the presentations that we did with our students on the guidance website so parents can see what we have talked about with their kids, and hopefully continue the converstation at home.
Also, our school climate is greatly effected by our PBIS program, which is a school wide program modeling and promoting Respect of Self, Others and Property.