During the week of November 13, our Kindergarten through twelfth grade participated in activities that were directly related to Say Something Week. Say Something Week raises awareness and educates students and the staff through training, lessons and factual messages. Say Something Week reinforces the power young people have to prevent tragedies and Say Something to a trusted adult to protect a friend from hurting them self or others.
These activities were presented differently at the different age groups:
Elementary: This week the Elementary Student Council presented Say Something Week. The goal is to get children to report incidents in order to prevent other children from being hurt both physically and mentally. We have "tweaked" this lesson to educate our students about reporting vs. tattling, recognizing safe ways to report, being someone who stands up for others, and keeping our school and community safe and clean and also knowing the difference between mean behaviors, rude behaviors and bullying.
Junior High: During Say Something Week, the junior high students participated in daily activities that encouraged them to be a part of creating safe schools and safe communities. They were taught how to recognize warning signs, signals, and threats especially through social media. They practiced how to take threats seriously, act immediately, and tell an adult. They agreed to be an up stander and make a personal pledge to “Say Something”.
High School: On Friday, the High School Student Council lead discussions on creating a safe school by recognizing warning signs and signals and then finding a trusted adult to tell. The lessons lasted 25-35 minutes along with an activity for their peers to participate in. The Advisory Board came up with a set of announcement at the start of each day to help students understand the importance of reducing violence and tragic events, resulting in a safer, healthier school. Our key focus is being an "up stander". The Advisory Board long-term goal is to create a video with the information we promoted over the week.
As mentioned to a number of the students throughout this week, their safety is always our highest priority.
I would like to personally thank the student council members and the staff for allowing the flexibility throughout the week to work with all our students. If you have any additional questions and/or concerns, please, do not hesitate to contact me directly.
Director of Student Services