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Bullying and Cyber Bullying Prevention and Intervention
Bullying of any type will not be tolerated at HK8 from name calling, to physical aggression to cyber bullying. In order to help keep HK8 a bully free zone we need parent assistance. If there is an issue, please notify the school as soon as possible so we can deal with it. As a school, we spend time educating our students on the meaning of tolerance as well as words like generosity, compassion and empathy. I strongly believe that as individual sticks we break easily, but as a bundle we are unbreakable. We will be unbreakable together as parents, staff and as a community as we help our young students develop into young adults that value the golden rule, “treat others like you want to be treated.”
Definition of Bullying (HK8 Handbook): Bullying is defined as any repeated written or verbal expression, physical act or gesture, or a pattern thereof, that is intended to cause distress upon one or more students in the school environment. For the purpose of this policy, the school environment includes school buildings, grounds, vehicles, bus stops and all school sponsored activities and events. A student who engages in any act of bullying is subject to appropriate disciplinary action including suspension, expulsion and /or referral to law enforcement authorities. The severity and pattern, if any, of the bullying behavior shall be taken into consideration when disciplinary decisions are made.
Definition of Cyber Bullying (Hinduja, S., & Patchin, J., 2009): It is officially defined as “willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices”. As a school we attempt to be very proactive in balancing students’ use of technology during the school day. We understand that many students are accustomed to using their electronic devices at school, however, we reserve the right to ask students to turn in their devices if any type of abuse is suspected.
Treating one another like we want to be treated is a value statement that I truly believe in. Therefore, I feel it is imperative to address the issue of Bullying and share a few tips for parents. You have HK8’s commitment that we will strive everyday for a bully free zone where our students will promote Hotchkiss Pride – Be Proud Of Who You Are and What You Do All The Time. Thank you parents for taking the time to read these tips and for helping us become a bundle of unbreakable sticks. Ms. Carrie Coats
Five Tips to Help Parents Prevent Bullying
Parents and guardians are among a school's best allies in bullying prevention:
• Talk with and Listen to Your Children Everyday. Ask questions about their school day, including experiences on the way to and from school, lunch, and recess. Ask about their peers. Children who feel comfortable talking to their parents about these matters before they are involved in bullying are more likely to get them involved after.
• Spend time at School and Recess. Schools can lack the resources to provide all students individualized attention during "free" time like recess. Volunteer to coordinate games and activities that encourage children to interact with peers aside from their best friends.
• Be a Good Example. When you get angry at waiters, other drivers or others, model effective communication techniques. As Education.com puts it, "Any time you speak to another person in a mean or abusive way, you're teaching your child that bullying is ok."
• Create Healthy Anti-Bullying Habits. Starting as young as possible, coach your children on both what not to do (push, tease, and be mean to others) as well as what to do (be kind, empathize, and take turns). Also coach your child on what to do if someone is mean to him or to another (get an adult, tell the bully to stop, walk away and ignore the bully).
• Make Sure Your Child Understands Bullying. Explicitly explain what it is and that it's not normal or tolerable for them to bully, be bullied, or stand by and watch other kids be bullied. (These tips were adapted from materials by the National PTA and Education.com.)
10 Tips to Help Parents Prevent Cyber Bullying
• 1. Establish that all rules for interacting with people in real life also apply for interacting online or through cell phones. Convey that bullying inflicts harm and causes pain in the real world as well as in cyberspace.
• 2. Make sure your school has Internet Safety educational programming in place. The policy should explain how online peer harassment interacts wisely through social networking sites, and engage in responsible and ethical online communications.
• 3. Educate your children about appropriate Internet based behaviors. Explain to them the problems that can be created when technology is misused (e.g., damaging their reputation, getting in trouble at school or with the police).
• 4. Model appropriate technology usage. Don't harass or joke about others while online, especially around your children. Don't text while driving. Your kids are watching and learning.
• 5. Monitor your child's activities while they are online. This can be done informally (through active participation in, and supervision of your child’s online experience) and formally (through software).
• 6. Use filtering and blocking software as part of a *comprehensive* approach to online safety, but understand software programs *alone* will not keep kids safe or prevent them from bullying others or accessing inappropriate content.
• 7. Look for warning signs that something abnormal is going on with respect to their technology usage.
• 8. Utilize an “Internet Use Contract” and a “Cell Phone Use Contract” to foster a crystal-clear understanding about what is appropriate and what is not with respect to the use of communications technology. To remind the child of this pledged commitment, we recommend that these contracts be posted in a highly visible place (e.g., next to the computer).
• 9. Cultivate and maintain an open, candid line of communication with your children, so that they are ready and willing to come to you whenever they experience something unpleasant or distressing in cyberspace.
• 10.Teach and reinforce positive morals and values about how others should be treated with respect and dignity.
Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D. and Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D. Cyber bullying Research Center
If you missed tonight's informative event you missed out! It was an amazing night of HISTORY! Our 8th graders did a fantastic job of presenting their researched topic. Great job 8th graders and Mr. Murtaugh. HOTCHKISS PRIDE WAS PRESENT FOR SURE TONIGHT!
1ST ANNUAL SPRING FLING IS COMING MARCH 28TH, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. This will be a wonderful evening of family fun! We will host a Community Dance in the asphalt parking lot (awesome DJ- Brian Collins), we will have carnival style booths out front and the K8 student Art Auction will be in the Don Tate Gymnasium. This is a community event you don’t want to miss! Mark your calendars!
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NORTH FORK TEACHER APPRECIATION AWARD
The Cocker Kids’ Foundation wants to recognize the contributions of our local teachers from the North Fork Valley. A cash award of $10,000 dollars will be given to a selected full-time, K-12 teacher from one of the North Fork Valley public schools (Crawford K6, Hotchkiss K8, Hotchkiss High School, Paonia Elementary and Paonia Jr/Sr. High School). Nomination forms are available at all schools and online www.cockerkidsfoundation.com. The deadline is Monday, March 24, 2014.
Criteria for nomination:
• Inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn.
• Have a superior ability to teach and to inspire in students a love of learning.
• Have a broad understanding of current trends and issues in education.
• Should be highly respected by students, parents and colleagues.
• Be facilitators of creative teaching strategies.
• Show active involvement and leadership in professional development and extracurricular activities.
• Should demonstrate the ability and willingness to devote time and energy to activities that result in improved instruction for children.
Teachers, administrators, school employees, students, parents & community members may make nominations.
PIT CREW Corner . . .
• We need more parents to help serve on our PIT Crew (Parent Involvement Team). Our next meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 26th from 5:30 to 6:30 in the Chow Pound. We are organizing our upcoming Spring Fling Carnival. We will need a lot of help as we will have a Community Street Dance, Carnival Booths and a Silent Art Auction. At the February meeting we will begin the planning of these events. Please plan on attending.
• We also need parents to help with our TCAP Root Beer Float Celebration at the beginning of March.
• Thank you to Mrs. Kerry Smith for volunteering to be the Box Top Coordinator.
• Every parent is a member of the PIT CREW, just plan on coming to the meeting or email Ms. Coats at email@example.com if you would like to volunteer.
Attention all HK8 parents, there have been some updates to our Delta County School District Policies for the 2013-2014 school year. We have posted them below for your review. If you have any questions or comments please contact Ms. Coats, firstname.lastname@example.org or Mr. Ritter,email@example.com or 970-872-3325.