By Kim Novack, Supt. of Schools
February 12, 2016
Stanton County School District would like to share our Bullying Prevention Program. As a district, we strive to provide every child with an education that sets him/her to be a positive, productive, successful member of our society. Included in the article are policies and programs that are already in place to ensure a safe educational environment.
An easy-to-find resource on the District Web page is Anti-Bullying Awareness. The resource, found under the heading of Parent Resources and again under Student Resources, is on the home page. It offers a multitude of information for students, parents, and patrons pertaining to this important topic in our school district. We follow the motto, “The End of Bullying Begins with ME!” We begin educating our children on Day One as they enter our doors!
On the first day of school, as we welcome our returning students to a new grade level and meet and greet students new to the district, both building principals host Back-To-School assemblies for the entire student body and faculty. During this assembly, they set clear expectations of student behavior and conduct. The building principals and classroom teachers outline their expectations and also provide detailed descriptions of any new policies. As the Superintendent of Schools, it was a fantastic experience to join each building and hear Mr. Homer and Mr. Jansonius set the stage for learning for the 2015-2016 school year.
Jason Johnson, a trainer from Southwest Plains Regional Service Center, was an excellent guest presenter on September 16, 2015. He spent several hours in the morning conducting sessions on Bullying Prevention and Social Media Successes and Detriments at Stanton County Jr./Sr. High School. Jason then traveled to Stanton County Elementary School to share a version of the message with a younger audience of 3rd-6th grade students. Mr. Johnson made himself available over lunch to visit in small groups and with individuals about any concerns with topics he shared in the all-school assemblies. Once students were released early, the staff spent the afternoon with Jason Johnson reviewing the topics of Bullying Prevention and Social Media Concerns. Finally, the district sponsored an evening session for parents and concerned citizens. Sadly, only one concerned grandmother attended the training session. That could also be a “Whew Hew!” since no one in Stanton County had any concerns or issues pertaining to bullying!
This school year is the first time in several years that Stanton County has on staff two counselors! Jeri Howard-Rodriguez joined Stanton County Jr./Sr. High School after many successful years of service at Ulysses High School in the same role. Kylee Sperber continues to gain experience as a counselor and readily serves the elementary students’ needs by conducting weekly Class Guidance lessons along with small group sessions and individual meetings as needed. Our counselors work together to access every situation and ensure the best approach is taken to meet the needs of our K-12th grade students. If you visit their office at Stanton County Jr./Sr. high you will find a modern, comfortable environment conducive to meeting with students in a private, confidential setting that sends the message to the students, “You are worthy! Your concerns are heard and taken seriously! We are here to help you succeed!”
We continue to teach students of every age to be problem-solvers. What is the concern? What have you done to help with the problem? What are good solutions? To whom have you reported the problem? These are all questions we ask a student when he/she reports a problem. These are excellent questions to ask at home if your child complains of an issue at school. So many times, the child does not take his/her concern to an adult and days or weeks pass with no further incident. It makes an investigation more difficult, if not impossible, to conduct after-the-fact!
We have enlisted our community partners in education, safety, and security, to help us educate our youth and community by providing positive solutions on the subject of bullying. The Stanton County Sheriff, Cody Morris, along with Under Sheriff, Jason Stewart, met with the administrators to discuss adding a confidential Bullying Box at each attendance center. On Friday, February 12, 2016, an assembly was held for all the 4th-6th grade intermediate students. Students and staff participated in role-playing scenarios of bullying behaviors displayed along with examples of non-bullying behaviors. Students left knowing the definition of what consists of bullying behaviors and what actions to take when you see or hear bullying behaviors. The Sheriff’s Department also went over how to report bullying and left a locked Bullying Box that only their officers have a key to open. As you walk into the 4th-6th Attendance Center (modular building) and the Jr./Sr. High, you will find the Bullying Box with the Bullying Report Forms that request the following information:
Today’s Date and Time
Concern (Please tell us what the problem is and any others involved.)
Possible Solution/s (What are your ideas for solving the problem/s?)
All reports will be investigated and the Sheriff’s Department will always respond to the student report in some manner. The intent of the Bullying Box is for any student to have direct access to the Sheriff or Under Sheriff. Working together with parents, students, staff, the Sheriff’s Department, and community members ensures students’ best interests’ are vital to all the adults they come in contact with!
For parents wanting to work with the district and Sheriff’s Department, please review the following information to better understand the issues.
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. (Definition from www.stopbullying.gov)
*The source of information is www.stopbullying.gov
The district is hosting more parent information trainings with Mr. Jason Johnson. Mark your calendars to attend a parent training on Bully Prevention (How You Can Help!) on Monday, February 22.The first session is offered at 5:00 p.m. in the Stanton County Elementary School gymnasium.A repeat session will be offered at 7:00 p.m. in the Stanton County Jr./Sr. High Auditorium.All parents and community members are welcome to attend either session.We encourage you to learn your role in Bullying Prevention!
The 2015 Stanton County Spelling Bee was held on Tuesday, February 9, 2015, in the High School Auditorium. Thirty- two students from grades 3 through 8 participated in the 14 round bee.
Violet Alvarado, 4th grade, won the bee by correctly spelling “vicinity”. Yeimi Rodriguez, 6th grade, was the runner-up. Both girls are awarded a one-year subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
The forensics schedule has undergone extensive changes please refer to online calendar for latest.
2/8 -2/12 FBLA Week
2/8 JV BB Tourn @ Elkhart doesn’t start until Thurs. 2/11
Inclement Weather Information - Where to find or be notified of school closings.
The Kansas State Department of Education is excited to announce the release of our Parent Guides created for Kansas parents by Kansas educators! You can find these resources here or under our Parent Resource tab.
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