A Message from Mr. Graffis, Superintendent/Principal
Student conflict is normal; even adults experience conflict in their lives. However, bullying is not “normal” conflict. Bullying behavior generally occurs when the student who is bullying feels safe engaging in power-seeking behavior that is intentionally harmful.
Bullying includes repeated verbal or non-verbal behaviors with the intent to cause physical or emotional/psychological harm. Examples include hitting, kicking, teasing, name-calling, dirty looks, public embarrassment, or extortion. Bullying can also include trash-talking, gossip, spreading rumors, exclusion, or even harassment by phone, e-mail, or social networks such as Facebook & Twitter.
Because bullying differs from “normal” conflict, it requires specific prevention and intervention strategies. When not addressed, bullying can escalate into more aggressive actions toward the victim. It is important to educate all students at the Starbuck School about the differences between “normal” conflict and bullying, and provide strategies to use if a student is the victim of bullying.
At the Starbuck School, each student should feel safe, respected, and valued. We ask that parents insist each child accept responsibility for not only their learning, but their conduct as well. Together, we can provide a positive learning environment where ALL students…..Strive, Achieve, Succeed, and Go Beyond!!!
Our Character Trait for FEBRUARY
Call it focus, persistence, or just being relentless . . . you must be determined in your effort to complete a task. DETERMINATION, especially during challenging times, is an important trait if you are to achieve success. Ask your child about a goal he or she is DETERMINED to reach before the end of the school year. Have them place an “X” next to what best describes the following:
DETERMINATION is . . ....
___ telling yourself to never give up.
___ doing your best work.
___ rushing to finish your homework
The Pyramid of Success
by Coach John Wooden
During the month of January, we will focus on ALERTNESS and ACTION. Please talk to your child about being alert to dangerous situations. Discuss what to do or how to act if there’s an emergency.