September 2011 Archives

The Anti-bullying Bill of Rights is a law that will help schools and ensure that kids won't "slip through the cracks" of the emotional ups and downs of life. Stone Bridge is fortunate, because most of the law has been our practice over the past two years. Entering our third year of our Stand UNited Against Bullying (SUN) initiative, Stone Bridge Middle School continues to be prepared and motivated to reduce bullying in our school.

sun decal.JPGOur SUN initiative is ever-present at Stone Bridge, and we have set our focus this year on the theme, "Don't be a Zebra" (Dr. Mikey Fowlin). When zebras are attacked by lions, they stand around and do nothing; they just watch. We want to encourage our students to be a bystander who STANDS UNITED and stands up to support the target of bullying behavior. We want our kids to be "up standers" not zebras! Please join us in giving this message to your child (ren).

The SUN program is a perfect fit for the new HIB requirements. However, there are some things that are new (as per the law) and directly relate to you.

1.      When reporting an incident, if you mention the word "bullying" an investigation will take place. This has been our practice, but no longer can alternate methods of investigation be used (e.g. "Can you look into this, but not let the person know you are investigating them?"). Simply put, investigations will happen.

2.      As we have done in the past, all parents of students who exhibit bullying behavior and who are the target of bullying behavior will be contacted via phone AND with a follow-up letter (this part is new and required).

3.      The superintendent will be informed of all bullying investigations and will be responsible for reporting bullying statistics to the Board of Education monthly.

The new law's purpose is to address bullying behaviors, work with students to fix the behaviors and ensure the behaviors don't happen again. Our SUN program is even stronger as a result of this law. We continue to be committed to reduce bullying in our schools. Please visit our Stand UNited Against Bullying website at http://www.ufrsd.net/pages/ms_abc_olweus.

Stone Bridge and 9/11 - Remembering Heroes

``If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate."

-- Sandy Dahl, the wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl

On Friday, September 9th, Stone Bridge Middle School commemorated the events of September 11, 2001 by conducting a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. (the time that first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center). Brief comments were made that gave honor to the heroes of 9/11. Additionally, at 10:28 a.m. (the time of the final tower collapse - North Tower), four rings of a bell were heard throughout the school to memorialize the four planes that were lost.

Our fifth graders were either just born or almost born on September 11, 2001. It is our job to make sure they understand what happened and how our country has changed since.

The following is a wonderful video about a hero from 9/11, Welles Crowther. We share it with you.

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=6929979

GREAT START!

We had a terrific first day at Stone Bridge! The energy and excitement of our students, teachers and staff made the school come alive. We are so fortunate to have such wonderful kids.

Below is a fantastic poem that reminds us each year of the uniqueness of being a middle schooler.

What is a Middle Schooler? 

What is a middle schooler?
I was asked one day.
I knew what he was,
But what should I say.

He is noise and confusion.
He is silence that is deep.
He is sunshine and laughter,
Or a cloud that will weep.

He is swift as an arrow.
He is a waster of time.
He wants to be rich,
But cannot save a dime.

He is rude and nasty,
He is polite as can be.
He wants parental guidance,
But fights to be free.

He is aggressive and bossy.
He is timid and shy.
He knows all the answers,
But still ask "why?"

He is awkward and clumsy,
He is graceful and poised.
He is ever changing,
But do not be annoyed.

What is a middle schooler?
I was asked one day.
He is the future unfolding.
So do not stand in his way.

-Anonymous Eighth Grade Student

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