PowerPoint presentation -presented by WHS Principal Anthony Parker on 10/21/10 in a PTO forum on the administration's practices to minimize bullying at Weston High School.
Bullying Prevention Law of 2010-this PowerPoint is used for anti-bullying training for all staff and faculty.
Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) brochures:
There is much discussion about bullying in the news these days, and for good reason. The news from other school districts in Massachusetts of students committing suicide because of bullying by their peers is difficult to fathom. While these may be isolated and extreme cases, acts of bullying are all too commonplace in the lives of many of our students. Bullying was one of the main topics Massachusetts Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester wanted to discuss with students when he visited Weston High School March 19, 2010.
The High School takes the following steps to prevent and respond to acts of bullying.
1. Implementing Core Values in daily practices: Engagement, Integrity, Resilience, and Responsibility. The assistant principal and I meet with each class at the beginning of the year and engage the students in dialogue about real life examples about how to treat each other. Class officers as well as members of Student Council are also trained in anti-bullying behavior at a leadership conference led by the director of student activities.
2. Caught Doing Good certificates. Certificates are given put to students who have been recommended to me by their peers and teachers for reaching out and helping others. We celebrate these kind acts publicly.
3. Peer Mediation. Students helping students resolve their differences and to live peaceably with each other. This is a program run by the Guidance Department.
4. Youth Counselors. The Guidance Department, the assistant principal, and I, recommend students to seek counseling with the two high school youth counselors beyond what is offered by their regular guidance counselor.
5. Affinity Groups for METCO students. Monthly meetings led by the METCO Director may include dealing with issues of bullying and how to resolve them without further escalation. Students take the lead in handling these issues as they arise.
6. Disciplinary procedures. The high school seeks to respond to issues of bullying promptly by not only counseling students, but also imposing consequences for this type of behavior. The penalties range from Saturday School to out of school suspension (along with parental contact and support). Furthermore, when secondhand accounts of bullying become known to administration, the assistant principal has a conversation with all parties alleged to be involved, detailing the consequences of bullying as well as the consequences for retaliation against an alleged victim. Further details of our school policy can be found in our Student/Parent Handbook.
7. Ninth Grade Forum. This is a meeting conducted in the fall detailing how incoming students can protect themselves from bullying and who they can go to for support to stop instances of bullying should they occur.
8. Social Norms Forum. A coalition of parents, teachers, and students working together to live out good behavioral practices at school and at home.
Principal Anthony Parker
March 29, 2010