Bully Proofing at Jackson Hole Middle School

 

Parents,

JHMS is proactive leader in bully prevention and reporting. Our philosophy is based on a school wide commitment to reduce bullying. If you have any concerns, please contact administration, dean of students, or school counselors. JHMS has a systemic reporting process to determine whether or not the incident is bullying or normal conflict.

This year all staff will be teaching Second Step, a social and emotional learning curriculum during Team Time. Bully prevention is a strong component of this curriculum in all grades. School counselors, Mari Auman and Elise Stiegler have visited all 6th and 7th grade classes to review JHMS Bully Reporting Process. 8th grade visits will be scheduled during the month of November.


What can parents do if their child is being bullied at school? The most important step is to respond:

  • Based on the severity of the situation, the school counselor, dean of students, or principal will meet with the persons involved and determine what steps will be taken to resolve the situation.

      What can students do if they are being bullied at school?

      • The most important aspect in a bullying situation is to report it.

       

      Did You Know:

      • Direct, physical bullying increases in elementary school, peaks in middle school and declines in high school. Verbal abuse, on the other hand, remains constant. (2002 NASP)
      •  1 out of 5 kids admits to being a bully, or doing some “Bullying.” <www.cdrcp.com>

      Cyber Bullying:

      JHMS counselors have incorporated a cyber bullying curriculum that addresses internet safety, sexting, and appropriate use of online sites. Counselors
      provide students with cyber safe tips and classroom discussion to develop a better understanding of appropriate on line use.

       Resources:

      Cyber Bullying, A prevention Program for grades 6-12
      Cyber Safe, an educational board game by Franklin Learning Systems


       

      Resources on Bullying and Violence Prevention

       A Guide to Safe SchoolsA Guide to Safe Schools.pdf
       National Alliance for Safe Schools
      www.safeschools.org


       


      Recommended Reading for Parents:

       the bully

      Coloroso, Barbara. The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander: From Preschool to High School – How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle of Violence. New York:HarperResource, 2003.

       and words can hurt forever

      Garbarino, Ph.D., James, and Ellen deLara, Ph.D. And Words Can Hurt Forever: How to Protect Adolescents from Bullying, Harassment, and Emotional Violence. New York: Free Press, 2002.

       girl wars

      Dellasega, Ph.D., Cheryl, and Charisse Nixon, Ph.D. Girl Wars: 12 Strategies That Will End Female Bullying. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003.

       when to worry

      Boesky, Ph.D., Lisa. When to Worry: How to Tell if Your Teen Needs Help – and What to Do About It. New York: AMACOM, 2007.


      Recommended Reading for Students:

       How to handle bullies

      Cohen-Posey, M.S., LMHC, LMFT, Kate. How to Handle Bullies, Teasers and Other Meanies: A Book that Takes the Nuisance Out  of Name Calling and Other Nonsense. Florida: Rainbow Books, Inc., 1995.

       learning how to kiss a frog

      Garvin, James P. Learning How To Kiss A Frog: Advice for those who work with pre- and early adolescents. Massachusetts: New England League of Middle Schools, Inc., 1994.

       diary of a wimpy kid 

      Kinney, Jeff. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days. New York: Amulet Books, 2009.

       weakfishDorn, Michael. Weakfish: Bullying Through the Eyes of a Child. Georgia: Safe Havens International, Inc., 2003.