Bullying Prevention/Character Education
What is Bullying and How Do I Report It?
This is the direct link to "Bullying and Cyberbullying,"
a PowerPoint presentation given by the Department of Learning and Innovation.
DSMS staff take the well-being and safety of our students seriously. Anyone who
suspects a student is being bullied should report it to the
counselor(s), principal, or by e-mail to:
is available on the DSISD main page under Students/Parents (click on Bullying/Cyberbullying & Internet Safety).
No Place for Hate® Campus
2012, Dripping Springs Middle School first earned the designation as a “No
Place for Hate®” campus. This initiative provides educators and students
with the resources to ensure that anti-bias and diversity education are
an integral part of the school curriculum.
No Place for
Hate®, which is a program of the Anti-Defamation League, also helps to
create and sustain inclusive school environments where all students feel
valued and have the opportunity to succeed by promoting respect for
individual difference while challenging bigotry and prejudice. Launched
in Austin schools in the fall of 2004, the popular initiative has been
embraced by hundreds of campuses throughout the Central Texas region.
earn the designation, schools commit to creating a student-led
coalition, signing the Resolution of Respect, and hosting at least three
anti-bias and diversity-related activities throughout the year. Some events that have been held on campus in the
past several years have included:
In addition, students have signed resolutions of respect, pledging to treat their classmates with respect and dignity.
- “Mix It Up” lunch, where students sit at tables according to birth month to encourage new connections
- Guest speaker from the Texas School Safety Center on bullying and cyberbullying
- No Place for Hate® fine arts showcase
- Fine arts contest
"Kids for Character" Program
“Kids for Character” or KFC is a student-initiated group with the goal of promoting positive
behavior among students, including respect for others. According to the
founding students, the purpose of the group was:
“Kids for Character” is a club for seventh- and eighth-grade students who want to make a lasting positive impact on the
character development of DSMS students. “Kids for Character” will
consist of 8-16 small groups of students who will use skits, songs,
film, visual arts, and dance to present character education to sixth- and seventh-grade students during advisory classes. In addition, the club has held school-wide events designed to promote acceptance.