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 Greg Jung, Assistant Superintendent for Learning & Innovation.
DSMS staff take the well-being and safety of our students seriously. If you
suspect a student is being bullied, please 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 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. DSMS
completed those steps during the 2011-2 school year, then renewed its
commitment in 2012-13. Some events that have been held on campus in the
past few 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
- “No Name-Calling Week”
"Kids for Character" Program
the 2012-13 school year, a group of students formed a group they named
“Kids for Character” or KFC. The group’s goal was to promote 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 7th and 8th
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 6th and 7th
grade students during advisory classes. The club will also develop and
put on school-wide events designed to promote acceptance.
tackled their goal through visits to 30 classrooms using a guidance
lesson that highlighted favorable character traits. This year students
hope to produce a video promoting positive behavior and helping to
prevent bullying. Kids for Character currently is looking for
students who would like to participate in this leadership activity for
the 2013-14 school year. For more information, contact LaDonna Causey in
the Counseling Office.