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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: .

More Information is available on the DSISD main page under Students/Parents (click on Bullying/Cyberbullying & Internet Safety).

No Place for Hate® Campus
In 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.

To 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:

  • “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”
In addition, students have signed resolutions of respect, pledging to treat their classmates with respect and dignity.

"Kids for Character" Program
During 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.

Students 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.

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