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.
SSMS staff take the well-being and safety of our students seriously. Anyone who suspects a student is being bullied should report it to the Tiger Tip Line.
More information is available on the DSISD main page under Students/Parents (click on Bullying/Cyberbullying & Internet Safety).
No Place for Hate® Campus
Sycamore Springs Middle School is continuing the No Place for Hate tradition started at DSMS. SSMS is also partnering with SSES to create a unified No Place for Hate campaign. In 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.
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. Some events that have been held on campus in the past several 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
In addition, students have signed resolutions of respect, pledging to treat their classmates with respect and dignity.
"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 is:
“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 SSMS students. “Kids for Character” will consist of 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.