Thursday, December 13, 2012

Too Good For Violence Conclusion



This week 6th grade students are completing the Too Good For Violence curriculum by the Mendez Foundation.  TGFV is a school-based violence prevention and character education program for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. It is designed to enhance prosocial behaviors and skills and improve protective factors related to conflict and violence. TGFV has a developmentally appropriate curriculum for each grade level through 8th grade.  The curricula for grades 6-8 each include lessons designed to incorporate and reinforce skills taught in the core curriculum through academic infusion in various subject areas.

Topics included approaches to conflict, ABCs of solving conflict, anger management, escalating verses de-escalating behaviors, communication styles, bullying, and dealing with racism, discrimination and stereotypes.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Pebblebrook Performance

Celebrate the Spirit of the Season . . .

The Jennie T. Anderson Theatre
Cobb County Civic Center

presents

Home for the Holidays


with performances by:

Pebblebrook/CCCEPA Chamber Choir
and ComPAny 2013

FEATURING Pebblebrook/CCCEPA alumni who are home for the holidays, including:


Vicki Abhalter, Julia Galasti, Joseph Lattanzi,
Kelly Methven, Paige McCormick, Deanna Morrow



Showtimes:
December 14 & 15, at 8pm
December 16, at 3pm
All Tickets $15

For tickets:
Box Office (770-528-8490) or www.ticketmaster.com

Jennie T. Anderson Theatre
Cobb County Civic Center
548 So. Marietta Pkwy.
Marietta, GA 30060

Monday, December 3, 2012

Magnet Application Deadline

High School Magnet Program
applications are due
by December 7th. 

Late applications will NOT
be considered
under any circumstances.

Click on the link below
for more information.

Friday, November 16, 2012

What is Cyber Bullying?

The National Crime Prevention Council's definition of cyber-bullying is "when the Internet, cell phones or other devices are used to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person.”  This is a growing problem on social media websites such as Facebook, You Tube, MySpace, Twitter, or Instagram.  Offenses from student to student, or student to adult committed electronically can have the same consequence as bullying done in person.


Monday, November 12, 2012

What is Bullying and What Do We Do About It?

Bullying is something we hear and read a lot about, but the term is used very loosely.  What exactly is bullying and what steps do we take as a middle school to address the issue once we are made aware?

Bullying Defined

At its essence bullying is when one or more people repeatedly harm, harass, intimidate, or exclude others. Bullying is also one-sided.

 Bullying Accusation Process

1.     Once a report of bullying has been made, the counselors are asked to speak with the students involved to determine if bullying is truly taking place.  In instances where charges of bullying are the result of a two-sided disagreement, mediation is done and conflict management strategies are discussed.

2.     If bullying is happening, the counselors review the consequences of what will happen if the problem continues in an effort to change behavior.  Four out of five times this resolves the situation.  Counselors also periodically check in with the student being bullied to make sure the problem is resolved.  Records are kept to see repeat offenders and patterns of behavior.

3.     If the bully continues, the appropriate grade level administrator is involved.  Administrators determine the appropriate consequence based on the severity of offense, previous behaviors, and actions taken up to this point.

Bullying Consequences
  1. In-School Suspension
  2. Out of School Suspension
  3. Expulsion
Bullying Bystander Strategies

1.     Distract the person who is teasing or bullying someone else.
2.     Support the person who is being teased or bullied privately.
3.     Discourage teasing or bullying behavior by not joining in.
4.     Support the person who is being teased or bullied openly.
5.     Report bullying behavior to an adult for help and support.
 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers


Not Much Just Chillin': The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers tells the stories of a number of children at a suburban middle school in Columbia, Maryland.  Washington Post education reporter Linda Perlstein spent a year observing the lives both at home and at school of these eleven- to thirteen-year-olds, and manages to convey their rapidly changing thoughts and feelings.  Some of them come from two-parent families where they receive a great deal of encouragement along with pressure to succeed.  Other children come from homes with divorced parents and less consistent nurturing.  They live in a materialistic culture and they experience a wide variety of temptations and images, often making them want to behave like high school students.  It is common these days to hear of middle school students engaging in sexual activity, drinking, taking drugs, and even getting pregnant, and most adults find such reports disturbing.  So Perlstein's attempt to shed light on what leads these children to act so differently from middle school students of previous generations deserves attention. 

Reprinted from www.Mentalhelp.net

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


ComPAny 2013
“STAR!”
and
Fall Open House
for interested 8th graders/parents

Friday, October 12 - 7:30 PM
(Registration is 6:30 - 7:15)

Jennie T. Anderson Theatre
Cobb Civic Center
548 South Marietta Pkwy.
Marietta, GA 30060



A Q&A session and reception will follow the performance. Tickets are free for 8th graders and their families. Just register at the table in the lobby of the Anderson Theatre at the Cobb Civic Center between 6:30 and 7:15 on Friday, 10/12.
You'll be given your tickets then.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Contacting Your Counselors

Cindy Zell
Counselor to 6th and 7th Grade
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Dr. Chris H. Deane
Counselor to 6th and 8th Grade
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