One of the most important months of the school year is finally here! October is National Bullying Awareness and Prevention Month. We put a huge focus on bullying prevention and intervention here at FMS. October's school counseling lessons in every grade level concentrate on identifying bullying, how to prevent it, and how to intervene if it is already happening.
All students are taught how to appropriately use the Bullying Report Form, located here on my website under the "Counselor Forms" page. This form is only to be used in the case of real bullying situations. How would you know if it is a real bullying situation? Check out my "Counselor Forms" page, scroll down, and see the checklist of when to fill out a Bullying Report Form. If you can check all 4 boxes, then you should definitely fill out a Bullying Report Form. If you cannot check all 4 boxes, fill out a Request to See the Counselor Form. Come see me, and we can talk about the situation, as well as some interventions that may help diffuse what is going on.
We participated in Blue Shirt Day on Monday, October 2nd, in an effort to bring awareness to bullying prevention at FMS. Students completed the Blue Shirt Day poster, which will be on display in the hallways for everyone to remember our commitment to bullying prevention.
And...........................of course, the last full school week of October brings Red Ribbon Week!!!! This is a week that we focus on drug and alcohol prevention. The theme days and happenings are as follows:
Monday: Team Day “Teaming up against drugs”
Tuesday: Tie-Dye Tuesday “peace out, drugs”
Wednesday: Hat Day “put a cap on drugs”
Thursday: Neon Day “Your future is so bright. Stay drug free”
Friday: Food Friday “Kung Foo(d) kick drugs out the door”
•Each day, teachers will track how many students participate, dressing according to the theme in their homeroom. Bonus Points if your teacher participates!!!
•Mrs. Voliva will take pictures of participants during 7th & 8th grade lunch, and during Panther Time for 5th & 6th grades.
•The winning class will receive 5 Cents of Pride Tickets for each student in that class.
•NO BIG COSTUMES!!
•This week is meant to be fun, not a distraction.
The Red Ribbon Week Assembly will be on Tuesday, October 24th. In the assembly, we will focus on drug and alcohol awareness and prevention. We have an awesome guest speaker lined out, and we will talk about what it means to have a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.