Our goal at Indian Hills Middle School is to eliminate bullying by emphasizing KINDNESS.
We believe that it is important to talk about the things we SHOULD be doing - focusing on the positive, rather than focusing on the negative - in order to improve the climate of our school.
Twice each month in Social Studies classes, we will be presenting a brief lesson on various topics to foster a climate of kindness within our school.
If you come across a great idea or something that inspires kindness, please let us know so that we can include it in future planning!
Social Media Hygiene
Unity Day 2018
Learning to A.C.T.
What is Bullying?
Good vs. Hurtful Teasing
The 7 Cs of Resilience Kindness Campaign Theme 2017-18
Unity Day 2017
The SafeUT app provides 24/7 access to crisis counseling and school tip reporting for residents of the state of Utah. After installing the app you can connect directly to the UNI CrisisLine or report a confidential tip on bullying, school threats of violence or concern about someone in crisis. CrisisLine staff can assist with a wide variety of problems, including emotional crisis, grief and loss, drug and alcohol problems, mental health issues, self-harm and suicidal behavior.
The Unity Trees are powerful symbols reminding everyone that bullying can be prevented when we all come together – united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. Each social studies class was given hands or leaves with the instruction to write their name and ONE of the following:
What is an act of kindness you can do here at IHMS?
What can you do to change/impact our school’s culture for the better?
How can you support a friend/peer?
What is Bullying?
Diversity Week 2015-16
A STEREOTYPE is an oversimplified generalization about a person or group of people without regard for individual differences. Even seemingly positive stereotypes that link a person or group to a specific positive trait can have negative consequences. (examples: physical/social differences, attitudes, abilities, likes/dislikes, etc.)
PREJUDICE is pre-judging or making a decision about a person or group of people without sufficient knowledge. Prejudicial thinking is frequently based on stereotypes.
When we talk about diversity, we often hear about TOLERANCE or ACCEPTANCE. Tolerating someone is being ok with them at a distance… but ACCEPTANCE is being willing to include them in your world.
Acceptance goes a step beyond tolerance. If a sign of tolerance is a feeling of “I can live with X (behavior, religion, race, culture, etc.),” acceptance moves beyond that in the direction of “X is OK.” You can tolerate something without accepting it, but you cannot accept something without tolerating it.
This week, we challenge you to find a way to accept and include others who are different from you.
We recently shared a video from our favorite Kid President about being kind online and making the Internet a happier place. To watch the video together, click here!
Banner of Arrows
Our Peer Leadership Team worked with the English Language Arts teachers to provide arrows to all of our students. They were invited to write down acts of kindness that they had seen around the school. These arrows were reviewed and then posted to a 35 FOOT LONG banner, highlighting these various acts of kindness. The banner was posted in the cafeteria, where students could go see what kind of acts were being posted throughout the week. This was a fun activity that the students seemed to really enjoy!
Friday, November 7, the Peer Leadership Team spearheaded a school-wide effort to stem bullying. All of the students and faculty were invited to wear ORANGE - a nationally recognized anti-bullying color - to provide a visual show of our united stance against Bullying.
Stop * Walk * Talk
We are working to establish a school-wide atmosphere of compassion and acceptance in an effort to prevent and extinguish bullying. We have adopted the slogan of "Stop-Walk-Talk" to help teach students what to do in bullying situations. This brief PowerPoint illustrates what a student should do in any bullying situations.
Use R.A.V.E.N. for Conflict Resolution
Relax Avoid Aggression Validate Examine Your Values Neutral Voice