The Gateway Regional School District uses a number of school-based activities to encourage a positive school climate, including:
Research-Proven Curricula: Second Step (Preschool); PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies - K-4); Love and Logic (K-4); Positive Actions (Grade 4); Bullyproofing Your School (K-4, 5 and 8); Teenage Health Modules (8, HS); Violence Prevention Curriculum (7-12).
Classroom and School Strategies: Having clear expectations for classroom and school routines; using appropriate and positive responses and reinforcement at all times; using positive behavioral supports; developing positive adult relationships with students; modeling, teaching and rewarding pro-social, healthy and respectful behaviors; using positive approaches to behavioral health; providing Internet safety training and appropriate technology safeguards; supporting student interest and participation in non-academic and extracurricular activities.
A new initiative is underway throughout the district, through a partnership with the Southern Hilltowns Domestic Violence Task Force. Funding from the Task Force enabled 20 high school students and staff members from Gateway to complete a Teaching Active Bystanders (TAB) training from the North Quabbin Mediation Center. In turn, our TAB students have formed a student School Climate group and are visiting health classes in the Jr. High, Middle School, and elementary schools to teach younger students what to do if they see somebody being bullied. Research has shown that active bystanders can dramatically reduce bullying and victimization. In fact, research shows that bullying can harm bystanders--who witness bullying but don't do anything--almost as much as it harms the targets of bullying.
EXAMPLES OF ACTIVITIES THAT PROMOTE A POSITIVE SCHOOL CLIMATE AT GATEWAY:
Teaching Active Bystanders
Bucket-filling at Littleville
Bus Safety Week
Middle School 'Gotcha'
Autism Awareness Day
School Safety Hotline
Service to Others
Gateway principals compiled information for the School Climate PAC, on their bullying investigations after the Bullying Policy was implemented. Click here for their findings.