Week of Respect: October 5-9, 2015This week is dedicated to promoting character education and focusing on anti-bullying initiatives. All week, students listened to respect themed music provided by Student Council as well as facts about bullying in schools.The Facts:
Nearly 1 in 3 students (27.8%) report being bullied during the school year
70.6% of teens have seen bullying occurring in their schools
83% of girls and 79% of boys report being bullied either in school or online.
Each day 160,000 students miss school because of bullying or because of fear of being bullied
Only 20-30% of students who are bullied tell adults or authorities about their situation, yet more than half of bullying situations (57%) stop when a peer intervenes on behalf of the student being bulliedMonday, October 5 - Wear Blue to Stomp Out Bullying!Safe Space StickersSafe Space stickers were provided to all teachers to display in their classroom. 8 out of 10 LGBT youth report being bullied. The stickers are used to display that a classroom is a safe space for LGBT youth.
Week of Respect - October 20-24, 2014
During the Week of Respect, all students wrote down ways they could help another person out. These statements were written on a "hand" to generate a wall of "helping hands." These helping hands were then displayed in the cafeteria to demonstrate how Somerville High School is All In to help others.
No Name-Calling Week - January 18-22, 2015
All students wrote down the negative names they have been called and then trashed them in a "Trash the Talk" activity. This activity was then displayed in the cafeteria.
Day of Silence - April 24, 2015
The newly formed Spectrum Alliance club participated in a Day of Silence. The National Day of Silence is a day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBTQ bullying and harassment in schools. Through active silence, it sends a message that bullying and harassment of LGBTQ and allied students affects all of us.
Million T-Shirt March Against Bullying - May 1, 2015
On May 1, Somerville High School and the entire Somerville Public School district participated in the Million T-Shirt March Against Bullying. This national event is dedicated to raising awareness about bullying.