But I am excited about what my Skyview Community did togetherin recognition of National No Name Calling Week, the week of January 23-26, 2015 and wanted to post here what we did!
BLAST is a student leadership group. 6th grade BLAST members go together and planned out an entire week of events for our school community. Spirit days were held each day, and BLAST members made posters to put up advertising these special days. We wore red white and blue on Tuesday to be united against name calling, we dressed up to stand up for respect on Wednesday, we wore Skyview Spirit wear on Thursday because Skyview Hawks SOAR to respect, and we wore our favorite team jerseys to team up for respect.
Not only did we do spirit days, we had students give morning announcements to share information about No Name Calling Week, give inspirational quotes, and read their stories about being bullied and how they stood up for others because they knew how it felt.
In addition to spirit days, posters, announcements and real life stories, students in BLAST made posters on yellow paper for the pillar of Respect that read "Hands Down Respect Wins". Each homeroom was asked to participate in a "Show of Hands" activity and was given a cut out hand print for each student. Students wrote on each finger a way in which they show respect to others, in their school, in their homes and in their communities. The students then posted their hand prints onto the yellow Hands Down Respect Wins banners throughout the school. Hand prints were cut out from each of the Pillar colors, so we had red, blue, yellow, green, orange and purple.
Finally, BLAST students helped the counselors arrange our school's first ever Mix It Up Lunch period on Friday for all of our 850 students. Mix It up Lunch was so much fun! We gave out colored / numbered squares to students that indicated their table assignment for that lunch period. On the tables, we had a Find Someone Who bingo game and pencils, and instructions on how to start a conversation with someone. For the most part, students did follow the directions to sit at tables by assigned number and color and put forth real effort into completing the activity on their tables. We look forward to more Mix It Up Lunches at Skyview in the future!
Next up.... National School Counseling Week, Random Acts of Kindness Week, and March Madness Week - post secondary education awareness week.
Things sure are busy at the View!