In addition to providing a challenging bilingual academic program, SDFAS Middle School celebrates, models, and encourages tolerance, individuality, inclusion, mindful communication, compassion, and empathy to create a community where all members feel safe, supported and heard. Students and staff members take part in social – emotional awareness and learning (SEAL) opportunities, co-creating a context for personal growth, self-inquiry, problem solving, resilience, and age-appropriate autonomy, self-advocacy, and responsibility. The following community agreements and guidelines set clear and appropriate boundaries and a range of consequences, allowing for case-by-case treatment of incidents if they arise. The goal is to help guide students toward becoming responsible, ethical citizens and community members. Citizenship marks awarded on report cards reflect students’ adherence to the agreements described below. SDFAS reserves the right to make changes to this document at any time.
SDFAS Middle School Community Agreements: As a member of the SDFAS Middle School Community coming to a MS Dance,
● I will treat others as I would like them to treat me.
● I will use clear communication and maintain appropriate boundaries.
● I will be friendly, helpful, open-minded, and will listen to others. I will not exclude or make fun of others, or show prejudice, knowing that respect and tolerance are two important values for all SDFAS community members.
● I will use good manners, appropriate language, and be mindful and polite: I will use my words and actions to make positive, not negative, contributions to the community. I will use appropriate language and will not use profanity on the playground, in the classroom, or anywhere on the campus.
● I will keep my belongings organized and clean.
● I will not use my personal cell phone, i-pod, smart phone, smart watch, i-pad, tablet, camera, or laptop at school, unless I first ask for an adult’s permission. If I need to call home, I will ask first. If I bring my personal item to school it will be turned off and put away out of sight while I am on campus. If I choose to bring my personal item to school, I understand that SDFAS is not liable if my personal item is lost or stolen
● I will use care and caution with all online communications and postings. I realize that I am responsible for what I choose to post, email, i-chat and search. I will not send or post any photos without appropriate permissions.
● I will treat the equipment and property of the school with great care and help others do the same.
● If someone says something that hurts or offends me, I will not attack the person, but acknowledge that the comment (not the person) hurt my feelings and explain why. I will ask an adult for help if needed.
● I will behave in a safe and responsible manner, meaning no fighting, play fighting, throwing objects, name-calling, pushing, or threatening. I know that no actual or toy weapons are allowed at school. I know that the use of physical force to harm or restrain others is strictly forbidden.
● If I see or hear of an unsafe situation, I will inform an adult.
● I will not bring cigarettes, tobacco, matches, weapons, drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcohol, and/or any controlled substance to school or any school function at any time. I understand that my backpack may be searched if there is reasonable cause, as determined by the chaperones.
● I will not damage or deface the school or school property. I will show respect for individual as well as collective property, and will clean up after myself and help others to do so, using trash and recycling receptacles appropriately.
● I will tell the truth, keep promises, and will not steal.
● I will respect myself, my peers and the chaperones.
● I will respect differences and will not tease, harass, or mock others for any reason, including cultural, religious, physical, sexual orientation, learning style, gender, gender identification, socio-economic standing.
● I will not leave the school grounds at any time during the dance.
● I will not chew gum on campus at any time.
● I will come to the dance in a proper attire (in particular, no graphic Tshirts).
Bullying is not tolerated at SDFAS. Bullying is a form of harassment and violence and will be treated as such, according to the school’s policies. The school’s bullying policy includes the following:
• defining bullying
• intervention by adults
• disciplinary actions Bullying is generally defined in the following way:
It involves a real or perceived imbalance of power, with the powerful child or group targeting one/those who are less powerful. Being aware of children’s teasing and acknowledging hurt feelings is always important; bullying becomes an issue and must be addressed when hurtful, aggressive, or exclusionary behaviors toward an individual or group by another individual or group appear to be unprovoked, intentional, and (usually) repeated, and when the victim (target) feels unsafe, powerless to change the situation, and/or unwilling to come to school, effectively disrupting the learning environment. Bullying/harassment may be physical (hitting, kicking, spitting, tripping, shoving, pinching, pushing, or other unwelcome touching), verbal in written or spoken form, (taunting, malicious teasing, name calling, racial or other slurs, threatening), and/or emotional (spreading rumors, excluding, isolating or rejecting the target, humiliation in front of others, manipulating social relationships, extorting, intimidating, posing dangerous dares, blackmailing, etc.
For further information: http://www.tolerance.org. See the full Parent-Student Handbook for more information on our school’s Harassment Policy.
If you believe that you or someone else is being bullied, tell a teacher, administrator, parent, or another adult right away. This can be in person, by email, or with a note — even an anonymous note. Consider bringing a friend with you for support when you report your concern to an adult.
The adult who receives the report will document the report in writing and will try to learn more / determine accuracy by following up and investigating. Teachers/administrators will report all cases of bullying to the dean and / or head of school. All involved students in a particular incident will be given the opportunity to give their version of the incident. If it is determined that bullying/harassment has occurred, the administration will communicate with the parents to provide continuity and strength in supporting the victim/target and disabling the bully/ies. The bully/ies will be coached in changing their negative behaviors and making amends, and will be warned that additional negative consequences will be administered if the bullying behavior does not stop immediately, and that any retaliation will be met with additional, more severe consequences. It may or may not be appropriate to bring the bully and the target/victim together for a mediated conversation. Disciplinary actions will depend on the severity of the incident/s; teachers and administrators will follow the school’s policy for implementation of discipline/ sanctions as outlined in Elementary and Middle School Discipline section of the Parent-Student Handbook located on the school website.
Cyber Bullying is strictly prohibited. Cyber bullying includes the use of the internet, social networking sites (such as Facebook, Snapchat, I-Chat, Instagram, Twitter, Burn Book, etc.), instant messaging (IM), chats, email, blogs, mobile text messages and the like, for the purpose of supporting hostile behavior by an individual or group which is intended to harm others. Any type of communication that disrupts or prevents a positive educational environment will be considered bullying or cyber bullying. The same disciplinary action that applies to bullying or harassment also applies to cyber bullying. Investigation and disciplinary consequences may apply, even if the event occurred outside of school. Examples include: Sending hurtful or threatening e-mails or text messages or notes; Developing a website or other platform devoted to taunting, ranking, or degrading a target and inviting others to join in posting humiliating notes or messages; Posting and/or altering photographs without permission; Commenting on photographs in a hurtful, demeaning, or humiliating way. We recommend that you do not wear valuable jewelry