Recently there have been an increase in the number of reports of cyber-bullying that have taken place between some of our students through texting and on social networking sites during non-school hours. In accordance with the NH state law and our district policy on cyber-bullying we as a school must investigate and take appropriate actions even when this type of activity takes place outside the normal school day but has a negative impact on one or more of our students ability to learn when they are in school. In all situations, when we have evidence, the students responsible have been interviewed and allowed to explain their side of the issue. Frequently these students have also been the victim of similar behavior by others. In the situations when we have evidence, we have allowed for due process, and worked with the student on how to deal with similar situations in the future in more appropriate ways we then assign consequences for the inappropriate behavior. We would encourage families to have conversations with their students about the appropriate use of technology and the harmful effects of bullying on others. There are many helpful sourses of information online such as http://www.stopbullying.gov/ Please do not hesitate to contact us here at school at 435-6701 or firstname.lastname@example.org if we can be of assistance to you and your faimly.
Bob Bickford, Principal
Pittsfield School District Logic Model Focus Areas:
- Student Ownership for Learning: Students are fully engaged learners who take full responsibility for setting and accomplishing personal learning goals.
- Raising Student Achievement: The school’s curriculum and competencies have been clearly defined, graduation requirements articulated and based on performance mastery of identified competencies, and students create their own personal learning plans for meeting competencies in an authentic manner. Achievement levels are high for all students; achievement gaps have been eliminated.
- Developing 21st Century Skills & Civic Responsibility & Social-Emotional Learning: Twenty-first century skills are fully integrated into each student’s personal learning plan; authentic opportunities for assessments are available to all students, not limited by the school day or school building.
- Redefining Adult Roles and Performance Expectations: Teachers and administrators are highly skilled and utilize a wide range of strategies and settings to ensure that all students achieve high standards as well as accomplish goals established in personal learning plans. All adults are highly supportive of student achievement and growth across academic, social, and emotional areas. Administration and teacher leaders enjoy and apply a deep understanding of student centered learning. Adults are facilitators of student learning.
- Engaging with the Community: The school is a hub of learning with spokes of learning opportunities extending into the community, state, and region. Parents and community members are proud of the school, hold high expectations for the school, and have full confidence that the school is meeting its mission in preparing students for post-secondary college and careers.
Goal #1: Curriculum / Instruction / Assessment. By October 2013, 85% or more of all Pittsfield School District students will be proficient in reading and math as measured by the state’s annual administration of the NECAP assessment measures.