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Restorative Justice

Overview of Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice is an alternative discipline system focused on fixing the harms inflicted on the community. It helps reduce suspensions and detentions and helps students learn to take responsibility for their actions instead of simply being punished for their offenses. When someone understands how their behavior has affected others, they are less likely to repeat that action.

Restorative Justice is different from traditional discipline systems in many ways:

Traditional Practices

  • result in punishment
  • disengage students
  • create guilt
  • focus on what responsible parties deserve

Restorative Justice

  • fixes the inflicted harms
  • promotes participation
  • creates obligations
  • focuses on what affected parties need to resolve the issue

(adpated from Howard Zehr’s book, The Little Book of Restorative Justice, 2002)


Overview of the Justice Committee

The Justice Committee at PMHS is made up of students, faculty advisors, the Dean of Operations, and the Student Support Specialist. The JC is offered as an alternative way for students to resolve low-level incidents that occur within the school community. When an incident occurs, the Student Support Specialist may suggest the JC as a place to go for resolution of the situation. Both the affected and responsible parties need to agree to go to the JC for mediation. When a mediation occurs, students and a JC advisor use a mediation script to help students work through the issue and come to an agreed upon restorative practice. A follow up meeting is scheduled at this time to check that the restorative practice has been completed.



Any student, grades 7-12, is welcome to apply to join the Justice Committee providing they complete the JC Application. Applications are reviewed by JC members and advisors.

Students can email the application or print it out and deliver it to any JC advisor.

Applications require the following:

  • Completed application, including a short response question
  • Adult Recommendation
  • Signed Parent/Guardian consent form


Meeting Schedule

The Justice Committee meets biweekly on Wednesdays in room 218.

October 22

November 5 & 19

December 10

January 7

February 4 & 18

March 11 & 25

April 8 & 22

May 13 & 27

June 10



This Justice Committee Video was created by the PMHS IMPACT team to illustrate the Justice Committee’s process.


PMHS Behavior Management System Process Maps

The following maps outline the process for each component of our discipline system.

Step 1: Community Concern Form is filed

Step 2: Student Support Specialist Process

Step 3: Justice Committee Process


Additional Resources on Restorative Justice

Coming soon!

Site Council


The Site Council was established in 2010 as part of the school redesign process.  It is made up students, faculty and community members.  The role of the Site Council is to provide PMHS with a leadership body to review, modify and make decisions regarding areas of high interest to have a positive impact on the educational process and school climate.  To learn more about the Site Council, click on the links below.

The Site Council was profiled by the Concord Monitor in an article titled, ‘They Do Have a Say’.  Click on the title to view it.


Students make up the majority in the Site Council.  The Dean of Operations, Dean of Instruction, Director of Student Services and Director of College and Career Readiness are non-voting members.  The voting membership includes:

  • 10 Students
  • 6 Faculty Members
  • 3 Community Members

All members hold a seat for two years and members may be nominated or appointed (see by-laws for further details).


The Site Council has developed initiatives such as Open Campus and implemented policy changes to the Community Service guidelines.  It has also made decisions regarding grading, advisory, honor roll, cell phone usage and co-curricular and extra-curricular eligibility.

To bring a proposal to the Site Council, fill out a Proposal Form and return it to the main office.


The Site Council meets every other Wednesday from 1:45-3:00 in Room 126.  Public input is a standing agenda item at Site Council meetings.  Students, staff, parents, and/or community members are welcome to attend. The Site Council will meet on the following dates over the summer.

  • July 7, 9:00-11:00
  • July 20, 10:30-12:30
  • August 18, 9:00-11:00

The meeting agendas and minutes are available upon request. Please contact Derek Hamilton (adult co-chair) at


The Site Council represented the Pittsfield School District at the 2013 Breaking Ranks School Showcase in Washington, DC. A group of students, teachers, and administrators shared a presentation on school reform, which was the highest rated presentation at the school showcase. This ranking led to an invite to the 2014 School Showcase in Dallas, TX. The film below was the feature of the 2014 presentation.


PMHS Pitt Shop – Student Run School Store










Any questions or orders for the school store can be sent to me at:

Jennifer Massey Business Education,
Yearbook Advisor, and
PMHS Pitt Shop -School Store Advisor




Office phone: (603) 435-6701


Office Hours:  Monday-Friday-7:00-7:57 am, 12:53-1:48pm,  and 2:46-4:00pm..
or to the store email at
Accounting and Business Manager is done through a student and their Business ELO:  Jessie Massey