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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.

 

Membership

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

 

Video

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

OVERVIEW

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.

MEMBERSHIP

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).

PROPOSAL FORM

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.

MEETING SCHEDULE

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.

  • September 17
  • October 1
  • October 15
  • October 29
  • November 12
  • December 3
  • December 17
  • January 28
  • February 11
  • March 4
  • March 18
  • April 1
  • April 15
  • May 6
  • May 20
  • June 3
  • June 17

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

BREAKING RANKS FILM – shared at the 2014 National High School Showcase in Dallas, Texas.

 



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

 

Email: jemassey@pittsfieldnhscools.org

 

Office phone: (603) 435-6701

 

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