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Counselor's Message

Small Group Sessions

There are times when students need additional social/emotional support to be successful academically.  As counselors, we know that students may need extra help dealing with life's challenges such as the death of a loved one, divorce, and separation, low self-esteem, the incarceration of a parent, anger, or trouble making and keeping friends.

Small group sessions provide students with extra support from peers dealing with similar problems and the counselor.  Small group sessions are 30 minutes in length and are held bi-monthly.  If you feel that your student would benefit from participating in a small group, please let their teacher know or contact your student's assigned counselor.


Bullying Procedures

To qualify as bullying, an incident must have involved the following:

  • There is an imbalance of power between the aggressor and target
  • The negative actions are repeated and purposeful
  • The aggressor and the target have drastically different reactions to the incident
  • The target feels powerless to advocate for self.  

Additionally, students are taught that for a situation to qualify as a bullying incident, four things must always be present:

  1. The issue has happened over and over again
  2. The same people are involved
  3. What happened was on purpose
  4. It hurt (body or feelings)

Many of the incidences we have at S.R.M. involve normal conflicts between students.  Frequently, students do not know how to solve the conflict or are unwilling to try and solve it.

PROCEDURE FOR REPORTING AN INCIDENT OF BULLYING BEHAVIOR

  1. Parents and staff are directed to report incidents of bullying to the Principal, Assistant Principal, Dean of Students, or Counselor.  Forms for this can be found on the S.R.M. counseling website.  Forms are also available in the front office and counseling offices. Parents can request a form be sent home with the student as well.
  2. Student's are also encouraged to report being a victim of bullying or when they witness bullying.  Students can get bully reporting forms from their counselor.

SCHOOL POLICY ON DEALING WITH INCIDENTS OF BULLYING

  • Reported incidents are investigated and documented.  
  • The parents of all students involved are notified.
  • All incidents of bullying are viewed as serious offenses.
  • The student who is the target may be referred to the School Counselors to develop coping skills while the "bully" may be referred for social skills building.

SCHOOL BULLY PREVENTION AND EDUCATION PROGRAM

  1. S.R.M’s PAWS state:  I will not bully other students and I will help a student who is being bullied, by speaking out and getting adult help.  School rules are taught by teachers and enforced by all staff.
  2. All students are taught basic skills for managing such situations during the school year.   Connected and Respected is used as the classroom curriculum to address bullying and improve the overall school climate.  Counselors also work with students on conflict resolution, problem solving, and anger management. 
  3. Mediation by the School Counselors is available to all students to prevent the escalation of conflicts.