NBAMS earns “Faces of Change” award

Deb Henton

It is my great pleasure to announce that North Branch Area Public Schools has received another honor. Last week it was announced that North Branch Area Middle School has been chosen to receive a “Faces of Change” award from the Youth Advisory Boards of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.
The application for this award was submitted by students themselves. Representatives of the middle school student council, with the assistance of teacher adviser Pam Newbauer, highlighted a number of ways NBAMS staff and students contribute to a positive educational culture. Many of those I have talked about in previous columns, such as Unity Day on Oct. 19, Viking Grams, Gotcha Tickets, Student Shout Outs and the recent school-wide “RED” activity in the bus corral.
Middle school staff and students, student council representatives, and Newbauer will be recognized at this Thursday’s school board meeting, 5:30 p.m., room 126 of the North Branch Area Education Center.
At NBAPS we place great emphasis on creating a positive school culture from Early Childhood programming through graduation. In an effort to improve, the school district began using the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program districtwide two years ago. Olweus is designed to improve peer relations and make schools safer, more positive places for students to learn and develop. Goals include:
•Reducing existing bullying problems among students.
•Preventing the development of new bullying problems.
•Achieving better peer relations at school.
Olweus has a positive effect at all of our schools and programs. With it we strive to create a culture in which every student comes to school with confidence that their day will be positive!
Having a bullying prevention program does not eliminate negative interactions between students. However, it does create a climate in which those behaviors are minimized, assists schools in handling those situations in ways that reduce the chances of it happening again, and provides families avenues for reporting issues.
Creating a positive climate that benefits each and every student is another way NBAPS works hard to make sure all have the opportunity for a bright future!

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