Hopatcong holds successful School Violence Awareness Week

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Mr. Arthur DiBenedetto, Hopatcong Superintendent of Schools, Announces – Hopatcong Borough School District had a very successful School Violence Awareness Week as part of New Jersey’s annual program.

This year for School Violence Awareness Week at Hopatcong Schools (Oct. 21-25, 2019), students at Durban Avenue practiced using the High Five after School Counselor, Lisa Schuffenhauer, read the book One, by Kathryn Atoshi to each class.

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The message in the book is that sometimes it just takes one person to come along and help others stand up for themselves.

The High Five illustrates for students a list of five things to try when having a small problem with peers and includes: Ignore, Walk Away, Talk Friendly, Talk Firmly, and Report to an Adult.

Students were taught the difference between conflict and bullying, as well as when to go to an adult for help or support. All week long students participated in lessons that were focused on peaceful problem solving, including teamwork in gym, peaceful pictures in art, and bucket filling songs in music.

Team Bucket Fillers, the student Climate and Culture Team, also created a video for all students on how to use the buddy bench. They demonstrated asking peers if they wanted to play, walk, or talk. The week concluded with Chalk It Up for Peace at recess.

The Week of Respect and School Violence Awareness Week offer New Jersey schools an opportunity to concentrate on this effort by delivering age-appropriate instruction to students on these essential topics. 

What’s Happened:

  • The High 5 was displayed throughout the schools to remind students of the steps they can take to stop bullying.
  • Music Classes sang or played songs to celebrate RESPECT!
  • Art Classes worked on symbols of PEACE.
  • Gym Classes reviewed concepts of TEAMWORK and FAIRNESS.
  • CHALK IT UP for PEACE: Students created outdoor displays promoting peace!

During the week students will practice on how to handle verbal bullying

Doing the ‘High Five’

  1. Ignore it. Don't look at the person. Change the subject.
  2. Talk friendly or ask nicely for the person to stop. Be calm.
  3. Walk away. Remove yourself from the person/situation.
  4. Talk firmly and tell the person to STOP! Let the person know that you will report it if he/she does not STOP!
  5. If strategies 1-4 do not work, Report it to an adult.

Verbal threats of violence need to be reported immediately to an adult.


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