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Rachel Blackwood 256-437-2945 Email

Stevenson Middle School's Guidance Department

Character Counts Everywhere All the Time!

Trustworthiness Be honest • Don't deceive, cheat, or steal • Be reliable - do what you say you'll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal - stand by your family, friends, and country

Respect Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don't threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements

Responsibility Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act - consider the consequences • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes • Set a good example for others

Fairness Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don't take advantage of others • Don't blame others carelessly • Treat all people fairly

Caring Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need

Citizenship Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer

SMS added a 7th Pillar of character that we want instilled in every student here and that is...

Pride- a feeling of self-respect and personal worth.

Every month we celebrate one of the seven pillars and on Wednesdays of that month we wear the pillar color. Once during the pillar's month we have an assembly with guest speakers or students presentations to discuss or demonstrate the pillars meaning.

Our first unit of the Year will be on bullying. We will define bullying and the differing roles played in each bullying case. We will spend two weeks discussing and defining the roles and reading stories from students who have been bullied. We will discuss in great detail how it feels to be bullied and what we can do to prevent it. We will spend another two weeks watching "Odd Girl Out" and discussing the incidences of bullying occuring in the movie. We will then spend one to two weeks discussing and doing projects on what we can do to prevent bullying at Stevenson Middle School. We will use a couple of websites to assist with this unit. The websites are www.pacerteensagainstbullying.org and www.stompoutbullying.com. Please look at those websites for information to assist your child if they are being bullied or being a bully themself.

Stevenson Middle School Students will be exploring careers in Counseling, using programs such as Kuder Navigator. We will spend time taking interest, value, and skill inventories and then research the results.

October is Drug Awareness Month and we will begin the Mendez's "Too Good For Drugs" program. We will discuss goal setting, respect for our bodies and image, as well as different refusal strategies.

Other topics to be discussed in counseling include: school adjustment, bullying and conflict resolution, peer pressure, taking care of your body and body image, decision making skills, study and homework skills, the importance of testing, self-esteem and self confidence, abstinence education, and much more.