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Jefferson Middle School

3001 Allis St.
Springfield, IL 62703

Red Ribbon Week & Bully Prevention Month

October 20, 2015

Monday, October 26th
Welcome to Red Ribbon week. The purpose of Red Ribbon week is to show our support for being drug-free. We are also recognizing Bully Prevention Month during October.

One way we can decrease bullying at JMS is by being respectful. Respect means treating people the way you want to be treated. At JMS we believe that Respect is so important that we made it the basis of our 3 school-wide expectations. At JMS, we RESPECT OURSELVES, RESPECT OTHERS, and RESPECT PROPERTY. Being respectful means saying only kind things about other students, encouraging others and making them feel good about themselves.

** Today at lunch, Ms. Rennison will be handing out FREE wristbands to students who are "caught" being respectful.

Tuesday, October 27th
STAY DRUG-FREE! One way we can show respect towards ourselves is by staying drug-free. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, about 570,000 people die annually due to drug use. That breaks down to about 440,000 from tobacco, 85,000 due to alcohol, 20,000 due to illegal drugs, and 20,000 due to prescription drug abuse.

** Today at lunch, Ms. Rennison will be handing out drug-free stickers to any student who pledges to remain drug-free.

Wednesday, October 28th
BYSTANDERS. Did you know that 85% of the students at JMS are considered bystanders? Bystanders are the people who stand by and watch bullying take place. If you witness a bullying situation, the best thing you can do is to tell the bully to stop. If you don't think you can do that, then you can walk away and refuse to watch the bullying and take your friends with you. If you take the bully's audience away from him/her, they are less likely to continue the bullying.

** Today at lunch, Ms. Rennison will be handing out bully-free and drug-free bookmarks to students who pledge to put an end to bullying.

Tomorrow students and staff are encouraged to wear a red shirt in honor of Red Ribbon Week.

Thursday, October 29th
Thank you to everyone who participated by wearing a red shirt today in celebration of Red Ribbon Week. Remember our goal this week is to make JMS a drug-free and bully-free school!!!

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OF BULLYING. If someone is bullying you, the best thing to do is to tell them to stop. You can say "stop bothering me," "don't do that," or "I don't like that." If you don't say anything, the bully will assume it is ok to continue bullying you. Next, walk away from the bully. Most important is to let an adult know what is going on and fill out a bullying form. Bullying Report forms are located in the front lobby in the Jaguar News section. They are also located in the discipline office.