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Survey Results Are In. . .

January 18th, 2011 · No Comments

Our annual peer aggression survey is in and the results can be found here.  Overall, our numbers are better than last year.  We are certainly focusing more on building community and looking at the social-emotional well being of all our students.  If you have any specific questions about the results, please feel free to  leave a comment or email me, and I will get back to you.

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“Its about trust and teamwork”

December 15th, 2010 · No Comments

Just between you (the reader) and I ,  Project Adventure was always a little scary for me when I was in school.  Maybe it was the heights?

Thirty years later I have the pleasure of watching our Lane students accomplish their own Project Adventure goals.  Seeing the students help one another and cheer each other on, is exactly the type of character we are looking to build in our students.  Take a peek at this short video to get a flavor for what our kids do.


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Bullying- an issue for everyone

November 10th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Bullying remains a hot topic in the news with incidents being reported daily. Its important for everyone to realize that this is more than a school issue.  We can develop plans for dealing with bullying, but in the end we also need help from parents and the community.

Stan Davis, a bully prevention expert from Maine, gives some valuable guidance to parents:

How can I talk with my child if he or she bullies someone else?

Help your child tell you exactly what he or she did, without excuses or blaming others. Remember that even if the other student involved did something, your child made a choice to do what he did. Encourage her to
talk about how that behavior affected the other person. Help him find the goal he was trying to reach through hurting the other person- Did he want attention? Power? Fun? To be left alone? And help her find other ways to reach that goal without hurting others. If your child has been punished at school, it will probably not be necessary to punish again at home (unless the behavior was severe). Encourage your child to behave better next time.

How can I support my child if he or she is bullied at school?

Avoid blaming your child for what others have done to him or her. Think twice before giving advice- your child may have already tried the strategies you are going to suggest. Get as much information as you can. Talk
with your child’s teacher, principal, or counselor and ask them to help your child be safe. Their
intervention may include consequences for the student who bullies, increased supervision, and
helping your child make more friends if he or she is isolated.  Ask your child what she has already tried to resolve the problem. Praise her for all the things she has tried. Give him permission to stop doing the things that haven’t worked to stop the bullying.  Encourage him to keep telling you and other adults. Help him to think about what has worked- or what might work. If your child is isolated, help her make connections through activities, hobbies, or clubs.  Help your child to heal through art, hobbies, positive relationships at school and away from school, and through helping your child see the cruel behavior as a choice made by those who bullied him or her, rather than as something he or she caused.

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Hip Hop in Gym

April 7th, 2010 · 1 Comment

This week we began our Hip Hop dance unit in gym class.  Nancy Griffiths, a Lane parent and instructor at Kamate Fitness led the kids through funky moves as the sounds of  Top 40 music and “Thriller” by Michael Jackson echoed through the gym. Although Nancy isn’t offering a student class through the Rec Dept this Spring, there will be a kids class in the Fall.  However for you adults out there, Nancy passed this on to me:

Mrs. Griffiths’ modern and innovative weight lifting and dance classes for adults are now being offered at the Bedford Rec Department this spring.  Classes start April 10th.”

We thank Mrs. Griffiths for volunteering her time to come in this week to provide every class the opportunity to try this exciting program.


Tags: wellness

Ice Cream

July 23rd, 2009 · 13 Comments

As mentioned earlier this summer, I have decided to have ice cream limited to just Fridays in the cafeteria.  I know most kids will be disappointed, but I think they’ll be OK.  With the increasing spotlight on student obesity rates, I think this is a wise move for us.


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