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Cyberbullying

7th grade students in Mrs. Hurley's health class researched recent articles on cyberbullying. Based on their discussion with Mrs. Marchesano, they developed the following information to inform Pioneer families about cyberbullying, and to keep Pioneer a bully-free school.

Cyberbullying: What is It?

Sending or posting annoying, threatening, insulting or hurtful communications through technologies. It could be words, drawings, videos, or photographs. It could be through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or other social networks, cellphone calls or text messages, or even through Xbox live. Because students aren't face to face, they can hide behind their computers and say things they wouldn't say in person. Cyberbullying is the newest form of bullying. It is a danger of the computer age.

A few statistics

Cyberbullying isn't always reported.  Statistics vary, but cyberbullying is happening more frequently as smartphones and social networks become more commonly used by younger students. Also, students spend more time on computers than ever before. One statistic showed that teens spend an average of 6 1/2 hours per day online! Another study reported that 1/3 of all school kids say they have been cyberbullied. In Mrs. Hurley's health classes, the majority of the students said they have been involved in a cyberbullying situation, as the victim, witness, or even as the cyberbully.  7th to 9th grade are the most common for cyberbullying. 54% of parents haven't talked to their kids about cyberbullying. Most of the time children cyberbully other children, but adults have done it too.

How it affects people
When you are cyberbullied, you may feel:

hurt

scared uncomfortable
feel bad about yourself unprotected self-conscious
angry

degraded

devastated

mad

hated harassed
frustrated annoyed vulnerable
helpless isolated crushed
depressed suicidal defeated

 

How to prevent cyberbullying

Parents Students
Limit student time online Be careful who you friend on social networks
Monitor student social network activity (most have a minimum age limit of 13) Be careful what you add on your profile-photos videos and your words can be turned around and used against you.
Talk to your student about cyberbullying If you know someone who is cyberbullying, don't be part of it--stand up to the bully, and tell a trusted adult
Take away electronic devices at bedtime Be careful what you say to others - don't say things you don't mean

 

What to do if it happens to you

  • Get help! Tell a trusted adult, or call authorities
  • Avoid using the technology until this is resolved
  • Save copies of the messages or screenshots as proof
  • Don't respond to the cyberbully or get into a fight with them
  • Block the bully to prevent more attacks

Parents, talk to your children about Internet safety.  Here are some resources to help:

Drug Abuse Awareness

8th grade students in Mrs. Hurley's health class researched several commonly abused substances. Based on their findings, they worked with Mrs. Marchesano to develop the following websites to inform Pioneer families about the consequences and dangers of drug abuse, and to keep Pioneer students drug-free.

DRUG NAME
Cocaine
Crystal Methamphetamine
Ecstasy
Heroin
LSD
Marijuana
Over-The-Counter
Prescription Drugs
Psilocybin Mushrooms
Steroids
Tobacco

 

 

Fundraising

Kroger Community Rewards - Support Pioneer by designating our school as your Kroger Rewards organization. Every time you swipe your Kroger card, Pioneer earns rewards based on our total sales per quarter. Because you're already buying groceries, why not help Pioneer at the same time? Sign up at http://krogercommunityrewards.com.

If you don't yet have a Kroger card, they are available at the store's customer service desk. The Community Rewards program runs from May 1-April 30. During the month of April, all participants must re-enroll to confirm that Pioneer is your designated organization. If you use your alternate ID (phone number) when you shop, make sure to include your phone number in your enrollment information. Step-by-step instructions are available here. 

Box Tops for Education – Save your box tops from General Mills Cereals, Pillsbury products, Ziploc, Kleenex, and many other products. Check out the Web site for a complete listing of products. Please trim them carefully; we must be able to see the expiration date in order to submit them. Box tops can be dropped off in the office or LRC.

Paper Recycling – We have a “Paper Retriever” in the east parking lot to recycle newspapers, junk mail and magazines for your convenience.

Parent Coffees

Once a month at Pioneer, Mr. Rhein holds a "Parent Coffee" at 9:15 a.m. in the Collaboration Room to share information about events at Pioneer and around the district. These informational meetings are open to anyone interested in what's going on.

Typically, about 30-40 parents show up to hear about topics such as standardized testing, curriculum changes, field trip and movie policies, or upcoming events. General questions are answered, as well, on these and other topics.

The coffee and treats are free. And the conversation is always good.

Student Support Software

Recently, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools purchased a software site license to Read:OutLoud. Read:OutLoud is a software-based accessible text reader that provides access to the curriculum. It features high-quality text to speech that reads text aloud and study tools that help students read with comprehension.

Part of the software license includes student “take-home rights.” This tool is available to your son or daughter at no cost to you. Read:OutLoud can be installed on any Mac or Windows-based home computer or laptop. Contact Mrs. Marchesano if you would like to check out a disk to install Read:OutLoud at home.

Volunteering

If you'd like to become involved in school, we'd appreciate your help. We have many opportunities for parents to volunteer at Pioneer.  To comply with State law, and to keep our students safe, all volunteers are required to complete a background check. Please complete this form and mail or bring it to the Pioneer office. This form need only be filled out if you will be having direct contact with students.  You do not need to fill one out to help with ticket sales, counting money, school picture day, etc.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

If you're interested in volunteering in the library, here's our schedule of openings. 

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot

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