Washington Township Public Schools Prepare New Jersey Week of Respect Activities

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WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP – The Washington Township Public School’s will be observing New Jersey State’s “Week of Respect” from Monday, October 5th to Thursday, October 9th. The Week of Respect focuses on anti-bullying by providing instruction on preventing harassment, intimidation, and bullying to students.
The following activities have been planned for some Washington Township Public Schools.
Grenloch Terrace Early Childhood Center
Students will be informed about the Week of Respect during opening circle time with their classroom teacher, and also through meeting with the guidance counselor. The lessons will culminate with a “robot assembly,” which emphasizes taking care of the body, self-respect, and respect for others.
Bunker Hill Middle School
- Monday, October 5th – Homeroom will be extended to explain the “Kindness Challenge,” using handouts from homeroom teachers and an explanation on television.
- Tuesday, Otober 6th – During lunch periods, discussions will be held on receiving Pride Paws and Dog Tags for showing respectful behavior.
- Wednesday, October 7th – Mix-it-Up Day in the cafeteria, as students will sit at lunch tables by birth month in order to converse with different people.
- Thursday, October 8th – Dog Tag Day; students will wear their tags to schools. The Paw Pride and Respect Power Point Presentations will play during lunches.
- Friday, October 9th – Formal Fashion Friday will have students dressed to impress; homerooms will collect Kindness Challenge forms.
Whitman Elementary School
- Full week – Students will sign the “TWP Character Pledge” during art classes; they will view a “Chain Reaction” video followed by the creation of a class “Kindness Character Chain” that will be ongoing throughout the month; students will recite the pledge daily; school will introduce “TRRFCC Tickets” (Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship) to recognize respectful behavior. Students receiving tickets will be eligible to win special prizes.
- Tuesday, October 6th – Character Education Assembly with Mark Moore of Underground Fitness.
- Friday, October 9th – School-wide “Team-Building Puzzle” revealed.
Bells Elementary School
- Monday, October 5th – Dress to Impress with Respect: Students will “wear nice clothes to look good.”
- Tuesday, October 6th – Township Tuesday: Students will wear their new shirt “to show your support of a bully-free school.”
- Wednesday, October 7th – Pay it Forward Day: Students will “Do something nice for someone. Don’t be a bystander.”
- Thursday, October 8th – Make a Friend Day: Students will “Talk to someone you might not know very well.”
- Friday, October 9th – Sign the Pledge Not to Bully: Students will “Sign the pledge to make Bells a bully-free school.”
Birches Elementary School
- Students will participate in daily class meetings.
- Birches Character Counts Club will begin “TWP Tuesday” morning announcements. The four OBPP rules will be recited during the message.
- Students in Grades 1-5 will sign the “Olweus Rules” bulletin board in the main hallway, signifying a pledge to follow those rules.
- Thursday, October 8th – Assemblies with Mark Moore: Grs. 1-2, 9:30-10:15 a.m.; Grs. 3-5, 2-2:45 p.m.
- Friday, October 9th – Birches will create a “Chain Reaction of Kindness.” Each classroom will create a paper chain that displays acts of kind behavior, and on Friday, the chains will be connected to made a school-wide chain of kindness.
Hurffville Elementary School
- Monday, October 5th – Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) Kickoff, 2:30 p.m.
- October 6th - 9th – TWP Tuesday Class Meetings will be held to review the “Bully Rules.”
Thomas Jefferson Elementary School
TJ will have five days of Class Meetings related to the OBPP.
- Day 1 – Purpose and format of Class Meetings and the development of Class Meeting Ground Rules.
- Day 2 – Rule 1: We Will Not Bully Others (a student will read this on the morning broadcast)
- Day 3 – Rule 2: We Will Help Students Who Are Bullied (will be read on morning broadcast)
- Day 4 – Rule 3: We Will Include Students Who Are Left out (will be read on broadcast)
- Day 5 – Rule 4: If We Know The Somebody is Being Bullied, We Will Tell an Adult at School and an Adult at Home.
Counselor Charlie Vogt will hold mini lessons at each grade level, and the full school will sign pledges within their classrooms to be posted on poster board and displayed in each grade-level hallway. Art classes will create caring messages that will be placed on the posters. Posters made by each class will be linked together with a special message.
Washington Township High School
TWP: Putting the “Together” in “Together with Pride”
- Social Media Trending: Faculty and students will post on social media the many ways they show resepct to all students throughout the week using hashtags #playunified and #liveunifiedTWP
- Project Unify Sports Clinics: Two athletic teams will offer Unified Sports Clinics.
- Peer Outreach: A Unified even in conjunction with TWP Activities will be conducted.
- Signs and posters encouraging respect will be visible throughout the school.
- PSAs and verbal announcements over the public-address system will be made throughout the week.
For additional information about the Washington Township Public School’s Week of Respect events, visit their website at http://www.wtps.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=1.

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