Washington Township Public Schools Prepare For School Violence Awareness Week.

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WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP – Washington Township Public Schools have announced that they will recognize Red Ribbon Week, or School Violence Awareness Week, from Monday, October 19th to Friday, October 23rd.
Several activities and events are scheduled throughout the District during this week including:
Bells Elementary School
Students and staff will take part in special “Dress-up” activities each day that include:
Monday, Oct. 19th: Put Drugs to Sleep – Wear pajamas.
Tuesday, Oct. 20th: Slam Dunk Drugs - Wear favorite sports clothes.
Wednesday, Oct. 21st: Wacky Tacky Day - Wear mismatched clothes and crazy colors.
Thursday, Oct. 22nd: From Head to Toe, I'm Drug Free - Wear crazy hair and crazy socks.
Friday, Oct. 23rd: You Have the Power to Say NO to Drugs - Dress like a Superhero.
Birches Elementary School
The Character Counts Club will share violence/drug prevention tips and ideas during their daily announcements to students. Additionally, each class will sign a Classroom Pledge of Nonviolence and participate in guidance lessons such as discussions and activities related to violence prevention and positivity.
Students will also participate in daily themes to show school spirit and unite against bullying and drugs.
Monday: Students will learn to treat others the way they would like to be treated during Golden Rule Day – Wear gold/yellow.
Tuesday: Red Ribbon Awareness Day - wear red.
Wednesday: Peaceful School Community Day - wear tie-dye or peace signs.
Thursday: Too Bright to Bully Day - wear bright or neon clothes.
Friday: Be Proud to be Drug Free - dress in your best clothes.
Hurffville Elementary School
In addition to participating in TWP Tuesday meetings during the duration of the week, students will analyze and discuss the “Bully Song,” which they previously learned.
Spirit days will be held all week and include the following:
Monday: Grade Level Day - Students will wear colors by grade. First grade will wear green, second grade will wear orange, third grade will wear blue, 4th grade will wear red, and fifth grade will wear yellow.
Tuesday: Mustache Day.
Wednesday: Crazy Sock Day.
Thursday: Backward Hat Day.
Friday: Ugly Tie Day.
Thomas Jefferson Elementary School
Students will participate in several activities, including the following:
Monday: Red Ribbon Day - Wear your Red Ribbon for Drug Awareness and to Stay Drug Free.
Tuesday: Wear Sweats Day - "It's No Sweat to Stay Drug and Violence Free."
Wednesday: Team Jersey Day - "We are a TJ Team! We Work Together to be Drug and Violence Free!"
Thursday: TJ Spirit Wear Day - "Let's Show Our Spirit for being Drug and Violence Free."
Friday: Hat Day - "Hats Off to Being Drug and Violence Free."
Whitman Elementary School
Students will be provided with red ribbons to wear throughout the week. Additionally, each day students will dress-up and participate in several activities, that include:
Monday:  Wear Red Day – An explanation of why students are wearing read will take place during announcements.
Tuesday: "Brighten up Someone's Day!" – Students will wear bright colors and are encouraged to smile.
Wednesday: "Everyone Counts!" –Students will wear numbered Jersey’s and are encouraged to say, "You Matter; You Make a Difference; You Count," to someone.
Thursday: Mismatched Dress Day –Students are urged to give a compliment and will participate in a ”Secret Buddy” activity.
Friday: Aloha Day -Students will wear Hawaiin attire and are encouraged to say hello to someone they don’t now. The Washington Township Alliance Group will show "Let's Be Friends," a three-screen production for all students to end the week.
Wedgwood Elementary School
Students will be provided with red ribbons to wear throughout the week. Additionally, each day students will dress-up and participate in several activities, that include:
Monday:  Wear Red Day – An explanation of why students are wearing read will take place during announcements.
Tuesday: "Brighten up Someone's Day!" – Students will wear bright colors and are encouraged to smile.
Wednesday: "Everyone Counts!" –Students will wear numbered Jersey’s and are encouraged to say, "You Matter; You Make a Difference; You Count," to someone.
Thursday: Mismatched Dress Day –Students are urged to give a compliment and will participate in a ”Secret Buddy” activity.
Friday: Aloha Day -Students will wear Hawaiin attire and are encouraged to say hello to someone they don’t now. Wedgewood will show "Let's Be Friends," a three-screen production for all students to end the week and students will sign a school banner.
Bunker Hill Middle School
Students will participate in daily activities to stress the importance of Red Ribbon Week. The activities will include:
Monday: Crazy Sock Day –Students will view the video, "History of Red Ribbon Week" and participate in a discussion and a drug prevention display will be created in the cafeteria.
Tuesday: Tag Day and Sports Team Jersey Day – Students will wear their BHMS dog tags and take part in the Drug-Free Pledge Drive.
Wednesday: College Gear Day – Students will watch the “Hey Bully” video.
Thursday: Twin Day – Students will write a message of hope that will be posted on the “Tree of Hope.”
Friday: BHMS “Red Out” – Students will wear red and teachers will send the “reddest” students to the lobby to be honored.
Chestnut Ridge Middle School
Students will participate in daily activities to stress the importance of Red Ribbon Week. Each day students will be provided with a drug fact for the day. The activities will include:
Monday:  Wear as Much Red as Possible – Students will wear red.
Tuesday: Sock it to Drugs and Alcohol Day – Students will wear crazy socks.
Wednesday: Team up Against Drugs and Alcohol Day.
Thursday: We all Rock Day – Students will wear their favorite concert, band, or music shirts.
Friday: Show Pride in Our School Day – Students will wear team shirt or school colors, which are black and gold.
Orchard Valley Middle School
Students will dress up in attire that promotes anti-drugs and positive self-imaging. Orchard Valley will provide dog tags to the most spirited students and Double Panther Paws will be awarded to students all week. Students will create a Heart Wall where they will give pink hearts to add during the week. The hearts will include a positive, bullying-related message or a personal story that involves bullying and how it made them feel. Daily activities will include:
Monday: Wear Red Day.
Tuesday: Crazy Sneaker Day.
Wednesday: Bright Color Day.
Thursday: Crazy Socks Day.
Friday: Crazy Hair Day.
Washington Township High School
Students will participate in daily activities to stress the importance of Red Ribbon Week. The Center for Family Services (SERV) will address the sophomore class about respectful relationships. The presentation will include several topics such as an unhealthy relationship versus a healthy relationship with self and others, dating relationships, sexual harassment, and self-esteem.
The Student Leadership Renaissance will create posters that focus on the theme “End the Silence! Stop the Violence.” Additionally, the Class Council will create Random Acts of Kindness throughout the building and members will create a slogan about Kindness versus Violence to post around the building.
The school’s National Honor Society will air PSA announcements during the morning, all week in addition to designing and printing Dating/Relationship Abuse Awareness posters.
As part of their “Day of Silence,” Friends of Rachel will help each student will create a sign with a quote about bullying, respect, or some other personal statement focusing on how violence or bullying makes them feel.
Some other activities throughout the week will include a thirty-second warning bell in the form of music by the Tri-M Music Honor Society. The bell will focus on a theme of respect, diversity, and acceptance.
Lastly, Curriculum Connections have planned several classroom-based activities throughout the week, that include:
Health
The classes are encouraged to focus on several lessons throughout the week, including a discussion on Adolescent Driver Safety and “Road Rage,” for the tenth grade class as well as a discussion on Abusive Relationships and Domestic Violence for the twelfth grade class. The discussion will include major risk factors for violence as well as the amount of violence in dating and students will be asked to identify methods for resolving conflict. Additional discussions about healthy versus unhealthy relationships will take place.
English
Students will be asked to identify methods for resolving conflicts and will participate in role-playing scenarios using various conflict resolution methods. Students will also write essays addressed to the administration and local community politicians, organizations, and law enforcement that include ways to reduce school violence.
Math
Students will work in groups to promote teamwork, respect, and trust. Additionally, students will research bullying, look into statistics, and suggest methods to combat school bullying.
History
Students will create and display posters that focus on several topics, including subtle bias such as stereotyping, jokes, and rumors; acts of bigotry and prejudice, such as ridicule, and social avoidance; and acts of discrimination, such as social exclusion and harassment. Students will use fact sheets from Department of Health and Human Service and Centers for Disease Control to discuss violence prevention, youth violence, child maltreatment, and a timeline of violence as a public health issue.
Special Education
Students will read articles focusing on involvement in uncomfortable situations and they will discuss potential ways to react.
Career/Technology Education
Students will research and create posters or websites about preventing school violence. Additionally, they will discuss violence in their personal and school lives through the use of clipart or text and borders to graphically design a poster or flyers related to School Violence Awareness Week.
World Language
Students will discuss gender roles within the studied countries to compare and contrast the role of the woman as well as focus on work or career opportunities available to women in the United States as compared to other countries. The discussions will include salaries of women in other countries as compared to the United States, property rights, and female Prime Ministers or Presidents in countries outside of the United States.
Visual and Performing Arts
Students will discuss and show examples of art, including music, dance, theater, and visual art. Additionally, students will explain how these forms of art can be calming in stressful situations and will list the positive team-building attributes of group activities such as music ensembles, dance companies, and acting ensembles.
Students will also present examples of art pieces that illustrate non-violent versus violent acts and will develop ideas focusing on how visual art and theater can be used to educate people about the negative consequences of violence.
For more information about Violence Awareness Week, visit the New Jersey Department of Education website at http://www.state.nj.us/education/students/safety/behavior/violence.shtml.

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