Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Dexter student Samantha Bremmer wrote messages on Post-it Notes to promote anti-bullying in the school.
Editor's note: This story was originally published on Jan. 18, 2012. This is just one example of the many people making a difference in the Dexter area. Read more about those people here, and leave a comment below to tell us about other people are making a difference every day. Sayings such as "Have a nice day" or "Keep smiling" often go unnoticed or unappreciated in our busy lives. But Samantha Bremmer, an eighth-grade student at Mill Creek Middle School, is using the messages to bring positive energy back into the classroom. While most of her friends were enjoying a much-needed winter break from classes, Samantha - with fellow eighth-grader Ashley Sobczak helping her in the end complete the project - spent her time personally writing 820…
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Students in grades seven through nine will learn about Internet bullying, sexting, and online predators during this three-day workshop at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District.
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Saturday, February 16
Looking for an educational way to spend winter break? Join the Washtenaw Area Council for Children for its first annual Cyber Safety Winter Camp on Feb. 18-21. Participants will learn how to protect themselves from digital dangers while having fun. This program is based on WACC's peer mentoring program. Learn about cyberbullying, sexting, online predators, digital reputation, and online privacy and ethics. The camp will conclude with a community project of the campers' choosing designed to spread the word about cyber safety throughout Washtenaw County. Registration is $25 per camper. The camp fee includes a T-shirt, daily snack, and all program materials. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Washtenaw Intermediate School …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The group will meet at 7 p.m. on Jan. 29 at Aubree's Pizzeria to advocate for the needs of children with special education needs.
A group of parent advocates in the Dexter area are organizing a meetup at Aubree's Pizzeria & Grill on Jan. 29. According to information provided by Dexter resident Laura Jones, the group is open to parents who would like to meet, discuss, support and advocate for children with special education needs in the local community. The group was developed after several parents voiced concerns on Patch.com about administration officials at Dexter Community Schools allegedly unwilling to address ongoing issues of bullying against students enrolled in the district's special education program. To join the group, simply show up to the meeting at 7 p.m. on Jan. 29, or RSVP online.
Friday, December 7, 2012
A group of International Baccalaureate students say a cartoon published in The Squall promotes bullying.
A recent Dexter student newspaper cartoon depicting one student beating up another is causing administration to work more closely with the newspaper editorial board to discuss future editorial cartoons. The cartoon accompanied an unsigned editorial, published in the Nov. 16 edition of The Squall, addressing the newspaper staff's concerns with the district's implementation of an IB program, which they argue funnels thousands of dollars away from other programs in the district, including Advanced Placement (AP) classes. "This year, 49 students are enrolled within the IB program, 26 of which are diploma candidates. Those 26 students are undoubtedly intelligent and thinking about their futures. But ultimately IB is not worth it. Not worth the …
Friday, June 1, 2012
Dexter seventh and eighth grade students share their thoughts on bullying with poetry and prose competition.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Editor's note: This is part one of a two-part series featuring poetry and prose about bullying written by Mill Creek Middle School students. Classroom bullying continues to be a major problem in the United States. To help bring attention to the issue, teachers at Mill Creek Middle School in Dexter conduct yearly anti-bullying programs. The lessons are delivered in students' homeroom classrooms. Students learn about the effects of bullying, the emergence of cyberbullying, Matt's Safe Schools Law, the new anti bullying law in Michigan, and the power of bystanders or upstanders (those who stand up to bullying). Mill Creek students were invited to submit a written piece to the school's anti-bullying committee. Writers were encouraged to write …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Parents are invited to review and offer input on the district's revised policy during a special meeting on Feb. 21.
Dexter Community Schools officials will address the district's anti-bullying policy at a public hearing set for Feb. 21. On Dec. 6, 2011, Gov. Rick Snyder signed Public Act 241, also known as "Matt's Law," which outlines protections for Michigan children related to bullying. Part of the legislation requires school districts to hold a public hearing on the policy. The policy can be reviewed on the district's homepage. The public hearing will take place at 7 p.m. in the Creekside Intermediate School Media Center. After the public hearing, the Dexter Community Schools Board of Education will discuss the proposed policy and offer feedback, as well. Policy feedback can be submitted online. "Bullying is a complex issue that we must address …
Thursday, November 10, 2011
State Rep. Ouimet said the new bill protects every children from bullying, no matter what shape it takes.
State Rep. Mark Ouimet today voted in favor of legislation requiring all Michigan public schools to adopt a policy to effectively safeguard students from any form of bullying or harassment. House Bill 4163 received overwhelming bipartisan support from the Michigan House this afternoon. The bill requires all public schools, charter schools and intermediate school districts to implement the policy no later than six months after the bill is signed into law. “Every child in every public school in Michigan deserves protection from all forms of bullying,” said Ouimet, R-Scio Township. “This is a simply written bill that effectively protects all students from harassment at school. I implore the Senate to consider this updated bill as soon as …