Hatchett Town Meeting: Spotlight on Bullying

What a way to start the year! What a town meeting!  Kudos to our 5th Grade students and teachers for putting together a wonderful Town Meeting performance around the theme of dealing with bullying.

Every early release date, Hatchett ES holds a Town Meeting during the morning in our school cafeteria. The student body, faculty, parents, and community members gather to witness a performance with a message. Our school counselors emcee the events which usually include: introductions, birthday announcements, a grade level performance, our school song, our school cheer, and a closing by our administrator.

A specific grade level takes on the responsibility of presenting a message to the entire student body. As part of the presentation, students speak, sing, and/or dance as part of the performance.

Our first Town Meeting was hosted by 5th Grade teachers and students. They prepared two songs and commentary about how to deal with bullying. Students performed, “Don’t Laugh at Me,” a song with a message of tolerance and inclusion of differences as a means of counteracting bullying tendencies. Student commentary was enhanced by the performance of the song, “Roar,” which encourages students to gain the confidence to stand up for themselves and their convictions.

Students pledged to Stand Up to Bullying. The 5th Grade team distributed posters with the following Promise Statements
1. I  WILL speak up instead of acting as a bystander.
2. I  CHOOSE to participate in activities that don’t involve teasing.
3. I  FORGIVE other if they make poor choices.
4. I  MODEL good behavior.
5. I  ACCEPT other for their differences.
6. I  INCLUDE others in group situations.
7. I  WILL talk to an adult when there is a situation I cannot manage on my own.
8. I  AM powerful in making a difference in my school.

If you missed this performance, we hope you will consider joining us for the next Town Meeting scheduled for November 20. See you here.