Northside will hold its sixth annual Declaration of Respect Signing Day on Friday, October 13, with students and staff across the District signing certificates pledging to demonstrate respect for themselves and all others through their interactions at school.
Counselors and students at Connally Middle School worked together to create acrostic poems using the word respect. The finished poems from each classroom will be laminated and displayed throughout the school.
Seventh grader Bailey Hamilton discussed the letter T with her partner and they chose tolerance as their word.
“My first thought was respect is the ability to relate to others throughout your differences,” Hamilton said.
Eighth grade student athlete Jaden Bonilla and his group decided that the letter C should stand for caring.
“In football, we have to work as a team and if someone is down, we raise them up and motivate them,” Bonilla said. “Friends and family keep you going and keep a smile on your face. We wouldn’t be anywhere without them.”
October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and Respect Signing Day is a reminder to the community that the District is committed to providing students and staff a safe and respectful environment.
“We take bullying very seriously in Northside ISD,” said Superintendent Dr. Woods, who signed a similar pledge with all seven Board members. “This District-wide effort, of students and staff members from kindergarten through 12th grade, is our attempt to make everyone aware of the seriousness of bullying, and the life altering damage that can occur.”
NISD has implemented many programs to address the needs of students, including classroom guidance lessons delivered by school counselors, anti-bullying classroom presentations, campus-wide initiatives such as the “No Bully Zone, Project ABC (antibullying communities) at the secondary level, and community involvement activities.
At the District level, the phone and texting Safeline program (397-SAFE and email@example.com) offers a safe and anonymous way for students, parents, and the community to report potential incidents.
Safeline is a longtime NISD program that also helps address cyberbullying requirements outlined in Texas Senate Bill 179, also called David’s Law, which went into effect this fall.
The Parent 411 online training module for preventing bullying, cyber-bullying, and dating violence is available for parents and educators. To educate yourself and help in the prevention of bullying on our campuses, visit NISD’s Parent 411 website.