What’s Buzzin’ @ RMS – October 2016

Rolesville Middle School RamsHello, RMS Families!

We just kicked off our Character Education monthly recognition program. The Character Education program at RMS is under the Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) program. Each month, our teachers recognize a student who has demonstrated one of the following character traits: perseverance, integrity, good judgment, kindness, responsibility, courage and self-discipline.

With the help of the PTA, we are able to invite students and their parents to attend a breakfast where an administrator reads a writeup about why each student was nominated. Over the past four years, the program has been a success with students and parents. The program is not just about celebrating students once a month but also creating a culture throughout the school building. When students are able to demonstrate the character traits listed above, they are able to be upstanders among their peers.

October is recognized as National Bullying Prevention Month, and research has shown that having character education programs where traits are part of the fabric of the school helps combat bullying and negative peer interactions. We look forward to this year and the continued efforts to increase our character education program.

Because it is National Bullying Prevention Month, I do want to take a moment and offer a few tips for students from the website www.stopbullying.gov if they see an issue occurring:

—Tell a trusted adult
—Don’t give bullying an audience
—Set a good example
—Be a friend

Please stay tuned to our school website and other communication tools as we share various activities that will happen this month. We will also include articles and resources on our school counselor’s website (www.rmsschoolcounselors.weebly.com). You can also find additional information at the Wake County schools’ website (www.wcpss.net) under the parents tab. And if there is a concern, please be sure to speak with a teacher, counselor or administrator. We encourage our students and parents to make us aware so that issues can be addressed.

—Kinea Epps is lead school counselor at RMS.