Chatham Middle School

School District of the

Chathams

Essential Intent

The vision of Chatham Middle School is to provide a secure, stimulating learning environment in which students find both challenge and support. Our school fosters a fundamental respect for oneself, the environment, and the world's diverse population, while recognizing the unique and complex nature of the middle school student. Chatham Middle School offers broad exposure to, and opportunities for, exploration so that individual interests and strengths can be developed. We encourage intellectual risk-taking, responsibility for one's actions, and the development of strong inter-personal relationships. Our school promotes learning that is relevant and establishes connections to the outside world, so that students may become successful, responsible and contributing citizens.

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Essential Intent

The essential intent of the CMS cycles and electives is to provide students the opportunity to explore and expand upon areas of interest outside the realm of their academic program.

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Essential Intent

The philosophy of the counseling program in the School District of the Chathams is that school counseling is an essential, integral part of the educational process. Counselors provide comprehensive, developmental counseling program addressing the academic, career and personal/social development of all students. As student advocates, counselors recognize the uniqueness, dignity and personal worth of each individual. In an interactive process, the counselor facilitates student academic achievement. Counselors work collaboratively with students, parents, educators and community members to support each student's ability to contribute at the highest level as productive members of society.

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  • HARRASSEMENT, INTIMIDATION, AND BULLYING

    “Harassment, intimidation, or bullying” means any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, as defined in N.J.S.A. 18A:37-14, whether it be a single incident or a series of incidents that:

    1. Is reasonably perceived as being motivated by either any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical or sensory disability or by any other distinguishing characteristic;

    2. Takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function, on a school bus, or off school grounds, as provided for in N.J.S.A. 18A:37- 15.3;

    3. Substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other students; and that POLICY SCHOOL DISTRICT OF THE CHATHAMS PUPILS 5512 (M) / Page 3 of 22 Status: 2nd Reading & Adoption: 10/9/13

                        a. A reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, that the act(s) will have the effect of physically or emotionally harming a student or damaging the student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm to his/her person or damage to his/her property; or

                        b. Has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students; or

                        c. Creates a hostile educational environment for the student by interfering with a student’s education or by severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to the student.

     

    The School District of the Chatham's HIB information for parents is located at http://www.chatham-nj.org/Page/11972

     

    The full HIB Policy is http://www.chatham-nj.org/cms/lib/NJ01000518/Centricity/Domain/77/policies/5000/policy_5512.pdf

     

    CYBER-BULLYING

    Cyber-bullying can be defined as repeated harassment through the use of an electronic medium. In this case, the most popular methods of cyber-bullying occur through e-mails, social media, and text messaging.

    Many students have experienced the harmful effects of cyber-bullying which can include loss of confidence, lowered self-esteem, anxiety, anger, frustration, and fear of personal safety.

    Chatham Middle School recognizes that many if not most instances of cyber-bullying occur off school grounds. In order to help combat this problem, it is important to know when it happens and how to intervene.

    Here are some websites if you wish to lean more information:

    Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use: A great site that provides articles and resources for educators, parents, and students.

    http://www.cyberbully.org/

    CyberBullying.us- Excellent site with resources and news about current cyber-bullying issues. Filled with downloadable files containing information pertinent to this topic.

    http://www.cyberbullying.us/

    STOP Cyber-Bullying- An entire site dedicated to defining cyber-bullying. It also relays advice to different age groups to help prevent it.

    http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/index2.html

     
     

Essential Intent

The vision of Chatham Middle School is to provide a secure, stimulating learning environment in which students find both challenge and support. Our school fosters a fundamental respect for oneself, the environment, and the world's diverse population, while recognizing the unique and complex nature of the middle school student. Chatham Middle School offers broad exposure to, and opportunities for, exploration so that individual interests and strengths can be developed. We encourage intellectual risk-taking, responsibility for one's actions, and the development of strong inter-personal relationships. Our school promotes learning that is relevant and establishes connections to the outside world, so that students may become successful, responsible and contributing citizens.

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