Counseling and Character Education
The Counselor is a positive resource for all students. She meets with classes on a regular basis and is also available to support children who are having particular challenges, either academically, socially or emotionally. Children may refer themselves if they want to talk to the Counselor. There are also opportunities for specific groups and supports at different times throughout the school year. If you would like more information, please call the school office.
We believe that a quality education includes instruction on becoming an exemplary citizen. Character is embedded in lessons throughout the school year. In addition, the Board of Education has endorsed character education as an essential component of education in Academy District 20. Ten core principles are emphasized: compassion, courage, excellence, honesty, hope, respect, integrity, responsibility, citizenship, and perseverance.
As a School of Innovative Learning and Technology (SILT) we have paired the Digital Citizenship concepts with our Character Traits to help children understand the importance of demonstrating a quality character whether you are in person or online.
The following information about bullying is according to Academy School District 20 Board Policy JICDE "…"bullying" means any written or verbal expression, or physical or electronic act or gesture, or a pattern thereof, that is intended to coerce, intimidate or cause physical, mental or emotional harm to any student… Bullying can be direct or indirect, physical or verbal. Bullying does not necessarily include all conflicts between students…Bullying is typically characterized by one or all of the following three criteria: (a) it is aggressive behavior or intentional harm doing; (b) it is carried out repeatedly over time; and (c) it often occurs within an interpersonal relationship characterized by an imbalance of power.*"
Prevention of Bullying: At Mountain View, we use a comprehensive approach to prevent bullying. The counselor teaches a bully-proofing in classroom lessons, small group meetings, and with individual students. Some curriculum program materials we use are; RULER, secondSTEP and additional resources. These curriculum resources define bullying to the students and also expectations for a safe school. Lessons are given with strategies on how to de-escalates situations, and practical ways of dealing with a bully.
Bullying will not be tolerated in the District 20 Schools. Bullying will be treated as a disciplinary matter and handled accordingly. All bullying activities will be documented and will result in parent/guardian notification. These types of behaviors are considered bullying when they are done intentionally and repeatedly. A positive and safe school culture is one where we include all students in our play, build each other up with our words and actions by complimenting, and giving help when needed. We listen to each other, work to understand our differences, and ask for help when we can't solve the problem on our own.
Academy District 20 participates in the Colorado Safe2Tell program. The Safe2Tell program ensures that every student, parent, or community member has access to a safe and anonymous way of reporting information which involves threatening or dangerous behaviors. The purpose of Safe2Tell is to help keep students safe and healthy.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please call the Safe2Tell toll free number: 1-877-542-7233 (SAFE). For more information on the Safe2Tell program visit: http://safe2tell.org