KISD R.O.C.K. Newsletter

End of the Year 2016 Update


The 2015-2016 school year marks KISD’s 3rd year of the R.O.C.K. (Reaching Out with Character and Kindness) Campaign. Our commitment is to educate our students, staff, families and community about bullying and harassment in order to promote and develop a culture of acceptance, safety and upstanding principles.

This is done through:

  • Creating intentional efforts at each campus across the district to minimize the frequency and effect of bullying and harassment

  • Conducting prompt, thorough, and fair investigations of bullying and harassment

  • Providing consequences, counseling and support for all involved

All of us together can make a positive change in our community when we become involved, reach out with character and kindness, and take responsibility for eliminating bullying and harassment.

KISD Rockstars

Each month, Keller ISD campuses nominate a student that represents the character trait of the month. One student is then selected at the district level and is honored at the school board meeting. The character trait for November was Gratitude, December was Caring, January was Respect, February was Integrity and March was Trustworthiness. Congratulations to our ROCK Star Students!!

No Place For Hate Event at KHS

On Friday, March 11th, Keller High School hosted a Multi-Cultural Party on the Patio during their lunches. This event was part of KHS’s Operation Respect: No Place for Hate Initiative sponsored by Operation Beautiful. The Sodexo food truck was on site serving different ethnic foods, along with games and music for the students to enjoy. Students could also get their face or hands painted with #noplaceforhate. The purpose of the event was to bring awareness to other cultures and celebrate diversity. During the April 14th board meeting, KHS received a banner from the Anti- Defamation League for their efforts to become a No Place for Hate designated campus.

Central High School's Redefining Beautiful - "The Esteem Team"

Central High School hosts a mentoring program to create not only self-esteem, but inner beauty, self-worth and leadership skills. The motto for those who are part of Redefining Beautiful is "Empowering One Girl at a Time". Redefining Beautiful is based off a senior mentorship program. Senior girls lead workshops that are held at elementary schools in the Central feeder pattern. These workshops are for fourth grade girls and it helps them with self-esteem/confidence, how to handle the “mean girl” mentality (how not to be one and how to interact and respond with one), and recognizing and maintain positive relationships with friends and family through the next transitions of their life. Currently there are 33 mentors and the group is led by Family Consumer Science Teacher, Monica Depree. The three elementary schools Redefining Beautiful is partnered with for the workshops at are Lone Star Elementary, Park Glen Elementary, and Freedom Elementary.

Spreading Kindness to Those in Need

Recently Counselor Brittany Connolly’s guidance lessons at Bluebonnet Elementary have been focused on performing random acts of kindness and how they make the students and others feel. In an attempt to spread some joy and cheer the students decorated lunch sacks with sweet pictures and encouraging quotes. The lunch sacks will be donated to the Salvation Army and used for making sack lunches for those who are homeless.

KISD Anti-bullying Training for Elementary and Intermediate Completed District Wide Training

During the Spring semester all Keller ISD elementary and intermediate campuses held an anti-bullying and anti-harassment training for all students. The training included the definition of bullying and what to do if you witness bullying and/or harassment. Students at Ridgeview Elementary are shown brainstorming 4-5 things they could do/say to help the person being bullied in each picture.

Keller ISD Bullying Prevention Summit

Keller ISD will host the first annual Bullying Prevention Summit, featuring Anti-Bullying Expert Paul Coughlin from Just Say YES, on Tuesday, August 2 at the KISD Education Center.

This summit, produced by the Keller ISD R.O.C.K. (Reaching Out with Character and Kindness) Committee, is free and open to all employees, parents and community members. In addition to Keynote Speaker Coughlin, attendees will hear from more experts in various breakout sessions.

Two sessions are available:

  • Morning Session: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Afternoon Session: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Breakout sessions include:

  • Courage: The Missing Weapon in the Battle Against Bullying
  • Sexting, Phones, and Apps
  • Strategies to Help Address Bullying Issues in the Classroom and at Home
  • Bullying 101: Policies and Procedures
  • The Trauma of Bullying and How to Handle the Ramifications for both the Victim and the Bully
  • Cyberbullying and Websites Kids are Using: How to prevent risky Online Behavior

The event is free, but registration is required for all employees, parents, and community members by Monday, July 11. For information and the registration link please click here -

For your convenience, each session includes all materials, light snacks and water.

The Keller ISD Education Center is located at 350 Keller Parkway, Keller 76248.

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Keller ISD Hosts National Internet Safety Expert Katie Greer

The Keller Middle and Bear Creek Intermediate PTAs joined hosted an Internet Safety Forum on April 14. Well-known National Internet Safety Expert Katie Greer spoke to KMS students at an assembly during the school day before holding a parent-only program that evening. She gave a candid look at the current trends and dangers children face in the digital world, along with strategies and advice for parents on how to be proactive in keeping their children safe.

Eagle Ridge Kindness Week

In February, Eagle Ridge students celebrated the R.O.C.K. campaign by participating in KINDNESS WEEK. Activities included a canned food drive, collecting shoes to donate, a character presentation, and the district’s lesson on bullying. Students, staff, and parents enjoyed helping our community and learning more about being kind