SMS Weekly Update
THANKSGIVING WEEK IS HERE
Our in-person book fair might be over, but there is still time to order from our SMS Scholastic Book Fair! You can support our school by purchasing books online through November 27th. Visit https://www.scholastic.com/bf/stevensonmiddleschool10 for more information.
Next week is an adjusted week for the holiday. Our students have full days on Monday and Tuesday. They have a half day on Wednesday, dismissal at 11am. They have Thursday and Friday off. They resume regularly scheduled classes on Monday, November 28th.
TEACHER GRATITUDE BREAKFAST
THANK A TEACHER
SMS FAMILY UGLY HOLIDAY SWEATER FAMILY BINGO NIGHT
Tuesday, Dec. 6th, 4:30-5:30pm
38501 Palmer Road
Please R.S.V.P spots are limited.
For Stevenson Students and Families Only
RSVP HERE: https://forms.gle/3oinPAw91uefhi788
SECOND STEP RECAP
On Second Step Wednesday this week, we covered our fourth lesson in the Recognizing Bullying & Harassment unit. Here’s the breakdown for each grade:
Lesson 11 is How to Be an Upstander. Students learned some ways to stand up to bullying. They learned that a bystander is anyone who’s aware that bullying is happening, and an upstander is someone who stands up for a person being bullied. Three strategies they can use to be an upstander are support the person getting bullied, get help from an adult, or speak up. This week, students are looking for examples of upstanders in our school community.
Lesson 11 is Gender-Based Harassment. Students learned about what it is, what causes it, and the effects it can have on someone. They learned that a stereotype is an oversimplified belief or idea that groups of people have particular characteristics, or that all people with a particular characteristic are the same, and a gender stereotype is a stereotype based on ideas about female and male characteristics. Examples of gender stereotypes are “boys don’t cry; girls cry a lot” or “boys like sports; girls like art.” Gender-based harassment is aggression against someone based on their sex, or because they don’t conform to male or female stereotypes. This week, students will be paying attention to when they’re assuming something about someone based on their gender, and then challenge themselves to change their thinking.
Lesson 11 is Speak Up and Start a Movement. Students learned how speaking up can help stop bullying and harassment. They learned that disruption strategies are small, everyday actions they can use: speaking up by making it clear when jokes aren’t funny, and starting a movement in their community like leading a discussion, making a poster, or starting a hashtag on social media. This week, think about what social and environmental factors might be encouraging bullying and harassment at our school, and then think about what strategy they could use to disrupt those factors.
WASHINGTON D.C. 8TH GRADE TRIP
- November 23- Half day (K-12 grades)
- November 24 and 25- No school (Thanksgiving recess)
- December 12- Board of Education meeting
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