No Place for Hate

RHES is No Place for Hate!

Spring 2021

Our Mission Is Well Underway

The No Place for Hate program (NPFH) is a self-directed school program from the Anti-Defamation League.

Our RHES Mission Statement: The vision of the No Place for Hate program at Rolling Hills is to provide a safe, supportive and equitable learning environment that fosters a mindset of empathy, respect, and belonging for all students and staff.

Last fall, our students and staff took the No Place For Hate pledge and were engaged in fall activities utilizing the book I Walk With Vanessa. In the winter our students read a sweet book called Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o which helped us understand why differences in how people look are not as important as who they are inside.

Our spring focus is to familiarize students with the term disability and to raise awareness about the experiences of people with disabilities. Our hope is that students will realize there are activities that ALL people can enjoy together.

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Our world is filled with people with various types of abilities and disabilities. It is important to build empathy and understanding for each individual’s unique strengths and struggles. Rolling Hills can help clear misconceptions and fears regarding disabilities, encourage acceptance and embrace inclusion. Our campus has several students with Autism and others who are in our Special Education Resource Program, Speech Therapy, and Occupational Therapy. Several students have been diagnosed with ADHD, Dyslexia, Deaf or Hard of Hearing, and other disabilities that may or may not participate in special education programs. Our district is implementing a five-year plan for Special Education to increase inclusion for students with special needs, dissolving a number of special day classes and creating learning centers on campuses.
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International Symbol of Access to People with Disabilities

As a family, can you find this symbol in our community?

A disability is a mental or physical condition that affects a person’s movements, senses or activities. Ask your child(ren) for examples.

Examples can include: hearing impairments/deaf, visual impairments/blind, learning disabilities such as dyslexia or ADHD, spinal cord injuries and having to be in a wheelchair, loss of limbs (arms and legs) or the ability to use them, etc.

Rolling Hills' Third Activity of the Year

All RHES students will be participating in a Disability Acceptance Activity during the week of April 19 - 23.

We will be viewing a short film called "The Present" and having class discussions. At home you can follow up with your child(ren) by talking about these questions:

  • Did anything surprise you?

  • What is the message of the video?

  • Why do you think it is called "The Present"?

It is important to note that not all disabilities are as obvious as the boy's disability in this video. Some disabilities may be harder to detect. Perhaps you can discuss your own experiences with people who have disabilities.

The Present - OFFICIAL

Not All Disabilities Are Visible

Learning disabilities and developmental disorders are in this category. These include dyslexia, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, blindness, deaf or hard of hearing, speech impairment, depression, and more.

Below is a great book, Since We're Friends. It is a great resource for talking to peers, siblings, and friends of children who have autism, promoting understanding, flexibility, and friendship.

Since We're Friends

Did you know?

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Remember our Pledge!!

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