Counselor's Corner

Gorzycki Middle School

October 2019

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

From the AISD website:

It seems today the media, and often educators, label any type of aggression or disagreement between people as bullying. If two students fight . . . it’s bullying. If one football team beats the other team too badly, it’s bullying. If one student doesn’t want to play with another student, it’s bullying. But, many times, what’s called bullying is not bullying at all. For example, bullying is not actually about conflict or anger. You do not have to be angry at someone to bully them. Bullying tends to be more about arrogance, control, and power. It’s the feeling that I’m better than you and I have a right to treat you this way. All bullying is mean, but not all mean behavior is bullying. So, if bullying is not the same as pure peer aggression or conflict, what is it?

Bullying occurs when a student intentionally engages in written, verbal, electronic or physical expression on school property, at a school-sponsored or school-related activity or in a vehicle operated by the district that:

· has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or of damage to the student’s property; or

· is sufficiently severe, persistent, and pervasive that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for a student.

The conduct is considered bullying if it exploits an imbalance of power between the student perpetrator and the student target through written or verbal expression or physical conduct; and interferes with a student's education or substantially disrupts the operation of a school.

Cyberbullying involves using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies, cell phones or other electronic devices to engage in written, verbal or physical expression that has the effect of physically harming a student; damaging a student's property or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student's person; or is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that the action creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student.

National Bullying Prevention Month

Learn more about preventing and responding to cyber-bullying

AISD Bullying Prevention and Policy

Learn more about AISD's anti-bullying policies and reporting procedures

Pride Week is Oct 7 - 11, 2019

AISD is committed to providing a safe, supportive and inclusive environment.

DukeTIP 7th Grade Talent Search

The DukeTIP program offers students with qualifying scores an opportunity to take above-grade-level testing via the SAT or ACT. Registration, payment, and transportation to and/or from the test is handled by students' family. If your student has a qualifying score and you would like learn more about this opportunity, visit https://tip.duke.edu/programs/7th-grade-talent-search GMS will host an information night with the local DukeTIP Regional Manager on Oct 21st 6-7pm. All are welcome, but students with qualifying STAAR scores will be sent an invitation to this info night.

You will need to know your student’s STAAR Scores from either of the previous two years and only need to qualify in one of the subtest areas.

Qualifying scores are:

2018 STAAR (English) 5th Grade Scores: Math of 1845 or greater, Reading of 1781 or greater, Science of 4531 or greater

2019 STAAR (English) 6th Grade Scores: Math of 1881 or greater, Reading of 1783 or greater

If your student is new to TX, see this link for all state's qualifying scores. https://tip.duke.edu/lookups/?lt=ts7-qt

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