At YISS, we strive to be proactive and intentional about establishing and maintaining a safe and caring school culture of acceptance, tolerance, and respect. Each year, we conduct a school-wide bullying awareness campaign, called Stand Up. The campaign is run in two parts, for two weeks in the fall and two weeks in the spring.
This year, the elementary school used the
The middle school continued using the character of Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings to explore what it meant to be a Guardian by focusing on having a healthy community. The WEB leaders filmed skits of Gandalf struggling to know how to treat his fellow classmates and the Guardian coming alongside him to help guide him in the right direction. Students got to post comments on Schoology about how they saw other classmates acting like the Guardian. Sixth graders made posters with their WEB leaders to remind everyone how to build a healthy community.
This year in the high school, the Stand Up Campaign was divided into four sections -- Stand Up for Yourself, Stand Up for Your Friends, Stand Up for Your Community, and Stand Up for Others. For each part, students were challenged to make their actions count and to show others what they were doing to Stand Up. To Stand Up for themselves, students were charged to fill out an "I am" statement to reflect their identities or who they aspire to be. Some noted that they were "invincible," "open-minded," and "capable." Next, students were treated to a totally tubular lip-sync video by the HS administration. Their challenge to Stand Up for Friendship was to sing or lip-sync to a song about friendship with their squad. Afterward, students were asked to look around them and
YISS students have done some amazing work during the two-week