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Thursday January 24, 2019 at 4:01pm Age: 212 days
Category: Middle School, District


For fifteen years, No Name-Calling Week has been organizing K-12 educators and students to choose #KindnessInAction and reject name-calling and bullying.

Minisink Valley Middle School made “Choose Kindness” its 2018-19 theme and continues to integrate related concepts and activities into everyday learning. The “Lunch Talks” assembly series with Assistant Principal Stephen Caldwell encourage students to choose kindness, respect and overall positive behaviors, through multimedia presentations and discussions.

Today’s Lunch Talk emphasized perseverance in developing positive behaviors, such as listening and respecting others' ideas. Mr. Caldwell also acknowledged the national observation of No Name-Calling Week and urged students to replace the negative “no” with a “yes” to saying something positive to someone, not just this week, but every day.

Seventh-grader Alyssa Constantino is not new to the Lunch Talks but she continues to find important takeaways: “It made me think about being positive to each other and brushing off meanness,” she said.

For her peer, Dylan Williams, “It’s important to keep talking about these topics and to help stop bullying,” he said. Though he’s never experienced bullying himself, he has witnessed it and sees it as a circular problem: “Kids bully because they feel bad about themselves and think that bullying will make them feel better.”