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Be Nice Students Start With Hello

OMS is stressing inclusion, kindness and education this week. Be Nice, an effort to Notice, Invite,  Challenge and Empower students is growing into its 3rd year at Otsego Middle School. The students plan events to spread kindness, encourage others to make new friends and include others. Start With Hello is meant to battle social isolation where kids might feel left out, alone or invisible. The students have been standing at the doorways in the morning to greet students with a simple “hello”.

All OMS students also watched the movie, “Wonder” this week to incorporate embracing differences and inclusion. The students then heard about a new program coming to OMS called Links Peer to Peer, a volunteer program linking general education students with students who have disabilities in order to support them throughout the day.

Finally, OMS principal Melissa Koenig and social worker, Anna Starr, are kicking off a new education series for parents called Parent University to tackle some of the biggest issues for this age group and help parents navigate the information and conversations to have with their children.

Parent University begins Thursday, September 27th talking about Suicide Prevention, bullying, Be Nice, and more. Parents will hear from Gryphon Place, two mothers who lost children to suicide, staff about OMS practices and students with Be Nice.

“We know parents are busy but we really hope they’ll take the time to participate in Parent University. This will be powerful information and we’re excited to build this partnership with parents to help our students be the best they can be,” says Mrs. Koenig.

Parent University begins at 6:30pm in the OMS Media Center.

Here are the dates and topics for this year’s series:

  • September 27th - Suicide Prevention
  • October 25th - School Safety and the dangers of vaping
  • November 15th - Dangers of Social Media / Sexting
  • January 24th - Testing & Scheduling for the future
  • February 19th - Healthy Relationships / Love
  • March 19th - Understanding the Adolescent Brain
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