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5/24/17

Alameda Middle School Summer Running/Conditioning

All students entering 6th, 7th and 8th grades are invited to participate in a free drop in summer running/conditioning program at Crab Cove (in front of the Visitor’s Center), Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at 3:30 – 4:30, beginning June 12th, continuing until the end of summer break.  Fitness and fun are the goals of the program, no prior running experience necessary.  Workouts include stretching, form drills, trail running, core exercises, often ending with a running game.  Participants in this summer program may be interested in joining the Alameda Asteroids Middle School Cross Country Club, sponsored by the Alameda Education Foundation.  It is an after-school program from September to early November, with practices at Crab Cove.

 

Coach Debra Cramer, smithcramer@yahoo.com 510-917-5745 is an Alameda resident, parent, runner and Alameda Asteroids Middle School Cross Country Coach, member of the Lake Merritt Joggers & Striders running club and racing team.

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5/12/17

Dear Wood PTA,

 

Will C. Wood staff would like to acknowledge and thank our fabulous PTA for providing us with coffee, pastries, home cooked meals and baked sweets along with a lot of love and support this week.

 

We are grateful to have the support of such a wonderful and generous group of parents!

 

Love,

Wood Staff

 



 

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4/19/17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Issued By:           Sean McPhetridge, Superintendent (510) 337-7060 and

Gary Lym, President, Board of Education (510) 337-7187

 

Two AUSD Schools Receive Gold Ribbon Awards

Wood Middle School and ASTI Recognized by State

 

Alameda – April 19, 2017 – Two secondary schools in the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) have been designated Gold Ribbon Schools, the California Department of Education (CDE) announced Tuesday.

 

The Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools in place of the Distinguished Schools Program, which is currently on hold as the state transitions to new assessment and accountability systems. Schools applied for the award based on a model program or practice, including standards-based projects and practices that led to gains in implementing state standards and can be replicated in other districts.

 

Last year the CDE gave the award to elementary schools, including four in AUSD (Otis Elementary School, Maya Lin School, Earhart Elementary School, and Haight Elementary School). This year the CDE honored secondary (middle and high) schools. The  two AUSD schools that received the designation are:

 

Wood Middle School for its STEAM-Integrated Learning Through Inquiry program

 

Alameda Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) for its Early College High School program

 

You can see more detail about these programs on the AUSD website.

 

"I am always thrilled when our schools are recognized by the state Department of Education,” said Superintendent Sean McPhetridge. "It is testament to the hard work of teachers, staff, students, and families. It serves as a reminder to us all that Alameda is truly blessed with excellent and innovative educational programs for our youth.”

 

In March, ASTI also won a Green Ribbon award from the CDE.  Both ASTI and Wood Middle School will be recognized for their accomplishments at a luncheon hosted by the CDE in Santa Clara next month.

 

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Sticks and Stones

Anti-bullying poster contest 2013 winner! Wood Good Citizen Pledge Wood Middle School Celebrates the International Day of Peace 2013 Patriotic Pinwheel Peace Sign Wood Middle School Celebrates the International Day of Peace 2013 No Name-Calling Week No Name-Calling Week Wood Middle School Celebrates the International Day of Peace 2013

Volume III

Why Do Some Children and Adolescents Become Bullies?

Most bullying behavior develops in response to multiple factors in the environment—at home, school and within the peer group. There is no one cause of bullying. Common contributing factors include:

  • Family factors: The frequency and severity of bullying is related to the amount of adult supervision that children receive—bullying behavior is reinforced when it has no or inconsistent consequences. Additionally, children who observe parents and siblings exhibiting bullying behavior, or who are themselves victims, are likely to develop bullying behaviors. When children receive negative messages or physical punishment at home, they tend to develop negative self concepts and expectations, and may therefore attack before they are attacked—bullying others gives them a sense of power and importance.
  • School factors: Because school personnel often ignore bullying, children can be reinforced for intimidating others. Bullying also thrives in an environment where students are more likely to receive negative feedback and negative attention than in a positive school climate that fosters respect and sets high standards for interpersonal behavior.
  • Peer group factors: Children may interact in a school or neighborhood peer group that advocates, supports, or promotes bullying behavior. Some children may bully peers in an effort to “fit in,” even though they may be uncomfortable with the behavior.

Why Do Some Children and Adolescents Become Victims?

Victims signal to others that they are insecure, primarily passive and will not retaliate if they are attacked.  Consequently, bullies often target children who complain, appear physically or emotionally weak and seek attention from peers. 

Studies show that victims have a higher prevalence of overprotective parents or school personnel; as a result, they often fail to develop their own coping skills.

 

Many victims long for approval; even after being rejected, some continue to make ineffective attempts to interact with the victimizer.

Andrea Cohn & Andrea Canter, Ph.D., NCSP

 

Try reflecting on the factors that have shaped your child's behavior.  Think of ways to change those factors that have led to undesireable behavior. 

Volume II

W ith every bullying situation, there are only four roles in which individuals can play a part:

  1. The Bully– the person doing the aggressive behavior. Bullies are not bad people, rather their choices to ...more

Volume I

B ullying is a common and unfortunate occurrence that is typically at its peak in the middle school years. It can have devastating emotional effects that disrupt student performance in school and ...more

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