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2/1/17

Please click here to learn about open enrollment in Alameda Unified School District.

 

Please click here and complete the form if you wish to change your students high school placement from next year.

 

Wood Middle School cannot change the high school students are assigned to. This is based on the student's address and managed by the district office located at 2060 Challenger Drive, (510)337-7072.

 

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1/9/17

ALAMEDA — Trustees with the Alameda Unified School District will consider declaring the district “a safe haven” for all students at its Tuesday meeting in response to reports that racism and intolerance have risen following the national presidential election.

 

The draft resolution calls on trustees to prevent to the “maximum extent possible” agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement visiting campuses without prior written approval from Superintendent Sean McPhetridge.

 

The resolution also would give McPhetridge the authority “to protect the data and identities of any student, family member, or school employee who may be adversely affected” by actions of the incoming Trump administration.

 

The proposed resolution follows state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson releasing a letter Dec. 21 that encourages all California public schools to be declared “safe havens” for students and their parents.

 

Torlakson also urged public school officials to remind families about existing laws that protect students’ records from questions about their immigration status.

 

“Unfortunately, since the presidential election, reports of bullying, harassment, and intimidation of K-12 students based on immigration status, religious, or ethnic identification are on the rise,” Torlakson said in the letter, which was distributed to county and school district superintendents, charter school administrators, and principals.

 

On Tuesday, Alameda trustees will just consider the resolution. They are expected to vote on it at a future, unspecified date.

More than 72 languages are spoken in the Alameda school district, approximately 11 percent of its 9,500 students are immigrants, and 17 percent are English language learners, according to a background report on the resolution.

 

The draft resolution, which was submitted by McPhetridge, asks trustees to reaffirm their “focus on promoting and elevating tolerance, inclusiveness, and kindness to all students, families, and staff,” as well as their commitment to ensuring a safe learning environment for all.

 

School district trustees will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda.

 

Original article from the East Bay Times can be found here!

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11/29/16

Attention Potential Hornets and their Families!
AHS Staff and Students invite all prospective 9th grade students and their families to explore the many aspects of the quality public education Alameda High School offers.  Please mark your calendar for the upcoming important events:

 

Counseling Q&A – January 2017:

 

WhatCounselors will hold two drop-in question and answer sessions. No appointment is necessary. Parents only.  Please join us!

WhenFriday, January 27, 2017 | 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Where:   AHS – Room 31

 

Reserve a space for School and Classroom Tours*:

When: Wednesday, Thursday – 12/7, 12/8, Monday, Tuesday – 12/12, 12/13  from 8:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

 

Where:   AHS Media Center Pit

 

Please call 510-337-7022, ext. 0, to reserve a space to attend a tour on one of the above dates OR with any questions. Ms. Dwyer doesn't know the answers to AHS questions so call them directly.

*8th grade students must be present with a parent to attend a tour.

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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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