DHS Counseling Department
The mission of the Dexter High School counseling department is to provide high quality, comprehensive school counseling services to all students. Our program, as guided by the ASCA National Model, is designed to help all students develop and enhance their academic, career, and personal/social strengths in order to become responsible and productive citizens. There is a commitment to individual uniqueness and the maximum development of human potential. Through the skillful use of strategic, timely, and personal interventions, counselors customize educational experiences in order to enhance capabilities, close achievement gaps among high and low performing groups and support positive choices.
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by Melanie McIntyre
The book Ghost by Jason Reynolds tells the story of a young African-American boy who is bullied by teammates for his unexpected natural running talent. The 6th graders at Creekside Intermediate recently completed an English project based on the anti-bullying message of this book, the final product of which is the long row of over 100 posters which lined the front of the school along Baker Road last week.
“Be a Buddy, Not a Bully!”
“Cruel? Not Cool!”
“Don’t Fight, Do What’s Right”
“Not All Pain Leaves Marks”
These are just a handful of the slogans students chose for their anti-bullying posters. As part of the Summit Learning English unit, students were asked to consider two essential questions: 1) What effect does bullying have on individuals and the community? and 2) How can we create a bully-free school?
Humanities teachers Jane Webby and Narda Black led the 6th graders through several writing exercises during the weeks of the unit. Students were asked to create diary entries through the eyes of one of the book’s characters, citing quotations and character traits as evidence. In addition to creating the poster, students were also instructed to compose a letter to someone whom they felt could help them speak out against bullying. Letters were addressed to people students look up to such as Rainn Wilson (actor, The Office) and Moriah Elizabeth (YouTuber).
"What I love most about Summit Learning is the projects; they bring the curriculum to life,” says Webby. “This project taught the students the power of their words. I think it is also important for students to have an authentic audience for their writing. This project certainly provided that opportunity."
In support of the anti-bullying message taught in this unit, Dexter SRSLY sponsored the final poster making project. Their generous support funded the poster-making supplies used by students for their public campaign. One of the goals of this project is for students to understand, “how studying English can give you the power to make changes in any aspect of your life.” By putting their words on poster board for all to see, Creekside students are making great strides to inform the community about the effects of bullying while endeavoring to make their school environment bully-free.