We are very excited to announce that, during the week of December 7th-11th, Madison will launch the start of its Choose Kind campaign, an endeavor to educate and inform students on various aspects of harassment, intimidation, and bullying (HIB) and motivate kids to spread kindness to improve our school climate and increase student achievement. In advisory on Monday through Thursday of that week, teachers will introduce the Choose Kind campaign and conduct lessons on HIB. These lessons will lead us into a documentary film viewing on Friday of that week. Female students will watch the film Finding Kind, while male students will watch age-appropriate excerpts from two films — Bully and The Mask You Live In. Thank you to the Madison ASB and PTSA for making this viewing opportunity possible for Madison students and families by purchasing the site licenses for our school.
We would like to invite Madison parents/guardians to an advance screening of these films on Wednesday, December 9th from 6:30 - 8:30 in the library and commons. This advance screening will not only give you an idea of what your child will be watching on Friday, but it will also help you start or keep the conversation going with your student. We'll break into two groups to watch the films (parents/guardians can choose which film they'd like to watch) and then end with a moderated discussion to debrief the films. Parents/guardians only for this advance screening, please. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Anita Roberson at email@example.com so that we can plan accordingly.
Our hope is that educating around these issues will spark a larger conversation around empathy, self-advocacy and mindfulness that will continue beyond this week.