“A National Exemplary Program”
The KV K'NEX program received a National Exemplary Program Award by the School Safety Advocacy Council on February 15, 2012 in recognition of the program’s outstanding anti-bullying efforts and commitment to keeping students safe. KV K'NEX Advisors were also selected as recipients of Auburn University’s 2012 Anti-Bullying Hero Award for their outstanding efforts in implementing bullying prevention activities during ourweekly advisory meetings.
KV K’NEX is the umbrella that encompasses ongoing best practices in the areas of Bullying Prevention, Restorative Practices, andCharacter Education. It is an ongoing goalof Keith Valley Middle School to help our stakeholders develop a greater senseof community and to foster positive interpersonal relationships. Our mission is to “connect” these ongoing activities into a unified, consistent, inclusive, and self-sustaining pro-social program to help all students feel safe, respected, and significant. These activities include cross-grade advisory meetings, use of “circles” for classroom and group discussions, assemblies, team-building activities, and community outreach endeavors. The activities are also linked to Sean Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens:
Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw.
ADVISORY MEETINGS: The current research indicates that when schools make deliberate attempts to develop caring communities, respect and kindness become the norm throughout the institution, and any exception to that norm is not tolerated by the community.
Advisory meetings will be held every Friday, with the exception of half days, and will include flexible activities, including suggested circle topics about anti-bullying and character building, to assist in the development of cross-grade peer relationships, teacher/student relationships, and community building. Advisory meetings will also include team building and wellness activities.
CIRCLES: These have long been used as a symbol of community and as a flexible restorative practice tool, are also a way to respond to any degree of misbehavior, build “social capital”, develop classroom expectations and norms, process curricular goals and objectives, and maintain a sense of interpersonal connectedness.
TEAM BUILDING/WELLNESS ACTIVITIES: The research clearly states that active engagement in trust and team building activities develops and strengthens relationships, sense of community and overall physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.