All Chartiers Valley schools have earned the distinction of being recognized as "No Place for Hate" schools by the Anti-Defamation League! Congratulations to all of the students, faculty and staff members, parents, and community members who helped our schools achieve this recognition.
According to the Anti-Defamation League's website, "Preparing students for success requires providing an education in which social, ethical, and academic developments are inseparable goals. No Place for Hate®, a program of the Anti-Defamation League, seeks to provide a model for combating intolerance, bullying and hatred. It provides a unique opportunity to incorporate new and existing programs with one consistent message and connects a participating school to a larger initiative taking place in the region and in other states." Learn more>>
All four of our schools have a "No Place for Hate" committee comprised of staff, students, parents and community members. All are welcome to join a committee(s) and help us promote promote respect, acceptance and inclusion while combating intolerance, bullying and hatred.
Sign up to join a committee today!
A message from the Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera
"When racially charged incidents occurred in some of our schools earlier this school year, the Education Department joined Gov. Tom Wolf in condemning acts of bigotry and intolerance in Pennsylvania and around the country. We shared the message that “PA Has Your Back,” reaffirming that every Pennsylvanian – regardless of their race, color, religion, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, national origin or ability – has a right to feel safe in their communities." -- Secretary Rivera
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No Place For Hate -- Fall 2016 Update
We have many great things happening at each of our schools related to our No Place For Hate initiative.
Chartiers Valley High School
Our No Place For Hate initiative has grown from its beginnings a year ago. During our second year, the student committee has grown to almost 10 students who meet regularly and brainstorm ways to bring an anti-bias/anti-bullying message to our students. At this point in the school year, the student committee has already completed two activities. The first was a positive message day. The student committee placed positive message post-it notes on each student locker and teacher door with compassion being the theme. During November, the students created a patchwork quilt of paper that listed different things for which students are thankful. We are still in the process of planning December's activity.
The faculty committee and student committee, in conjunction with the middle school committee, experienced an anti-bias training through the ADL Cleveland branch. Each person present participated in different activities that, for some, opened their eyes for the first time to the different biases that we face daily. Students and faculty members have taken these lessons and shared them with others in the building, helping to create a more inclusive environment where everyone has a place.
CVHS Thankful Quilt>>
CVHS Positive Message Day>>
CVHS & CVMS assistant principals selected to present NPFH strategies>>
Chartiers Valley Middle School
This is our second year in implementing No Place for Hate within the building. No Place for Hate has grown immensely since its inception last year. We have 62 (40 student, 15 staff, 7 parents and a community representative) members, which include students, staff, parents and community members. We've completed three school-wide activities thus far and plan on an additional 3-4 activities or events. No Place for Hate and our School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS) coexist to help build a culture of respect and inclusion.
Students and staff speak the language and recognize the expectations. No Place for Hate is not just a phrase or an initiative, but an important part off the culture (who we are). Our committee makeup is a diverse representation of many cultures and ethnicity. We've received the honor of being a Model Mix-It Up at Lunch school for 2015-16 and are in the progress of receiving the distinction again for 2016-17. CVMS hosted 100.7 Star's Shine the Light on Bullying assembly promoting what we are doing to combat bullying and building an inclusive environment. Staff and students have participated in cultural education training through the Anti-Defamation League. No Place for Hate has given us the platform to get the message out!
Shine a Light on Bullying assembly at CVMS>>
CVHS & CVMS assistant principals selected to present NPFH strategies>>
CVMS Participates in National Mix-It-Up Day>>
CVMS Participates in anti-bullying and predator prevention program>>
Chartiers Valley Intermediate School
The Intermediate School is currently in its second year. We have grown immensely from the first year with our committee team, which has doubled in size from last year. The committee this year includes multiple parents, a playground monitor, teachers and building staff, a police officer, and others. In the first year, we completed three building-wide activities. This year, we have planned monthly activities revolving around a different character trait plus a staff training session. Like the other Chartiers Valley schools, we use NPFH in conjunction with SWPBIS (School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports).
The No Place for Hate program has taken roots within the building. The staff and students have embraced the monthly character traits and the activity projects completed are displayed throughout the halls and classrooms. In addition, the students are motivated to showcase the trait throughout the month and onward, but really go above and beyond on set days throughout the month. Besides the traits that we educate the students about, we have had in-depth training for our staff through the ADL. This training has been around cultural awareness, bias, prejudice, and the other pillars that the ADL is trying to combat. Staff have found the training truly beneficial and have analyzed their own personal traits. The common theme of NPFH throughout the district has really helped to drive a K-12 mentality around positive student interactions.
No Place for Hate Kickoff Event at CVIS
Chartiers Valley Primary School
The Primary School has been implementing No Place for Hate for two years. We have expanded our team to include parents, community members, faculty, para professionals, and playground monitors. We had a great turn out with our last workshop that occurred on Dec. 1st. We also use this in conjunction with our SWPBIS (School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) program, our OLWEUS bullying prevention program, and our Diversity Team.
No Place for Hate has brought all three groups together. We have had teams that had addressed inclusion, respect and diversity before, but the No Place for Hate initiative gives us a common district-wide message and theme that enforces our goals. We do a great job of promoting respect and inclusion and this has given us more of a voice to promote this in the community and also training through the Anti-Defamation League that has helped all of us become more aware and successfully promote this mission in an age-appropriate way.
No Place For Hate Fall 2015 Kickoff Event at CVPS>>