• HomeBase:

    HomeBase meets for 20 minutes after each grade level’s lunch period.  HomeBase was created to be a safe forum where students feel comfortable to communicate with their peers in the group and their teacher.  Topics covered in HomeBase include bullying, tolerance, honesty, empathy, and diversity, etc.  In September, an anti-bully contract is signed by each student and hung in the classrooms.  Mondays begin with a discussion about students’ weekends, check-in activities, icebreakers, and weekly news.  Fridays are “Friday Fun Day” where students may take out board games from the library or play computer games with the entire group.  The days in between focus on lessons on the above topics.  Quality circles (or CPR’s – Circle of Power and Respect) are created to discuss major issues and resolutions are created on such topics among the group.  Some projects, programs, and other topics that are discussed include:

    • Bystanders vs. upstanders
    • Morning greeters program implemented
    • Project-based learning
    • Respect, citizenship, responsibility
    • No place for hate pledge in each classroom
    • Inclusion vs. exclusion
    • Acceptance
    • Community service learning
    • Cyber-bullying
    • No name calling week
    • Quilt project
    • ABC expo projects