Anti Bullying Program Overview:
The Garden City Middle School takes bullying very seriously. The school’s Anti-Bullying Program is designed to prevent bullying, encourage students to take action as a bystander, and foster leadership traits amongst our students. The program, developed based on principles shared through the Olweus Bully Prevention Program, incorporates many aspects of character education and social-emotional learning. Activities are shared through a variety of different outlets including academic curriculum, HomeBase curriculum, and the LEADERS program. Throughout the year, many students receive leadership training. In the fall of 2016, forty seventh grade students received bully prevention training through the state’s Anti-Defamation League. Ten Anti-Bullying Club (ABC) students received leadership training in the fall of 2016 at the Nassau Leadership Conference. Each year, the LEADERS program continues to be a major program in Garden City Middle School. This year, approximately 150 students will be participating in the LEADERS program in which they learn valuable information that they can turnkey to their respective HomeBase classes.
Garden City Middle School was recognized as a No Place for Hate School in May of 2017 for our programs and activities. The school was recognized by ABC TV for their bully prevention programs in April of 2017. The school was re-designated as a School to Watch after an extensive application and observation process including interviews with kids. GCMS received a Promising Practices Award from the Character Education Partnership for their Anti-Bullying Expo which is held annually in the Spring. The school looks forward to continuing its efforts throughout the entire school year.