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North Syracuse school board views middle school video

The North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education held its regular business meeting at 7 p.m. April 26 at Roxboro Road Middle School.

With the budget in place as of April 9, the BOE attended to a lengthy agenda.

The board watched a video presentation about a "Day in the Life of a Roxboro Middle School Student." The presentation made by Roxboro Principal Steven A. Wolf, focused on the entire day, beginning at the bus stop in the morning.

Wolf provided information on the achievement of the school's Building Planning Team goals for the school year.

The board also received an update on the District Character Education Committee's progress on the No Bullying programs schools currently utilize.

The Character Education Program focuses on four main tenets for each quarter, including responsibility, caring, respect and trustworthiness.

Dr. Dave Morton, of the NSCSD, explained the district's overview of program assessments since 2000-01 school year.

All grade levels experience different programs according to the need of the district's schools. For example, Cicero Elementary School houses a variety of "bullying books" in the school library and has hosted the Puppet People "Firebird" to learn respect for diversity and individuality.

In May, Cicero-North Syracuse High School sophomores will watch a local attorney's presentation about bullying, texting, sexual harassment and other similar topics.

During the current school year, fifth and sixth grade classes will experience lessons on cyber bullying and Internet safety. There will also be teacher in-services for such topics as relational aggression, bullying and online reputation management.

Works in progress include a cyber bullying and Internet safety lessons, to be taught to seventh grade classes by district health teachers. A parental program covering similar topics is also within Morton's scope of projects in progress.

Discussion of changing the district's Internet safety policy is also under consideration.

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