Maria Diamond, left, and Amanda McMahon, members of Durgee Junior High’s Leadership Team, lead their peers in a discussion about the consequences of bullying.
Baldwinsville On Oct. 21, members of Durgee Junior High School’s Leadership Team led roundtable discussions on sensitive school topics in all of the school’s eighth-grade social studies classes.
DLT members are ninth-graders who were selected for the team based on their motivation, interpersonal skills and academic achievement. The ninth-grade leaders began a dialogue with the eighth-graders about bullying, Internet safety, respecting personal space and boundaries, self-destructive behavior and time management, issues that they will most likely encounter at some point while in junior high. The DLT members designed their discussions to provide eighth-graders with strategies they can use to successfully mitigate sensitive issues.
The DLT was first formed in 2005 to draw on the strengths of the school’s student leaders in order to promote a positive learning environment. This year there are 44 DLT members. They are:
Kelly Cary is the school information officer for the Baldwinsville Central School District.