Attention All 7th Grade Parents/Guardians
September 30, 2019
Dear 7th Grade Students and Parents,
Southern Middle School is committed to fostering a learning environment where all students feel safe, welcomed, valued, celebrated, and respected. Southern York School District has partnered with York’s Jewish Community Center in order to to achieve this goal. On October 2 and October 3, 2019 Southern Middle School, with the assistance of the JCC Diversity Specialist, will host Reality Check. The JCC’s Reality Check program assists schools/students to:
- Break down walls of misunderstanding between groups of students to create safer schools
- Promote a positive sense of self-worth and respect
- Empower students to become diversity advocates
- Prepare students for life in a diverse society
- Support a positive school environment
- Foster empathy and change hearts
The Reality Check program brings about positive changes in awareness, attitudes, behavior, knowledge, and hearts. Reality Check aims to eliminate teasing, harassment, put-downs, rudeness, stereotypes, labels, discrimination, and even violence. We believe this will be a valuable experience for our students.
Students will participate in either the morning or afternoon session based on their assigned homeroom. The morning sessions will run from 8:00 am – 10:45 am The afternoon sessions will run from 11:50 am – 2:35 pm. Here is the breakdown for when your student will attend the program:
October 2 AM (8:00 am – 10:45 am) – Mr. Walls, Mrs. Melato & Mr. Lebo (Team Prepared Students)
October 2 PM (11:50 am – 2:35 pm) – Mrs. Bazner & Mr. Latimer
October 3 AM (8:00 am – 10:45 am) – Mrs. Ross & Mrs. Zinn
October 3 PM (11:50 am – 2:35 pm) – Mrs. Chronister, Mrs. Hulme, & Mr. Lebo (Team Respect Students)
For any student attending the morning session, they will eat during their regular scheduled lunch. Students attending the afternoon session will eat prior to the session. Schedules will be shared with students prior to their designated session day.
If you have any questions about the Reality Check program, please contact Mrs. Hall or Mr. Katz in the Guidance Office at 717-235-4811 extension 3520. We look forward to seeing students on their assigned day/time for the program.
Lisa M. Hall Jason V. Katz
School Counselor School Counselor