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					                             San Mateo County Office of Education
                             Anne E. Campbell, County Superintendent of Schools
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A	
  Busy	
  Few	
  Months	
  for	
  Respect!	
  24/7	
  

With	
  the	
  school	
  year	
  in	
  full	
  swing,	
  it’s	
  been	
  a	
  busy	
  few	
  months	
  for	
  Respect!	
  24/7,	
  the	
  two-­‐year	
  anti-­‐
bullying	
  and	
  civility	
  initiative	
  in	
  San	
  Mateo	
  County,	
  sponsored	
  by	
  the	
  San	
  Mateo	
  County	
  Office	
  of	
  
Education	
  (SMCOE).	
  A	
  new	
  student-­‐designed	
  logo	
  for	
  the	
  campaign	
  is	
  in	
  place,	
  and	
  a	
  series	
  of	
  events	
  
involving	
  students	
  and	
  adults	
  have	
  highlighted	
  the	
  issue.	
  

New	
  logo	
  designed	
  by	
  student	
  

The	
  call	
  went	
  out	
  throughout	
  the	
  county	
  and	
  more	
  than	
  60	
  students	
  designed	
  logos	
  for	
  the	
  Respect!	
  
24/7	
  campaign.	
  The	
  winner,	
  Madeline	
  Dei	
  Rossi,	
  a	
  sixth-­‐grader	
  at	
  Our	
  Lady	
  of	
  Mt.	
  Carmel	
  School	
  in	
  
Redwood	
  City,	
  was	
  announced	
  on	
  October	
  19	
  	
  at	
  the	
  evening	
  screening	
  of	
  "Bullying:	
  A	
  Culture	
  of	
  
Silence,"at	
  the	
  East	
  Palo	
  Alto	
  Library.	
  

Free	
  screenings	
  of	
  the	
  film	
  “Bully”	
  

During	
  the	
  week	
  of	
  October	
  22,	
  approximately	
  3,500	
  students	
  and	
  250	
  school	
  staff	
  member	
  chaperones	
  
attended	
  free	
  screenings	
  of	
  the	
  film,	
  “Bully,”	
  at	
  movie	
  theatres	
  throughout	
  San	
  Mateo	
  County,	
  thanks	
  to	
  
donations	
  from	
  the	
  Bully	
  Project:	
  1	
  Million	
  Kids	
  Initiative	
  and	
  DonorsChoose.	
  Transportation	
  was	
  
provided	
  with	
  the	
  help	
  of	
  grants	
  from	
  local	
  donors,	
  including	
  the	
  Peninsula	
  Healthcare	
  District	
  Region	
  4	
  
Student	
  Mental	
  Health	
  Initiative	
  and	
  Reach	
  and	
  Teach.	
  	
  At	
  Reach	
  and	
  Teach,	
  employees	
  and	
  community	
  
supporters	
  joined	
  together	
  to	
  donate	
  $500	
  through	
  an	
  online	
  link	
  to	
  transport	
  100	
  students	
  to	
  the	
  film,	
  
in	
  honor	
  of	
  the	
  100	
  th	
  shift	
  of	
  one	
  of	
  their	
  employees.	
  

On	
  Friday,	
  October	
  26,	
  more	
  than	
  100	
  students	
  and	
  staff	
  who	
  had	
  seen	
  the	
  film	
  gathered	
  for	
  a	
  “meet-­‐
up”	
  event	
  where	
  they	
  had	
  the	
  opportunity	
  to	
  hear	
  directly	
  from	
  Lee	
  Hirsch,	
  the	
  film’s	
  director,	
  and	
  Alex	
  
Libby,	
  the	
  student	
  featured	
  in	
  the	
  film.	
  Jeneé	
  Litrell,	
  Director	
  of	
  Guidance	
  and	
  Wellness	
  for	
  the	
  
Grossmont	
  Union	
  High	
  School	
  District	
  in	
  San	
  Diego	
  County,	
  and	
  a	
  national	
  expert	
  on	
  bullying,	
  moderated	
  
the	
  panel.	
  San	
  Mateo	
  County	
  Superintendent	
  of	
  Schools	
  Anne	
  Campbell	
  welcomed	
  the	
  participants	
  and	
  
Congresswoman	
  Jackie	
  Speier	
  spoke	
  about	
  the	
  power	
  of	
  youth	
  leadership.	
  Students	
  in	
  small	
  groups	
  
asked	
  questions	
  and	
  shared	
  their	
  own	
  experiences	
  related	
  to	
  bullying.	
  “The	
  message	
  of	
  the	
  event	
  was	
  
that	
  adults	
  in	
  the	
  community	
  are	
  here	
  to	
  support	
  young	
  people	
  and	
  encourage	
  their	
  leadership	
  as	
  they	
  
tackle	
  the	
  problem	
  of	
  bullying,”	
  notes	
  Nancy	
  Magee,	
  Administrator,	
  Board	
  Support	
  and	
  Community	
  
Relations	
  at	
  SMCOE.	
  “The	
  students	
  talked	
  about	
  what	
  support	
  they	
  needed	
  from	
  each	
  other,	
  and	
  they	
  
had	
  the	
  opportunity	
  to	
  have	
  a	
  real	
  dialogue	
  and	
  positive	
  exchange.”	
  

Each	
  student	
  group	
  at	
  the	
  meet-­‐up	
  event	
  received	
  a	
  copy	
  of	
  the	
  young	
  adult	
  book,	
  Wonder,	
  by	
  R.	
  J.	
  
Palacio,	
  which	
  tells	
  the	
  story	
  of	
  a	
  young	
  boy	
  born	
  with	
  a	
  facial	
  deformity	
  and	
  his	
  middle	
  school	
  
experience.	
  “It’s	
  a	
  quick	
  read	
  but	
  it	
  offers	
  profound	
  insights,”	
  says	
  Magee.	
  When	
  one	
  student	
  in	
  the	
  
group	
  completes	
  the	
  book,	
  he	
  or	
  she	
  will	
  pass	
  it	
  on	
  to	
  the	
  next,	
  and	
  later	
  on	
  in	
  the	
  year	
  they’ll	
  
reconvene	
  to	
  have	
  a	
  discussion.	
  In	
  March,	
  the	
  author	
  will	
  appear	
  at	
  a	
  series	
  of	
  events.	
  This	
  Respect!	
  
24/7	
  community-­‐wide	
  read	
  is	
  co-­‐sponsored	
  with	
  San	
  Mateo	
  County	
  libraries.	
  

Emphasis	
  on	
  Positive	
  School	
  Climate	
  

The	
  disproportionate	
  number	
  of	
  minority	
  students	
  and	
  students	
  with	
  disabilities	
  who	
  are	
  suspended	
  or	
  
expelled	
  from	
  school	
  was	
  the	
  topic	
  of	
  the	
  day	
  at	
  the	
  Call	
  to	
  Action	
  on	
  Positive	
  School	
  Climate,	
  held	
  on	
  
October	
  12	
  at	
  the	
  Sobrato	
  Center	
  for	
  Nonprofits,	
  adjacent	
  to	
  SMCOE.	
  Approximately	
  90	
  school	
  leaders	
  
attended	
  this	
  first	
  event,	
  part	
  of	
  a	
  three-­‐part	
  series.	
  Tia	
  Martinez,	
  one	
  of	
  the	
  authors	
  of	
  the	
  recent	
  UCLA	
  
Civil	
  Rights	
  Project	
  report	
  entitled	
  “Suspended	
  Education,”	
  addressed	
  the	
  group.	
  “She	
  was	
  informative,	
  
engaging	
  and	
  eye-­‐opening,”	
  notes	
  Mefula	
  Fairley,	
  Director,	
  Compliance,	
  Assessment	
  and	
  Special	
  
Projects	
  at	
  SMCOE.	
  “Many	
  people	
  didn’t	
  realize	
  that	
  when	
  schools	
  reduced	
  the	
  number	
  of	
  suspended	
  
and	
  expelled	
  students,	
  their	
  API	
  scores	
  improved.”	
  Nancy	
  Magee	
  adds	
  “And	
  schools	
  that	
  made	
  efforts	
  to	
  
improve	
  their	
  school	
  climate	
  also	
  significantly	
  improved	
  their	
  academic	
  achievement.”	
  	
  	
  

On	
  December	
  5,	
  three	
  school	
  districts	
  that	
  have	
  addressed	
  this	
  issue	
  and	
  have	
  demonstrated	
  improved	
  
academic	
  achievement	
  will	
  share	
  their	
  stories	
  at	
  a	
  SMCOE-­‐sponsored	
  event.	
  

	
  

				
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