DES students learn to stay CALM over bullying

Not only can students of Nicole Jensen’s first grade class spell respect, they are working on steps to adopt it in the classroom.

Not only can students of Nicole Jensen’s first grade class spell respect, they are working on steps to adopt it in the classroom.

Delano Elementary School is using a helpful strategy to support students in dealing with bullying. It goes by the acronym CALM (C-cool down, A-assert yourself, L-Look them in the eye, M-Mean what you say), and is a set of actions that can be drawn upon to avoid, and stop, instances of bullying. Character traits that lead to the success of CALM will be emphasized and discussed each month with students creating posters that will display their understanding of the concept. For the month of February, “Honesty” is the featured trait. Going forward through May, respect and responsibility, caring and sportsmanship with be highlighted.

“Put your hand up and say please stop!” is one strategy that Jack Iwanczuk, left, Willy Sorenson, right front, and Tyler Winter are learning through

“Put your hand up and say please stop!” is one strategy that Jack Iwanczuk, left, Willy Sorenson, right front, and Tyler Winter are learning through

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