Building on the foundational success of the advisory program, in 2008 the Middle School launched a new program that addresses issues faced by children at this age, particularly bullying, consequences of online behaviors, diversity, and sensitivity to others. Every September, the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (renamed Peace@CCES by student nomination and voting) is kicked off with fanfare and fun. Peace@CCES nurtures the skills to make bullying behaviors “uncool” in our school, and it gives students specific tools and models that empower them to make a difference for bystanders as well as victims and perpetrators of unkindness.
Following each year's kickoff celebration, a variety of advisory and grade-level activities reinforce the principles of the program. Through video, role play, chants, and special speakers, our students take steps toward making CCES an even stronger, more inclusive community. Students who are consistent about showing respect to others receive coveted awards called “perks,” which give them entrée to special activities and treats.
Peace@CCES has proven to be a very successful component of the social education we provide in the Middle School. Through it, each member of our school community cultivates a mindset of acceptance, ensuring that belonging at CCES is something we can all celebrate, every day!