Character Education

Character Education


Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

Definition – DASA is an official policy in New York State declaring that all students in public and charter schools have the right to an education free of discrimination and harassment.
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Coordinators Danielle Castaldo, Suffern Middle School;   Stephen Walker, Suffern Central School District
Process – In the event your child is the victim of bullying:


Step One – Encourage your child to complete a Student Incident Report Form.  If s/he needs assistance, you may help her/him complete the form at home, and/or s/he may go to her/his counselor.

Step Two – Instruct your child to submit the Student Incident Report Form to her/his counselor.  S/he will investigate the allegation(s).  If the situation does not require disciplinary action, the counselor files the form, arranges for mediation, and monitors the situation between the students.  If the situation requires possible disciplinary action, the form is turned over to an assistant principal.

Step Three – The Assistant Principal(s) continue the investigation.  If it is determined that a student is guilty of wrongdoing, a discipline referral is input into eSchool with the notation that it is a DASA related incident and a consequence is issued as appropriate.

All incident reports are forwarded to the District Coordinator monthly.


Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP or ‘OLWEUS’)

In order to help provide our students a safe and welcoming environment in which to learn, we use a program called the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP).  The goals of OBPP are to reduce bullying problems and prevent new ones from happening…and it has proven to do just that.  The program assists with the strong and healthy development of relationships among students.  Students will be educated about the OBPP through regular class meetings and assemblies, as well as the consistent language used by all faculty and staff in school.  


    • Chris Poulos:  Chris is a motivational speaker, World Champion Bicycle Stunt Rider, and Author.  He has been visiting Suffern Middle School’s sixth grade students for many years now.  Chris has spoken at schools, including colleges, as well as conferences around the country.  He has been sharing his words of wisdom and demonstrating his astonishing athletic ability since 2000…17 years.  Chris talks to students bullying, perseverance, self-discipline…  …ALL…WHILE…RIDING…A…BIKE.  
    • John Halligan:  John lost his son, Ryan, to suicide in 2003 at the age of 13.  It was discovered soon after his death that Ryan was ridiculed and humiliated by peers at school and online.  John has been outspoken about the need for more education and prevention of bullying, cyberbullying, and teen suicide.  Through his very personal story, he shares his thoughts, feelings, and experiences of how students treat one another and the importance of being kind.   


    Letter To Parents


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