HARRISON SHOWS BLUE FOR RESPECT
Something truly unique and special took place in front of the Harrison Library last week. “Light it Up Harrison Blue” was a spectacular, town wide kick-off event for The Week of Respect, an annual endeavor observed by school children throughout the state of New Jersey to underscore the importance of treating every human being with respect and dignity.
Joined together with members of the community—Harrison Mayor, Hon. James A. Fife; Harrison Public Schools Director of Personnel, James P. Doran, Ed.D; Superintendent of Schools, Frederick G. Confessore; members of the town council and board of education; Harrison Public Schools’ students from all grade levels showcased the theme of “Respect” through song, dance, poetry readings and an artwork display. At the conclusion of the event, the Library Park was swathed in a brilliant blue light, as were all of the public schools.
"Self-respect and respect for others is the foundation for all that we accomplish in our schools. We are confident that our students' performances and presentations highlighted the atmosphere of respect for others that we cultivate each and every day in our schools", said Joan McNichol, Director of Student Life and Services for Harrison Public Schools.
Press Release Credit: Laura Comppen ~Art Teacher~ Washington Middle School
Photography credit: Sandy Bishop
National Hazing Prevention Week is September 19 – 23, 2016 and in anticipation of this week, Harrison High School recently hosted a presentation for all Fall Athletic Teams. Jackie Collard, Anti-Bullying Specialist for Harrison High School and Joan McNichol, Director of Student Life and Services, led players and coaches through experiences and discussions designed to prompt dialogue in individual team meetings and to educate players concerning the potential physical and emotional hazards that are inherent in the practice of hazing. By employing the adage "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.", the Anti-Bullying Specialists work year round in order to promote the social and emotional character development of Harrison Public Schools' students. Watch for more events during the New Jersey's Week of Respect, which will be observed October 3 through 7, 2016 and America's Safe Schools Week, observed October 16 through 22, 2016.
Pictured above is Jackie Collard, surrounded by athletes and coaches who appear to have enjoyed the presentation.
On May 19, 2016, students from Washington Middle School gave a presentation to the Hudson County Consortium for Social and Emotional Learning. Washington Middle School's award winning Hallway of Heroes project was featured as an example of the implementation of student focused learning to improve school climate. Pictured are WMS teachers, Kim Madalena, Sharon Catrambone and Amy Morillo along with their students. Joan McNichol, Director of Student Life and Services is also pictured.
Washington Middle School students listen as their peer describes the impact that the events of September 11, 2001 have had upon his family.
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