Character ED: Across the district we incorporate Character Education and the 6 Pillars of Character (Respect, Responsibility, Caring, Fairness, Citizenship and Trustworthiness) into all areas of learning.
At the elementary level there are specific traits that are emphasized each month through a variety of methods: monthly assemblies, character based literature and lessons, "Morning Meeting" times in the classroom, and PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports) activities.
At the middle school and high school level, these traits are also incorporated into curriculum and emphasized through various PBIS activities.
The emphasis on good character and developing positive traits is just one way that Kaukauna Area School District strives to build a positive school environment and reduce bullying and conflict situations.
DREAM: DREAM’s mission is to create a safe drug and alcohol free environment for committed Kaukauna High School students to express themselves freely while having enjoyable high school memories. The goal is to eliminate drug and alcohol use in students, give students a reason not to use, reward students who don’t use with fun activities, and create awareness for students and community members on the issues of related to drug and alcohol abuse. Activities DREAM has done are the cookout at the homecoming game, various trips for members….Great America, Brewer game, and Gurnee Mall to list a few. A student can become a member of DREAM by seeing Mr. Kevin Meyer to pick up a contract. The contract must be signed by the student and the parents. Once Mr. Meyer has received the contract, he or she is an active member.
Diversity Club: The KHS Diversity Club is a group of students who believe that life can be better from learning about and gaining an appreciation for the differences among all of us. We seek out learning about other cultures, lifestyles, beliefs, ethnicity, etc., and try to spread the knowledge we gain to others.
In the past few years, we have raised nearly $2,000 in aid in the Darfur region of Africa where human genocide and other atrocities have been going on for too long; we have participated in the “Adopt-A-Family” program and donated cookie baskets to local shelters; we have organized the Verona Grove concert and have donated the proceeds to a local food pantry. We also brought in Manuel Scott (a former Freedom Writer) to speak to KHS students and staff. We organized, created, and distributed a Post Secret Book to KHS staff and students.
Each year we host “Lunch and Learns” which present information and food from various cultures; we also bring in speakers to present information on various topics and social issues. We host cultural Film Fests throughout the year. We offer opportunities for students to attend community events which raise awareness about various social issues such as poverty, racism, gender inequality, etc. We also plan dinners out at local ethnic restaurants and attend events at the PAC.
To join the KHS Diversity Club, attend a club meeting. We meet Friday mornings at 7:30 in room E111. Or stop in and see Mrs. Schroeder in E111 or Mrs. Xiong in E201 or contact any DC member!
Gay Straight Alliance: The Kaukauna High School Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) is a student club that works to improve school climate for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
Members work together to make sure their school is a safe, supportive environment for ALL students.
Like the name suggests, the GSA is made up of straight and LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning) students who support, educate, and advocate for human rights.
The GSA has 2 advisors, Cathy Wilda and Julie Wydeven; hold regular meetings; host events such as WORDS HURT/WORDS HEAL week, Day of Silence, & Safe Space Ally Campaign; provide Health class presentations; and are always open to anyone on campus committed to their mission. Meetings are held weekly on Tuesdays @ 3:15 in Ms. Wilda’s classroom (Rm.8219). All who want a caring & safe place to talk are welcome & encouraged to attend any or all of the meetings.
The GSA works to make their school safer while specifically addressing anti-LGBT behavior. According to GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network), GSAs improve school climate for LGBT students. Their research suggests that when a GSA is present, LGBT students hear homophobic remarks less often, experience less harassment and assault, feel safer at school, skip school less often and have a greater sense of belonging. GLSEN is the leading national education organization focusing on ensuring safe schools for all students.
Peer Mediation: Elementary Schools Peer Mediation Program: Peer Mediation meetings provide a safe and structured atmosphere for students to work out their conflicts with each other, in a peaceful manner, on the playground. It is a helpful 4 Step method that allows students to discuss their conflict, share and try to understand feelings and different points of view (uninterrupted); and brainstorm together for positive solutions. Our Peer Mediators assist in this process without actually solving the problem for the disputants. Interested and recommended 3rd graders are trained annually in April to become active peer mediators for their 4th grade year. These caring and responsible 4th graders are leaders and role models for the younger children, trained to help them settle their (minor) disputes. Caring adults will always be available to handle the more major conflicts that arise. After all, it is EVERYONE’S responsibility to make our school a safe and comfortable place to learn and grow! Peer mediators: * Are the peacemakers for the school * Listen to and respect all points of view * Understand their own conflicts and how to handle them * Know how to help other students resolve their conflicts * Focus on the problem and don’t blame anyone * Develop cooperation and help disputants reach agreements that address the interests of both sides * Open and improve communication
Safe School Ambassadors: The program engages the socially?influential leaders of a school’s diverse cliques. These “Alpha” leaders are carefully identified through student and staff surveys. They are selected based upon specific criteria, such as: strong position and influence in their peer group, good communication skills, and a history of standing up for friends. They participate in a two?day interactive training along with several adults who serve as program mentors. The training gives student Ambassadors the motivation and skills to resolve conflicts, defuse incidents, and support isolated and excluded students. After the training, small group meetings of Ambassadors are held every few weeks. These meetings, led by the adult mentors, provide time for strengthening skills, support data collection and analysis of Ambassador interventions, and help sustain student and adult commitment to the program.