Northside will hold its eighth annual Declaration of Respect Signing Day on Friday, October 11, with students and staff across the District signing certificates pledging to demonstrate respect for themselves and all others through their interactions at school.
At Zachry Middle School, giant wooden letters stand as a visual reminder of the importance of respect. They were a collaboration between the Guidance and Counseling Department and Industrial Tech program.
Eighth grader Nicholas Rodriguez believes showing respect includes being kind, saying please and thank you, and addressing authority figures by ‘sir’ and ‘ma’am.’”
“If you show respect, it puts others in a better mood or tone,” Rodriguez says. “They won’t disrespect you back and will return the feeling you gave them.”
Eighth grader Connor Fleming agrees that demonstrating respect toward others is an opportunity to pass on the good.
“Don’t give up showing respect even if someone is flat out rude to you,” Fleming says. “Respect Day is time to acknowledge how you treat others.”
October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and Respect Signing Day is a reminder to the community that the District is committed to providing students and staff a safe and respectful environment.
“We take bullying very seriously in Northside ISD,” said Superintendent Dr. Woods, who signed a similar pledge with all seven Board members. “This District-wide effort, of students and staff members from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, is our attempt to make everyone aware of the seriousness of bullying, and the life altering damage that can occur.”
NISD has implemented many programs to address the needs of students, including classroom guidance lessons delivered by school counselors, anti-bullying classroom presentations, campus-wide initiatives such as the “No Bully Zone, Project ABC (antibullying communities) at the secondary level, and community involvement activities.
At the District level, the phone and texting Safeline program (210-397-SAFE and email@example.com) offers a safe and anonymous way for students, parents, and the community to report potential incidents.
Safeline is a longtme NISD program that also helps address cyberbullying requirements outlined in Texas Senate Bill 179, also called David’s Law.