Sunday, June 03, 2012

ADL and the Chula Vista Elementary School District

This program was tried at Castle Park Elementary soon after the Castle Park Five episode. It might have been more appropriate to teach these principles to the teachers! The bullying of principals (and other teachers) by the clique of teachers who called themselves the "Castle Park Family" resulted in eleven principals in eleven years at the school. Teacher bullies and a tiny group of parents also brought about a $20,000 embezzlement at the PTA and large amounts of tax dollars spent on defending teachers for criminal actions.

ADL and the Chula Vista Elementary School District: Working together to make the places we learn No Place for Hate®
May 31, 2012

The Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) has participated in the ADL’s No Place for Hate® initiative since it was launched in San Diego in 2009. We celebrated another successful year with a Banner Presentation Ceremony at the CVESD Education Services and Support Center on May 23, 2012.

Assistant Superintendent Sandra Villegas Zuni began by commending all the educators and administrators for their commitment to providing a learning environment where students feel accepted and safe. Parents, Ms. Villegas Zuni said, entrust their children to the schools, and it is the responsibility of everyone in the school to honor that trust through programs that promote an appreciation for diversity and proactively address bullying.

Tina Malka, ADL Associate Director, spoke about the ADL’s mission to "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all." ADL recognizes that in order to keep the Jewish community safe, we need to keep all communities safe. Ms. Malka thanked our CVESD partners for their commitment to combating intolerance, bullying, and hatred in their schools.

Antwon Lincoln, Coordinator of Instructional Technology, shared the District’s partnership with iSafe, which provides educational programs that empower students to safely, responsibly and productively use Information and Communications Technologies. iSafe is a valuable tool in addressing cyberbullying. Mr. Lincoln then introduced the winner of CVESD’s 2012 Speech Contest. The 6th grade students’ topic was “How will you positively impact the world?” The winner, Discovery Charter School’s Miguel Aldrete, spoke eloquently and engagingly about his efforts to combat deforestation, educate the youth about obesity, and “motivating for education.” Miguel uses the Internet to spread his message effectively in a positive way.

Representatives for several schools spoke about the No Place for Hate® activities they conducted throughout the year and the impact they have made on the students. The No Place for Hate® banners were then presented to individual schools.

We look forward to another successful partnership with the Chula Vista Elementary School District during the 2012-2013 school year!

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