Start with Hello – New Assemblies Promote Inclusion & Kindness at CVUSD Schools
In Conejo Valley Unified School District, we promote cultures of kindness, with a focus on the social-emotional well-being of all of our students a top priority. In line with this priority, the start of the 2019-2020 school year marked the beginning of a new partnership between CVUSD and the Sandy Hook Promise, “Start with Hello” program.
Starting this week “Start with Hello” assemblies are sweeping across CVUSD schools. Led by a representative from the Sandy Hook Promise organization, the goal of these assemblies is to encourage students to take action in three steps:
1) See someone alone
2) Reach out and help
3) Say hello
The goal is to empower students to take action, and to work to create a closer, more connected and inclusive classroom, school and community. Throughout the assembly students are led through ice breaker situations, and conversation starters that they can easily replicate, and use in their daily interactions with classmates.
Prior to the assemblies for students taking place, CVUSD principals, counselors, and teacher leads received training for the implementation of Sandy Hook Promise “Start with Hello” program and Promise Clubs. At this training, CVUSD school leaders learned more about the importance of inclusion. They were given tools on how to help students break the ice, break down barriers and get to know one another, as well as how to create and sustain an inclusive culture and community on campus.
Guiding students and school leadership on how they can help create and sustain an inclusive culture, and community on campus is at the heart of this multi-faceted campaign. We look forward to seeing key principles of the “Start with Hello” program in action at our school sites this year!
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