Superintendent Justin Bartholomew
22 Main Street
West Newbury, MA 01985
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019
Contact: Kelsey Bode
Email: [email protected]
Pentucket Regional High School Organizes Anti-Bullying, Mental Health Programming for Students
WEST NEWBURY — Principal Jonathan Seymour is pleased to share that students at Pentucket Regional High School will participate in a series of events this school year about anti-bullying, mental health and positivity.
“We organize events each year to promote kindness, acceptance and understanding among students, explain and define bullying and remind students of the various mental health resources available to them here at Pentucket,” Principal Seymour said. “In order to cultivate a positive, supportive community, it’s critical students understand these concepts and realize the power they have as individuals to make a positive difference among their peers.”
Students at Pentucket Regional High School took part in an educational anti-bullying assembly earlier this month, on Nov. 7. Organized by Assistant Principal Frank Kowalski and School Adjustment Counselor Shelby White, the assembly defined bullying in clear terms, highlighted the importance of fostering a safe school environment and positive school culture and identified resources available to students in need of support. The assembly also emphasized the role each individual plays in a making the school a supportive and positive place for everyone, and the importance of living by values like respect, kindness, gratitude and support.
All students, including freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors, took part in the assembly.
An additional event will be held later this winter, which is being organized by the school’s guidance department. Titled “Why You Matter,” the event will seek to support mental health among students by fostering human connections.
A culminating assembly, being organized by an Anti-Bullying Committee, will be held at the end of the school year to review the anti-bullying and mental health lessons as well as to answer student questions. Throughout the school year, high school students will also spread messages of positivity and anti-bullying awareness while meeting with Pentucket Middle School students through the district’s Peer Mentor program.
The district is also in the final stages of organizing this year’s parent, guardian and community workshops, which will be announced this December and will focus on anti-bullying and mental health.