Character Education & Bullying Prevention
Welcome to the Ken-Ton School District's Character Education & Bullying Prevention Page. Here, you will find information on programs and activities taking place in all nine Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda UFSD schools that promote positive behaviors and a safe and supportive school environment, as well as initiatives to support social-emotional wellness. You will also find information on what you can do to respond to and report bullying.
Brooks Gibbs, whose anti-bullying videos have been viewed by millions of people, visited all four middle and high schools through a partnership between the Ken-Ton School District and the foundation Devin's Message.
Through a partnership with the UB Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care, the Ken-Ton School District will be among the first in WNY to implement a comprehensive district-wide framework of trauma-informed practices.
WEB (Where Everybody Belongs)
Staﬀ and students at Franklin Middle School and Hoover Middle School have worked to create a school environment “Where Everybody Belongs” through the innovative WEB program.
Both high schools, Kenmore East and Kemore West, offer the LINK Crew Program which provides a peer-to-peer orientation, transition, and mentoring framework for newcomers.
Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS)
All schools have a Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program dedicated to advancing character education and expectations through proactive engagement and positive reinforcement.
The Bullying Incident Reporting Form provides a way for anyone to report instances of harassment, bullying, and/or discrimination against students either in school or out of school, and to do so anonymously if they choose. This form may be used by:
This information is confidential and will be shared with the school principal, Dignity Act Coordinator, and (for incidents involving a student or students at the high school level) the School Resource Officer for immediate investigation and follow-up. Please provide as much information as you can so that the problem can be addressed directly.
- Students who have been subjected to harassment, bullying, and/or discrimination
- Parents/guardians whose children have been subjected to harassment, bullying, and/or discrimination
- Anyone who has observed or has been told of harassment, bullying, and/or discrimination against a student or students
Dignity for All Students Act Coordinators
In accordance with the district's Dignity for All Students Policy, each school in the District will designate at least one employee holding licenses or certifications as required by the Commissioner to serve as the Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC). Each DAC will be thoroughly trained to handle human relations in the areas of race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity or expression), and sex. Training will also be provided for DACs which addresses: the social patterns of harassment, bullying, and discrimination, including, but not limited that to, those acts based on a person's actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, and sex; the identification and mitigation of harassment, bullying, and discrimination; and strategies for effectively addressing problems of exclusion, bias, and aggression in educational settings. All DAC appointments will be approved by the Board.You can identify each school's Dignity Act Coordinator and find contact information at www.ktufsd.org/DASA.
News & Headlines
Kenmore West Places 2nd at BAND Against Bullying Competition
Students at Kenmore West High School won second place at this year’s BAND Against Bullying competition at UB’s Center for the Arts.
Country Star Jessie Chris Visits Franklin Middle
Jessie Chris, a country music star who was named a Billboard Artist to Watch in 2018, visited Franklin Middle School in December for a performance and inspirational anti-bullying message.
Lindbergh Elementary Promotes Friendship With 'Friendship Tree'
Each month, Lindbergh Elementary features a different character trait with activities incorporated to promote it. December’s theme is "Friendship."
Schools Observe National Unity Day
Wednesday, October 24 was Unity Day, a national day devoted to putting a stop to bullying and encouraging students to be kind, accepting and including of others who might be different than them.
Hoover Elementary Promotes School-Wide Compliment Challenge
Hoover Elementary School has taken part in the Sandy Hook Promise by promoting a compliment challenge throughout the school.
Speaker Shows Effective Ways to Respond to Bullying & Conflict
Brooks Gibbs, a nationally known author, speaker, and educator whose anti-bullying videos have been viewed by millions of people, spoke to middle and high school students on Thursday, Sept. 20.
Kenmore East Student Wins Local, Regional & Statewide Peace Essay Contest
The theme of Tiffany Simpson's essay was fostering peace by treating each other fairly, not judging people, not bullying others, and appreciating the differences in people.
Franklin Middle Celebrates Olympics With 'Kindness Around the World' Message
While the Winter Olympics were taking place, Franklin Middle School students participated in a PBIS reward assembly with a 'Kindness Around the World' theme.
Lindbergh Students Rewarded for Good Cafeteria Behavior With Fine Dining Experience
One class won a special fine dining luncheon for demonstrating the most respect, manners, and positive behaviors in the cafeteria over a two-week period.
Harmony Dancers Perform at Hoover Elementary With Message of Kindness & Acceptance
The Kenmore East Bulldog Harmony Dancers had Hoover Elementary School students dancing in their seats with a message of kindness, unity and friendship!