Category: Tribes


Peer Mediation – Extension of Tribes

Peer Mediation and Student Leadership

This year a small group of students in 6th grade decided to take on leadership and learn how to become a Peer Mediator. 
This group met once a week during their lunch period and read about peer mediation. They practiced being a mediator through role play, discussed the role and responsibilities of a Peer Mediator.  Concepts that these students studied included: perceptions of conflict, principles of conflict resolution, open-ended questioning, reframing and restating, listening, defining diversity, role of a mediator and much more.
This week, the Peer Mediators gave a presentation to some second and third grade classes explaining the mediation process. Students are hoping to implement this process more fully next year.
Here a some photos from the classroom presentations.
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Tribes-Teacher Appreciation Week

May, 2016

Teacher Appreciation Week!

During Teacher Appreciation Week, students made cards to let their teachers know how much they appreciate them.  Students worked independently and in small groups to express their heartfelt thanks to cluster and classroom teachers. It was a great way to celebrate all that teachers do each and every day here at BSI to make learning engaging and fun.

Here are just a few of their appreciations:

I appreciate teachers for: helping us to learn, planning fun activities, teaching us to be smart and to think, teaching us to use strategies, teaching us to be good writers and mathematicians, giving us tools,  making school FUN!

Ms. Luka-Class 101

Ms. Luka-101.jpgThe spirit of appreciations continued as students began to make cards for friends and family.

This week gave us a wonderful opportunity as a community to revisit one of our core TRIBES agreements –  Appreciations/No Put-Downs – reminding us how appreciating others helps us feel connected, respected and safe in community.

Ms. Sevgi-Class 102


Kindergarten snack with Ms. RachaelSnack with Ms. Rachael

Science with Ms. Seitz

Science w: Seitz

Ms. Mallery, Haley and Lori – Community Service with Third Grade

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Ms. Mia and Nicole – Art

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Tribes-BSI Toy Drive

BSI Toy Drive –

In Tribes, we have been talking about how we can join the effort to help children in need through the Toy Drive. Students have been spreading the word by making posters and signs and placing them throughout the school building to encourage everyone in our community to participate in the toy drive. BSI students helping little children one toy at a time.

One Tribe!

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Tribes – What is Friendship?

Tribes in March –

In Tribes during the month of March, students will be exploring the question, “What is friendship?” We will be examining what it means to be a friend, looking at the qualities that we value in a friend and discussing how friendships change and grow over time.

Questions/Wonderings-Third Graders: What makes someone a friend? What qualities do you appreciate in a friend? Do friends argue? Why do friends argue? Does it feel safe to disagree with a friend? Why or Why not? What motivates friends to resolve conflicts?

Arguing/Fighting with a Friend – Why do friends say, “You are NOT my friend?”Students responded by saying: 1) to convince someone to give you what you want, 2) You were mean to me so I am going to be mean to you. 3) It is a threat because the friend is angry.

What is Friendship? Friendship is a relationship of mutual affection between two or more people. Friendship is a stronger form of interpersonal bond than an association. – Friendship – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

As a class, we created a word web of the qualities we value in a friend (see below).

Third Graders – Friendship is…sharing, being kind to each other (Henry), friends care about you, relationship (Dashel), cooperation, mutual respect, helping each other (John), when you really get to know someone (Tyler), trust and honesty (Paul). A bond between two people. (Isabelle)

Kindergarteners – Friendship is…using nice words, mutual respect, taking care of each other.

Then, we watched a video about friendship called – “Friendship Soup”

After watching the video, we compared what we value in a friend to what was discussed in the video to compare and contrast. We will begin to write our own friendship soup recipes in the coming weeks.

Read Alouds: – 1. Friends by Meg Greve, 2. Friendliness by Lucia Raatma, 3. Just My Friend and Me by Mercer Mayer

Here’s to friendship!!

One Tribe!