Stop Bullying Now with Bully Reporter

bully reporter iconBryan ISD is committed to stopping bullying in all its forms, as the safety and security of our students is our top priority. For this reason, we added a Bully Reporter button to the home page of bryanisd.org in 2015.

No voice should go unheard. With Bully Reporter from 806 Technologies, Bryan ISD students, parents and employees can quickly, discretely or anonymously report bullying at any time in English or Spanish. Everyone can use the tool, whether they witnessed the bullying or were personally involved.

For us to understand and act on the facts as quickly as possible, Bully Reporter is comprehensive. To file a bully report using Bully Reporter, you must submit the following five pieces of information:

  1. Your Information – Identify whether you are a parent, student, faculty/staff member or whether you’d prefer to stay anonymous.
  2. People Involved – List the name and grade level of the people involved, and identify whether they were the aggressor, the target or the witness.
  3. Incident Overview – Next, you should list whether the harassment was physical, verbal or sexual, and briefly describe the incident.
  4. Time & Location – Describe the time and place of the incident, including incidents that occur online or beyond school hours.
  5. Possible Evidence – Finally, you are given the option to attach proof of bullying incidents, such as text messages, emails, phone calls and screenshots.

The effects of bullying are deep and far-reaching. According to a 2013 study by the National Center for Educational Statistics, one out of every four students reports being the victim of bullying during the school year. Even worse, 64 percent of children who are bullying victims do not report it, according to a 2010 study by Petrosina, Guckenburg, DeVoe and Hanson. To combat statistics like these, we created the Bully Reporter tool. It has helped us identify multiple incidences of bullying and has given us the ability to act quickly and efficiently in responding to them. However, continued education is necessary about what bullying is and the tools available to stop it.

Bullying Is:

As defined on Page 22 of the 2016-2017 Bryan ISD Student Handbook, conduct is considered bullying if it “exploits an imbalance of power between the student perpetrator(s) and the student victim and if it interferes with a student’s education or substantially disrupts the operation of the school.”

*Please refer to the handbook for more information about bullying.

Warning Signs of Bullying Include:

  • Signs of depression, anxiety, anger or fear
  • Avoidance of friends, school and activities
  • Subtle comments that reflect emotional distress
  • Declining grades

There are many reasons people bully, but whatever the reason, bullying has no place at Bryan ISD. We will not tolerate bullying/harassment in any form.

BRYAN ISD
Children First. Always.

Expand Your Business, Become ‘Bryan ISD Friendly’

Bryan ISD Friendly graphicIf your small, medium or large business would like to expand its reach with our over 2,200 employees, consider becoming a “Bryan ISD Friendly Business.” To enter this relationship, simply offer discounts to Bryan ISD employees, and send the following three pieces of info to bisd_info@bryanisd.org:

  1. Your company’s name
  2. Discount details (percent or dollar amount off, any other pertinent details)
  3. Your website address if you have one

Once we get this info about your business, Bryan ISD will add you to the list of “Bryan ISD Friendly Businesses,” and will showcase your company and your discount to our employees. We’d like to thank all local businesses for making the Bryan-College Station community a better place.

BRYAN ISD
Children First. Always.

Crockett Elementary’s Bookmobile Brings the Library Home

Eager eyes and small hands scroll through buckets filled with bright, colorful books. Suddenly, hands and eyes stop to focus on the perfect book. It’s a scene that brings joy into the heart of Polly Wilson, Crockett Elementary first grade teacher. Thankfully, it’s a scene she experiences over and over again at Bookmobile, a Crockett Elementary mobile library held every Wednesday from June 22 to July 27 at the Saddlewood Apartments and Timberlake Mobile Home Park in Bryan.

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HELPING HAND – Megan Paterson, second grade teacher from Crockett Elementary, helps Isaiah Nutall, fifth grade student from Branch Elementary, find a book.

This morning’s Bookmobile event was the last event of the summer. The books that weren’t checked out by children today were packed away to be used in school classrooms and to be given out to children next summer. Wilson is entering her 35th year as a teacher, but come June 2017, you can count on her, and a team of volunteer employees from Crockett and other Bryan ISD schools to set up makeshift mobile library stations all over again.

Throughout her career, Wilson understood the importance of reading. She observed that children who read over the summer excelled at a faster pace than students who didn’t read at all before school starts. Wilson later realized there is a valid reason many students don’t read at home in the summer.

“I found out that many families don’t have adequate transportation to go to the library to check out books,” Wilson said. “So I decided to do something about it. I told myself that if my students can’t get to the books, then I’ll bring the books to them.”

Finding Solutions

Wilson took the idea of a mobile library to Debra Ehrhardt, principal of Crockett Elementary, who thought it was a great project. Together, they worked with Assistant Principal Katrina Horace and fellow Crockett teacher Helen Russell to gather enough funds to get Bookmobile rolling in June 2014. Parents, students and educators realized the value in the project right away.

The initial success inspired Wilson to write three grants to keep the project going. Bookmobile is currently funded by the Bryan ISD Education Foundation, the Bryan Rotary Club and the Texas Retired Teachers Association. The grant money has helped sustain the project, which Wilson said has grown every year, but it has not made the process of finding reasonably-priced used books any easier.

“We look for books at all the local used bookstores,” Wilson said. But we also ‘scrounge around’ to ask people if they have extra books.”

Creating Excitement

The hard work has paid off, as Wilson said it’s obvious that Bookmobile is successful because you can see the results in the employees that choose to volunteer during their summer vacation and on the faces of parents and students. Many of the Bryan ISD teachers and administrators that volunteer at Bookmobile realize the success of the event immediately. Megan Paterson, a second grade teacher at Crockett, said that two students at last week’s event didn’t even wait to get back into their home before opening up their books.

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FAST READERS – Two eager Crockett students open their new books right away and start to read on their front porch.

“The kids are excited,” Paterson said. “Parents love our setup. A lot of them just see us pull up and then come on over.”

The result of keeping children engaged in summer reading and preventing the “summer slide,” as Wilson call it, pays off in multiple subjects during the school year. Cristal Gallegos, a fourth grade math and science teacher at Crockett, volunteered for Bookmobile because she understood that reading impacts the subjects she teaches.

“I always tell my kids that reading is the most important thing,” Gallegos said. “Because if you can’t read, you can’t learn any other subject.”

Providing Opportunity

Wilson said that if a child wants a book, “we’re not going to turn them away.” For this reason, the program is not limited to Crockett Elementary. Families from other Bryan Schools and even other school districts can participate in the book exchange.

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WORKING TOGETHER – Bookmobile volunteers pause for a photo op. From left: Gary Blazek, Nancy Wiese, Polly Wilson, Mary Rosas, Cristal Gallegos and Megan Paterson.

Like an actual library, volunteers write down the name of the books that are checked out and the parent or child who checked them out. Once the children are done reading the books, they can bring them back the following week to get another set of books. Wilson said the children are on an honor system, and the volunteers stated they have had “great success” in getting the books back. Also, children can select a few titles from the donated book boxes to keep.

Wilson said today was a “slow day” compared to past Bookmobile events, but won’t keep her and the rest of the Bookmobile team down.

“If we can get books in one kid’s hands, we’ve done our job,” Wilson said.

BRYAN ISD
Children First. Always.


If you want to donate books to Crockett Elementary’s Bookmobile mobile library, contact Polly Wilson at polly.wilson@bryanisd.org.

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