Polaris staff and students started the new year and the new semester with an all-school assembly to renew our commitment to creating a safe and welcoming school culture. As part of the Anti-Defamation League’s national No Place for Hate initiative, we are among an impressive list of public and private schools across the country and in Colorado, including our own McAuliffe International School and Denver School of the Arts.
I am very pleased that Polaris is participating in No Place for Hate. This program is designed to bring a message of inclusion and respect to the whole school, creating a culture that is safe and welcoming to each student and family. To be designated as a No Place for Hate School, every student at Polaris will sign a “resolution of respect”, and students will participate in several activities designed to rally the entire school around the goal of creating a welcoming community committed to stopping all forms of bias and bullying.
A group of upper grade students will form a coalition of “ambassadors” that brainstorm ideas and design activities that promote inclusion and respect in the school. Parents of 3rd through 5th grade students should look for more information and permission slips coming home soon. For more information please visit the No Place for Hate website.
Principal Karin Johnson