Students Strive to be Star Polishers

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Bellmore students learned that a safe and respectful school environment is as important as classroom learning during the schools’ annual DASA Assemblies. DASA, or New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act, was signed into law in Sept. 2010 and was written to combat bias-based bullying, harassment and discrimination in public schools. The law also emphasizes awareness and sensitivity in relations with others. 

At Winthrop Avenue School, Principal Sally Curto discussed with students the school rules and Code of Conduct, which is tied into the district’s core values of respect, dedication, integrity, trust and teamwork. She also emphasized the habits of happy students, which included being proactive and having a plan in mind, working before play, listening before speaking, working together to create synergy, exercising, reading and knowing that everyone can win. Ms. Curto explained that these messages are designed to make sure that the students are all on the same page at the beginning of the school year.

“You are all Star Polishers who polish each other and not tarnish one another,” Ms. Curto told the students. “We all have bad days, but that is not an excuse to be unkind and not do our work.