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Croton-Harmon Middle Schoolers Hear Message Of Respect

Seventh- and eighth-grade student representatives at Croton-Harmon’s Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School helped kick off the year’s Advisory program during a special assembly on Sept. 2.
Seventh- and eighth-grade student representatives at Croton-Harmon’s Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School helped kick off the year’s Advisory program during a special assembly on Sept. 2. Photo Credit: Croton-Harmon School District

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- School spirit kicked off the 2016-17 year at the Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School with a message of respect for themselves and others, at an advisory program and assembly.

A group of seventh and eighth graders, along with Assistant Principal Michael Plotkin, set the tone for the new school year by talking with their peers.

“One of the things that makes PVC Middle School different than other schools is a level of care here that is unusually encouraging,” the students said. “Teachers and staff members care about their students, and students care about the adults in their lives. Just as important is that students care about one another at PVC.”

The older students encouraged their classmates to respect one another and contribute to making the school “a place that feels like home because it is our home.”

New students learned that they will be participating in the advisory program regularly, which will allow them to partner with faculty who can help them address important issues in their lives unrelated to academics.

Advisory discussions this school year will explore the precepts found in the book “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio, such as how to relate to others, how to treat others and stewardship of the planet.

This year students will ponder the question: "Am I creating in myself the person that I want to be?"

“We want you to think about this as it relates to your learning, dealing with others and in every decision you make,” the older students said.

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