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    Stomp Out Bullying:

    Change theCulture

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    September 10-16

    Please visit the American Foundation

    for Suicide Prevention.

    What you can do to


  • When I Accept Myself, I am freed from the Burden of Needing You to Accept Me.

    September Framework highlights:

               Accepting Yourself

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  • Bullying vs. Normal Conflict

    Parents and Students! Do you know the differnce between bullying behavior and normal conflict?

    Click here to find out

Department Contact

Prevention and School Culture

Staci McCormack Coordinator

Cynthia Redfern  Prevention Relations Lead
TEAM U.P. (Universal Prevention)
Castle Rock
Heather Riemer       heather.riemer[at]dcsdk12[dot]org
Highlands Ranch


620 Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Fax: 303-387-0119

upcoming events

A UNIVERSAL Approach to Prevention

Setting the tone for safe and healthy schools and students to impact:

  • bullying 
  • substance abuse 
  • suicide 
  • school violence 
Positive Messaging
Eliminating the Code of Silence through messages of Hope, Help and Strength
Social Dynamics
Creating a safe and supportive environment for all students.
Relational Safety
Strengthening Self-Advocacy skills
Breaking Hate, Promoting Peace, Creating Love


Resilient Me (Elementary level)

Resilient Me helps students make connections, increase and develop strengths and gain resiliency to increase grit. Mental health and resiliency begins with prevention. The elementary Resilient Me effort is directly aligned to Sources of Strength. 
We encourage all District employees to take the one hour online Sources of Strength Overview class through InspirEd. Participants will receive one hour of relicensure credit and will gain an understanding of the philosophy and components of the Sources of Strength program used for middle and high schools. 


SOURCES OF STRENGTH (Middle and High School levels)

Our mission is to provide the highest quality evidence-based prevention for suicide, violence, bullying and substance abuse by training, supporting, and empowering both peer leaders and caring adults to impact their world through the power of connection, hope, help and strength. High Schools in DCSD with Sources of Strength programs include:CHS, CVHS , MVHS,PHS,Plum Creek Academy,  RCHS, and TRHS. Participating Middle Schools include: CRMS, Mesa, RHMS, and SMS.



Social Dynamics
Creating a safe & supportive environment for all students

In fact, we know before we can create an environment conducive to learning, our students must feel safe, secure and supported.  That is why we have developed an innovative Student Wellness & Prevention Framework (see above) to build resiliency skills and help students recognize when they need help and where to get the help they need. Our Student Wellness & Prevention Framework is full of ways to report anonymously, lists of warning signs,Test-A-Tip number, Safe2Tell and other resources.




Team U.P. partners with elementary schools to offer half-day seminars to 5th and 6th grade students about healthy social relationships.  These seminars consist of break-out sessions which include intentional games, discussions, and activities to proactively help these students navigate their way in social situations.  Topics addressed during this event include the following: respect, diversity, commonalities, leadership, and preteen culture.  In addition, there are sessions that talk about the differences between bullying and normal conflict, being a bystander and an upstander, and what are the sources of support these students turn to when life gets tricky, regardless of the magnitude of the problem.  If you are interested in hosting a seminar at your school, please contact Ann Metz ammetz[at]dcsdk12[dot]org.


                        Breaking Hate, Promoting Peace, Creating Love


            Having a hard time knowing if a behavior is bullying?

            Visit our t-chart to find out!        

                         Bullying Vs. Normal Conflict  Chart





Relational Safety 
Strengthening Self-Advocacy skills in friendships and teen dating relationships.


The Outrage – Teen Dating Violence Seminar

This seminar for tenth-grade high school students takes on teen/relational dating violence.



Have a healthy relationship

Dating Violence Performance
High School Sophomores

Team U.P. works with schools to create Restorative Cultures. By using the 5 R's of Restorative strategies , Relationships, Responsibility, Respect, Repair and Reintegration, we work to establish  positive communities in our schools.


Dating Bill of Rights

I have the right to…..

Ask for a date.

Refuse a date.

Have my own thoughts and feelings and

Communicate them.

Have my limits and values respected.

Be heard.

Set physical, emotional, and sexual boundaries.

Have friendships outside of my relationship.

Say “no.”

Be safe on a date.

Be treated with respect.

Disagree with my date.

Determine who I will date.

Control my own destiny.

Get angry.

Be assertive on a date.

Leave any dating situation when I don’t feel

safe or it doesn’t feel right for me.

Have a healthy relationship.

Learn More

Heather Riemer
Universal Prevention Team

Team U.P. is passionate about teaching healthy behaviors regarding substance abuse. We know that using alcohol and drugs can decrease a teen’s decision making skills and to make rational judgements, and increase their risk taking. Team U.P. uses Botvin Life Skills for Middle and High Schools;


  • giving students the tools to develop high self-esteem
  • teaching students to make good decisions based on what is best for them
  • emphasizing good communication and assertiveness skills
  • encouraging healthy and positive relationships
  • developing positive coping skills to live a life that is free from substance abuse




                                             Effects of Marijuana on the Human Body

Professional Development is offered to school facilities from DCSD's Prevention & School Culture department.

Purpose & Structure of Professional Development

  • activities
  • structured conversations through restorative practices
  • shared meals
  • direct teach
  • games

All content is:

  • based on Social Contagion Theory
  • best-practice for changing unhealthy cultural norms to healthy norms
  • research based
  • based on increasing help-seeking and protective factors

  • When students are more connected to school and encouraged to be their authentic self, student achievement raises exponentially
  • Codes of Silence (bullying, suicide, school violence and substance abuse) lessen when students have a trusted adult in the building

Professional development days are created to help the adults recognize their role in an upstream prevention model. Modeling psychological health to students includes the modeling of:

  • Authentic self
  • Connectedness
  • Help-seeking
  • The use of protective factors for students serving as the first step in supporting students’ psychological safety

Psychological healthy adults foster healthy students & healthy school cultures.

Staci McCormack, DCSD Prevention & School Culture Department


Parent Resources:

Two great sites on how to talk to your kids about tricky situations.

Now's a good time to talk to your child.

Power to the parent website



How to talk to your teen

Let’s face it—teenagers are curious creatures. As your teenager gets older, he or she may become more curious about alcohol and other drugs. They may turn to you for answers and advice. Even if your teen doesn’t come to you, you should be the one to start the conversation. Since some questions may be difficult to answer, be prepared. Arm yourself with information and defenses against underage drinking and substance abuse. Use this opportunity to start an open, honest conversation.

Communicating With Your Teen

Be a good listener

           Be empathetic. Validate your teen's feelings.

   Express, don't vent your feelings.

                      Ask specific questions to generate discussion.

Give age appropriate, positive discipline.

           Offer praise for efforts, not accompishments.

                     Honor your child's search for identity.


Staying Involved With Your Teen

Set aside time to be with your teen

       Become involved in their activities..

                  Continue to show your love/concern and provide guidance.

Get to know your child's friends and their parents.

   Encourage involvement in school and community activities.

                                   The above is an excerpt from the Power to the parent website. Please visit the website for more information.