Regional high school launches anti-bullying training

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) school committee meeting began on a high note Monday, with a “student spotlight” that recognized not just one but a group of students who recently won top honors in the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards.

At the request of superintendent of schools James Weiss, the committee voted to turn over $17,000 in funds to the Island Autism Group, which recently was granted non-profit status. The regional high school district acted as the group’s fiscal agent during that process.

Director of student support services Dan Seklecki said the group’s financial contributions have provided for many additional activities and after school and summertime programs that keep students with special needs connected and involved.

In the principal’s report, Stephen Nixon announced the high school’s second annual eighth-grade parents’ night is set for Tuesday, March 8, at 6 pm in the Performing Arts Center. He encouraged all parents of incoming freshmen next September to attend the event, which provides them with an opportunity to meet the staff and get an overview of the high school’s programs and activities.

In an update on the high school’s anti-bullying policy, Mr. Nixon said 120 members of the school staff received anti-bullying training on February 4, under the high school’s new policy. Mr. Nixon said workshops for students and parents conducted by a representative from the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center are tentatively planned on April 27.