Who Was Noah Webster?
Though he is now considered an American hero, Noah Webster’s beginning was very humble. Born to your typical colonial family in 1758, young Webster enjoyed learning more than most children his age. He decided to pursue a career in teaching, where he quickly realized that the American educational system was outdated. Webster pioneered change by producing his own textbook, referred to as the “Blue-Backed Speller”, which taught children how to read, spell, and pronounce words for over 100 years!
One of his greatest achievements was the creation of the American Dictionary of the English Language, now known as the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Webster’s dictionary transformed the American language from traditional English to a unique, common language that unified how people across our country communicate with each other.
In addition to his contributions to the American language, he also founded Amherst College, fought for universal education, and raised eight children with his wife of 54 years. We are extremely proud and honored to be named after a true innovator of American education!
Studies have shown that as many as one out of four students has been bullied. Today, children are also using technology to bully others—through email, text messaging, and social networking sites such as Facebook.
Research has made it clear that this growing problem can’t be dismissed as “kids being kids.” Bullying can affect children’s attendance, schoolwork, mental and physical health.
Our school is committed to providing all students with a safe and secure learning environment. At Noah Webster Schools, we believe one of the best ways to do this is by working closely with and involving parents.
This year we have started implementing the research based Olweus Bully Prevention Program. Olweus is a program that helps to change the culture of the school over time by implementing four key components that reduce bullying.
We encourage students to always report instances of bullying to an adult at school and an adult at home. If you learn that your child has been bullied at school, please report it to your child’s teacher.
By working together, we can make sure all students have a positive experience in school this year and in the years to come!
Please learn about the components of the program, the definition of bullying, rules about bullying, and more in the parent pamphlet and presentation.
To view the Olweus Bully Prevention Program Parent Night Presentation, please click HERE.
To view the Olwues Bully Prevention Program Pamphlets, please click HERE.
The Parent Night Presentation and Program Pamphlets can also be viewed on our Forms & Resources Page.