Academic 20 is a time during each school day where students can review their academic day, plan for work for the following day, seek clarification on homework concerns, and obtain assistance with regard to any issue pertaining to the school day. All Academic 20 sessions will meet at the same time, allowing students to seek help from any of their teachers. Students should obtain a pass ahead of the class period in order to visit a teacher for support. Academic 20 is also used to build community and give students voice through the use of regular class meetings.
The mission of Novi Power is to empower students by cultivating a positive social and emotional community at Novi Middle School.
Novi Power is a program embedded in our Academic 20 time. Students and teachers work together to create a community of inclusion and explore social and emotional issues such as empathy, teamwork, mental health, bullying prevention and internet safety.
Novi Middle School is committed to the prevention of bullying on our campus and we follow the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. We expect every student and adult involved with our school to respect the following bullying prevention rules:
- We will not bully others.
- We will try to help students who are bullied.
- We will try to include students who are left out.
- If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.
Novi Power also guides our behavioral expectations throughout the school. We follow the power acronym:
- P - Perseverance
- O - Ownership
- W - Welcoming
- E - Empathetic
- R - Respectful
Novi Middle School will consider restorative practices in addition to, or as an alternative to, suspension or expulsion of a student dealing with student behavior infractions. While there are disciplinary consequences in place, we also incorporate restorative approaches that help give students a voice and repair harm done.
Restorative Practice at Novi Middle School is a framework that may include victim-offender conferences that:
are initiated by the victim;
are approved by the victim’s parent or legal guardian or, if the victim is at least 15 years of age, by the victim;
are attended voluntarily by the victim, a victim advocate, the offender, members of the school community, and supporters of the victim and the offender;
would provide an opportunity for the offender to accept responsibility for the harm caused to those affected, and to participate in setting consequences to repair the harm, such as requiring the student to apologize, participate in community service, restoration of emotional or material losses, or counseling, paying restitution, or any combination of these.