Sugar Creek Elementary School
Crawfordsville, Indiana
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Preventing and Addressing Bullying
Sugar Creek Elementary School takes bullying behaviors very seriously. We want every student at Sugar Creek to know that they belong!

There is an electronic bullying reporting form on Sugar Creek Website main page. Electronic forms are delivered via email to both the principal and school counselor. Be aware that if school is on break, forms may not be received until school is back in session.
We also have paper copies at school for students, staff and parents and anyone else would would like to report a situation of bullying. Paper bullying reporting forms can be accessed through any professional staff member at Sugar Creek.

Reports can be made anonymously, or with the reporters name given. All reports will be reviewed and investigated.  

Bullying Defined:

A person is being bullied when he or she is exposed repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more persons. (Olweus 1986, 1993).

Characteristics of bullying:

* The behavior is aggressive or malicious
* It is repeated and goes over time
* It occurs in an interpersonal relationship which is characterized by a certain imbalance in strength or power

Types of Bullying:

Physical (hitting, kicking/other acts of physical aggression)

Verbal (teasing, name calling, put downs, or behavior that would hurt others' feelings or make them feel bad.

Emotional/Exclusion  (Starting rumors, telling others not to be friends with someone or other actions that would cause someone to be without friends.

Cyber-bullying (Using an electronic medium (including but not limited to texts, emails, phone messages, Facebook, etc.) to engage in any of the previously mentioned forms of bullying.


Starting in August of the 2014-2015 school year, and throughout the year, all Sugar Creek Elementary students will receive guidance education on preventing, reporting and intervening on bullying behaviors.


In September 2013, all Sugar Creek students attended age appropriate convocations on bullying by National Author, Karen Gedig Burnett. Burnett wrote a book about bullying called Simon's Hook. for more information, see Burnett's website at: 
There is a link to this website on the right side of this page.


The North Montgomery School Corporation Elementary Schools use the Too Good For Violence Curriculum, which addresses non-violent problem solving and bullying in grades K-5. This curriculum piggy backs on the Too Good For Drugs curriculum, also used at Sugar Creek.   See the link on the right of this page for more information.


Additionally, Sugar Creek Elementary guidance classes have been show Sunburst Bullying Prevention/Intervention videos to grades K-5.

Below are the Sunburst topics by grade:

Don’t Be Bossy- Sunburst - Kindergarten

Don’t Call Me Names- Sunburst  1st Grade

Stop Picking On Me-Sunburst - 2nd Grade

Harassment Hurts: Gossiping, Taunting, and Bullying – 3rd Grade


 I Was Just Kidding- 4th Grade


What We Learned About Bullying- 5th Grades



Sugar Creek Elementary is also introducing a new guidance unit/curriculum involving "conflict resolution". The Curriculum is called Kelso's Choice. There is a link on the right side of this page to get more information on the Kelso's Choice Curriculum.

According to recent studies done on bullying, A recent study by Jeffrey [16] found peers present in 85% of bullying episodes, but intervened in only 10%. Therefore, mobilizing bystander reaction is an important approach to preventing bullying.

Students in all grades receive instruction on what to do if they are bystanders to bullying. Role plays are done in guidance classes as well.

A parent night featuring Gedig Burnett was held on November 1st, 2013, to share information about the bullying prevention presentations given to students and to offer idea, tips and time for questions for parents. Parents were also able to purchase materials on the subjects of bullying, self esteem, and making good choices for their children.  

During the 2014-2015 school year, bullying information was handed out to all parents attending back to school night, and the Too Good for Violence was displayed for all parents to look through. Information for parents about bullying was also sent home with every student, as well.


We have many books, movies and other resources on preventing and intervening on bullying situations in our library and in the guidance office. Please don't hesitate to call us if you are in need of resources.

Questions, Concerns, Ideas, Need for Forms? 

If you have questions, concerns, ideas or are in need of bullying forms or resources, please feel to contact the principal, Mr. Mellish, the counselor, Ms. Apple or your child's teacher.

Thank you!

Ms. Apple
Guidance Counselor

Contact Me!
Lore Apple
ext. 226, 251