The summer of 2015, Sandy Austin – Founder of the B.I.O.N.I.C. Team – was interviewed about the B.I.O.N.I.C. Team on a local radio station. Ronda Knuth a worker from Sunrise Senior Living at Pinehurst in Englewood, Colorado heard the broadcast and contacted Sandy shortly after the interview.
Ronda shared, “Sandy I heard you on the radio and I would like to start a B.I.O.N.I.C. Team at Sunrise Senior Living at Pinehurst. I think a B.I.O.N.I.C. Team at our place would help our residents in so many ways. Some have been moved out of their lifelong home, some rarely get visitors, and some have health issues and all these situations can leave residents in a discouraging state. Having a B.I.O.N.I.C. Team would help our residents reach out to others facing challenging times and in the process give them purpose and a chance to make a difference in the lives of others. And we would like to team up with your school.”
Sandy was excited with the possibilities of having an intergenerational effort for the B.I.O.N.I.C. Team. So Sunrise started one and Sandy added the new “Intergenerational Team” to the other teams on her B.I.O.N.I.C. Team at Pomona High School in Arvada, Colorado. Sunrise residents meet monthly with the Pomona B.I.O.N.I.C. Team. We will be adding a tab above soon so you can get more information about the B.I.O.N.I.C. “Intergenerational Team” and the collaboration with Sunrise Senior Living at Pinehurst.
What would our world look like if every person for one day, did one nice thing for someone else every hour for ten hours? Our school has 1,500 students in it. What would it be like if we saw 15,000 nice things done in our school that day? The B.I.O.N.I.C. Team (which stands for Believe It Or Not I Care) wants to know. What an amazing day that would be! If the more that 700 schools that have shown an interest in the B.I.O.N.I.C. Team would participate in this special day, we could impact the world! What if each person in every business in your community did this? Every church? We want to make history on October 10th – designated by “10-10 – I Care Day”! Look under the “Initiatives” tab for more information on our “10-10 – I Care Day.”
We have 6 videos about the new B.I.O.N.I.C. “Prevent Bullying by Just Saying H.I.” program – one for staff training about 4 minutes (one each for elementary, middle, and high schools), and one for student video announcements for each level – about 2 minutes.
Here are the staff training links:
Here are the student announcement links:
Flyers you can post around your school will be coming soon! Let us know if you want to implement the B.I.O.N.I.C. “Prevent Bullying by Just Saying H.I.” program and we will send you more information.
Look at this media clip of our new bully prevention program which is a simple add-on to any program at your school. It’s called “Prevent Bullying by Just Saying H.I.”
H – Help – Get help immediately from an adult when you see bullying
– If you see bullying and you don’t feel comfortable stepping in and stopping it, contact an adult ASAP or report it through the procedure already set up in school.
I – Initiate – initiate contact with the bullied student – sometime that day reach out to let him/her know you care
– If you feel comfortable stepping in during the incident, ask the bully to stop then reach out to the bullied student and ask him or her to hang out with you.
– If you don’t feel comfortable stepping in at the moment of the incident, reach out to that student sometime that day – i.e. “I saw what happened and I am sorry. It was wrong and I reported it.” “I come this way every day at this time and I will be watching to see if it happens again.” “Would you like to sit with me next time?” “Would you like me to walk down the hall with you next time?
– If you feel comfortable, tell the bullied student you reported this incident to an adult.
11-11 efforts this year were a big hit at Green Mountain High School! Some of the things we did in encouraging students to make a difference in eleven other lives that day were:
- 11-11 You Have Made a Difference” cards – students gave these to people saying thank you for how they have impacted their lives
- We made posters for the staff in each department at school and asked students to sign them thanks the staff in that department for all they do
- We gave a goodie bag to each Advisement (homeroom/study hall) teacher with treats for every student and teacher in that class
- At the doors as everyone arrived in the morning, we gave out candy to wish them a good day.
- We collected “$1 for a Flower” for an outreach to St. Anthony’s Hospital patients and staff
- Students had the chance to decorate get well cards for St. Anthony’s patients
- Students signed big poster-sized cards for St. Anthony’s staff
- Students and staff did other personalized things to reach out to others to
We also had a Rally to bring schools together to celebrate the difference we collectively made that day. We had speakers and special guests:
- Dr. Cindy Stevenson – Jeffco Public Schools Superintendent – who we gave the Lifetime of Compassion” Award for her service to our district – since she is retiring in June
- Lesley Dahlkemper – President of the Jeffco Public Schools Board of Directors
- Colleen Owens – Principal of Green mountain High School
- Tami Bandimere Shrader – Guest speaker from Bandimere Speedway
- Denver Broncos Cheerleaders
We also recognized some of the most outstanding B.I.O.N.I.C. Teams across the world with the “B.I.O.N.I.C. Elementary School of the Year,” “B.I.O.N.I.C. Middle School of the Year,” “B.I.O.N.I.C. High School of the Year,” “B.I.O.N.I.C. Multi-level School of the Year,” “B.I.O.N.I.C. International School of the Year,” and the “B.I.O.N.I.C. Community Group of the Year.” Watch for the names of the recipients soon!
Our Community Service Project this year was for St. Anthony’s Hospital and the outreaches are listed above besides a hat/coat/glove/sock drive for homeless or struggling patients who are released from the Hospital.
A big Congratulations to Joanne Conlon our Student Coordinator for the day. Thank you Joanne for ALL the hours you put into making it possible for the rest of us to make a HUGE difference in the lives of others!!!! Our world is better today because of you
We heard some exciting things from schools that participated in 12-12-12 and the difference they made in their schools and communities by reaching out to 12 people in 12 hours. (Look under the “12-12-12 Campaign” tab for more information.) We are now making plans for a similar day to 12-12-12 in 2013 – we are still determining which day we will have it since there is no 13-13-13. We will let you know our plans soon.
- If you had 12-12-12 activities at your school this year, let us know what you did and any highlights from the day?
- What are your thoughts about activities at your school for that day – things you want to change or add for next year?
- Or tell us how we can help you plan for next year’s activities.
- Or do you have ideas to make a greater worldwide impact with all the BIONIC schools across the globe next year.
We hope you had a great first semester with your B.I.O.N.I.C. Team and impacting your corner of the world! What are your plans for 2013? How about going to the next level in effectiveness for your club – not necessarily working harder but working smarter. We want to find out what would be of help to you as you are planning your B.I.O.N.I.C. Team activities for the beginning of 2013.
- What would help you take the next step for your program?
- What resources do you need?
- What would help you to know about other B.I.O.N.I.C. programs across the world?
If you would like to stay up-to-date with B.I.O.N.I.C. ideas and happenings around the world, fill out our mailing list form to the right and we will send out something no more than once a month to keep you informed. None of us like SPAM, so we’ll never loan or sell your information to anyone else.
We had a great webinar about the B.I.O.N.I.C. Team with the American School Counselor Assn. yesterday! People participated in the webinar from all over the world – Switzerland, England, Italy, Germany, Singapore and other countries and most of the 50 states. We had over 300 signed up and had some great discussions. If you were a part of the webinar and have questions, feel free to ask them here. If you have a B.I.O.N.I.C Team, feel free to share about your B.I.O.N.I.C. Team so those interested in starting one can learn from your expertise.
The National Association of College Admission Counseling brought their national conference to Denver in October. For the first time, we (Gage Crispe – University of Denver Student and BIONIC alum, Noha Kikhia – Green Mountain High School BIONIC leader, Ernie Navarette – Red Rocks Community College admissions rep, and Sandy Austin – BIONIC Founder and GMHS Counselor) presented a workshop to the counselors and college admissions reps in attendance. About 20 schools expressed an interest in BIONIC for their schools. What a great group of professionals!
It was great to meet so many new people at the American School Counselor Assn. conference on Monday in the workshop on the B.I.O.N.I.C . Team! Met some amazing educators with a great vision for impacting their schools/districts. If you attended and need any more information let me know. If you have any questions feel free to include those here. Thanks for caring!