Assemblies for Students

COMING SOON!

​Important note: Due to our efforts to maintain developmental appropriateness, it is not possible for us to service an entire K-5 school in two presentations. We know this can present a difficult choice for schools, but it is in students’ best interest​. Details will be arranged to accommodate each schools situation whenever possible. 

Currently, social distancing and other precautions are sadly still a necessary part of our lives.  With that in mind, all the programs and services listed below will be provided virtually until circumstances allow for In-person interactions. Unfortunately, virtual kindergarten presentations are NOT possible due to age appropriateness. Click HERE to utilize our free curricula for this group of students! 

 
In-Person Assemblies and Discussions

The safety of our presenters and your students are of the utmost importance to us. We will be assessing our ability to provide in person presentations as we get closer to the fall. Schools choose a presentation and discussion session from the Traditional and Interactive/Game based options listed below. Please note the following maximum group attendance numbers for each type of presentation.

  • Traditional Assemblies: These programs are available for groups of 300 students or fewer. 

  • Interactive Assemblies: These programs are available for groups of 120 students (approx.)

Virtual In-Class Assemblies and Discussions

Using an online platform, presenters will lead a lively information session and discussion with students seated in their individual classrooms with 30 or fewer students. Schools can choose a presentation and discussion session from the options listed below, simultaneously delivered to up to 5 different classrooms (that means that a total of 150 students per presentation is possible).  

The details:

  • Students and at least one teacher would be in each classroom and the MARC presenter would be broadcast on a screen at the front of the room.  Interactive tasks for each classroom will be included.  (Note: this should not be done in an auditorium or other large setting because of its interactive nature. We also do not recommend this for Kindergarten students.)

  • Schools will need to have the technological capacity to project an Internet-connected computer screen.  We are sensitive to the fact that not all schools may have this capacity, and these schools can utilize our free, research-based curricula.

  • Presenters will be limited to 2 Assemblies each day.  We are aware that this means that fewer students will be reached; we encourage the use of Curricula for other students. If you're interested in more than 2 presentations, our Manager of Programs can provide these for a small fee.

  • Because all virtual assemblies are done with smaller groups (30 or fewer students) and they are all interactive, MARC requires the participation of an educator or counselor in EACH room.  ​

  • Please note that ALL of our assemblies must still be presented in age-appropriate groups. Click on the LEARN MORE buttons found within each selection for a detailed explanation and breakdown of grades for each presentation.

​Virtual Assemblies and Discussions for schools whose students are fully remote or using hybrid models.

Details will be arranged to accommodate each schools situation whenever possible. Use of Bridgewater State University's secure Zoom account is available.

 
Traditional Assemblies

Bullying & Cyberbullying Basics- Grade 1:  (approximately 20-25 minutes)

 An interactive group presentation designed to help children develop the appropriate vocabulary to understand and deal with bullying issues in schools.  Children are introduced to roles and emotional responses associated with bullying.  Appropriate ways to deal with bullying are discussed and students will have an opportunity to role play and share their ideas and strategies. There is also a discussion of the difference between accidents that may happen and bullying.

Bullying & Cyberbullying Basics- Grades 2-3: (approximately 30-35 minutes)

During this interactive group assembly, students are introduced to key concepts and terms used in discussing bullying. There is a discussion about the difference between conflict and bullying and students are presented with different scenarios to help them identify whether those scenarios depict conflict or bullying. Basic information about cyberbullying is presented, such as the concept that using disrespectful language toward others online can be very damaging and hurtful. We talk about how to cope with different types of bullies and cyberbullies, and how to be a good friend and classmate. The importance of talking to adults about bullying and cyberbullying is emphasized. The presentation also encourages students to support their peers and introduces different ways for them to provide that support. Students are encouraged, throughout the presentation, to talk about bullying with others and not to keep it a secret.

Bullying & Cyberbullying Basics- Grades 4-5: (approximately 60 minutes)

This assembly is designed to help students define and understand bullying, cyberbullying, and relational aggression (aka the "little stuff"). Students will gain a clearer understanding of the difference between conflict, drama, and bullying. The challenges of online communication are explored and online safety is discussed. Students are educated about the dangers of disclosing too much online, such as sending or posting inappropriate photos, and the concept of a digital footprint is introduced. Students will gain awareness about how serious and hurtful words and actions online can be. The presentation also offers students practical advice for avoiding problems online. Concrete tools and tips for dealing with bullies in school and online are presented. Advice for bystanders is also provided.

Bullying and Cyberbullying Basics- Grades 5-6: (approximately 55 minutes).

This assembly is designed to help students define and understand bullying, cyberbullying, and relational aggression. Students will gain a clearer understanding of the difference between conflict, drama, and bullying. Online safety is discussed and students are educated about the dangers of disclosing too much online, such as sending or posting inappropriate photos. Students will gain awareness about how serious and hurtful words and actions online can be. The presentation also offers students practical advice for avoiding problems online. Concrete tools and tips for dealing with bullies in school and online are presented. Advice for bystanders is also provided.

Bullying and Cyberbullying Basics- Grades 7-8 (approximately 55-60 minutes).

This assembly discusses issues of bullying, cyberbullying, relational aggression, and Internet safety. The difference between bullying and other social problems is discussed. Students’ will gain awareness of how social cruelty can negatively impact the school environment and their social lives. Digital communications and behaviors are discussed in detail including topics such as: the absence of privacy online, how digital communications can increase the likelihood of miscommunications and often lead to the escalation of social problems, and the seriousness of sexting. This presentation leaves students with practical tools and tips for interacting online and concrete strategies for how to best deal with bullying and cyberbullying situations.

Bullying & Cyberbullying Basics- Grades 9-12 (approximately 60 minutes).

This assembly discusses cyberbullying and the safe use of technology in greater detail than the other student assemblies. There is a growing trend among older students to use technology as a way to bully. The assembly is designed to educate students about the potential consequences of their online behavior on themselves, their families, and their communities. Students are asked to begin thinking about the impression they leave with others based on their profiles, words, and behavior online. An especially important point for this age group is to discuss how their online choices can impact their future (i.e. college acceptance, job opportunities) and their friendships. There are many misconceptions among this age group about online “privacy.” Privacy issues are explored in detail, with an emphasis on social networking sites and sexting. Students are offered advice on how to handle bullying and cyberbullying situations for themselves, their friends, and their classmates.

Girl Talk: Friends, Fights, & Forgiveness -  (approximately 90 minutes).

This assembly focuses on the ways that young women use cyberspace to facilitate relational aggression and other cyber problems. Discuss conflicts stemming from current or former friendships. The focus of this program is to help girls cope more effectively in future bullying or cyberbullying situations as well as general conflict. A female facilitator leads a girls-only audience (no boys please) in an interactive presentation and discussion about how cyber behaviors are changing friendships. We discuss and offer healthy ways to handle conflict and disagreements between friends. The female facilitator involves the audience in discussing current issues regarding bullying and cyberbullying. Special attention is given in regards to how to handle friendship fights or friendship breakups, in particular not reacting when you are angry or upset. This program covers current issues that girls are dealing with as well as providing the audience with more effective ways to cope and deal with these types of situations. The assembly draws from the MARC research on girls and cyberbullying. Schools can choose from 2 possible presentations:

  • Grades 6 - 8 (approximately 90 minutes)

  • Grades 9 - 12 (approximately 90 minutes)

 

Digital Citizenship Grades 6-12 (approximately 60 minutes).

This presentation explores the impacts of technology and social media on students’ social lives, perceptions, and behaviors. It is no doubt that technology and social media have infiltrated the lives of children and teens everywhere; the average teen spends about 9 hours per day on some form of technology. The frequent use and ubiquitous nature of technology has changed all of our lives in many ways - some good, some challenging, and some just new. During this one hour long presentation, students will think critically about these topics using discussion questions and examples. Topics covered include: how social media and technology can provide a source of support for a variety of issues; the tendency of conflicts and social problems to escalate online and why that happens (e.g. misinterpretations); the benefits of handling some things in person; the impacts of technology and social media on our emotions (e.g. FOMO); how the media we use manipulates us; importance of and ideas about privacy; when and where “no tech” might be a good thing; distinguishing real from fake in the online world; and the positive impacts of social media and technology in our lives.​

 
 
Game Based Assemblies

 

Grades 4 -12 (approximately 60 - 90 minutes). See breakdown of groups below. Game-based Assemblies cover the same content as our traditional assemblies in an interactive way. MARC staff have developed game based programming to allow students to discuss difficult topics in a fun and interactive way. The premise for this program is that most students have been hearing about bullying and related topics for many years, from many people, and in many formats but are rarely asked to think critically about the issues and work together to talk about solutions. The idea is to have students work in small groups to share and discuss ideas all while having fun. 

  • Grades 4-5: (approximately 60 minutes) This assembly is designed to help students define and understand bullying, cyberbullying, and relational aggression (aka the "little stuff"). Students will gain a clearer understanding of the difference between conflict, drama, and bullying. The challenges of online communication are explored and online safety is discussed. Students are educated about the dangers of disclosing too much online, such as sending or posting inappropriate photos, and the concept of a digital footprint is introduced. Students will gain awareness about how serious and hurtful words and actions online can be. The presentation also offers students practical advice for avoiding problems online. Concrete tools and tips for dealing with bullies in school and online are presented. Advice for bystanders is also provided.

  • Grades 5-6: (approximately 60-90 minutes) This assembly is designed to help students define and understand bullying, cyberbullying, and relational aggression. Students will gain a clearer understanding of the difference between conflict, drama, and bullying. Online safety is discussed and students are educated about the dangers of disclosing too much online, such as sending or posting inappropriate photos. Students will gain awareness about how serious and hurtful words and actions online can be. The presentation also offers students practical advice for avoiding problems online. Concrete tools and tips for dealing with bullies in school and online are presented. Advice for bystanders is also provided.

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  • Grades 7-12 (approximately 60-90 minutes) This assembly discusses issues of bullying, cyberbullying, relational aggression, and Internet safety. The difference between bullying and other social problems is discussed. Students’ will gain awareness of how social cruelty can negatively impact the school environment and their social lives. Digital communications and behaviors are discussed in detail including topics such as: the absence of privacy online, how digital communications can increase the likelihood of miscommunications and often lead to the escalation of social problems, and the seriousness of sexting. This presentation leaves students with practical tools and tips for interacting online and concrete strategies for how to best deal with bullying and cyberbullying situations.

 
Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) For Kids Assemblies
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Presentations are currently being developed for grades 2/3, grades 4/5, and grades 6-8, not yet available.