HFVS Monster Dance Party Episode with Guest DJ, Shanti Wintergate & Greg Attonito (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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Monster Dance Party Episode with Guest DJ, Shanti Wintergate & Greg Attonito

Are you ready for a Monster Dance Party with guest DJ’s Shanti Wintergate & Greg Attonito from Play Date?  This silly & spooky episode of Hilltown Family Variety Show features a collection of monster-iffic tunes to get your monster toes tapping and creepy claws clapping.  Tune in, turn it up and get silly with the Monster Dance Party we know you’re dying to have this weekend!  – www.iloveplaydate.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 31st & November 1st 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  Play Date “Dance Like A Monster” (Official Music Video) feat. The Ghouligans!

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  • Bert Convey – “The Monster Hop” [50’s Rock & Roll Horror]
  • The Cramps – “Goo Goo Muck” [Off the Bone]
  • John Zacherley – “Happy Halloween” [50’s Rock & Roll Horror]
  • Big Bee Kornegay – “At the House of Frankenstein” [50’s Rock & Roll Horror]
  • The Haints – “Zombie Crush” [Battle Of Wounded Heart]
  • Duran Duran – “Hungry Like the Wolf” [Rio]
  • Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers – “Monster Mash” [The Original Monster Mash]
  • The Coasters – “Poison Ivy” [Hino Hi-Five: The Coasters – EP]
  • Play Date – “Dance Like a Monster” [Imagination]
  • Ray Parker Jr. – “Ghostbusters” [Ghostbusters (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)]
  • John Zacherley – “Come With Me to Transylvania” [50’s Rock & Roll Horror]
  • Kepi Ghoulie – “The Beast With 5 Hands” [Kepi For Kids]
  • Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs – “Wooly Bully” [20th Century Masters – The Millennium]
  • The Guess Who – “Clap for the Wolfman” [Road Food]
  • The Keytones – “I Was a Teenage Monster” [50’s Rock & Roll Horror]
  • Sheb Wooley – “Purple People Eater” [Purple People Eater – Single]
  • Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – “I Put a Spell on You” [At Home with Screamin’ Jay Hawkins]
  • Michael Jackson – “Thriller” [Thriller]
  • Grover – “Be Kind to Your Neighborhood Monster” [Halloween Collection]

HFVS Anti-Bullying Episode with Guest DJ, Danny Lapidus (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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Anti-Bullying Episode with Guest DJ, Danny Lapidus

On this episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, Hot Peas ‘n Butter front man and founder, Danny Lapidus tackles the difficult topic of “Bullying” through songs that promote friendship, peace, and Anti-Bullying messages. — www.hotpeasnbutter.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Ocotber 10th & 11th 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:    Free To Be You and Me – “William Wants A Doll”

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  • Hot Peas ‘n Butter- “No Bullies” [Put Our Heads Together]
  • Recess Monkey-  “Penguinese” [Hot Air]
  • “William’s Doll” [Free to Be]
  • Hot Peas ‘n Butter- “Amistad”  [Put Our Heads Together]
  • Alastair Moock- “I Am Malala” [All Kids of You And Me]
  • Hot Peas ‘n Butter- “Put Our Heads Together” [Put Our Heads Together]
  • Bill Withers- “Lean on Me”
  • Justin Roberts- “Billy the Bully” [Not Naptime]
  • Dan Zanes- “Smile Smile Smile” [Night Time]
  • Dar Williams- “The One Who Knows” [The Beauty of the Rain]
  • Pete Seeger- “We Shall Overcome” [Pete Seeger’s Greatest Hits]
  • Hot Peas ‘n Butter- “Hot Peas ‘n Butter-Redux” [Put Our Heads Together]

Cyberbullying Toolkit for Teachers

Common Sense Media
Cyberbullying Toolkit for Educators

Common Sense Media has developed a Cyberbullying Toolkit for educators!  The curriculum is adaptable for all ages, elementary through high school, and can be used in any educational context to teach kids about identifying and standing up against cyberbullying.  Teaching kids how about this topic helps to foster positive learning environments and healthy social interactions.  Their website also offers resources specifically for kids and teens, too!  The curriculum and resources are available at www.commonsensemedia.org.

Our Daughters: CyberDRAMA

Why Girls Need to Learn About CyberDRAMA, Not Just CyberBULLYING

If it bleeds, it leads: it’s a popular saying in journalism that refers to our attraction to sensational, often violent headlines. As an anti-bullying educator, I have seen something similar: we tend to focus on the most extreme levels of bullying as a way to teach and build awareness.

The problem is that most kids are not bullied in such dramatic ways. Yet almost every child experiences day-to-day aggression. If we only teach intervention strategies for the worst crimes, we don’t teach kids to cope with the daily injustices. We imply that only the most extreme aggression is problematic, while other behaviors – like saying “just kidding” after you do something mean, or giving someone the silent treatment – are unavoidable rites of passage. Lacking the tools to deal with these smaller infractions, kids are more vulnerable to the “flare-ups” of extreme behavior.

This same emphasis on extremes is evident in the anti-cyberbullying world. Most of what’s out there for parents and girls focuses on what to do when the building is already on fire. But what about preventing the fire in the first place?

I’ve spent several years traveling around the country talking with students about how to avoid drama – by which I mean conflict – online. It’s worth mentioning that I rarely use the word “cyberbullying” in my assemblies. That’s because of what I call “cyberbullying fatigue:” many kids have been lectured already about what to do if they are bullied online. While fatigue is a happy sign of the success of anti-cyberbullying initiatives, it also points to the need for more textured education about digital citizenship.

As the girls in your life prepare to begin their school year, consider sharing some of these tips on avoiding drama online. You can find several more girl-friendly video tips in my BFF 2.0 series.

If you wouldn’t say it, don’t send it.

When they are upset, girls type things they would never say to someone’s face. Surges of panic and anger lead to impulsive messages that leave smoldering holes in relationships.

I give girls two tips to avoid making this mistake:
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Southern Hilltowns Domestic Violence Task Force Letter on Cyberbullying

Dr. Hinduja also suggests being alert to the signs of cyberbullying. If your child unexpectedly stops using their computer or cell phone, appears nervous when an instant message or text appears, or seems uneasy about going to school or going out in general, talk to them about what is going on.

Southern Hilltown Domestic Violence Task Force writes:

Bullying is different than it used to be. It still happens between classmates and within dating relationships like it always has. But cell phones and the internet have changed the landscape. Twenty years ago if you were bullied you knew who was bullying you and could usually get away from the bullying after school. Today, cyberbullying (bullying through the use of technology) can happen 24/7. It can happen anonymously through unidentifiable email addresses or pseudonymous screen names on social networking sites. Further, the bullying can be shared with a large number of people with a simple click of the mouse. Basically, bullies have more sophisticated tools than they used to have. With new technology they can reach further and can inflict greater harm.

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Bills Ban Bullying, Promote Healthy Foods in Schools

Massachusetts Senate Passes Safe School Package

State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) announces action by the Massachusetts Senate today advancing measures that ban bullying and update nutritional standards in schools with a pair of bills aimed at promoting a safe, healthy and productive learning environment for all students.

The Senate’s anti-bullying legislation prohibits physical, verbal and written acts that threaten or cause harm to another student, including Internet “cyber-bullying,” while a separate school nutrition bill establishes new standards for fresh food options in school cafeterias and vending machines.

“These two bills working together will make a dramatic difference in our school environment,” said Downing. “We know there’s a strong connection between health and safety and learning. By striking out fear and improving nutrition, we’re hoping to provide students with a more valuable and rewarding educational experience.”  Read the rest of this entry »

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