SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING
ABOUT OUR PROGRAM
Our Primary guidance program utilizes the Six Pillars of Character Traits as a framework. Each month, one of the character traits is promoted through classroom discussions, literature, and individual student recognition with bracelets at our Monday Morning school-wide meetings. The traits are: Trustworthiness, Fairness, Responsibility, Respect, Caring, and Citizenship.
On the playground, problems between students are resolved by students, using Kelso’s Wheel of Conflict Resolution. When confronted with a small problem, or conflict, students are taught to try 2-3 strategies before requesting adult assistance. All large problems (those involving safety) are taken to an adult immediately. Strategies include: Ignore; Tell Them to Stop; Walk Away; Share and Take Turns; Make a Deal; Go to Another Game; Talk It Out; Apologize; and Wait and Cool Off.
Each primary grade level class receives classroom Instruction utilizing the Second Step program–focusing on Social-Emotional Learning (SEL). It is our belief that students learn academic skills best when they feel safe, supported, and included. In addition, SEL gives students the skills they need with friends, families, community, and the world of work. The curriculum includes: Empathy; Respecting Differences; Anger Management; How to Join and Participate in a Group; Managing Problems.
In addition, all students receive extensive training in Bully Prevention: Recognizing, Reporting, and Refusing Bullying; Bystander Power and Responsibility; and, when appropriate, Cyberbullying.
Our Child Protection curriculum teaches: Ways to Stay Safe, Safe and Unsafe Touches, and Practicing Ways to Stay Safe.
Our Middle Grades program focuses on: Empathy and Communication; Bully Prevention; Emotional Management; Problem Solving; Substance Abuse Prevention; and 7th grade study skills.
In the Upper Grades, students receive instruction in career and college guidance (grades 10 and 11) and our Junior Seminar course includes an extensive health curriculum, tailored to meet their age appropriate needs. Topics include: Nutrition, Sleep, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Prevention and Addictions Issues; Exercise, Stress, Cyberbullying and Sexual Harassment, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Family Planning, and Family Issues.
Each year the middle school and high school girls participate in a Girls Night Out, focusing on friendship, and supporting our community of young women. Activities include: dance, self defense, jewelry making, and t-shirt design.