The SEL goals are to help our students attain/develop age-appropriate social and emotional competencies and to create a caring and supportive school climate.
The social-emotional competencies are:
- Social Awareness
- Self Management
- Relationship Skills
These are activities done in small group that help students experience working together.
- Activities engage students in problem-solving activities that require cooperation and communication.
- Students learn about themselves and others while using critical thinking skills in each activity.
- Each grade participates in a least one team-building activity every trimester. Teachers use an observation sheet to record and monitor student’s leadership and ooperative interactions to discuss following activity completion.
Homeside Activities (Grades K-6)
These lessons are meant to be a connection between school and home.
- Foster communication between parents and children and parents and teachers. Both student and parent should sign each lesson.
- Provide opportunity to learn from others and show respect for the differences of opinion and lifestyle across cultures and generations.
- Relate to academic, social, or citizenship themes integral to the learning of any setting (home and school).
School-wide Community Activity
A School Wide Community Activity is a non-competitive event that links students, parents, teachers and other adults in the school. It often fosters new school traditions and promotes helpfulness, inclusiveness and responsibility. It reinforces school goals while being inclusive, supportive of student learning, fostering an appreciation of differences, and provides children with the opportunity to help others.
Class Meetings provide teachers and students a time to:
- Get to know one another and discuss academic goals (mentoring)
- Discuss issues (expected behavior or field trips and for substitute teachers)
- Identify and solve problems (bullying, stealing, teasing, classroom issues)
- Make decisions that affect classroom and school climate (exclusion, arguing)
- Teach social skills
Cross-Age Buddy Activities
Students in grades k-6 are paired with students of a different grade to foster mentoring and to help make sure that there is someone in an older grade that they know and feel comfortable with. The social focus of the activities done in the cross-age groups emphasizes cooperation and collaboration which supports and enhances the students’ learning. Both older and younger buddies practice such skills as listening to others, sharing materials, making decisions, and reaching agreement. These are skills that students can apply to all their academic work.
Community Service Projects
Often Community Service Projects are embarked upon by the whole school. Students have learned about a specific charity and work to support the needs fullfilled by that charity organization. Our efforts have been to collect food, shoes, and other clothing goods for specific causes. At the 7th and 8th grade level, students go onsite to approved locations to work for specific charitable organizations where they learn first hand how to give of themselves. Starting in 2010-2011, the 7th and 8th grade students have two days during the year dedicated to outside, community service work.