Heritage Elementary staff and students have established 4 overarching behavioral expectations for all members of our school community.
Other People Matter
Specific desired behaviors are outlined for each area of our campus based on these four expectations. Expectations are taught at the beginning of each year and reviewed when students track back in. We will hold quarterly award ceremonies to recognize 1-2 students per class demonstrating the identified expectations for that quarter.
To empower America’s youth to build positive relationships and to understand, appreciate, and exemplify the character strengths in us all.
To partner with schools across the country and equip educators with the training, strategy, and resources to teach their students positive psychology’s 24 character strengths.
Check out this video to see how it works in our school and the classroom!
Second Step is a holistic approach to building supportive communities for every child through social-emotional learning.
The Second Step program teaches skills in the following four areas:
1. Skills for Learning: Children gain skills to help them be better learners, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, and ask for help.
2. Empathy: Children learn to identify and understand their own and others’ feelings. Children also learn how to show care for others.
3. Emotion Management: Children learn how to calm down when they have strong feelings, such as worry or anger.
4. Friendship Skills and Problem Solving: Children learn how to make and keep friends and to solve problems with others in a positive way.
Studies show that these skills can support students’ school performance, increase positive social behaviors, and reduce conduct problems such as bullying. SEL programs can also create positive classroom and school climates.
Harmony provides educators with the tools to foster and support social connections among all students, and to promote the social, emotional, and cognitive skills students need to successfully negotiate peer interactions, develop positive peer relationships, and thrive in school. Harmony incorporates multiple methods to teach positive relationships and create an inclusive classroom environment. A multi-layered approach is necessary to build a mutually respectful learning community.
These goals are accomplished through:
- Relationship-building lessons and activities that help students learn and practice key social and emotional competencies.
- Everyday practices that provide students with ongoing, supported opportunities to interact with peers and participate in dialogue and decision-making about issues related to the classroom community.
By combining these approaches, students not only gain interpersonal competencies, but they also have continual experiences that promote the development of positive attitudes and relationships, as well as a supportive classroom climate.