Middle Grade Parents
Monday, January 12, 2009 11:15 PM

This week, in Advisory, we begin the Stepping Up program, which focuses on building and practicing social skills that will help your student succeed in school and in life. The program varies slightly by grade level, but the basic components are: Empathy, Communication, Perspective Taking, Respectful Disagreement, and Emotional Management. Six graders also focus on Problem Solving and Assertiveness, and seventh graders focus on Negotiation and Compromise as well as Decision Making. This program was selected to work with our School Improvement Plan's positive behavior intervention strategies.

Parents play a vital role in helping students develop strong social skills. During these next few weeks, the focus of the lessons will be Empathy and Communication. Ask questions about the skills your student is learning, such as: "How do you show someone you're actively listening to them?" "What does it mean to have empathy, and how does it help you in school?" "Why should you try to understand other people's perspectives?" "What are the steps you use to negotiate and to compromise?"

If you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact Principal Mary Ryncheck for more information.