The Wellness and Life Skills program contains three core areas of focus. The first is teaching students to identify emotions, perceive and recognize others’ perspectives, solve problems and manage emotions. The second focuses on mindfulness. Using a research-based curriculum, students are taught skills which build resilience to stress and anxiety, and they develop a positive mindset in both school and life. The third focus is preventing, recognizing and identifying bullying behaviors, and students learn that bullying behavior can be both physical and/or relational in nature. We emphasize the need for kind works, inclusionary practices, avoiding mean teasing and reporting bullying behavior.
“The Husky Promise” is introduced to many of the students for the first time, and through modeling becomes an integral part of students’ daily lives. The main objective at this level is to help students become kind and caring individuals. We encourage them to be respectful in their interactions with both peers and adults and to use their words to resolve conflicts. Students work cooperatively in both small and large group settings and are encouraged to contribute to group lessons. Students are asked to take more responsibility for their actions, which includes working independently and taking care of their supplies. Through stories and role play, students learn about bullying behavior. Our goal is to help students develop into caring, self-confident members of the classroom community.