October 6, 2017
As we reach the mid-term of Trimester 1, all feels wonderfully normal at school. Students are settled into the routines of the day and the opportunities to pursue their learning goals. At the same time our co-curricular and extracurricular opportunities provide students with opportunities to grow beyond the classroom. Whether it is a member of a competitive team (cross country, soccer, or volleyball), or as a musician in Band, Orchestra, or Choir, or through one of our after school intramurals or clubs (Art, Drama, Student Council, Juggling, GSA...see our Clubs Page for a full list), Attea encourages all of our students to try new things and meet new people. It is truly a part of a "whole child" philosophy, which also is pursued through our SEL work with the Second Step curriculum:
SECOND STEP UPDATE: The first couple of weeks of Second Step lessons went great! Way to go Attea! Unit 1 for all grades is called “Mindsets & Goals.” In this unit, students learn how to develop a growth mindset and apply it to their social and academic lives. They also learn about IF–THEN PLANS, a research-based strategy for achieving goals.
Lesson 1 – Week of Sept. 25 – 29
Lesson 1 was an introduction to Second Step, although some of our students have already been exposed to the curriculum in intermediate school. We will be teaching Lesson 2 or Lesson 2A this Monday/Tuesday in x-blocks.
Lesson 2 - Week of Oct. 2 – 6
- 6th and 7th Grade - Lesson 2A = Starting Middle School: Students’ sense that they belong in their school is critical to their transition to middle school. Many, if not most, students encounter a range of challenges when they start school, and many are anxious. This lesson serves to counter those fears, reassure them their concerns are normal, and create a positive mindset that will increase their sense of belonging.
- 8th Grade: Lesson 2 = Helping New Students: This lesson helps students recall what it was like to start middle school and engages their empathy by having them think about how they can be supportive of new students. Students’ connection to school is critical for academic and social success, and supporting new students can help all students feel a sense of social belonging.
Have a great week. Go Flyers!!