Social-Emotional Learning

As an SNJM school, we are driven by our mission to teach to the whole child.  To ensure each student develops his or her full potential, our Elementary program is rooted in social-emotional learning skills. Through daily practice, our students learn skills needed to establish and maintain positive relationships, manage their emotions and accept responsibility.  

Responsive Classroom (Pre-K to 4th Grade)

Responsive Classroom is a research-based education approach associated with greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement and improved school climate. Responsive Classroom practices help educators build competencies in four key domains, each of which enables and enriches the others:

  • Engaging academics
  • Positive community
  • Effective management
  • Developmental awareness

In the classroom, these practices come to life through Morning Meetings and Logical Consequences. Morning Meetings allow teachers and students to greet each other, participate in a group activity and share a morning message. This builds a sense of community in the classroom and also allows the teacher to get a sense of each child's demeanor each day. Logical Consequences is a non-punitive response to misbehavior that allows teachers to set clear limits and students to fix and learn from their mistakes while maintaining their dignity.

Developmental Designs (5th to 8th Grade)

Developmental Designs integrates social and academic learning to help students achieve success through relationships, social skills and engaged learning. Developmental Designs structures are designed to meet adolescents' needs for autonomy, competence, and fun. With these factors in place, students enjoy school because they feel connected, heard, empowered and safe--and academic engagement increases.

In the middle school, Developmental Designs takes shape through our Advisories or homerooms. During Advisory, students start their day with the Circle of Power and Respect (CPR). CPR speaks to the basic needs of our students and consists of four components:

  • Greeting: Students learn the skills of formal, friendly and fun formats for social encounters.
  • Sharing: Builds relationships among students, creates connections between school and home life and helps students see the world from multiple perspectives
  • Group Activity: Students build their cooperative skills and have FUN!
  • Daily News: To greet, inform and teach skills through written information and student response

Advisory time delivers practice and strategies to build a supportive community, guiding students to academic achievement, responsible independence and lifelong pro-social habits.