According to psychologist Stephanie Jones and her research team
at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Social Emotional
Learning (SEL) equips students with developmentally appropriate
fundamental cognitive regulation, emotional, and interpersonal
skills. These skills enhance learning, encourage self awareness,
and strengthen relationships, leading to success in school, in
the community, and in life.
In grades 6-8 SEL classes are integrated into the physical
education program, joining SEL instruction with the
cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills development, in
order to address the health and wellness of the whole child.
Developmentally relevant sample lessons and practice include
conflict resolution, self-awareness, empathy, problem solving,
inclusivity, assertiveness, cooperation, self-advocacy, mindful
practice, and relaxation techniques.
Middle School Advisory provides students with a faculty mentor
and contact person who serves as the primary liaison between
school and home. Advisors have roughly 12 advisees
with whom they meet every day during a 30-minute advisory time
period. This is a time for a study period three to four days a
week under the guidance of a teacher. It is also a time to build
friendships and group spirit, to discuss important topics
and timely issues, to build community responsibility in the
Middle School, and to participate in community service. Each
Friday, the entire Middle School gathers for a meeting led
by Student Council members.